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The Pension Fund That Ate California – A MUST READ for Californian’s

This is an informative article documenting the history of how California has bankrupted itself. 
 
By:Steven Malanga
 
CalPERS’s corruption, insider dealing, and politicized investments have overwhelmed taxpayers with debt.

After spending years dogged by unpaid debts, California labor leader Charles Valdes filed for bankruptcy in the 1990s—twice. At the same time, he held one of the most influential positions in the American financial system: chair of the investment committee for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, the nation’s largest pension fund for government workers. Valdes left the board in 2010 and now faces scrutiny for accepting gifts from another former board member, Alfred Villalobos—who, the state alleges, spent tens of thousands of dollars trying to influence how the fund invested its assets. Questioned by investigators about his dealings with Villalobos, Valdes invoked the Fifth Amendment 126 times.

Illustration by Sean Delonas

Illustrations by Sean Delonas

California taxpayers help fund CalPERS’s pensions and ultimately guarantee them, so they might wonder: How could a financially troubled former union leader occupy such a powerful position at the giant retirement system, which manages roughly $230 billion in assets? The answer lies in CalPERS’s three-decade-long transformation from a prudently managed steward of workers’ pensions into a highly politicized advocate for special interests. Unlike most government pension funds, CalPERS has become an outright lobbyist for higher member benefits, including a huge pension increase that is now consuming California state and local budgets. CalPERS’s members, who elect representatives to the fund’s board of directors, ignored concerns over Valdes’s suitability because they liked how he fought for those plusher benefits.

CalPERS has also steered billions of dollars into politically connected firms. And it has ventured into “socially responsible” investment strategies, making bad bets that have lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Such dubious practices have piled up a crushing amount of pension debt, which California residents—and their children—will somehow have to repay.

When California’s government-employee pension system was established in 1932, it was a model of restraint. Private-sector pensions were still rare back then, but California lawmakers had a particular reason for wanting a public-sector pension system: without one, unproductive older workers had an incentive to stay on the job and just “go through the motions” to get a paycheck, as a 1929 state commission put it. Pensions would encourage those workers to retire. The commission cautioned, however, against setting a retirement age so low that it would “encourage or permit the granting of any retirement allowance to an able-bodied person in middle life.”

Accordingly, California set its initial retirement age for state workers (and, beginning in 1939, for local-government employees) at 65, at a time when the average 20-year-old entering the workforce could expect to live for another 46 years, until 66. The system’s first pensions were modest, though far from miserly. An employee’s pension equaled 1.43 percent of his average salary over his last five years on the job, multiplied by the total number of years he had worked. That formula typically provided workers with pensions equal to half or more of their final salaries, noted California’s Little Hoover Commission, a government agency, in a 2010 study. For example, a state worker who retired at 65 after 40 years on the job would qualify for a pension equal to 57.2 percent of his average final salary (that’s 40 times 1.43). If that salary was $50,000, his pension would be nearly $29,000.

The pensions were funded by three sources: contributions from employers (that is, state and local governments); contributions from employees (though some governments opted to cover that expense); and money that the pension fund would gain by investing those contributions. With the 1929 stock-market crash in mind, California opted for a cautious investment approach, allowing the fund to buy only safe federal Treasury bonds and state municipal bonds. “An unsound system,” the 1929 commission warned, would be “worse than none.” The employees’ contributions were fixed, so if investment returns weren’t sufficient to fund the promised pensions, the employers’ contributions would have to increase to make up the difference.

In 1961, California enhanced non-public-safety state workers’ retirement packages by enrolling them in federal Social Security, a program that’s optional for state and local government employees. But the state made few other changes to the pension system over its first 30 years.

Then came the late sixties, a time of rapidly growing public-sector union power. In 1968, the California state legislature added one of the most expensive of all retirement perks, annual cost-of-living adjustments, to CalPERS pensions. Other enhancements followed quickly, including, in 1970, a far more generous pension formula: a worker’s pension was calculated from 2 percent, not 1.43 percent, of his average final salary, and he could start getting his pension at 60, rather than 65. Thus, an employee who worked for 40 years and retired at 60 with an average final salary of $50,000 could collect an annual pension equal to 80 percent of that sum, or $40,000; if he kept working for another five years, his pension fattened to 90 percent of his final average. In 1983, public-safety workers got an even better pension formula: 2.5 percent of average final salary for every year worked, which could be taken starting at 55. A police officer or firefighter who began work at 20 and retired 35 years later with a final average salary of $50,000 now qualified for a yearly pension of almost $44,000.

As benefits increased, so did pressure to pay for them by boosting CalPERS’s investment returns. The shift started in 1966 when voters approved Proposition 1, a measure, promoted by CalPERS, that let it invest up to 25 percent of its portfolio in stocks. The timing wasn’t ideal, since the long economic stagnation of the late sixties and seventies had left equity markets struggling for gains. But by the early eighties, markets were roaring again, and CalPERS asked for permission to invest up to 60 percent of its portfolio in stocks. Voters rejected that ballot initiative but approved another, Proposition 21, in 1984, which likewise let CalPERS expand its investments —and didn’t specify a percentage limit. Instead, Prop. 21 supposedly protected taxpayers with a clause that held CalPERS board members personally responsible if they didn’t act prudently. The proposition received the enthusiastic backing of government unions and CalPERS board president Robert Carlson, former head of the powerful California State Employees Association. CalPERS’s conservative investment approach, Carlson and other supporters argued, was shortchanging the state’s taxpayers. After all, the better the investment returns were, the less state and local governments would need to pay into the pension fund.

Despite the new investment strategy, the costs of the enlarged pensions weighed heavily on California’s budget. In 1991, with the nation mired in a recession and the state in a fiscal crisis, the California legislature closed the existing pension system to new workers, for whom it created a second “tier.” This less expensive plan no longer required the worker to make a pension contribution, and it lowered the value of his pension to 1.25 percent of his final average salary for every year he had worked; further, he could begin to receive the pension only at 65. A 40-year veteran with a final average salary of $50,000 would thus qualify for a $25,000 pension, plus Social Security benefits.

The state’s public-sector unions hated the new tier, of course, and their growing influence over CalPERS’s board of directors meant that it, too, was soon lobbying against the 1991 reform. Six of the board’s 13 members are chosen by government workers, and as union power grew in California, those six increasingly tended to be labor honchos. Two more members are statewide elected officials (California’s treasurer and controller), and another two are appointed by the governor—so by 1999, when union-backed Gray Davis became governor and union-backed Phil Angelides became state treasurer, the CalPERS board was wearing a “union label,” noted the New York Times. As the newspaper added, critics worried that the board had become so partisan that its “ability to provide for the 1.3 million public employees whose pensions it guarantees” was in doubt.

The critics were right to worry about CalPERS’s bias. In 1999, the fund’s board concocted an astonishing proposal that would take all the post-1991 state employees and retroactively put them in the older, more expensive pension system. The initiative went still further, lowering the retirement age for all state workers and sweetening the pension formula for police and firefighters even more. Public-safety workers could potentially retire at 50 with 90 percent of their salaries, and other government workers at 55 with 60 percent of their salaries.

CalPERS wrote the legislation for these changes and then persuaded lawmakers to pass it. In pushing for the change, though, the pension fund downplayed the risks involved. A 17-page brochure about the proposal that Cal- PERS handed to legislators reads like a pitch letter, not a serious fiscal analysis. The state could offer these fantastic benefits to workers at no cost, proclaimed the brochure: “No increase over current employer contributions is needed for these benefit improvements.” The state’s annual contribution to the pension fund—$776 million in 1998—would remain relatively unchanged in the years ahead, the brochure predicted.

CalPERS board members also minimized the plan’s risks. Board president William Crist contended in the press that the bigger benefits would be covered by the pension fund’s market returns. Labor leader Valdes blasted critics who warned about potential stock-market declines, saying that they were trying to deny workers a piece of the good times. What the board members didn’t mention was that California law protected government pensions, so that taxpayers would be on the hook for any shortfall in pension funding. In essence, the CalPERS position was that government workers should carry zero risk, sharing the bounty when the fund’s investments did well but losing nothing when the investments went south.

But the board members knew that there was a downside. CalPERS staff had provided them with scenarios based on different ways the market might perform. In the worst case, a long 1970s-style downturn, government contributions to the fund would have to rise by billions of dollars (which is basically what wound up happening). CalPERS neglected to include that worst-case scenario in its legislative brochure. And though the board later claimed that it had offered a full analysis to anyone who asked, key players at the time deny it. Even the state senator who sponsored the law, Deborah Ortiz, says that lawmakers received little of substance from the fund’s representatives. “We probed and probed and asked questions 100 times,” she told the San Jose Mercury News in 2003. “The CalPERS staff assured us that even in the worst-case scenario the state’s general fund would take a $300 million hit,” a manageable sum in a $99 billion state budget. (The actual cost to the state budget, it turned out, was more than ten times that estimate—and it’s still climbing.)

CalPERS also misled legislators and the press about the 1991 pension tier that it was pushing to repeal. In its brochure, the fund implied that the retirement pay that rank-and-file service workers got under the 1991 plan was tantamount to poverty. It didn’t mention that many state workers also received Social Security payments, which add substantially to retirement income.

California lawmakers easily passed the new pension deal in 1999. The bill, signed by Governor Davis with little fanfare, immediately generated pressure on local governments to match the new benefits for their own employees. In 2001, legislators passed a measure allowing municipal workers covered by the CalPERS system to bargain for the same benefits that the state workers had just won. Like state legislators, many local officials believed that CalPERS surpluses would pay for the benefits. Expensive new benefits spread across the state “like a grass fire,” Tony Oliveira, president of the California State Association of Counties, remembered in 2010.

Illustration by Sean Delonas

That frenzy to expand benefits took place even though the air was already coming out of the economy. The tech-stock bubble deflated in the spring of 2000, shattering the NASDAQ market and driving down the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The American economy plunged into recession the following year, a slowdown made far worse by the terrorist attacks of September 11. By the close of trading on September 17, 2001, the Dow stood at 8,920.70, down nearly a quarter from its early-2000 all-time high of 11,722.

CalPERS has the exclusive power to determine the size of state and local governments’ contributions into the fund. As its investments tanked, it quickly boosted those contributions to compensate. By mid-decade, local officials were frantically telling the California press that the contributions were squeezing out other forms of spending. Glendale, a Los Angeles suburb, watched its annual pension bill rocket from $1.3 million in 2003 to $13.7 million in 2007—nearly a tenfold increase. San Jose’s tab almost doubled, from $73 million in 2001 to $122 million in 2007, and then rose even faster over the next three years, hitting a jaw-dropping $245 million in 2010. San Bernardino’s annual pension obligations rose from $5 million in 2000 to about $26 million last year. The state budget took a massive hit, too, its pension costs lurching from $611 million in 2001 to $3.5 billion in 2010.

