CAIB Selected Bills of Interest

Selected Assembly and Senate Bills

2017-2018 Legislative Session 

 

AB 5 (Gonzalez Fletcher D)   Employers: Opportunity to Work Act.
Current Text: Introduced: 12/5/2016    Text
Current Analysis:  04/26/2017 Assembly Labor And Employment  (text 12/5/2016)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. on 4/20/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would create the Opportunity to Work Act. The bill would require an employer with 10 or more employees to offer additional hours of work to an existing nonexempt employee before hiring an additional employee or subcontractor, except as specified, would require an employer to post a notice of employee rights, as specified, and would require the employer to maintain certain documentation. The bill would authorize an employee to file a complaint for violation of these provisions with the division and to, in the alternative, bring a civil action for remedies under the act.
AB 12 (Cooley D)   State government: administrative regulations: review.
Current Text: Introduced: 12/5/2016    Text
Current Analysis:  04/03/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 12/5/2016)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. on 5/26/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would require each state agency to, on or before January 1, 2020, review that agency’s regulations, identify any regulations that are duplicative, overlapping, inconsistent, or out of date, to revise those identified regulations, as provided, and report to the Legislature and Governor, as specified. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2021.
AB 53 (Steinorth R)   Personal income taxes: deduction: homeownership savings accounts.
Current Text: Amended: 5/15/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/22/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 5/15/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-In committee: Held under submission.
Summary: Would, upon appropriation of specified funds by the Legislature, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2019, would allow a deduction, not to exceed specified amounts, of the amount a qualified taxpayer, as defined, contributed in any taxable year to a homeownership savings account and would exclude from gross income any income earned on the moneys contributed to a homeownership savings account. The bill would provide that a qualified taxpayer may withdraw amounts from a homeownership savings account to pay for qualified homeownership savings expenses, defined as expenses paid or incurred in connection with the purchase of a principal residence in this state.
AB 61 (Holden D)   State Compensation Insurance Fund: board.
Current Text: Enrolled: 9/13/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  09/06/2017 Assembly Floor Analysis  (text 8/23/2017)
Status: 9/13/2017-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
Summary: Current law establishes the State Compensation Insurance Fund to be administered by a board of directors for the purpose of transacting workers’ compensation insurance and other public employment-related insurances, as specified. This bill would require one of the board members that the Governor appoints to be a current or former small business owner who is or has been a small business owner for more than 5 years or who is a State Compensation Insurance Fund policyholder, as specified. The bill would provide that the small business owner member shall be appointed to the first board vacancy that is not left by the labor member or the member with an auditing background.
AB 75 (Steinorth R)   Personal income taxes: earned income credit.
Current Text: Amended: 3/6/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  03/24/2017 Assembly Revenue And Taxation  (text 3/6/2017)
Status: 3/27/2017-In committee: Hearing for testimony only.
Summary: Would, for taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2017, expand the earned income credit allowed by the Personal Income Tax Law by providing additional conformity with federal income tax law to include specified net earnings from self-employment in earned income, thus allowing an earned income credit for taxpayers for those earnings. This bill would additionally set the earned income tax credit adjustment factor as 85%.
AB 77 (Fong R)   Regulations: effective dates and legislative review.
Current Text: Amended: 2/7/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  04/25/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 2/7/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. on 5/26/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would require the Office of Administrative Law to submit to each house of the Legislature for review a copy of each major regulation that it submits to the Secretary of State. The bill would add another exception to those currently provided that specifies that a regulation does not become effective if the Legislature enacts a statute to override the regulation.
AB 86 (Calderon D)   Government innovation fellows program.
Current Text: Amended: 6/20/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  07/10/2017 Senate Appropriations  (text 6/20/2017)
Status: 9/1/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(12). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 7/10/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would require the Government Operations Agency to establish and administer the government innovation fellows program to identify opportunities to apply advanced skillsets and innovative practices in effective ways to improve the delivery of state governmental services through the selection and assignment of fellows within state agencies. The bill would require, prior to the selection and assignment of a fellow, and with existing resources, the Government Operations Agency to consult with state agencies, private entities, or other nongovernmental sources to obtain resources and administrative support for the program, including necessary equipment, and other related costs necessary for a fellow to complete an assigned project.
