CDCAN: GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON SEVERAL HEALTH RELATED BILLS

GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON SEVERAL REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY AFFORDABLE HOUSING BILLS; MEDI-CAL AND HEALTH BILLS; MENTAL HEALTH AND EDUCATION BILLS – VETOES AB 1552 THAT WOULD HAVE MADE COMMUNITY-BASED ADULT SERVICES MEDI-CAL BENEFIT
 
SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 09/30/2014 – 02:45 AM] – Governor Brown took action on dozens of more bills on Monday (September 29th) in addition to actions taken on measures on Saturday and Sunday, including bills dealing with Medi-Cal, health care, health facilities, seniors, redevelopment agency affordable housing, education and mental health.  The Governor vetoed, among several bills, AB 1552 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (Democrat – Long Beach) that would have made Community-Based Adult Services a Medi-Cal benefit (it is currently a benefit under a Medicaid waiver). 
    CDCAN will issue a full report on all bills that the Governor took action on Wednesday.  Not included in this report – but will be included on Wednesday – are bills dealing with homeless foster youth and seniors (residential care facilities for the elderly) that the Governor took action on over the weekend.
   
DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES AND IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES
    There were no bills specific to developmental services or In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) that the Governor took action on Monday (September 29th), or Sunday (September 28th).  He did sign two budget trailer bills on Saturday (September 27th) – as previously reported by CDCAN – dealing with IHSS (SB 873 the human services budget trailer bill that had two provisions dealing with the IHSS overtime implementation and SB 878 that related to onsite IHSS provider orientation).
 
EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION RELATED BILLS
    The Governor on Monday (September 29th) vetoed legislation dealing with “salary compaction” or compression for state employees.  While the bill would have had some impact on state employees, including those in departments that oversee programs and services for people with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, seniors and low income families and individuals, it did not impact community-based organizations that serve those populations, including those funded through the 21 non-profit regional centers.  It is listed here in this CDCAN Report because the issue has been raised as a significant one – like for state employees – in recent years as budget reductions have reduced reimbursements and ability for organizations to keep pace with salaries for their managers and supervisors.
 
SB 216 – PUBLIC EMPLOYEES: SALARY COMPACTION FOR MANGERS AND SUPERVISORS
AUTHOR: Senator Jim Beall (Democrat – San Jose)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires the Department of Human Resources (CalHR) to address salary compaction for managerial and supervisorial employees and provide data to the Legislature when insufficient revenue is available to implement a salary determination to increase managerial and supervisorial salaries  by 10% over the salaries of their subordinate rank and file employees.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_216_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Senate:
    I am returning Senate Bill 216 without my signature.
    This bill would require the Department of Human Resources to address salary compaction issues for managers and supervisors by increasing pay by 10% and report to the legislature in years when a salary increase is not provided.
    I understand that the intent of the bill is to ensure that the salaries for managerial employees are higher than the employees they supervise.  My administration has made progress on this issue within the past 12 months and will continue to meet with representatives of excluded employees to discuss compaction issues as appropriate.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that before the 2014 Legislative session officially ends on November 30
CDCAN COMMENT:
    Salary compaction or compression refers to the condition where managerial/supervisorial (excluded) employees do not earn enough in relation to their subordinate employees. Salary compaction occurs when the salaries of subordinate employees approach, and in some cases exceed, the salary of their supervisors.  State policy is that supervisory and managerial employees receive salaries 10% above the pay of the classes they supervise.
    Salary compaction and parity are significant issues facing the state in compensating management employees.  It is listed here in this CDCAN Report because likewise it is a major issue impacting a wide range of community-based organizations serving people with disabilities, including developmental and seniors across the State.  The issue was raised in budget subcommittee hearings last spring, including impact to regional center funded community-based organizations. 
 
HEALTH INCLUDING MEDI-CAL BILLS
    The Governor took action on Saturday (September 27th) on one health related bill relating to hospital fair billing – and a number of bills on Monday (September 29th) dealing with Medi-Cal and health care, including vetoing AB 1552 by Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (Democrat – Long Beach) that would have made the Community-Based Adult Services program a Medi-Cal benefit (it is currently an optional benefit under a Medicaid waiver and also under terms of a settlement).
 