Even those sums understated the problem. As a backlash grew to the larger bills that it was sending to municipalities and the state, CalPERS used a series of fiscal gimmicks to limit the immediate impact on balance sheets. Typically, to protect governments from violent swings in contributions every year, pension funds like CalPERS average their investment returns over three years, hoping that good years offset bad years. In 2005, CalPERS extended the performance average to 15 years, an extraordinarily long period that blended the fund’s losses in the 2000s with its gains way back in the 1990s—thus reducing state and local governments’ immediate costs, which remained overwhelming nevertheless. Then, in 2009, CalPERS told governments that they could pay off the higher bills from the previous year’s scary market drop over the next three decades, pushing the bill for the financial meltdown to the next generation. The pension fund made a similar move in 2011: after revising downward its absurdly optimistic predictions of future investment gains, it gave governments 20 years to finance the higher resulting costs.

Both Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and his successor, Jerry Brown, scorched CalPERS for the tricks. “The state should decline to participate in any effort to shift more costs to our children,” said Schwarzenegger, who offered to give CalPERS $1.2 billion more out of his budget for pensions. Still trying to minimize the impact on current budgets, the fund declined and took a $200 million hike instead.

CalPERS contended that the state’s escalating pension costs shouldn’t be blamed on the expensive 1999 legislation. The real culprit, it claimed, was the stock market’s slump, which hurt investment returns. But back when it was promoting the legislation in 1999, CalPERS had hyped Pollyannaish projections of 8 percent average annual returns, which proved crucial to getting the change through the legislature.

Another reason not to buy CalPERS’s stock-market excuse is that its losses have been far worse than they should have been, thanks to a number of overly risky investment practices. Wilshire Consulting reported last year that CalPERS’s returns over the past five years have trailed those of 99 percent of large public pension funds.

Why? Recall that back in 1984, Proposition 21 gave CalPERS’s board greater latitude in allocating investments. Initially, the shift seemed to bolster the fund’s assets: CalPERS’s investment income rose from $1.5 billion in 1982 to $3.3 billion in 1985 to $6.1 billion in 1990. Even more spectacularly, CalPERS earned $68 billion during the tech boom of 1994 through 1998. But those rich gains had an unforeseen consequence: they prompted the call for higher benefits that resulted in the lavish new pension deal of 1999, which, in turn, led to a search for even greater investment returns in progressively riskier investment strategies.

CalPERS’s investments in real estate, which had begun cautiously in the 1960s, exemplify the wrong turn. The fund started expanding its real-estate portfolio during the 1990s tech boom. Then, as its stock investments slid at the turn of the millennium, it chased even higher returns in real estate. Between 2004 and 2006, as the country’s real-estate bubble was inflating, CalPERS pumped $7 billion into the sector, most of it in a few places that later became ground zero for the housing bust. By 2008, the fund owned 288,000 homes and lots, 80 percent of them in property-bubble states California, Florida, and Arizona. The fund’s real-estate portfolio grew from 5 percent of its assets in mid-2005 to 10 percent by June 2008, even as real estate was already collapsing in CalPERS’s biggest markets.

The portfolio included a $500 million bet on two large apartment complexes in New York City—Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town—that went bust in a high-profile default. There was also an investment of nearly $1 billion in Landsource Communities, which planned to develop some 15,000 acres in California’s Santa Clarita Valley but eventually filed for bankruptcy. By 2011, the value of the fund’s real-estate holdings had declined by 49 percent, resulting in $11 billion in losses.

Desperate for higher returns, CalPERS also bought the riskiest portions of collateralized-debt obligations, accumulating $140 million of them by 2007. These were the packages of debt, largely subprime mortgages, whose defaults helped trigger the 2008 financial meltdown. According to a 2007 story by Bloomberg News, CalPERS bought these investments, known as “toxic waste” on Wall Street, from Citigroup, one of the sinking firms that the government later bailed out. “I have trouble understanding public pension funds’ delving into equity tranches, unless they know something the market doesn’t know,” Edward Altman of New York University told Bloomberg about the CalPERS buys. “If there’s a meltdown, which I expect, it will hit those tranches first.”

The decline in property values also squeezed CalPERS’s cash flow, forcing the fund to sell off weakened stocks “at exactly the wrong time,” concludes a study by Andrew Ang, a professor at Columbia University’s business school, and Knut Kjaer, an investment manager. Their paper on Cal- PERS’s panic selling in 2008 notes that the cash-hungry fund sold 2.3 million shares of Apple Inc. for $370 million; those shares would be worth nearly $1.5 billion today.

Prop. 21 had another effect that proved disastrous for CalPERS’s performance: turning the fund into a mammoth would-be activist. The initiative passed at a time when many companies were closing down their own corporate-directed pension funds and switching to defined-contribution plans, in which the assets are directed by the wishes of individual employees, not concentrated in a single fund. As a consequence, the newly empowered CalPERS was left one of the biggest shareholders in America. And over time, the CalPERS board started using its newfound power to enforce its own political agenda, often without meeting its fiduciary responsibility to invest the fund’s money wisely.

Leading the charge after becoming state treasurer in 1999 was Phil Angelides, who announced that he wanted to “mobilize the power of the capital markets for public purpose.” During Angelides’ tenure, according to a Sacramento Bee analysis, a third of his office’s press releases concerned his actions on the boards of CalPERS and of CalPERS’s sister fund, the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS). For example, soon after Angelides took his board seats, he persuaded CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest shares in tobacco companies. Depressed at the time, those shares soon began to rise; a 2008 CalSTRS report estimated that the funds missed $1 billion in profits because of the divestiture. CalPERS also banned investments in developing countries like India, Thailand, and China because they didn’t meet Angelides’ labor or ethical standards. A 2007 CalPERS report calculated that its investments in developing markets underperformed an international emerging-markets index by 2.6 percent. Cost to the fund: $400 million.

Angelides wasn’t alone. Union officials and other CalPERS board members pursued their own political agendas, demanding, for instance, that the fund not invest in firms and countries that lacked worker-friendly labor policies. By 2011, according to a Mercer Consulting report, CalPERS had adopted 111 different policy statements on the environment, social conditions, and corporate governance, all dictating or restricting how its funds could be invested.

CalPERS leaped into “social investing” at exactly the wrong time. That trend had gained currency in the 1990s with an emphasis on buying into environmentally “clean” companies. Tech firms were high on the list, so the 1990s Internet start-up boom made social investing seem like a sound financial strategy. But when CalPERS debuted its Double Bottom Line initiative in 2000—so called because it would supposedly produce both good returns and good social policy—the tech bubble had already popped.

Many socially conscious investors then turned their attention to another industry that didn’t pollute: finance. One social-investing research firm named Fannie Mae the leading corporate citizen in America from 2000 through 2004. Other finance firms that attracted big cash from social investors included AIG, Citigroup, and Bank of America, according to an analysis by American Enterprise Institute adjunct fellow Jon Entine. When the market for shares of these firms imploded in 2008, so did the performance of social investors.

Yet another feature of CalPERS that has cost taxpayers is double-dealing by the board, ranging from awarding contracts to political donors to alleged outright corruption. In 2010, Jerry Brown, California’s attorney general at the time, launched a lawsuit accusing Alfred Villalobos of trying to bribe current board members (including Charles Valdes) to win investment business for his clients, mostly large financial firms that wanted a piece of the huge CalPERS portfolio. Villalobos pulled in $47 million as a go-between, the suit charged. A month after the lawsuit was announced, Villalobos filed for personal bankruptcy, temporarily blocking the suit. In 2011, the Internal Revenue Service accused him of intentionally depleting his assets while in bankruptcy, including gambling some away in Nevada casinos. News reports revealed that Villalobos had previously filed for bankruptcy, a decade before serving on the CalPERS board.

The lawsuit also accused former CalPERS chief executive Fred Buenrostro of accepting gifts from Villalobos. Separately, a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit filed last year accused Buenrostro of forging a document to help Villalobos win a big payment from a client. An internal CalPERS investigation quoted Buenrostro’s wife as calling her husband a “puppet” of Villalobos. The report also pointed out that Buenrostro often intervened with the CalPERS staff on behalf of his acquaintances in the investment world—“friends of Fred,” as the staffers called them.

Buenrostro and Villalobos have denied any wrongdoing, and investigations continue. In December 2011, after more than a year’s delay, a judge finally ruled that the state’s case against Villalobos could proceed, his bankruptcy filing notwithstanding.

These blockbuster allegations of influence-peddling came after nearly a decade of warnings of apparent conflicts of interest within CalPERS, prompting Businessweek to observe “an unpleasant whiff of pork-barrel politics rising from the board.” One example involved Ron Burkle, a major political donor in California. Burkle was a significant giver to Angelides’ campaign for treasurer, and he employed another board member, former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, to do legal work for him. But Burkle’s closest ties were with Governor Gray Davis: he gave $600,000 to Davis’s gubernatorial campaign and appointed Davis’s wife to the board of directors of one of his companies. CalPERS invested some $760 million in Burkle’s private equity funds from 2000 through 2002.

Another disturbing case involved board member Sean Harrigan, also an officer of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Between 2000 and 2004, the Sacramento Bee reported, Harrigan openly solicited donations for a union campaign fund from various investment companies that won multimillion-dollar deals from CalPERS. The companies ponied up $300,000. A CalPERS spokesperson said that the fund was unaware that Harrigan was soliciting donations from firms that did business with it, adding that there was no prohibition within CalPERS against the practice.

Illustration by Sean Delonas

Criticized for scandals and for its staggering long-term pension debt, CalPERS has endorsed a series of minor reforms. They include an assessment of the board’s performance every two years by an independent auditor and the online posting of board members’ and staffers’ travel expenses. CalPERS also now limits to $50 the gifts that board members can receive from anyone doing business with the fund. However, Governor Brown’s proposal to reform the CalPERS board by adding two new members with financial expertise failed to make it past the union-friendly state assembly, which argued that any changes to the board’s composition should be negotiated between government unions and the state. For now, it seems, CalPERS will remain under union control.

CalPERS and its legislative allies keep resisting the one reform that would truly free California taxpayers from this ruinous pension system: moving it toward a 401(k)-style defined-contribution plan, as other states and municipalities, including Utah and Rhode Island, have done. In a defined-contribution plan, the government’s commitment ends after it makes its annual required contribution into a worker’s retirement account; the taxpayer’s liability also ends there. Under the CalPERS regime, by contrast, employees are guaranteed benefits even if the government hasn’t put aside money to pay for them, placing all the future liability on the taxpayer. Defined-contribution systems like Utah’s also aren’t as easy to manipulate politically as CalPERS-style pension plans because the money goes into workers’ individual accounts, not into a massive portfolio controlled by a politically appointed or an elected board of directors.

Right now, the pension bill that Californians owe because of CalPERS is enormous. In a December 2011 study, former Democratic assemblyman Joe Nation, a public finance expert at Stanford University, estimated that CalPERS’s long-term pension debt is a sizable $170 billion if CalPERS achieves an average annual investment return of 6.2 percent in years to come. If the return is just 4.5 percent annually—a rate close to what more conservative private pensions often shoot for—the fund’s long-term liability rises to a forbidding $290 billion. By contrast, CalPERS itself estimated its long-term unfunded liability at merely $80 billion, using a lofty projected annual investment return of 7.75 percent. (The fund has recently cut that estimate to 7.5 percent.)