AB 150 (Mathis R)   Disabled persons: rights: liability.
Current Text: Introduced: 1/10/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  03/30/2017 Assembly Judiciary  (text 1/10/2017)
Status: 5/12/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was JUD. on 1/19/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would establish notice requirements for a plaintiff to follow before bringing an action against a small business, as defined, for an alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The bill would require the plaintiff to provide notice to a business at least 6 months before filing the complaint. The bill would also preclude commencement of an action against a small business for an alleged ADA violation if the small business has made a good faith effort to correct the alleged violation.
AB 162 (Cervantes D)   Income taxation: credits.
Current Text: Amended: 6/26/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/27/2017 Assembly Floor Analysis  (text 5/2/2017)
Status: 7/14/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was GOV. & F. on 6/8/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Current law allows a credit against the taxes imposed under the Corporation Tax Law and the Personal Income Tax Law for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2014, and before January 1, 2025, in an amount as provided in a written agreement between the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the taxpayer, agreed upon by the California Competes Tax Credit Committee, and based on specified factors, including the number of jobs the taxpayer will create or retain in the state and the amount of investment in the state by the taxpayer. This bill, to be known as the Small Business Tax Cut Act of 2017, would, for allocations for the 2018–19 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter, define “small business” as having 50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees, on average, in the current and 2 preceding tax years.
AB 221 (Gray D)   Workers’ compensation: liability for payment.
Current Text: Introduced: 1/25/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/02/2017 Assembly Insurance  (text 1/25/2017)
Status: 5/12/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was INS. on 2/6/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Current law requires an employer to provide all medical services reasonably required to cure or relieve the injured worker from the effects of the injury. This bill would provide that for claims of occupational disease or cumulative injury filed on or after January 1, 2018, the employee and the employer would have no liability for payment for medical treatment unless one or more of certain conditions are satisfied, including, among others, that the treatment was authorized by the employer.
AB 225 (Caballero D)   Personal income taxes: earned income credit: earned income amount.
Current Text: Amended: 3/20/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  04/03/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 3/20/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-In committee: Held under submission.
Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, in modified conformity with federal income tax laws, allows an earned income credit against personal income tax, and a payment from the Tax Relief and Refund Account for an allowable credit in excess of tax liability, to an eligible individual in an amount determined in accordance with federal law as applicable for federal income tax purposes for the taxable year, multiplied by the earned income tax credit adjustment factor, as specified.This bill, for specified taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2017, would increase the earned income threshold for which the phaseout begins, thereby increasing the amount of eligible taxpayers and the credit percentage for those eligible individuals for those taxable years beginning on and after January 1, 2017. The bill would suspend this increase under specified circumstances.
AB 241 (Dababneh D)   Personal information: privacy: state and local agency breach.
Current Text: Introduced: 1/30/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  04/03/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 1/30/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. on 5/26/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Current law requires a person or business, if it was the source of a data security breach, to offer to provide appropriate identity theft prevention and mitigation services at no cost to the person whose information was or may have been breached if the breach exposed or may have exposed the person’s social security number, driver’s license number, or California identification card number. This bill also would require a state or local agency, if it was the source of the breach, to offer to provide appropriate identity theft prevention and mitigation services at no cost to a person whose information was or may have been breached if the breach exposed or may have exposed the person’s social security number, driver’s license number, or California identification card number.
AB 281 (Salas D)   Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004: right to cure.
Current Text: Amended: 4/26/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/01/2017 Assembly Labor And Employment  (text 4/26/2017)
Status: 5/12/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was L. & E. on 2/13/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: The Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 authorizes an aggrieved employee who complies with specified notice and filing requirements to bring a civil action to recover specified civil penalties that would otherwise be assessed and collected by the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (agency). The act provides an employer a right to cure violations under the act, except for certain specified violations, including health and safety violations, before the aggrieved employee may bring a civil action. This bill would extend the period of time in which the employer may cure the violation from 33 to 65 calendar days.
AB 319 (Stone, Mark D)   Recycling: single-use plastic beverage container caps.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/6/2017    Text
Status: 5/12/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was NAT. RES. on 2/21/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, requires every rigid plastic packaging container, as defined, sold or offered for sale in this state, to generally meet one of specified criteria.This bill would prohibit a retailer, on and after January 1, 2020, from selling or offering for sale a single-use plastic beverage container with a cap that is not tethered to or contiguously affixed to the beverage container. The bill would define terms for purposes of these provisions.