AB 505 – MEDI-CAL MANAGED CARE: LANGUAGE ASSISTANCE SERVICES
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian (Democrat – Sherman Oaks)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires the Department of Health Care Services to require all Medi-Cal managed care plans contracting with the department to provide language assistance services to limited-English-proficient (LEP) people who are Medi-Cal recipeints who are mandatorily enrolled in managed care by requiring interpretation services to be provided in any language on a 24-hour basis at all key points of service, and requiring translation services to be provided to the language groups identified by the Department of Health Care Services meeting specified numeric thresholds.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (4 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0501-0550/ab_505_bill_20140821_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0501-0550/ab_505_bill_20140821_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015.
 
AB 609  – DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH: STATE FUNDED RESEARCH
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Brian Nestande (Republican – Palm Desert)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires a grantee who receives research grant funding, in whole or in part, from the California Department of Public Health to provide free public access to any publication resulting from that research within 12 months of publication.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0601-0650/ab_609_bill_20140820_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_0601-0650/ab_609_bill_20140820_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
AB 2374 by Assemblymember Allan R. Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa) – Substance abuse: recovery and treatment services.
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
PDF DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
AB 1552 – COMMUNITY-BASED ADULT SERVICES – ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE CENTERS
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal (Democrat – Long Beach)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Make Community-Based Adult Services a Medi-Cal benefit and require it to be covered by Medi-Cal managed care plan contracts.
    Requires the program standards and eligibility criteria to be equal to the Special Terms and Conditions (the agreement between the state and the federal government) that are in effect on the enactment date of this bill.
    Specifies the eligibility criteria for participation by people who are Medi-Cal recipients.
    Requires providers to be licensed by the Department of Public Health and meet all applicable Medi-Cal standards.
    Requires Community-Based Adult Services to be offered as a managed care benefit and as a fee-for-service benefit for Medi-Cal enrollees not in managed care.
    Require implementation of the bill only if federal financial participation is available.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (16 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1551-1600/ab_1552_bill_20140826_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1551-1600/ab_1552_bill_20140826_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/AB_1552_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Assembly:
    I am returning Assembly Bill 1552 without my signature.
    The bill would codify the Community-Based Adult Services benefit according to provisions stipulated in a settlement agreement reached in 2012.
    Currently, this benefit is authorized under an approved waiver by the federal government.  The terms of the waiver may change, pending federal review.
    This important program will continue to help many thousands of frail adults remain independent.  Codifying it now is premature.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening when the Legislature reconvenes in January
 
AB 2325 – MEDI-CAL: COMMUNI-CAL INTERPRETER SERVICES: COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS
AUTHOR: Assemblymember John A. Pérez (Democrat – Los Angeles)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
PDF DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/AB_2325_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Assembly:
    Assembly Bill 2325 would require the Department of Health Care Services to establish the CommuniCal program to certify and restructure current interpreter services provided under Medi-Cal, and afford certified interpreters collective bargaining rights.
    Last year, I vetoed these same provisions because California had embarked on an unprecedented expansion of our Medi-Cal program and I did not believe it wise to introduce more complexity given the many unknowns the state was facing.  Since then, our challenges have neither diminished in number or difficulty.  We are still in the throes of managing new enrollments, new renewals and expanding provider networks.
    In reconsidering this measure, however, it appears that this bill contains more liabilities than were previously known.  The provisions governing collective bargaining go above and beyond what public employees enjoy and potentially create new scopes of representation and litigation.
    To the extent that interpretation services under Medi-Cal are insufficient, we should work together on appropriate cost-effective initiatives to help patients in need.  I’m weary at this time of adding significant new costs to the Medi-Cal program when already in the last two years Medi-Cal General Fund spending has grown almost $2.5 billion.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening when the Legislature reconvenes in January
CDCAN COMMENT: Governor’s veto message used the word “weary” and possibly might have meant to use “wary”. 
 
