2009 Legislation

AB 84 – Absentee voter – vote verification
Would require elections officials to establish a free system (typically a web site or phone number) to allow vote-by-mail voters to confirm if their ballot was counted, and if not, why not.
Status: Vetoed by Governor

AB 232 - CalSTRS Green efficiencies
Would authorize the California State Teachers Retirement System to implement technology improvements in the delivery of services to members that will reduce environmental impacts and save about 1 million dollars to the state. Examples include switching from paper transactions with customers to online and e-mail transactions.
Status: Signed into law

AB 499 – CEQA notification clarification

Would revise the California Environmental Quality Act judicial review procedures to clarify that recipients of a project approval are identified by the lead agency as the real parties in interest that must be named by the plaintiff in an appeal of the lead agency's decision. This bill intends to resolve the situation of CEQA appellants either over-naming and over-serving parties, or facing the risk their appeal may be dismissed for technical errors.
Status: Pending

AB 574 - Smoking ban on hospital campuses
Extends the current smoking ban to entire hospital campuses. Current law allows for smoking on hospital campuses when buildings are separated by more than 2,000 feet. The bill would also prohibit designated smoking areas on hospital campuses. The bill does not apply to state psychiatric hospitals.
Status: Vetoed by Governor

AB 637 - CalPERS electronic funds transfers
Would require California Public Employees' Retirement System contracting agencies to use Electronic Funds Transfer for payments and would clarify the type of interest rate that CalPERS is allowed to charge for payments that are due and unpaid.
Status: Signed into Law

AB 650 – Half Moon Bay
Directs the state to loan $10 million to the city of Half Moon Bay to assist in the purchase of the Beachwood property. The city will be required to repay the no-interest loan in 20-years.
Status: Pending

AB 734 - Horse racing: satellite wagering facilities
Authorizes the Secretary of Food and Agriculture to make money in the Inclosure Facilities Improvement Fund available to maintain operations at any fair satellite wagering facility regardless of whether the fair, or the association conducting racing at the fair, contributed to that fund. In other words, monies generated from live horse racing at fairs will be used to offset other fairs that are facing significant economic declines in satellite wagering operations. This bill will help create much needed revenue needed revenue for tracks, horsemen, breeders', and the network of California fairs.
Status: Pending

AB 787 – Vote-by-mail postage notification
Would require elections officials to notify voters of the amount of postage necessary to return a vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot if more than one first-class stamp is required. Specifically, this bill requires the elections official to notify the voter of the postage needed to return the ballot.
Status: Pending

AB 823 – Vehicle scrap program
AB 823 will save the state $7 million dollars annually by closing a loophole that currently allows anyone to receive state subsidies to repair their car if they fail smog check, regardless of income. This bill limits the availability of the funds collected in the High Polluter Repair and Removal Account to low-income applicants.
Status: Vetoed by Governor

AB 906 – Government Code Section 1090 clarification
The Energy Efficiency Partnership Program allows investor-owned utilities to establish partnerships with local agencies to implement energy efficiency projects. This bill would ensure that such contracts are not in violation of Government Code Section 1090.
Status: Signed into law

AB 1018 - Budget forecasting: State finance
Would require the Department of Finance to produce detailed long-term revenue and expenditure forecasts at four critical budgeting periods each year. The controller and treasurer would review the forecasts and present them to the Legislature.
Status: Pending

AB 1070 -Medical Board of California
Would modify and clarify the Medical Board of California's (MBC) physician licensee reporting of settlements, arbitration awards, or civil judgments related to medical malpractice. Specifically, this bill clarifies reporting processes to ensure appropriate and complete reporting; increases the penalty for failure to report specified events, and increases and establishes a cap on the penalty for failure to comply with the provision of certified medical records; and authorizes the MBC president to sit on a disciplinary panel.
Status: Signed into law

AB 1095 – Full-time faculty
Current law require community college districts with less than 75 percent of credit hours taught by full-time faculty apply a portion of program improvement allocations to meeting the 75 percent goal, but the chancellor or board of governors can waive this requirement.
This bill would prevent the chancellor and board of governors from waiving the requirement and would state the intent of the Legislature that California Community Colleges meet the 75 percent goal by 2014.
Status: Pending

AB 1272 – Helicopter landing pads
Requires a local emergency medical service to include within its trauma system plan the provision of air transport of trauma patients to, and between, trauma centers, if the local emergency medical service agency elects to implement a trauma system.
Status: Pending

AB 1358 - DUI ignition interlock device (Amendments taken in October deleted the previous contents of the bill)
Makes a technical correction related to the date of operation for Section 4 of Chapter 217 of the Statutes of 2009, which established a three-county pilot program within the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that requires a person convicted driving under the influence (DUI) to install an ignition interlock device (IID), as specified, on all vehicles he or she owns or operates.
Status: Signed into law

AB 1379 - Highway safety - spilled loads
Modifies current law regarding commercial motor transportation and spilled loads to provide that a person that is in violation of preventing the escape of materials from a vehicle on a second or subsequent violation is subject to a base fine of $50 not to exceed $100.
Status: Vetoed by Governor

AB 1397 – Tissue Donation
This bill is a clean-up measure to SB 443, Statues of 2007, which authorized the use of sperm from a donor who had tested positive for HIV or human T lymphotropic virus-1, for the purposes of insemination only after the sperm has been treated. AB 1397 clarifies which physician has the responsibility for care and for monitoring the woman for HIV during the course of the pregnancy. The bill also makes other changes to accurately represent the science, and is broad enough to encompass future advances.
Status: Vetoed by Governor

AB 1414Controlled substances
Existing law, the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act, classifies controlled substances into fire designated schedules and includes apomorphine within Schedule II. Under existing law, unlawful possession of apomorphine is a felony. This bill seeks to place apomorphine in the more appropriate Schedule V, which is used to regulate drugs with low potential for abuse and whose use is for medical purposes only. Apomorphine is a drug used to treat people with advanced Parkinson's disease and is not addictive.
Status: Pending

AB 1431 – Port of Oakland emission reductions
The bill requires the Port of Oakland establish emission reduction strategies no less stringent than emission reduction strategies employed at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach (San Pedro Ports).
Status: Pending

AB 1455 – Community Colleges
Would establish the San Mateo Community College District Baccalaureate Partnership Program, which seeks to encourage baccalaureate degree-granting institutions to partner with the San Mateo County Community College District to offer baccalaureate degree programs on the district's community college campuses.
Status: Pending

AB 1465 - Water conservation
Codifies recently approved best management practices for water conservation by the California Urban Water Conservation Council.
Status: Signed into law

AB 1487- Inmate medical expenses
Current law allows sheriffs or police chiefs to charge an inmate up to three dollars for an inmate-initiated medical visit, provided that the inmate has enough money to pay the fee. This bill increases that amount to six dollars. The money will go toward the county Inmate Welfare Fund, which is designed to provide services essential to the benefit, welfare and educational needs of the inmates.
Status: Pending

ACR 80 – Youth Bill of Rights
Would declare the Legislature's support for a Bill of Rights for the Children and Youth of California that resolves to invest in all children and youth so that certain goals may be achieved.
Status: Signed into law