Last August, California did pass modest pension reforms, which apply mostly to new workers hired starting this year. Nation estimates that the reforms cut the state’s long-term pension debt by 10 percent at most. Clearly, the state needs to do much more. In the last five years, three California municipalities—Vallejo, Stockton, and San Bernardino—have filed for bankruptcy, each citing retirement costs as a significant factor. But bankruptcy may not afford cities any relief from pension costs; CalPERS argues that cities have no right in federal bankruptcy court to reduce pensions, since the fund is not a creditor of these municipalities but an arm of state government. Vallejo, which has already emerged from bankruptcy, did nothing to reduce its pension costs in Chapter 9, and its employee costs remain sky-high. To employ a cop in Vallejo still requires $230,000 a year, including $47,000 in annual CalPERS costs.

Meanwhile, CalPERS’s rejoinders to its growing chorus of critics continue to mislead. Responding to a September 2012 opinion piece by Gary Jason, a California State University professor, about the impact of pension costs on municipal bankruptcies, CalPERS claimed that pensions were only a small part of the problem, accounting for just 10 percent of Stockton’s budget, for instance. But in 2011, when Stockton declared a fiscal emergency, it listed $29 million in payments to CalPERS and $7 million to repay previous pension borrowings, which together equaled 21 percent of its total general-fund spending of $168 million. In a March 2011 analysis of its fiscal plight, city officials blamed “uncontrolled pension, health, and other benefit cost increases.”

CalPERS also understates the growing financial stress caused by pension obligations. This past August, for instance, board member Rob Feckner published a disingenuous op-ed in the Sacramento Bee responding to critics of Cal- PERS’s most recent poor investment performance. Feckner said that the media misunderstand the fund’s investment strategy, which focuses not on a single year but on long-term results. He noted that over the last 20 years, the fund had hit its investment targets more frequently than it had missed them. Yet he ignored the sharp increases in taxpayer contributions that CalPERS demanded when it missed its targets, as well as the fiscal smoothing gimmicks that it wielded to keep contributions from rising even more.

CalPERS’s advocacy for higher benefits and its poor investment performance in recent years have locked in long-term debt in California and driven up costs, problems for which there are no easy solutions. As former Schwarzenegger economic advisor David Crane, a California Democrat, has said of the fund’s managers and board: “They are desperate to keep truths hidden.”

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New California Laws 2013

New California Laws 2013 new laws 

 

New California laws for 2013 are now in effect.  Here’s the full list of 800+ new laws in California for 2013 that you won’t find anywhere else.

See for yourself what is legal and illegal in 2013 while examining the very long list new California laws signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

The following 800+ new California laws, organized by AB and SB numbers, are now in effectunless specified otherwise.