AB 632 (Acosta R)   Small Business Procurement and Contract Act: small business and disabled veteran business enterprises.
Current Text: Amended: 3/21/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/15/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 3/21/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/17/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: The Small Business Procurement and Contract Act also authorizes a state agency to award a contract for the acquisition of goods, services, or information technology that has an estimated value of greater than $5,000, but less than $250,000, to a certified small business, including a microbusiness, or to a disabled veteran business enterprise, as long as the agency obtains price quotations from 2 or more certified small business, including a microbusiness, or from a disabled veteran business enterprise, without complying with specified competitive bidding requirements. Current law requires a bidder under these provisions to submit a written declaration under penalty of perjury.This bill would increase the value of the contract to greater than $5,000, but less than $500,000, for disabled veteran business enterprises under these provisions.
AB 656 (Kiley R)   Income taxes: credits: unemployment insurance tax.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/14/2017    Text
Status: 4/3/2017-In committee: Set, second hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Summary: Current federal law, the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, provides a credit against this income tax for contributions made to certified state unemployment compensation programs, but reduces this credit when a state has a debt to the Federal Unemployment Trust Account, thus requiring employers to pay more federal unemployment tax. California has a debt to the Federal Unemployment Trust Account. This bill, under both laws, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, would allow a credit to employers in an amount equal to the reduction in credit under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act due to the state borrowing from the Federal Unemployment Trust Account.
AB 767 (Quirk-Silva D)   Master Business License Act.
Current Text: Amended: 5/3/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  04/23/2017 Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, And The Economy  (text 2/15/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. on 5/3/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would create within the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, or its successor, a business license center to develop and administer an online master business license system to simplify the process of engaging in business in this state. The bill would set forth the duties and responsibilities of the business license center. The bill would require each state regulatory agency to cooperate and provide reasonable assistance to the office to implement these provisions.
AB 782 (Acosta R)   California Health Insurance Fairness Act: personal income tax: deduction: medical insurance.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/15/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/05/2017 Assembly Revenue And Taxation  (text 2/15/2017)
Status: 5/8/2017-In committee: Set, first hearing. Failed passage.
Summary: Would, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, allow a deduction from gross income under the Personal Income Tax Law for the amounts paid or incurred by a taxpayer during the taxable year for medical insurance for medical care, as defined, and for transportation for and essential to that medical care, as provided. The bill would not allow as an itemized deduction, the amount allowed as a deduction from gross income as provided.
AB 831 (Patterson R)   Personal income and corporation taxes: credits: compliance.
Current Text: Amended: 4/25/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/01/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 4/25/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-In committee: Held under submission.
Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws.This bill would allow a credit against those taxes for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2017, for microbusinesses, as defined, for costs paid or incurred during the taxable year with regard to compliance with state laws and regulations in an amount equal to $25 for each person-hour spent on compliance with state regulations and laws, not to exceed $1,200, or $1,200, as provided. This bill contains other related provisions.
AB 912 (Obernolte R)   Small business: California Small Business Regulatory Fairness Act.
Current Text: Amended: 4/19/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/15/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 4/19/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/17/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would require a state agency to assist a small business, as defined, in complying with all statutes and regulations administered by the state agency and in any enforcement action by the state agency. The bill would require a state agency to establish a policy, by December 31, 2018, that provides for the reduction of civil penalties for violations of regulatory or statutory requirements by a small business under appropriate circumstances. The bill would authorize the state agency to update the policy to reflect current issues and conditions affecting small businesses and the state agency.
AB 1173 (Harper R)   Employment: work hours: holiday season: overtime.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/17/2017    Text
Status: 4/28/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2). (Last location was L. & E. on 3/9/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would establish an overtime exemption for an employee-selected holiday season flexible work schedule. The exemption would allow during the holiday season, as defined, at the request of an individual nonexempt employee working in the retail industry, and upon employer approval, an employee-selected flexible work schedule providing for workdays up to 10 hours per day within a 40-hour workweek. The employer would be obligated to pay overtime based on the employee’s regular rate of pay, as prescribed, for all hours worked over 40 hours in a workweek or over 10 hours in a workday, whichever is greater.