AB 2577 – MEDI-CAL: GROUND EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORATION SERVICES
AUTHOR:  Assemblymember Ken Cooley (Democrat- Rancho Cordova)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Authorizes the Department of Health Care Services to provide supplemental reimbursement under these provisions for the cost of paramedic services at a rate of payment equal to cost.
    Requires the department to develop and implement an intergovernmental transfer (IGT) program in order to increase capitation payments to Medi-Cal managed care plans for covered ground emergency medical transportation services, as specified. The bill would require the department to implement the IGT program on January 1, 2015, or a later date if otherwise required pursuant to any necessary federal approvals obtained.
    Provides that participation in the IGTs is voluntary on the part of the transferring entity and would require Medi-Cal managed care plans to pay 100% of any amount of increased capitation payments made to eligible providers for providing and making available ground emergency medical transportation services.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (16 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2551-2600/ab_2577_bill_20140904_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2551-2600/ab_2577_bill_20140904_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/AB_2577_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Assembly:
    I am returning Assembly Bill 2577 without my signature.
    While I support funding mechanisms that would increase the availability of federal funds, this bill presents significant policy and implementation challenges at a time when the Department of Health Care Services is working a full capacity on several new and critical priorities integrating the Affordable Care Act into our health care system.
    I will direct the department to continue conversations on this funding mechanism that reflects a more realistic time frame and is more workable for the department.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening when the Legislature reconvenes in January
 
AB 2706 – SCHOOLS – HEALTH CARE COVERAGE: ENROLLMENT ASSISTANCE
AUTHOR:  Assemblymember Roger Hernández (Democrat – West Covina)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires, for purposes of the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years, a public school, including a charter school, to add an informational item to its enrollment forms, or amend an existing enrollment form in order to provide the parent or legal guardian information about health care coverage options and enrollment assistance; and repeals this requirement on January 1, 2019.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2701-2750/ab_2706_bill_20140829_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2701-2750/ab_2706_bill_20140829_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 204 – PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABELING
AUTHOR: Senator Ellen Corbett (Democrat – Hayward)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires the Board of Pharmacy to conduct a survey of pharmacists and vendors of electronic health records (EHRs) to gather information about the utilization of, and the obstacles to, the use of Board of Pharmacy’s standardized directions for use (standardized directions) on prescription drug labels.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (4 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0201-0250/sb_204_bill_20140828_enrolled.pdf
HTML DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0201-0250/sb_204_bill_20140828_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/27/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_204_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Senate:
    SB 204 would require the Board of Pharmacy to conduct a survey on pharmacists’ compliance with using standardized directions on prescription labels, as required by law.  The bill would also require a second survey of electronic health record vendors to determine whether vendors’ include these standardized directions in their products.
    I am returning this bill without my signature, because the Board currently does not have the resources to conduct these surveys.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening before the 2014 Legislative session ends on November 30th.
 