List of New California Laws 2013
Assembly Bills Signed Into Law 
  • AB 16 – High-Speed Rail Authority.  Sets a policy for the High-Speed Rail Authority to encourage purchasing high-speed train rolling stock and equipment manufactured in California consistent with federal and state law and continued investment in California businesses.
  • AB 40 – Elder and dependent adult abuse, reporting.
  • AB 41 – High-Speed Rail Authority, conflicts of interest, disqualification.
  • AB 45 – Charter-party carriers of passengers, alcoholic beverages, open containers.  Requires that bus and limousine drivers be held responsible for telling all underage passengers that drinking alcohol is illegal. If alcohol is being transported in a bus or limousine with underage passengers on board, a person at least 25 years old must be on board to guarantee there is no underage consumption.
  • AB 53 – Insurers, procurement contracts, minority/women/disabled veteran business enterprises.  Requires major California Insurance industry insurers to encourage greater economic opportunities for women, minority, and disabled-veteran business enterprises by reporting data to the Insurance Commissioner.
  • AB 57 – Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
  • AB 102 – Budget.  Contains necessary statutory changes to achieve savings assumed in the 2011 Budget Act for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB).
  • AB 103 – Budget.  State cash resources.
  • AB 106 – Budget.  Makes statutory changes necessary to implement human services-related portions of the 2011 Budget Act.
  • AB 112 – Budget.  Contains necessary statutory and technical changes in the area of state government in order to enact modifications to the 2010 Budget Act.
  • AB 119 – Budget.  Contains necessary statutory and technical changes to implement changes to the 2011 Budget Act. 
  • AB 137 – Health care coverage, mammographies.
  • AB 146 – State Air Resources Board, membership.
  • AB 174 – Office of Systems Integration, California Health and Human Services Automation Fund.
  • AB 178 – State teachers’ retirement.
  • AB 197 – Public employees’ retirement.
  • AB 216 – Voters, residency confirmation.
  • AB 232 – Community Development Block Grant Program, funds.
  • AB 233 – Personal income taxes, voluntary contributions, California YMCA Youth and Government Fund.
  • AB 252 – Alcoholic beverage control, licensees.
  • AB 276 – Central Coast Hospital Authority.
  • AB 278 – California Homeowner Bill of Rights.  Halts the “abusive tactics” of loan servicers and protects struggling homeowners who are trying, in good faith, to renegotiate their mortgages.
  • AB 296 – Department of Transportation, paving materials.
  • AB 317 – Mobile homes.
  • AB 318 – Franchise Tax Board, administration, penalties, legal holiday.
  • AB 324 – Juvenile offenders, recall of commitment.
  • AB 340 – Pension Reform Law.  Requires current state employees and all new public employees to pay for at least 50 percent of their pensions and establishes this as the norm for all public workers in California.  Eliminates state-imposed barriers that have prevented local governments from increasing employee contributions.  Bans abusive practices used to enhance pension payouts. 
  • AB 342 – Office of Planning and Research.  Designates the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to serve as the state liaison with the United States Department of Defense.
  • AB 367 – Board of Behavioral Sciences, reporting.
  • AB 374 – Funeral directors and embalmers.
  • AB 377 – Pharmacy.
  • AB 389 – Bleeding disorders.
  • AB 391 – Secondhand dealers and pawnbrokers, electronic reporting. 
  • AB 401 – School safety.  Carl Washington School Safety and Violence Prevention Act.
  • AB 432 – Transit, Sacramento County.
  • AB 439 – Health care information.
  • AB 441 – Transportation planning.
  • AB 472 – Controlled substances, overdose, punishment.
  • AB 480 – Insurance, solid waste facilities.
  • AB 481 – Political Reform Act of 1974, campaign disclosure.
  • AB 482 – Ventura Port District, dredging contracts.
  • AB 491 – General acute care hospitals, cardiac catheterization.
  • AB 492 – Public transportation agencies, administrative penalties.
  • AB 510 – Radiation control, health facilities and clinics, records.
  • AB 511 – Aeronautics, meteorological towers.
  • AB 517 – Ratifies the compact for the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.
  • AB 523 – Ethanol, Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program.
  • AB 526 – Delinquency and gang intervention and prevention grants, evidence-based principles and practices.
  • AB 549 – Recycling, electronic waste.
  • AB 573 – Alcoholic beverages, tied-house restrictions.
  • AB 578 – Public utilities, natural gas pipelines, safety.
  • AB 589 – Medical school scholarships.
  • AB 593 – Domestic violence, battering, recall and resentencing.
  • AB 610 – Vehicles, specialized license plates, Veterinary Medical Board.
  • AB 633 – California State University, acquisition or replacement of motor vehicles.
  • AB 644 – Schools, average daily attendance, online instruction.
  • AB 685 – State water policy.
  • AB 733 – Pupil records, privacy rights.
  • AB 737 – Boating and Waterways, Harbors and Watercraft Commission.
  • AB 744 – Intellectual Property.
  • AB 761 – Optometrists.
  • AB 787 – Tribal-state gaming compacts.
  • AB 792 – Health care coverage, California Health Benefit Exchange.
  • AB 794 – Local education facility bonds, anticipation notes.
  • AB 801 – Illegal dumping enforcement officers and code enforcement officers.
  • AB 805 – Common interest developments.
  • AB 806 – Common interest developments.
  • AB 812 – Solid waste, recycled asphalt.
  • AB 819 – Bikeways.
  • AB 837 – Solid waste, plastic products.
  • AB 838 – Charter-party carriers of passengers, reports.
  • AB 843 – State Board of Equalization, non-monetized bullion and numismatic coins, adjustment date.
  • AB 845 – Solid waste, place of origin.
  • AB 861 – Public Utilities Act, remedies for violation, gas and electrical corporation executive officer compensation incentives.
  • AB 880 – Ecological reserves, Mirage Trail.
  • AB 890 – Environment, CEQA exemption, roadway improvement.
  • AB 907 – Processors of farm products.
  • AB 929 – Debtor exemptions, bankruptcy.
  • AB 969 – Medi-Cal, clinical laboratory and laboratory services.
  • AB 970 – University of California and California State University, system-wide student fees.
  • AB 999 – Long-term care insurance.
  • AB 1019 – State government.
  • AB 1047 – Vehicles, motorcycle safety.
  • AB 1073 – Energy, solar thermal power plants, conversion to solar photovoltaic technology.
  • AB 1083 – Health care coverage.
  • AB 1126 – Transaction and use tax, rate.
  • AB 1162 – Wildlife, poaching.
  • AB 1165 – Domestic violence, probation, terms.
  • AB 1181 – Weights and measures.
  • AB 1199 – School bonds, citizens’ oversight committee.
  • AB 1200 – Elections, central committees.
  • AB 1203 – Public school employee organizations, unelected members, paid leaves of absence.
  • AB 1217 – Surrogacy agreements.
  • AB 1224 – Veterans, veterans’ farm and home purchases.  Authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to adopt implementing regulations necessary to allow financing of cooperative dwelling units.
  • AB 1225 – Cemeteries, veteran’s commemorative property.
  • AB 1246 – Instructional materials.
  • AB 1248 – Local public employees’ retirement, City of San Diego.
  • AB 1253 – Counties, recommended budget.
  • AB 1266 – Vehicles, recreational off-highway vehicles.
  • AB 1277 – Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law.
  • AB 1301 – Retail tobacco sales, STAKE Act.
  • AB 1320 – Alcoholic beverages, licenses.
  • AB 1325 – Business filings, fictitious business name statements.
  • AB 1337 – Parent and child relationship.
  • AB 1345 – Local government, audits.
  • AB 1354 – Civil procedure, discovery, objections.
  • AB 1359 – Public social services, CalFresh.
  • AB 1404 – Vehicles, additional registration fees, vehicle-theft crimes.
  • AB 1406 – Dissolution of marriage, proceedings.
  • AB 1413 – Elections.
  • AB 1422 – Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012, submission to voters.
  • AB 1427 – Food facilities, sanitization.
  • AB 1432 – Crimes.
  • AB 1434 – Child abuse reporting, mandated reporters.
  • AB 1435 – Child abuse reporting, athletic personnel.
  • AB 1436 – Allows same-day voter registration, giving Californians the right to vote with a provisional ballot if the conditional voter registration is deemed effective. Same-day registration will be permitted once the Secretary of State certifies California’s new statewide voter database, VoteCal.
  • AB 1442 – Pharmaceutical waste. 
  • AB 1443 – Home furnishings, inspections, reimbursement
  • AB 1445 – Jails, county inmate welfare funds.
  • AB 1446 – Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, transactions and use tax.
  • AB 1447 – Automobile sales finance, sellers.
  • AB 1451 – High school athletics, California High School Coaching Education and Training Program.
  • AB 1452 – Vehicles, child passenger restraints.  Adds a requirement to the existing Booster Seat Law that parents be notified about where, and at no cost, the child passenger restraint system can be inspected and proper installation instruction can be given.
  • AB 1453 – California Health Care Coverage Law.  Defines exactly what essential health benefits are provided at the state level, clarifying the broad language of the Obamacare federal health care law.  Law effective January 1, 2014.  Read California Health Care Coverage Law for more.
  • AB 1456 – Gas corporations, safety performance metrics, rate incentive program.
  • AB 1458 – California Transportation Commission.
  • AB 1459 – The Atmospheric Acidity Protection Act of 1988.
  • AB 1460 – California Commission on Industrial Innovation.
  • AB 1464 – Budget.  2012-13 Budget.
  • AB 1465 – Budget.  Transportation.
  • AB 1467 – Budget.  Health.
  • AB 1468 – Health.
  • AB 1470 – Budget.  Mental health, State Department of State Hospitals.
  • AB 1471 – Human services.
  • AB 1472 – Budget.  Developmental services.
  • AB 1477 – Budget.  Budget Act of 2012.
  • AB 1478 – State Parks, finances.
  • AB 1481 – Public safety.
  • AB 1484 – Budget.  Community redevelopment.
  • AB 1485 – Budget.  Budget Act of 2011, augmentation.
  • AB 1486 – California Environmental Quality Act, exemption, Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System.
  • AB 1487 – State government, state funds.
  • AB 1488 – State Department of State Hospitals.
  • AB 1489 – Budget.  Public health, Medi-Cal, nursing facilities.
  • AB 1492 – California timber industry.  Protects thousands of jobs by eliminating regulatory fees on California companies, allowing extra time to harvest timber and preventing excessive civil liability for wildfires.
  • AB 1494 – Budget.  Healthy Families Program, Medi-Cal, program transition, expansion.
  • AB 1496 – Budget.  Criminal justice realignment.
  • AB 1497 – Budget.  Budget Act of 2012.
  • AB 1498 – Department of Technology, state contracts, information technology goods and services acquisition.
  • AB 1499 – Budget.  Elections, ballot order for statewide measures.
  • AB 1502 – Budget.  Budget Act of 2012, augmentation.