AB 1216 (Choi R)   Corporation Tax Law: credit: employment.
Current Text: Amended: 5/16/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/22/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 5/16/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-In committee: Held under submission.
Summary: The Corporation Tax Law allows various credits against the taxes imposed by that law. This bill, upon appropriation of specified funds by the Legislature, for each taxable year beginning on and after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2025, would allow a credit against the taxes imposed under that law to a qualified taxpayer, as defined to mean a taxpayer that increases its workforce by 20 annual full-time equivalent qualified employees, as compared to the taxpayer’s base year, in an amount equal to 17.5% of qualified wages paid or incurred during the taxable year to a qualified employee, not to exceed $5,000,000 per qualified taxpayer per taxable year.
AB 1635 (Quirk-Silva D)   Public contracts: small business participation.
Current Text: Amended: 4/5/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/08/2017 Assembly Appropriations  (text 4/5/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/10/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would require a state agency, as defined, to establish and achieve an annual goal that at least 25% of the procurement activities administered by that agency include a small business participant, to ensure that the agency’s procurement practices are administered in a manner that supports the agency in meeting or exceeding the goal, and to report to the director statistics regarding small business participation in the agency’s procurement activities. The bill would require the Department of General Services to monitor the progress of the agencies toward meeting the goal and to provide this information to the Office of Small Business Advocate.
ACA 4 (Aguiar-Curry D)   Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/17/2017    Text
Status: 4/24/2017-Referred to Coms. on L. GOV. and APPR.
Summary: Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval.
SB 63 (Jackson D)   Unlawful employment practice: parental leave.
Current Text: Enrolled: 9/15/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  09/13/2017 Senate Floor Analyses  (text 9/8/2017)
Status: 9/19/2017-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
Summary: Would prohibit an employer, as defined, from refusing to allow an employee with more than 12 months of service with the employer, who has at least 1,250 hours of service with the employer during the previous 12-month period, and who works at a worksite in which the employer employs at least 20 employees within 75 miles, to take up to 12 weeks of parental leave to bond with a new child within one year of the child’s birth, adoption, or foster care placement. The bill would also prohibit an employer from refusing to maintain and pay for coverage under a group health plan for an employee who takes this leave.
SB 182 (Bradford D)   Transportation network company: participating drivers: single business license.
Current Text: Enrolled: 9/15/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  09/08/2017 Senate Floor Analyses  (text 8/21/2017)
Status: 9/15/2017-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
Summary: Would prohibit any local jurisdiction, as defined, that requires a driver, as defined, to obtain a business license, as defined, to operate as a driver for a transportation network company, from requiring that driver to obtain more than a single business license, as specified, regardless of the number of local jurisdictions in which the driver operates. The bill would require the driver to obtain a business license in the local jurisdiction in which the driver is domiciled, except as specified. The bill would require each transportation network company to notify its drivers of the obligations set forth in these provisions.
SB 189 (Bradford D)   Workers’ compensation: definition of employee.
Current Text: Enrolled: 9/18/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  09/11/2017 Senate Floor Analyses  (text 9/7/2017)
Status: 9/21/2017-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 5:30 p.m. (Corrected September 19).
Summary: Would expand the scope of the exception from the definition of an employee to apply to an officer or member of the board of directors of a quasi-public or private corporation, except as specified, who owns at least 10% of the issued and outstanding stock, or 1% of the issued and outstanding stock of the corporation if that officer’s or member’s parent, grandparent, sibling, spouse, or child owns at least 10% of the issued and outstanding stock of the corporation and that officer or member is covered by a health care service plan or a health insurance policy, and executes a written waiver, as described above. The bill would expand the scope of the exception to apply to an owner of a professional corporation, as defined, who is a practitioner rendering the professional services for which the professional corporation is organized, and who executes a document, in writing and under penalty of perjury, both waiving his or her rights under the laws governing workers’ compensation, and stating that he or she is covered by a health insurance policy or a health care service plan.
SB 244 (Lara D)   Privacy: agencies: personal information.
Current Text: Amended: 9/8/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  09/08/2017 Assembly Floor Analysis  (text 9/8/2017)
Status: 9/14/2017-Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Calderon.
