- Reporters Desk
SACRAMENTO – Below, in bill-number order, are some of the bills, sponsored by Sen. Ted W. Lieu, that will be heard in policy or fiscal hearings in the Assembly after summer recess. Sept. 13 is the constitutional deadline for Sen. Lieu to get the bills to the governor’s desk.
- Senate Bill 2 – Sunshine in Campaigns Act
This bill would impose significant campaign-finance reforms to strengthen the California Political Reform Act through improved enforcement, increased penalties and greater accountability. This bill also requires all candidates to “stand by their ad.” Next step: Review by the Assembly Elections Committee on Aug. 13.
- SB 49 – School Safety Plans
Worried parents would know if their children’s school has an established emergency-response system under this bipartisan plan that would require each California public school to have a readily accessible safety plan. This bill also requires schools to consider active shooter scenarios in the plan. Next: Assembly Appropriations is expected to review this by mid-August.
- SB 50 – Payphone Fairness
Consumers using credit, debit or calling cards for payphones in a pinch – such as stranded holiday travelers, those caught with dead cell phones or troops in transit – would be better protected from fees of up to $20 for 20 seconds under this mandatory-signage disclosure plan on payphones. SB 50 will face an Assembly Floor vote as soon as Aug. 5.
- SB 57 – GPS Bracelet Enforcement
This public safety measure would increase penalties for convicted sex offenders who cut off their ankle-mounted GPS monitors to avoid detection, a large problem that has gotten only worse. Next: An Assembly Appropriations review by mid-August.
- SB 118 – Economic Sector Strategies
With the goal of preparing today’s workers for skilled, well-paying jobs that are in demand, this bill would improve ways to provide resources and training to better prepare workers and address the skills gap. Next stop: The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development and the Economy hearing Aug. 6.
- SB 122 – Mitigating Abandoned Vessels
The pro-environment bill would renew Lieu’s successful 2009 law to remove pollution-spewing abandoned vessels from state waterways and has been praised by boating and law enforcement officials for saving taxpayer dollars. Next: An Assembly Appropriations review by mid-August.
- SB 209 – Preventing Retroactive Taxes
This bipartisan measure seeks to repeal most of a recent Franchise Tax Board decision imposing millions in retroactive taxes on thousands of California taxpayers. To be reviewed by the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee Aug. 12.
- SB 256 – Trampoline Park Safety
Children who use ‘trampoline parks’ would be provided greater protections from injuries under this public-safety measure by regulating a currently unregulated industry. To be reviewed by the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee Aug. 6.
- SB 333 – Swatting
In response to dozens of bogus 911 calls that endangered residents, motorists and law enforcement officers, this bipartisan measure promises to crack down on those who falsely report emergencies by holding perpetrators of all ages liable for all costs associated with the incident. This bill is expected to face an Assembly Floor vote Aug. 5
- SB 353 – Deceptive Marketing of Health Care
Health care consumers seeking coverage under the federal Affordable Care Act would have better protections against deceptive marketing of medical services because of stronger consumer protections and the closing of gaps in state law. To be heard by Assembly Health onAug. 13.
- SB 569 – Videotaped Interrogations of Minors
In response to research indicating that false confessions by children under 18 have led to an increase in wrongful convictions, this bill would require law enforcement agencies statewide to videotape interviews of minors accused of homicide. Assembly Public Safety Committee Aug. 13. Read an Orange County Register editorial supporting SB 569 HERE:
- SB 558 – Journalism Protection Act
California reporters and their news organizations would have greater protections from secret wiretaps or other invasions of their newsgathering communications under this measure by Lieu, former editor-in-chief of the Law Review at Georgetown Law School. Assembly Floor vote as soon as Aug. 5.
In addition, last week Gov. Brown signed Lieu’s SB 162, Inmate Transfers, which will increase efficiency and safety on inmate transfers and investigations by authorizing Superior Courts to order state inmates temporarily transferred to a county jail as part of a criminal investigation.