  • AB 1505 – Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans’ benefits, reinstatement.  Reinstates state veterans benefits that were denied solely on the basis of sexual orientation when the federal government first reinstates those benefits.
  • AB 1508 – Junk dealers and recyclers, nonferrous materials.
  • AB 1509 – Political Reform Act of 1974, statement of economic interests.
  • AB 1511 – Real property, disclosures, transmission pipelines.
  • AB 1517 – Public contracts, information technology goods and services.
  • AB 1518 – Weighmasters, automated weighing systems.
  • AB 1519 – County employee retirement boards.
  • AB 1521 – Standardized Testing and Reporting Program, academic achievement, assessment instrument.  Allows English speaking pupils enrolled in a dual immersion program to take the primary language assessment.
  • AB 1522 – Family law, monetary awards.
  • AB 1524 – Commercial air carriers, hot air balloons.
  • AB 1525 – Elder or dependent adult financial abuse, money transmission agents, training materials.
  • AB 1526 – California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program.
  • AB 1527 – Firearms.  Long gun open carry ban.  Prohibits open carry of unloaded long guns, such as rifles and shotguns, in public places.
  • AB 1529 – Trial courts, restructuring and bail forfeiture.
  • AB 1531 – State claims.
  • AB 1532 – California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
  • AB 1533 – Medicine, trainees, international medical graduates.
  • AB 1534 – Vehicles, dealers, used vehicle sales, labeling requirements.
  • AB 1536 – Vehicles, electronic wireless communications, prohibitions.  Allows drivers to dictate, send or listen to text-based communications while driving as long as they do so using technology designed and configured to allow fully voice-operated, hands-free operation.
  • AB 1540 – Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, invasive weeds, South American spongeplant.
  • AB 1548 – Practice of medicine, cosmetic surgery, employment of physicians and surgeons. 
  • AB 1550 – Vehicles, veterans’ organizations license plates fees.  Increases the fees required to issue, renew, and personalize specialized veterans’ license plates to fund veterans’ organizations.
  • AB 1551 – Housing.
  • AB 1558 – Liability, flood control and water conservation facilities.
  • AB 1559 – Firearms.  Provides that, beginning January 1, 2014, the Department of Justice will only charge one fee for a single transaction on the same date and time for taking title or possession of any number of firearms. The new law also clarifies the process for issuance of permits for short-barreled rifles used in the motion picture industry.
  • AB 1565 – Public contracts, school districts, bidding requirements. 
  • AB 1566 – Aboveground storage tanks, enforcement.
  • AB 1567 – Firefighting equipment, firefighting endorsement.  
  • AB 1569 – Community mental health services, assisted outpatient treatment.
  • AB 1572 – Service authorities for freeway emergencies, San Diego County.
  • AB 1573 – School attendance, residency requirements, foster children. 
  • AB 1575 – Pupil fees.
  • AB 1578 – Indian Valley Watermaster District.
  • AB 1580 – Health care, eligibility, enrollment.
  • AB 1581 – Advertising, business location representations, floral businesses.
  • AB 1583 – Bulk merchandise pallets.
  • AB 1585 – Community development.
  • AB 1588 – Professions and vocations, reservist licensees, fees and continuing education.
  • AB 1589 – State parks, sustainability and protection.
  • AB 1593 – Parole, intimate partner battering.
  • AB 1595 – Vehicles, recreational off-highway vehicles. 
  • AB 1598 – Public contracts, public works, installation.
  • AB 1599 – Mortgages and deeds of trust, foreclosure.
  • AB 1600 – Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension Construction Authority. 
  • AB 1606 – Local public employee organizations, impasse procedures. 
  • AB 1612 – Administrative practices. 
  • AB 1614 – Fort Ord Reuse Authority.
  • AB 1616 – Food safety, cottage food operations.  California Homemade Food Law.  Clears the way for small businesses and individual entrepreneurs to begin selling homemade food products to stores, restaurants and directly to the public.  Read California Homemade Food Law for more.
  • AB 1620 – Hazardous waste, contained gaseous material. 
  • AB 1621 – Physicians and surgeons, prostate cancer. 
  • AB 1623 – Weights and measures, inspection fees. 
  • AB 1624 – Multiple-party accounts. 
  • AB 1626 – Election materials, public examination, writ of mandate, elections official. 
  • AB 1631 – Arbitration, legal representation.
  • AB 1640 – CalWORKs benefits, pregnant mothers.
  • AB 1642 – County recorder, recordation of documents. 
  • AB 1643 – Public officers, County of Sacramento.
  • AB 1647 – Solid waste, waste tires, enforcement. 
  • AB 1650 – Public utilities, emergency and disaster preparedness. 
  • AB 1652 – California American Portuguese Veterans Memorial.
  • AB 1654 – Public employment, disqualification from employment. 
  • AB 1656 – San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority.
  • AB 1658 – Vehicles, specialized license plates.
  • AB 1660 – Representation of minors, permits.  Establishes a system to prevent registered sex offenders from representing minors who are performing or seeking to perform in the entertainment industry.  (Commences after the Legislature appropriates the necessary funding from fees that will be established under this bill and included in the 2013-2014 proposed budget.) 
  • AB 1662 – County boards of education, members.
  • AB 1663 – Pupil instruction, California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science.  Requests the Regents of the University of California to set a tuition fee for the California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science program.
  • AB 1665 – California Environmental Quality Act, exemption, railroad crossings.
  • AB 1668 – School accountability, academic performance, dropout recovery high schools.  Expands the current definition of a “dropout recovery high school” to help better identify the schools that enroll pupils who have not been enrolled for at least 180 days.
  • AB 1670 – Estates, administration.
  • AB 1672 – Housing-Related Parks Program.
  • AB 1674 – Child custody, visitation.
  • AB 1675 – Farm labor contractors, licenses, civil penalty.
  • AB 1677 – Corporation taxes, filing requirements, tax-exempt organizations.
  • AB 1679 – Landlord-tenant relations, security deposits.
  • AB 1680 – Dissenting shareholders’ rights. 
  • AB 1683 – Revocable trusts. 
  • AB 1694 – Gas pipeline safety inspections.
  • AB 1699 – Affordable housing.
  • AB 1700 – Property taxation, change in ownership, exclusion, cotenancy interests.
  • AB 1701 – Underground storage tanks, local agencies.
  • AB 1705 – Pupil assessment, high school exit examination, eligible pupils with disabilities.
  • AB 1706 – Vehicles, transit bus weight.
  • AB 1707 – Child Abuse Central Index.
  • AB 1708 – Allows California drivers to show proof of active vehicle insurance coverage using a mobile electronic device, such as a smart phone.  Insurers can either offer vehicle policy ID cards electronically or in a paper copy to covered drivers.
  • AB 1710 – Nursing home administrators, fees and fines.
  • AB 1712 – Minors and non-minor dependents, out-of-home placement.
  • AB 1713 – Child abuse reporting. 
  • AB 1715 – Underground storage tanks, tank case closure. 
  • AB 1718 – Real estate broker licenses. 
  • AB 1719 – Supplemental instructional materials, English language development: mathematics.
  • AB 1720 – Service of process, private investigators.
  • AB 1723 – Postsecondary educational institutions, meetings, live video and audio transmission.
  • AB 1724 – Voting, polling place procedures. 
  • AB 1727 – Support orders, termination. 
  • AB 1729 – Pupil rights, suspension or expulsion, alternatives and other means of correction.  Clarifies existing law to only allow suspension or expulsion of a student only after other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct.
  • AB 1731 – Newborn screening program, critical congenital heart disease.
  • AB 1732 – Pupils, suspension or expulsion, bullying, impersonation.
  • AB 1733 – Health.
  • AB 1739 – Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Fund, Veterans’ Home Allied Council, operation of facilities and activities.
  • AB 1743 – Student athletes, scholarships.
  • AB 1744 – Employee compensation, itemized statements.
  • AB 1747 – Life insurance, nonpayment premium lapse, notice.
  • AB 1748 – California Community Colleges, fair market value of leases.
  • AB 1750 – Rainwater Capture Act of 2012.
  • AB 1751 – Child support, access to information.
  • AB 1757 – Family law, adoption.
  • AB 1761 – California Health Benefit Exchange.
  • AB 1770 – California Transportation Financing Authority.
  • AB 1775 – Wage garnishment, exempt earnings.  Raises the amount of wages that are exempt from garnishment.  New law effective July 1, 2013.
  • AB 1776 – State government, Pacific leatherback sea turtle.
  • AB 1777 – Disposition of cremated remains.
  • AB 1779 – Intercity rail agreements.
  • AB 1782 – Weighmasters, exemptions.
  • AB 1783 – Public contracts, small business preferences.
  • AB 1784 – Mountain lions.
  • AB 1793 – Public health, federal funding, public health emergencies.
  • AB 1794 – Unemployment insurance, use of employer reports, reporting and payroll, enforcement.
  • AB 1797 – Mobile Home Park Purchase Fund.
  • AB 1799 – Pupil records, pupil transfers. 
  • AB 1801 – Land use, fees.
  • AB 1803 – Medi-Cal, emergency medical conditions.
  • AB 1805 – Military or overseas voters.
  • AB 1806 – Veteran interment, veterans’ remains organizations.
  • AB 1807 – Family law, child custody.
  • AB 1812 – Alcoholic beverages, beer.
  • AB 1817 – Child abuse reporting.
  • AB 1821 – Security personnel, firearm qualification cards.
  • AB 1822 – California Architects Board.
  • AB 1823 – Veterans’ homes, accounting for charges.
  • AB 1824 – Bail.
  • AB 1830 – Water service, mobile home parks.
  • AB 1835 – Sex offenders.
  • AB 1838 – Common interest developments, association records.
  • AB 1839 – Veterinary medicine, veterinary assistants.
  • AB 1842 – California Central Coast State Veterans Cemetery, Endowment Fund.
  • AB 1844 – Social media privacy.  Prohibits employers from demanding user names, passwords or any other information related to social media accounts from employees and job applicants. Employers are banned from discharging or disciplining employees who refuse to divulge such information under the terms of the bill.  This restriction does not apply to passwords or other information used to access employer-issued electronic devices. The new privacy law is not intended to infringe on employers’ existing rights and obligations to investigate workplace misconduct.  Read California Social Media Privacy Law for more.
  • AB 1845 – Unemployment compensation benefits, overpayment assessments, termination, income tax withholding.
  • AB 1846 – Consumer operated and oriented plans.
  • AB 1847 – City of Long Beach, grant of public trust lands.
  • AB 1851 – County, city, and district initiative petitions.
  • AB 1854 – Vehicles, inflatable restraint systems.
  • AB 1855 – Employment, contractors, sufficient funds.
  • AB 1856 – Foster care services, cultural competency.
  • AB 1859 – School facilities, charter schools.
  • AB 1865 – Residential tenancies, eviction, notices.
  • AB 1867 – Health facilities, equipment standards.