Summary: Current law regulates various professions and vocations by various boards within the Department of Consumer Affairs. Current law requires those boards, the State Bar of California, and the Department of Real Estate to require a licensee, at the time of issuance of a license, to provide specified information, including the licensee’s federal employer identification number, if the licensee is a partnership, or his or her social security number or individual taxpayer identification number. Current law provides that the applicant’s federal employer identification number, social security number, or individual taxpayer identification number information is not a public record and is not open to the public for inspection. This bill would revise this provision to provide that information is not open for public inspection, is confidential, and shall not be disclosed, except as specified.
SB 248 (Morrell R)   Minimum annual tax: exemptions.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/7/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/05/2017 Senate Governance And Finance  (text 2/7/2017)
Status: 5/9/2017-May 10 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
Summary: Current law, generally, imposes a minimum franchise tax of $800, except as provided, on every corporation incorporated in this state, qualified to transact intrastate business in this state, or doing business in this state, and a minimum annual tax on every limited partnership, limited liability partnership, and limited liability company registered, qualified to transact business, or doing business in this state, as specified. This bill would, for the first 6 taxable years of a corporation, limited partnership, limited liability partnership, and limited liability company that is a small business, as defined, and that first commences business operations on or after January 1, 2018, and before January 1, 2024, reduce that minimum tax, as provided.
SB 306 (Hertzberg D)   Retaliation actions: complaints: administrative review.
Current Text: Chaptered: 10/3/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  09/13/2017 Senate Floor Analyses  (text 9/8/2017)
Status: 10/3/2017-Approved by the Governor. Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 460, Statutes of 2017.
Summary: Would authorize the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement to commence an investigation of an employer, with or without a complaint being filed, when specified retaliation or discrimination is suspected during the course of a wage claim or other specified investigation being conducted by the Labor Commissioner. The bill would also authorize the commissioner, upon finding reasonable cause to believe that any person has engaged in or is engaging in a violation, to petition a superior court for prescribed injunctive relief.
SB 524 (Vidak R)   Employment: violations: good faith defense.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/16/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  04/24/2017 Senate Labor And Industrial Relations  (text 2/16/2017)
Status: 7/14/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was L. & I.R. on 3/2/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Under current law, an employer may face administrative sanctions, civil fines and penalties, and criminal penalties for violations of employment statutes or regulations. This bill would permit a person to raise as an affirmative defense that, at the time of an alleged violation of statute or regulation in a judicial or administrative proceeding, the person was acting in good faith, had sought, relied upon, and conformed with a published opinion letter or enforcement policy of the division, and had provided true and correct information to the division in seeking the opinion letter or enforcement policy.
SB 551 (Hueso D)   Capital Access Loan Program for Small Businesses.
Current Text: Amended: 9/6/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  06/19/2017 Assembly Jobs, Economic Development, And The Economy  (text 6/12/2017)
Status: 9/11/2017-Re-referred to Coms. on J., E.D., & E. and B. & F. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
Summary: Would transfer the administration of specified loans to qualified small businesses under the Capital Access Loan Program for small businesses from the California Pollution Control Financing Authority to the California Small Business Finance Center, and would make conforming changes to that effect. This bill would provide that the authority will continue to administer other capital access loan programs that do not exclusively relate to loans given to qualified small businesses, including the California Americans with Disabilities Small Business Capital Access Loan Program and the California Seismic Safety Capital Access Loan Program.
SB 600 (Galgiani D)   Sales and use taxes: exemption: manufacturing and research: useful life: electric power generation.
Current Text: Amended: 5/3/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/15/2017 Senate Appropriations  (text 5/3/2017)
Status: 5/26/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(5). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/25/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Sales and use tax laws partially exempt from those taxes, for a specified period, the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption of, specified tangible personal property purchased for use by a qualified person, as defined, to be used primarily in manufacturing or other processes, and in research and development. On and after July 1, 2014, tangible personal property with a useful life of one or more years, as defined by reference to state income or franchise taxes, is deemed to have a useful life of one or more years for purposes of the exemption. This bill would define “useful life” for periods on and after July 1, 2014, to also include tangible personal property that is expensed for state income or franchise tax purposes and that has a physical useful life of one or more years.
SB 605 (Galgiani D)   Small Business Procurement and Contract Act: small business.
Current Text: Enrolled: 9/15/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  09/13/2017 Senate Floor Analyses  (text 7/18/2017)
Status: 9/19/2017-Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
Summary: Current law defines a “microbusiness” as a small business which, together with affiliates, has average annual gross receipts of $2.5 million, as may be adjusted to reflect changes in the California Consumer Price Index, or less over the previous 3 years. Current law requires the director to conduct a biennial review of those average annual gross receipt levels and authorizes the Director of General Services to adjust the average annual gross receipts threshold to reflect changes in the California Consumer Price Index for all items. This bill would revise those definitions to increase, commencing January 1, 2019, the dollar amount threshold for a small business to $15 million and for a microbusiness to $5 million and commencing on that date would require those dollar amounts to be adjusted to reflect changes in the California Consumer Price Index biennially.
SB 640 (Hertzberg D)   Taxation.
Current Text: Introduced: 2/17/2017    Text
Status: 5/12/2017-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(3). (Last location was GOV. & F. on 3/2/2017)(May be acted upon Jan 2018)
Summary: Would make legislative findings regarding responding to pending proposals for federal tax reform and California’s tax climate and would state that the intent of the bill is to make 3 changes to taxation within the state, including broadening the tax base by imposing a modest sales tax on services. This bill would also establish the Retail Sales Tax on Services Fund in the State Treasury and state the intent of the Legislature that moneys in the fund would be appropriated to, among other purposes, provide tax relief to middle- and low-income Californians to offset the effect of a sales tax on services.
SB 726 (Wiener D)   Taxation: estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.
Current Text: Amended: 3/23/2017    Text
Status: 4/20/2017-April 26 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
Summary: Current law, as added by an initiative measure that was approved by voters as Proposition 6 at the June 8, 1982, statewide primary election, prohibits the Legislature or a political subdivision of the state from imposing any tax on or by reason of any transfer occurring by reason of death. Current law imposes a California estate tax, commonly referred to as the “pick up tax,” equal to a certain portion of the maximum allowable amount of credit for state death taxes allowable under applicable federal estate tax law. The Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 phased out the allowance of this credit, and, as of 2005, no longer allows a person to claim a credit of this nature under federal law. Therefore, the “pick up tax” is no longer imposed in California. This bill would propose to the voters a repeal of the above initiative measure.
SB 772 (Leyva D)   Occupational safety and health: regulations.
Current Text: Amended: 9/7/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  09/07/2017 Assembly Floor Analysis  (text 9/7/2017)
Status: 9/7/2017-Read third time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
Summary: Current law exempts a standard or amendment to any standard adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board that is substantially the same as a federal standard from specified provisions of the existing Administrative Procedure Act, including a requirement that a state agency proposing to adopt, amend, or repeal a major regulation, as defined, on or after November 1, 2013, prepare a standardized regulatory impact analysis in the manner prescribed by the Department of Finance. This bill would exempt any occupational safety and health standard and order from the standardized regulatory impact analysis requirement.
SCA 3 (Dodd D)   Local government financing: public libraries: voter approval.
Current Text: Amended: 3/6/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/03/2017 Senate Floor Analyses  (text 3/6/2017)
Status: 9/13/2017-Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Dodd.
Summary: Would create an additional exception to the 1% limit for a rate imposed by a city, county, city and county, or special district to service bonded indebtedness incurred to fund public library facilities, that is approved by 55% of the voters of the city, county, city and county, or special district, as applicable, if the proposition meets specified requirements. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
SCA 6 (Wiener D)   Local transportation measures: special taxes: voter approval.
Current Text: Amended: 5/1/2017    Text
Current Analysis:  05/22/2017 Senate Appropriations  (text 5/1/2017)
Status: 5/25/2017-May 25 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
Summary: Would require that the imposition, extension, or increase by a local government of a special tax as may otherwise be authorized by law, whether a sales or transactions and use tax, parcel tax, or other tax for the purpose of providing funding for transportation purposes be submitted to the electorate by ordinance and approved by 55% of the voters voting on the proposition. The measure would authorize an ordinance submitted to the voters for approval under these provisions to provide, as otherwise authorized by law, for the issuance of bonds payable from the revenues from the special tax.

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