  • AB 1869 – Office of Patient Advocate, federal veterans health benefits.
  • AB 1875 – Civil procedure, depositions.
  • AB 1877 – Repossession agencies, exemptions.
  • AB 1886 – Aquaculture.
  • AB 1888 – Vehicles, commercial driver’s licenses, traffic violator school.
  • AB 1890 – Vehicles, toll highways, motorcycles.
  • AB 1896 – Tribal health programs, health care practitioners.
  • AB 1899 – Postsecondary education benefits, crime victims.
  • AB 1904 – Professions and vocations, military spouses, expedited licensure.  Requires boards under the Department of Consumer Affairs to expedite the licensure process for military spouses and domestic partners of military members on active duty in California.
  • AB 1907 – Inmates, psychiatric medication.
  • AB 1908 – Classified employees, notice of layoff.
  • AB 1909 – Foster children, placement, suspension and expulsion, notifications.
  • AB 1915 – Safe routes to school.
  • AB 1916 – State parks, operating agreements, Mount Diablo State Park.
  • AB 1922 – Heavy-duty vehicles, smoke emissions.
  • AB 1925 – Real property, rent control.
  • AB 1927 – Easements, maintenance, arbitration.
  • AB 1928 – Foster homes, residential capacity.
  • AB 1929 – Elections, casting ballots.
  • AB 1930 – Civil service examinations, announcement.
  • AB 1933 – Beverage containers, handling fees, enforcement.
  • AB 1938 – Mobile homes, rental agreements.
  • AB 1950 – Prohibited business practices, enforcement.
  • AB 1951 – Housing bonds.
  • AB 1953 – Rental housing, tenant notice.
  • AB 1955 – Public postsecondary education, campus law enforcement agency and student liaison.
  • AB 1956 – Juvenile offenders, tattoo removal.
  • AB 1960 – State contracts, reports.  Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender businesses.
  • AB 1961 – Coho salmon, habitat.
  • AB 1962 – Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District.
  • AB 1964 – California Workplace Religious Freedom Law.  Outlaws employer discrimination against an employee or job applicant based on religious clothing or hairstyle.  Read Workplace Religious Freedom Law for more.
  • AB 1965 – Land use.
  • AB 1966 – Natural resources, oil and gas, drilling.
  • AB 1967 – Pupil instruction, health and science education, organ and tissue donation.
  • AB 1971 – Theft of junk, metals, and secondhand materials.
  • AB 1973 – Protected species, take, Ferguson Slide Permanent Restoration Project.
  • AB 1985 – Trusts and estates, construction of instruments.
  • AB 1986 – Redistricting.
  • AB 1987 – Pupil instruction, independent study, leadership course.
  • AB 1991 – Child care, exemption from licensure, public recreation programs.
  • AB 1998 – County surplus property.
  • AB 2005 – Oil spills, non-tank vessels, contingency plans and financial responsibility.
  • AB 2006 – Credit union services.
  • AB 2009 – Communicable disease, vaccinations.
  • AB 2010 – Reverse mortgages, counseling.
  • AB 2012 – Economic Development and International Trade.  California International Trade & Investment Law.  Designates the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development as responsible for international trade and investment activities  to drive exports and increase direct foreign investment in California.  Read California Trade & Investment Law for more.  Law effective immediately.
  • AB 2015 – Criminal procedure, telephone calls, arrested custodial parents.
  • AB 2019 – Foster care.
  • AB 2020 – Vehicles, driving under the influence, chemical tests.  States that a person arrested on suspicion of DUI will no longer be given the option of a urine test. In previous years, the choice was given between a urine test or a blood test.
  • AB 2026 – Income taxes, credits, film, extension.
  • AB 2029 – Bail Fugitive Recovery Persons Act.
  • AB 2030 – Building standards, press boxes.
  • AB 2035 – Electronic benefits transfer cards.
  • AB 2040 – Prostitution, human trafficking, expungement.
  • AB 2041 – Regulations, adoption, disability access.
  • AB 2046 – Property taxation, change in ownership, exclusion, floating homes.
  • AB 2051 – Contempt of court, domestic violence.
  • AB 2055 – Search warrants, tracking devices.
  • AB 2060 – Juveniles, educational decisions.
  • AB 2062 – Political Reform Act of 1974, statements of economic interests, electronic filing.
  • AB 2066 – Residential care facilities for the elderly, revocation of licenses.
  • AB 2068 – Vehicles, license plates, legislative and congressional members.
  • AB 2069 – Workers’ compensation, peace officer benefits.
  • AB 2073 – Courts, electronic filing and service of documents.
  • AB 2078 – Sexual activity with detained persons.
  • AB 2080 – Vote by mail ballots.
  • AB 2082 – Public lands, State Lands Commission, violations.
  • AB 2084 – Blanket insurance.
  • AB 2094 – Domestic violence, probation, fee.
  • AB 2103 – Employment, wages and hours, overtime.
  • AB 2104 – Vehicles, conditions or regulations, vehicles or animals.
  • AB 2106 – Civil procedure, motion to set aside and vacate a judgment and motion for a new trial.
  • AB 2109 – Communicable disease, immunization exemption.  Forced child vaccination law.
  • AB 2111 – Vehicle registration, exemptions.
  • AB 2114 – Swimming pool safety.
  • AB 2118 – Household goods carriers.
  • AB 2122 – Standardized testing, testing accommodations.
  • AB 2125 – School district employees, merit system, appointments.
  • AB 2126 – California State University, regulations.
  • AB 2127 – Work release.
  • AB 2131 – Local government, tax collectors, continuing education.
  • AB 2133 – Veterans, priority registration.  Increases, from 4 to 15, the number of years after leaving active duty that a veteran, who is a resident of California, is eligible for priority registration for enrolling in classes at the CCC, the CSU and the UC.
  • AB 2138 – Health insurance fraud, annual fee.
  • AB 2140 – Public employees’ retirement, State Bargaining Unit 5, contribution rates.
  • AB 2142 – Public employees’ health benefits, premiums.
  • AB 2146 – Political Reform Act of 1974, local campaign reform, County of San Bernardino.
  • AB 2149 – Elder and dependent adult abuse, settlement, gag order.
  • AB 2150 – Mobile home parks.
  • AB 2160 – Insurance, retention risk.  Gives the Insurance Commissioner the ability to prohibit California insurance companies from counting unstable investments in the Iranian energy and military sectors as part of their capital-asset requirements.  The bill is consistent with and furthers the goals of the “Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act” signed by U.S. President Obama.
  • AB 2161 – Energy, renewable energy resources.
  • AB 2167 – Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency, financial matters.
  • AB 2169 – Property Acquisition Law, conservation easements.
  • AB 2171 – Public postsecondary education, community college, expulsion hearing.  Allows California Community College districts to require student applicants to disclose any prior expulsion from another community college and allows denial of admission for specified serious or violent offenses.
  • AB 2174 – Fertilizer, reduction of use.
  • AB 2180 – Local health care districts, employment contracts.
  • AB 2181 – State government, prompt payment of claims.
  • AB 2184 – Alcoholic beverages, tied-house restrictions.
  • AB 2188 – Commercial motor vehicles, commercial driver’s license program, federal compliance.
  • AB 2189 – Vehicles, driver’s licenses.  Allows a car rental company to verify a renter’s identity by comparing the driver’s license photo to the driver renting the vehicle.
  • AB 2191 – Political Reform Act of 1974, county central committees.
  • AB 2193 – Long-term English learners.  Creates standard definitions of “long-term English learner” and “English learners at risk of becoming long-term English learners,” to properly identify these students so they receive appropriate assistance.
  • AB 2194 – Corporations for prevention of cruelty to animals, humane officers, criminal history. 
  • AB 2198 – Department of Veterans Affairs, reporting requirements.  Recalibrates reporting requirements in the annual county veterans service officers’ report to ensure these programs are maximizing support to veterans. 
  • AB 2201 – Elder California Pipeline Safety Act of 1981, civil penalties. 
  • AB 2202 – Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, State Council.  Extends the January 1, 2013 sunset to 2016 for the Superintendent of Public Instruction to reconvene a task force to review and make recommendations regarding the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children.
  • AB 2205 – Hazardous waste, ores and minerals, geothermal waste.
  • AB 2207 – Property taxation, welfare exemption, nature resources and open-space lands.
  • AB 2209 – Juveniles, dependent children, placement.
  • AB 2212 – Human trafficking, civil penalties.
  • AB 2219 – Contractors’ workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
  • AB 2221 – Public records.
  • AB 2222 – Criminal history records.
  • AB 2230 – Recycled water, car washes.
  • AB 2237 – Contractors, definition.
  • AB 2243 – Commercial space travel.  Limits liability for space-flight companies.
  • AB 2245 – Environmental quality.  California Environmental Quality Act, exemption, bicycle lanes.
  • AB 2246 – Public health, food access.
  • AB 2247 – Public transportation, offenses.
  • AB 2251 – Victim restitution, victim’s contact information.
  • AB 2252 – Dental coverage, provider notice of changes.
  • AB 2253 – Clinical laboratory test results, electronic conveyance.
  • AB 2259 – Infrastructure financing districts, America’s Cup and waterfront district venues.
  • AB 2262 – School districts, governing boards, notification, parent rights and responsibilities.
  • AB 2269 – Pupil instruction, Labor History Month.
  • AB 2270 – Sales and use tax, use tax, administration.
  • AB 2271 – Franchise Tax Board, seasonal clerks.
  • AB 2272 – Mobile homes, injunctions.
  • AB 2273 – Common interest developments, required documents.
  • AB 2274 – Vexatious litigants.  Allows courts to dismiss meritless lawsuits that were filed only for the purpose of harassment or delay. This bill also closes a loophole in which vexatious litigants could avoid closer judicial scrutiny of their meritless lawsuits.
  • AB 2278 – School districts, state administrators, evaluations.
  • AB 2279 – School districts, emergency apportionments, trustees.  Authorizes the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to remove a state-appointed trustee from a school district that received an emergency loan after three years, provided the district has adequate fiscal systems in place and the Superintendent determines the district’s future compliance with its fiscal plan is probable.
  • AB 2280 – California Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children.
  • AB 2284 – Irrigation.  Illegal Narcotics Growing Abatement. Allows law enforcement to pull over vehicles on forest roads with visible irrigation supplies to question the driver.  Law aims to stop irrigation of illegal marijuana grows.  Read Marijuana Grow Crackdown Law for more. 
  • AB 2292 – Juveniles, reunification orders.
  • AB 2296 – California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.
  • AB 2297 – California Retail Food Code, skilled nursing facilities, intermediate care facilities for the developmentally disabled.
  • AB 2298 – Insurance, public safety employees, accidents.
  • AB 2301 – California Insurance Guarantee Association, definitions.
  • AB 2303 – Insurance omnibus.
  • AB 2307 – School employees, reemployment.
  • AB 2308 – Land use, housing element, regional housing need.
  • AB 2314 – Real property, blight.
  • AB 2315 – Governor’s appointments, Office of Patient Advocate.
  • AB 2322 – California Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
  • AB 2323 – State Board of Equalization, administration, opinions.
  • AB 2326 – Execution of documents.
  • AB 2327 – Charitable organizations, enforcement. 
  • AB 2332 – Income taxes, deductions, disaster losses, County of Santa Cruz.
  • AB 2343 – Criminal history information.
  • AB 2348 – Health.  Access to birth Control.  California Birth Control Law.  Allows registered nurses statewide to start handing out drugs, including birth control, without a doctor’s signature and without the patient seeing a doctor.  Read California Birth Control Law for more.
  • AB 2349 – Alcoholic beverages, tied-house restrictions, advertising.
  • AB 2354 – Travel insurance.
  • AB 2356 – Tissue donation.
  • AB 2357 – Inmates, temporary removal.
  • AB 2358 – California Ronald Reagan Statue Law.  Allows for the construction of a Ronald Reagan memorial statue at the California State Capitol in Sacramento at no cost to taxpayers.
  • AB 2363 – Commercial fishing, Dungeness crab.
  • AB 2364 – Civil procedure, attachment.
  • AB 2365 – Family law, child custody.
  • AB 2367 – School gardens, sale of produce.  Allows schools to sell produce from their school gardens as long as existing health and safety requirements are met.
  • AB 2368 – School security, security departments, school police departments. 
  • AB 2370 – Mental retardation, change of term to “intellectual disabilities.”
  • AB 2371 – Veterans, criminal defendants, mental health issues and restorative relief.  Provides restorative relief to a veteran defendant who acquires a criminal record due to a mental disorder stemming from military service.
  • AB 2372 – Deposition transcripts, costs.
  • AB 2374 – Consumer credit reports, security freezes.
  • AB 2378 – Rendering, enforcement.
  • AB 2383 – Vehicles, confidential records, access by certain public officials.
  • AB 2386 – Employment and housing discrimination, sex, breastfeeding.  Expands the definition of “sex” under the Fair Employment and Housing Act to include breastfeeding.  New law says that if an employer holds it against a female because she breastfeeds or might breastfeed, it is a form of gender or sex discrimination.  
  • AB 2388 – Santa Clara County Open-Space Authority, authorization to contract.
  • AB 2393 – Family law, child support formula.
  • AB 2396 – Employment of infants, entertainment industry.
  • AB 2399 – Mental health, state hospitals, injury and illness prevention plan.
  • AB 2402 – Department of Fish and Game, Fish and Game Commission.
  • AB 2405 – Vehicles, high-occupancy toll lanes.
  • AB 2406 – Insurance, rates.
  • AB 2410 – California Elective Office Felony Conviction Law.  Permanently bans elected officials and others from running for elective office in California if they are convicted of a felony involving a violation of the public trust.  Read Elective Office Felony Conviction Law for more.
  • AB 2433 – San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority, terms of board members.
  • AB 2435 – Education finance, indirect cost rates.
  • AB 2440 – Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, contracting.
  • AB 2443 – Vessels, registration fee, Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Program.
  • AB 2445 – State Capitol.
  • AB 2452 – Political Reform Act of 1974, online disclosure.
  • AB 2462 – Public postsecondary education, academic credit for prior military academic experience.  Requires the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to determine which courses should be awarded credit for prior military academic experience using standards of the American Council on Education.
  • AB 2464 – Professional sports facilities, safety.
  • AB 2466 – Human trafficking, seizure of assets.
  • AB 2467 – Protective orders, electronic monitoring.
  • AB 2475 – Military service protections, real and personal property rights.
  • AB 2476 – Veterans affairs.  Service member obligations or liabilities, rate of interest.
  • AB 2477 – Vehicles, commercial vehicles, video event recorders.
  • AB 2478 – Student residency requirements, veterans.  Expands the current exemption given to veterans from paying non-resident tuition at California Community Colleges by one year, as specified.
  • AB 2483 – Victims of stalking, address confidentiality.
  • AB 2488 – Vehicles, buses, length limitations.
  • AB 2489 – Vehicles, license plates, obstruction or alteration.
  • AB 2490 – Veterans, correctional counselors.  Requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to develop policies to assist veteran inmates in pursuing veteran’s benefits.
  • AB 2491 – Pupil instruction, gifted and talented pupil program, standard for pupil identification.
  • AB 2492 – The False Claims Act.
  • AB 2497 – California State University, Early Start Program.  Requires the Legislative Analyst’s Office to report information measuring the effect of the California State University’s Early Start Program on mathematics and English proficiency.
  • AB 2498 – Department of Transportation, Construction Manager/General Contractor project method.
  • AB 2502 – Vehicles, conditional sale contracts.
  • AB 2508 – Public contracts, public health agencies.
  • AB 2509 – Surface mining and reclamation plans, exempted activities.
  • AB 2515 – Indian gaming, local agencies.
  • AB 2516 – Independent System Operator.
  • AB 2519 – Real estate appraisers: licensing.
  • AB 2520 – Horse racing, harness or quarter horses.
  • AB 2521 – Landlord and tenant, personal property remaining on premises after termination of tenancy.
  • AB 2530 – Inmates in labor.  Under the new law, California prisons are no longer allowed to use leg irons, waist chains and handcuffs behind the body on women who are pregnant or who are in recovery following the birth of a child unless deemed necessary for the safety of the inmate, the staff or the public.  The bill also requires that shackles be removed for emergency medical treatment.
  • AB 2531 – State hospitals, prohibited items.  Allows state hospitals to develop lists of contraband items, with input from patients and employees, to minimize dangers to staff and patients. 
  • AB 2537 – Pupil discipline, suspensions and expulsions.  Clarifies that possessing an imitation firearm, over-the-counter medicine or student’s prescription medicines are not “zero tolerance” offences that automatically require expulsion.  Eliminates an existing $500 fine imposed on a principal who fail to notify law enforcement of certain crimes allegedly committed by students.
  • AB 2544 – Forestry and fire protection, land purchases and property use.
  • AB 2548 – California Veterans Board.
  • AB 2552 – Vehicles, driving under the influence, alcoholic beverage or drug.
  • AB 2554 – Contractors.
  • AB 2555 – Free or reduced-price meals, summer school session, waivers.
  • AB 2559 – Local government, pipeline projects, approval.
  • AB 2564 – Environmental quality, pipelines, project applicants.
  • AB 2567 – Sewer collection agency, schedule of fees.
  • AB 2570 – Licensees, settlement agreements.
  • AB 2572 – Los Angeles Community College District, governing board elections.
  • AB 2580 – Public contracts, job order contracting.
  • AB 2583 – Alternatively fueled vehicles, state fleet, public parking.
  • AB 2584 – Electrical corporation,  investigations.
  • AB 2608 – Medi-Cal, local educational agency billing option.
  • AB 2609 – Fish and Game Commission.
  • AB 2610 – Tenants, foreclosure and unlawful detainer.
  • AB 2612 – Courts, witness fees.
  • AB 2616 – School districts, truancy.  Provides school administrators with more discretion when determining if students are truant and in imposing consequences for truant students to focus truancy reduction efforts away from law enforcement and courts.
  • AB 2618 – Sales and use taxes, auction, vehicles.
  • AB 2620 – Tidelands and submerged lands, granted public trust lands.
  • AB 2641 – Nonprofit corporations, Internet Web site.  Creates a single website at GO-Biz with the necessary information and forms that nonprofit organizations can use to set up new organizations and comply with California’s statutory and regulatory requirements, simplifying the incorporation, filing and renewal processes for California nonprofits.
  • AB 2643 – Property taxation.
  • AB 2649 – Tidelands and submerged lands, City and County of San Francisco, seawall lots.
  • AB 2654 – Mining liens, definitions.
  • AB 2657 – Electronic court reporting.
  • AB 2659 – Vehicles, driver’s licenses.  Allows licensed drivers of military commercial vehicles to qualify for a California commercial driver’s license without additional California driving tests.
  • AB 2660 – Vehicles, peace officer vehicles, window tinting or glazing.
  • AB 2662 – Education.
  • AB 2663 – Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security.  Teachers’ Retirement Law.
  • AB 2664 – County employees’ retirement, electronic signatures.
  • AB 2666 – Mortgage loan originators.
  • AB 2667 – Personal property, fraudulent transfers.
  • AB 2668 – Corporate agents, indemnification.
  • AB 2669 – Environmental quality, California Environmental Quality Act.
  • AB 2671 – Jobs, Economic Development and Economy.  Small business financial development corporations, loans and loan guarantees.
  • AB 2674 – Employment records, right to inspect.  Gives employees and former employees the right to obtain copies of their personnel records within a certain time frame, but no later than 30 days after the request.  The new law does not apply to pre-employment records like letters of reference.
  • AB 2675 – Employment contract requirements.  Provides exemptions to a 2011 law.  Requires written commission agreements such as an exemption for one-time bonuses.
  • AB 2677 – Public works, wages, employer payment contributions.
  • AB 2679 – Transportation, omnibus bill.
  • AB 2680 – Agricultural land, Williamson Act, lot line adjustments, contracts.
  • AB 2682 – Agriculture.
  • AB 2683 – Probate matters, guardianships, estates.
  • AB 2684 – Civil actions, interpreter costs, indigent.
  • AB 2685 – Attorneys, annual membership fees.
  • AB 2686 – Franchise Tax Board, Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate.
  • AB 2688 – Property taxes, sales and use taxes.
  • AB 2690 – Civil law, tort claims.
  • AB 2691 – Political Reform Act of 1974, online and electronic filing.
  • AB 2692 – Electoral districts and precincts.
  • AB 2693 – Horse racing.
  • AB 2697 – Housing Omnibus Act.
  • AB 2698 – Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000.
  • ABx1 19 – Budget.  Contains necessary statutory changes to achieve savings assumed in the 2011 Budget Act for the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).
  • ABx1 26 – Budget.  Eliminates redevelopment agencies and directs the resolution of their activities.
  • ABx1 27 – Budget.  Creates an alternative voluntary redevelopment program.
  • ABx1 28 – Budget.  Clarifies the obligations under existing law for out-of-state retailers to collect and remit use tax on sales of tangible personal property to California residents.

 

Senate Bills Signed Into Law
  • SB 9 – Sentencing.
  • SB 12 – Vehicles, aerodynamic devices.
  • SB 35 – Voter registration agencies.
  • SB 71 – State agencies.  Boards, commissions and reports.
  • SB 81 – Budget.  Budget Act of 2011.
  • SB 83 – Budget.  Budget Act of 2011, Citizens Redistricting Commission.
  • SB 95 – Budget.  State cash resources.
  • SB 98 – Budget.  Nursing.
  • SB 114 – Teachers, retirement.
  • SB 118 – State Controller’s Office, reimbursement for expenses.
  • SB 121 – Pupils, foster children, special education.
  • SB 122 – Healing Arts.
  • SB 124 – Claims against the state, appropriation.
  • SB 135 – Hospice facilities.
  • SB 143 – Surface mining, idle mines.
  • SB 149 – Mobile home and special occupancy parks, permit invoice, notice.
  • SB 192 – Validations.
  • SB 200 – Delta levee maintenance.
  • SB 255 – Health care coverage, breast cancer.
  • SB 289 – Clinical laboratory techniques, training and instruction.
  • SB 298 – Charter schools, at-risk pupils, Los Angeles County Board of Education.
  • SB 323 – California Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.  Makes California law governing Limited Liability Companies more consistent with the law of other states and the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, while continuing to protect shareholder rights.
  • SB 345 – Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman.
  • SB 379 – Telecommunications, universal service, regulation.
  • SB 415 – State highways, relinquishment.
  • SB 475 – Local agencies, open meetings, teleconferences.
  • SB 477 – School district reorganization, bonded indebtedness, Wiseburn Unified School District, Centinela Valley Union High School District.
  • SB 488 – Political Reform Act of 1974, slate mailers.
  • SB 533 – Inglewood Unified School District, emergency loan.
  • SB 535 – California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
  • SB 542 – Inmate Welfare Fund.
  • SB 561 – Internet crimes, data collection.
  • SB 592 – Dairy cattle supply liens.
  • SB 615 – Multiple employer welfare arrangements, benefits. 
  • SB 623 – Health.  Extends until January 1, 2014 an ongoing pilot program allowing nurse practitioners, midwives and physician assistants to perform non-surgical abortions.
  • SB 628 – Acupuncture, regulation.
  • SB 630 – Hospitals, licensure. 
  • SB 632 – Marriage and family therapists.
  • SB 659 – Immunizations, disclosure of information, tuberculosis screening.
  • SB 661 – Crime, picketing.
  • SB 691 – Unemployment insurance, use of information.
  • SB 708 – Funds transfers.
  • SB 728 – Medi-Cal, durable medical equipment reimbursement.
  • SB 730 – Claims against the state, appropriation.
  • SB 736 – County road commissioner, Merced County.
  • SB 754 – School funding, economic impact aid.
  • SB 760 – Sexually violent predators, evaluations.
  • SB 778 – Alcoholic beverages licensees, contests and sweepstakes.
  • SB 803 – California Youth Leadership Project.
  • SB 804 – Health care districts, transfers of assets.
  • SB 807 – California State Military Law.  Revises military policy regarding the California State Military (state militia), its ranks, responsibilities and provisions.  Read California State Military Law for more.
  • SB 825 – Residential tenancies, foreclosures.
  • SB 829 – Public contracts, public entities, project labor agreements.
  • SB 863 – California Workers Compensation Reform Law.  Aims to reduce workers compensation costs for businesses in California while increasing benefits to employees injured on the job.  Read California Workers Compensation Reform Law for more.
  • SB 874 – School districts, community college districts, parcel taxes, exemptions.
  • SB 875 – Real estate licensees.
  • SB 880 – Common interest developments, electric vehicle charging stations.
  • SB 900 – California Homeowner Bill of Rights.  Halts the “abusive tactics” of loan servicers and protects struggling homeowners who are trying, in good faith, to renegotiate their mortgages.
  • SB 920 – Medi-Cal, hospitals.
  • SB 921 – Military Department.  Office of the Inspector General, California Military Whistleblower Protection Act.
  • SB 923 – Retirement savings plans.
  • SB 935 – Ballast water.
  • SB 937 – Alcoholic beverages.
  • SB 951 – Health care coverage, essential health benefits.
  • SB 954 – Controller, offset payments.
  • SB 955 – Public employees’ retirement, pension fund management.
  • SB 960 – California State University, campus-based mandatory fees.
  • SB 965 – State and local government.
  • SB 976 – Finance lenders, exemptions.
  • SB 978 – Securities transactions, exemption from qualification requirements.
  • SB 979 – Financial institutions.
  • SB 980 – Mortgage loans.
  • SB 987 – Public employees’ retirement.
  • SB 989 – Bail, extradition.
  • SB 991 – Marriage, solemnization.
  • SB 993 – School curriculum, social sciences, Bracero program.
  • SB 996 – County Employees Retirement Law of 1937, heart trouble presumption.
  • SB 1001 – Political Reform Act of 1974, lobbyists and committees, fees.
  • SB 1003 – Local government: open meetings: cease and desist letters.
  • SB 1006 – Budget.  State government.
  • SB 1008 – Budget.  Public social services, Medi-Cal.
  • SB 1009 – Budget.  Health and human services.
  • SB 1013 – Budget.  Child welfare services, realignment.
  • SB 1014 – Budget.  Public social services, alcohol and drug programs.
  • SB 1015 – Budget.  Taxation, administration.
  • SB 1016 – Budget.  Education finance.
  • SB 1018 – Budget.  Public resources.
  • SB 1020 – Budget.  Public Safety Realignment.
  • SB 1021 – Budget.  Public safety.
  • SB 1022 – Budget.  Correctional facilities.
  • SB 1023 – Budget.  Public safety, realignment.
  • SB 1028 – Budget.  Education finance.
  • SB 1029 – Transportation infrastructure.  Modernizes regional transportation systems and links them to the state’s future high-speed rail line through a $4.7 billion investment matched by $7.9 billion in federal and local dollars for statewide transportation improvements.
  • SB 1033 – Budget.  State and local government.
  • SB 1036 – Budget.  Public social services, in-home supportive services.
  • SB 1038 – Budget.  State government.
  • SB 1039 – State government, Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.
  • SB 1041 – Budget.  Human services. 
  • SB 1045 – Metal theft, damages.
  • SB 1047 – Emergency services, seniors.
  • SB 1048 – Juveniles.
  • SB 1051 – Reports of death/injury/abuse, developmental centers and state hospitals, mandated reporters.
  • SB 1052 – Public postsecondary education, California Open Education Resources Council.
  • SB 1053 – Public postsecondary education, California Digital Open Source Library.
  • SB 1055 – Landlord and tenant, payments.
  • SB 1058 – Victims of Corporate Fraud Compensation Fund.
  • SB 1064 – Child custody, immigration.
  • SB 1065 – State claims.
  • SB 1067 – Peace officers, mutual aid. 
  • SB 1069 – Deficiency judgments.
  • SB 1070 – Career Technical Education Pathways Program.  Extends an existing technical education program at middle schools, high schools and community colleges until 2015.
  • SB 1075 – Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act.
  • SB 1076 – California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, tire inflation regulation. 
  • SB 1081 – Public health care, Medi-Cal, demonstration projects.
  • SB 1082 – Protection of victims, address confidentiality.
  • SB 1087 – Organized camps.
  • SB 1088 – Pupils, readmission.
  • SB 1090 – Local government, omnibus bill.
  • SB 1091 – Witness testimony, support persons.
  • SB 1092 – Vehicles, brokers of construction trucking services, surety bonds.
  • SB 1094 – Land use, mitigation lands, nonprofit organizations.
  • SB 1095 – Pharmacy, clinics.
  • SB 1096 – Citizens Redistricting Commission.
  • SB 1102 – State transportation improvement program.
  • SB 1103 – Cal Grant Program, annual report.
  • SB 1105 – Workers’ compensation, liens.
  • SB 1107 – Automated License Data System, nonprofit conservation organizations.
  • SB 1108 – English learners, reclassification.  Requires the California Department of Education to analyze the way school districts reclassify English learners and recommend to the Legislature and state board any changes necessary to improve education in California.
  • SB 1116 – California Pollution Control Financing Authority, Capital Access Loan Program.
  • SB 1121 – Inmates, assessments.
  • SB 1128 – Energy, alternative energy financing.
  • SB 1131 – Public cemetery districts, interments.
  • SB 1133 – Human trafficking.
  • SB 1134 – Persons of unsound mind, psychotherapist duty to protect.
  • SB 1140 – Marriage.
  • SB 1144 – Crimes, public safety omnibus.
  • SB 1145 – Animal fighting.
  • SB 1148 – Fish and Game Commission, Department of Fish and Game.  Establishes a permanent mitigation bank program and strengthens the wild and heritage trout program.
  • SB 1158 – Income taxes, administration.
  • SB 1161 – Communications, Voice over Internet Protocol and Internet Protocol enabled communications service.
  • SB 1162 – Animal control, tranquilizers.
  • SB 1164 – Insurance.
  • SB 1169 – Natural community conservation planning.
  • SB 1170 – Senior insurance.
  • SB 1171 – Maintenance of the codes.
  • SB 1172 – California Gay Conversion Therapy Law. Outlaws homosexual conversion therapy, or reparative therapy, for kids and teens under 18.
  • SB 1177 – Restitution for crime victims.
  • SB 1186 – Disability access.
  • SB 1188 – Elections.
  • SB 1191 – Landlord-tenant relations, disclosure of notice of default.
  • SB 1193 – Human trafficking, public posting requirements.
  • SB 1195 – Audits of pharmacy benefits.
  • SB 1196 – Claims data disclosure.
  • SB 1197 – Income taxes, credits, film, extension.
  • SB 1198 – Department of Veterans Affairs, publicity of benefit programs for homeless veterans.  Requires CalVet to provide veterans with information about federal veteran pensions, federal housing vouchers, and CalFresh.
  • SB 1199 – Radiologic technologists.
  • SB 1200 – Academic content standards, recommended modifications.
  • SB 1201 – Los Angeles River Access Law.  Establishes state recognition of the Los Angeles River as an actual river, not simply a flood control channel, which the general public must have access to.  Requires the County of Los Angeles to provide objects that are suitable for public recreational and educational purposes on the L.A. River.
  • SB 1202 – Dental hygienists.
  • SB 1206 – Child abduction prevention.
  • SB 1210 – Collection of criminal fines and penalties.
  • SB 1215 – Optometry.
  • SB 1216 – Reinsurance, professional reinsurers.
  • SB 1217 – State hospitals, Patton State Hospital.
  • SB 1219 – Recycling, plastic bags.
  • SB 1221 – Mammals, use of dogs to pursue bears and bobcats.
  • SB 1225 – Intercity rail agreements.
  • SB 1228 – Small house skilled nursing facilities.
  • SB 1229 – Real property, rentals, animals.
  • SB 1234 – Retirement savings plans.
  • SB 1236 – Professions and vocations.
  • SB 1238 – Massage therapy.
  • SB 1241 – Land use, general plan, safety element, fire hazard impacts.
  • SB 1249 – Department of Fish and Game, lands, expenditures.
  • SB 1254 – Peace officers, deputy sheriffs.
  • SB 1255 – Employee compensation, itemized statements.
  • SB 1257 – Utility user tax, exemption, public transit vehicles.
  • SB 1264 – Child abuse reporting, mandated reporters.
  • SB 1266 – Resource conservation lands, appraisal process.
  • SB 1272 – Political party organization, county central committees.
  • SB 1274 – Healing arts, hospitals, employment.
  • SB 1275 – Vacancies in office, special elections.
  • SB 1278 – Planning and zoning, flood protection, Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley.
  • SB 1280 – Public contracts, University of California and community college districts, competitive bidding, best value.
  • SB 1281 – Criminal procedure, not guilty by reason of insanity.
  • SB 1287 – Sport fishing licenses.  Requires the Department of Fish and Game to issue a reduced fee sport fishing license to active military personnel who are recovering service members.
  • SB 1288 – Hunting licenses.  Requires the Department of Fish and Game to issue a reduced hunting fee license to military personnel who are recovering service members.
  • SB 1289 – Postsecondary education, private student loans.
  • SB 1290 – Charter schools, establishment, renewal, and revocation.
  • SB 1291 – Unemployment benefits, training, teacher credentialing.
  • SB 1292 – School employees, principals, evaluation.  Authorizes school districts to assess the performance of school principals and establishes provision to guide that evaluation process.
  • SB 1294 – Public employee health benefits: Mariposa County.
  • SB 1298 – Allows driverless cars to be operated on public roads for testing purposes if each vehicle has a fully licensed and bonded operator in the driver’s seat to take control if necessary.  Instructs the DMV to adopt regulations that govern the licensing, bonding, testing and operation of autonomous vehicle technology.  Instructs the DMV to adopt the new regulations as soon as practicable but no later than January 1, 2015.
  • SB 1299 – Victims of crime, compensation.
  • SB 1301 – Prescription drugs, 90-day supply.
  • SB 1303 – Vehicles, automated traffic enforcement systems.
  • SB 1308 – Public Employment and Retirement.  State human resources functions.
  • SB 1309 – Human resources.
  • SB 1315 – Imitation firearms, regulation, County of Los Angeles.  Authorizes Los Angeles County to enact and enforce an ordinance that is stricter than state law regarding the manufacture, sale, possession or use of any BB device, toy gun, replica of a firearm or other device that is so substantially similar in coloration and overall appearance to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to perceive that the device is a firearm and that expels a projectile that is no more than 16 millimeters in diameter.
  • SB 1316 – School attendance, early and middle college high schools.
  • SB 1319 – Child welfare.
  • SB 1327 – State government, business information, Internet website.
  • SB 1329 – Prescription drugs, collection and distribution program.
  • SB 1331 – County of San Diego Independent Redistricting Commission.
  • SB 1339 – Commute benefit policies.
  • SB 1341 – Corporation Tax Law, charitable corporations, exemptions, revocation.
  • SB 1342 – Counties, recording, real estate instruments.
  • SB 1349 – Social media privacy.  Prohibits public and private postsecondary educational institutions from requiring students, prospective students and student groups to disclose user names, passwords or other information about their use of social media.  The new privacy law does not affect the institution’s right to investigate or punish student misconduct.
  • SB 1351 – Peace officers.
  • SB 1357 – Removal from office, grand jury accusation.
  • SB 1359 – Personal income taxes, contributions, California Breast Cancer Research Fund, California Cancer Research Fund.
  • SB 1360 – Vessels.
  • SB 1365 – Emergency medical services, immunity.
  • SB 1367 – Deer, archery season, concealed firearms.  Revises the Fish and Game Code authorizes a peace officer, whether active or honorably retired, or a person with a valid license to carry a firearm on his or her person while engaged in the taking of deer with bow and arrow, but prohibits taking or attempting to take deer with that firearm.
  • SB 1370 – Prevailing wages, public works, director, code list.
  • SB 1371 – Victim restitution, fines, default.
  • SB 1377 – Protection and advocacy agencies.
  • SB 1381 – Mental retardation, change of term to “intellectual disability.”
  • SB 1382 – County employees’ retirement, retiree organizations.
  • SB 1386 – Municipal water districts, water storage, groundwater.
  • SB 1387 – Metal theft.
  • SB 1388 – Parking, parking meters. prohibitions at parking locations.
  • SB 1391 – CalFresh benefits, overissuance.
  • SB 1393 – Alcoholic beverage control, licensees, returns.
  • SB 1394 – Dwelling safety, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors.  Implements recommendations of the State Fire Marshal to enhance effective use of smoke alarms in residences and delaying the date by which an owner must install a carbon monoxide device in an existing hotel from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2016.
  • SB 1395 – State Auditor.
  • SB 1402 – Economic development, California Community Colleges Economic and Workforce Development Program.
  • SB 1403 – Domestic violence, permanent restraining orders and elder abuse orders.
  • SB 1404 – School property, Civic Center Act.
  • SB 1405 – Accountancy, military service, practice privilege.  Authorizes accountants to have their licenses placed on a military inactive status while engaged in active duty in the National Guard or armed forces.
  • SB 1407 – Medical information: disclosure.
  • SB 1408 – Bar pilots, Monterey Bay and the Bays of San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun.
  • SB 1409 – The Energy Security Coordination Act of 2012.  Strengthens the clean energy partnership between California and the U.S. military.  The new law requires the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to serve as a liaison between the State of California and the U.S. Department of Defense to coordinate and collaborate on clean energy policy. The OPR will work directly with state energy agencies, including the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, to ensure the U.S. military is included in the development and implementation of state energy and environmental policy.
  • SB 1410 – Independent medical review.
  • SB 1413 – Adjutant General, support programs.  Allows the Adjutant General to establish support programs, acquire facilities and solicit and accept donations for the benefit of military personnel and their families.
  • SB 1421 – Mobile homes, resident-owned mobile home parks. 
  • SB 1425 – Juveniles, dependent children. 
  • SB 1433 – Domestic violence, protective orders.
  • SB 1436 – Automated external defibrillators. 
  • SB 1446 – Naturopathic doctors. 
  • SB 1448 – Insurance.
  • SB 1449 – Life insurance and annuities.
  • SB 1450 – Mortgage guaranty insurance.
  • SB 1456 – Community colleges, Seymour-Campbell Student Success Act of 2012.
  • SB 1458 – School accountability, Academic Performance Index, graduation rates.
  • SB 1462 – County sheriffs, release of prisoners, medical release.
  • SB 1465 – Food safety, Asian rice-based noodles.
  • SB 1466 – Peace officers, City of Los Angeles.
  • SB 1474 – Grand jury proceedings, Attorney General, powers and duties.
  • SB 1479 – Crime victims, restitution.
  • SB 1481 – Clinical laboratories, community pharmacies.
  • SB 1485 – Fuel taxes, blended fuels. 
  • SB 1489 – Courts, management and destruction of trial court exhibits.
  • SB 1492 – Voter-approved local assessment, vehicles.
  • SB 1495 – Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of 2009. 
  • SB 1500 – Seized and abandoned animals, full costs, forfeiture.
  • SB 1501 – Open-space easements.
  • SB 1504 – Claims and judgments against the state, interest.
  • SB 1509 – School facilities, design-build contracts. 
  • SB 1510 – Contracts.  Tightens the bidder requirements for demonstrating that a small business, microbusiness or disabled veteran owned business will serve a commercially useful function in carrying out a state contract so that a bidder may claim a bid preference on competitive state contract awards.
  • SB 1513 – State Compensation Insurance Fund, investments.
  • SB 1520 – State government, administrative efficiency.
  • SB 1521 – Child welfare services.
  • SB 1522 – Developmental centers, reporting requirements.
  • SB 1524 – Nursing.
  • SB 1525 – Postsecondary education, Student Athlete Bill of Rights.
  • SB 1527 – Board of Behavioral Sciences, licensing.
  • SB 1529 – Medi-Cal, providers, fraud.
  • SB 1531 – Alcoholic beverages, tied-house restrictions, opera houses. 
  • SB 1532 – Business filings.  
  • SB 1538 – Health.  Requires facilities conducting mammography examinations to give special notice to patients who have dense breast that they may benefit from additional screening.
  • SB 1539 – Postsecondary education: textbooks. 
  • SB 1540 – Education.  Requires the State Board of Education to consider adopting a revised curriculum framework and evaluation criteria for instructional materials in history-social science. 
  • SB 1541 – Timber harvesting plans. 
  • SB 1544 – Income taxes, disaster losses, Counties of Los Angeles and San Bernardino. 
  • SB 1548 – State Board of Equalization, offer in compromise. 
  • SB 1549 – Transportation projects, alternative project delivery methods.
  • SB 1558 – Claims against the state, payment.
  • SB 1563 – Civil service examinations, veterans’ preference.
  • SB 1568 – Pupils, foster children, educational placement.
  • SB 1571 – Personal income taxes, voluntary contribution, School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund. 
  • SB 1574 – Discovery, electronically stored information.
  • SB 1575 – Business, Professions and Economic Development.  Professions and vocations.
  • SB 1576 – Business, Professions and Economic Development.  Professions and vocations.
  • SB 1577 – Resources, public trust lands, City of Newport Beach.
  • SB 1580 – Governmental Organization.  State surplus property, armories, sales. 

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