SB 508 – MEDI-CAL: ELIGIBILITY
AUTHOR: Senator Ed Hernandez (Democrat – West Covina)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Makes changes to the eligibility requirements for the Medi-Cal program, to codify existing eligibility levels or clarify changes made to the program’s eligibility requirements when the state expanded eligibility under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), in particular conforming existing law to the federal requirement to use modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) for eligibility determination.
    Establishes income eligibility thresholds for Medi-Cal coverage whose income is determined based on the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) as follows:  Parents and caretaker relatives: 0-109% of the Federal Poverty Level;  Pregnant women: 0-208% of the Federal Poverty Level; Children:  0-261% of the Federal Poverty Level.
    Increases the income level at which premiums for Medi-Cal coverage for children are assessed, to apply premiums for children in families with incomes above 160 to 261% of the Federal Poverty Level, instead of children in families with incomes from 150 to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.
    Requires Medi-Cal income eligibility for coverage of tuberculosis-related services to be determined pursuant to the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) based financial methods effective January 1, 2014.
    Eliminates the deprivation requirement for the “medically needy” Medi-Cal program by repealing the deprivation requirement from the medically needy family person definition. (Note: “Medically needy” is a category of Medi-Cal eligibility that provides Medi-Cal coverage for individuals who fit into a federal benefit category [such as aged, blind or disabled] but whose income or resources are too high.)
    Clarifies that former foster youth are eligible for Medi-Cal coverage up to age 26 if the individual was in foster care on his/her 18th birthday or such higher age the state has elected under federal law.
    Requires the Department of Health Care Services to exercise its option under federal law to extend Medi-Cal benefits to individuals under 21 years of age placed in foster homes or private institutions and individuals under 21 years of age for whom a specified adoption agreement is in effect. Further requires that all of the income considered when determining an individual’s eligibility under these provisions be disregarded.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (48 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0501-0550/sb_508_bill_20140828_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0501-0550/sb_508_bill_20140828_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 1089 – MEDI-CAL: JUVENILE INMATES
AUTHOR: Senator Holly J. Mitchell (Democrat – Los Angeles)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Clarifies several provisions related to a program that allows counties to draw down federal funds for providing services to Medi-Cal eligible juveniles, who are admitted as inpatients to a medical institution off the grounds of a correctional facility, while being detained by counties.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1051-1100/sb_1089_bill_20140818_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1051-1100/sb_1089_bill_20140818_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 1276 – HEALTH CARE: FAIR BILLING POLICIES
AUTHOR: Senator Ed Hernandez (Democrat – West Covina)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Revises the definition of “a patient with high medical costs,” for purposes of provisions of law requiring hospitals to have charity care or discounted payment programs (charity care programs), to include individuals who have received a discounted rate from the hospital as a result of third-party coverage.
    Defines “reasonable payment formula,” for purposes of hospital and emergency physician charity care programs, as monthly payments that are not more than 10% of a patient’s family income for a month, excluding deductions for essential living expenses.
    Defines “essential living expenses” as expenses for any of the following:  rent or house payment and maintenance, food  and household supplies, utilities and telephone, clothing, medical and dental payments, insurance, school or child care, child or spousal support, transportation and auto expenses, including insurance, gas, and repairs, installment payments, laundry and cleaning, and other extraordinary expenses.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (13 PAGES) OF BILL AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1276_bill_20140928_chaptered.pdf
HTML DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1276_bill_20140928_chaptered.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/28/2014: SIGNED by Governor.  Filed with Secretary of State, Chapter 758, Statutes of 2014.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 1315 – MEDI-CAL PROVIDERS: NOTICE OF SUSPENSION
AUTHOR: Senator William Monning (Democrat – Carmel)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires a notice of temporary suspension to a Medi-Cal provider to include the following: A list of discrepancies required to be remediated; and the timeframe in which a provider may demonstrate to the Department of Health Care Services that the discrepancies identified have been remediated, which must be at least 60 days from the date the notice is issued.
    Requires the Department of Health Care Services to lift the temporary suspension and to notify the provider that he/she is eligible to receive Medi-Cal reimbursement for services provided after the date the temporary suspension was lifted if a provider demonstrates to the Department of Health Care Services that: the discrepancies identified have been remediated; and the Medi-Cal provider meets the standards of participation within the timeframe specified.
    Requires, if a provider has received a site visit that results in a notice of temporary suspension, and the provider fails to remediate the discrepancies identified within the timeframe specified, for the Department of Health Care Services to send the provider a notice stating that the provider will be removed from enrollment as a provider in the Medi-Cal program by operation of law based on failure to remediate the discrepancies identified in the notice of temporary suspension.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1315_bill_20140819_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1315_bill_20140819_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 1341 – MEDI-CAL NOTICES OF ACTION: STATEWIDE AUTOMATED WELFARE SYSTEM
AUTHOR: Senator Holly J. Mitchell (Democrat – Los Angeles)
A signing message can be found here.
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires the Statewide Automated Welfare System (SAWS) to be the system of record for Medi-Cal and to contain all Medi-Cal eligibility rules and case management functionality including “notices of action” beginning January 1, 2016.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1341_bill_20140820_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1341_bill_20140820_enrolled.htm
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S SIGNING MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_1341_Signing_Message.pdf
GOVERNOR’S SIGNING MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Senate:
    Senate Bill 1341 requires the Statewide Automated Welfare System to be used to create and send “notices of action” for the Medi-Cal program and, in certain situations, the health insurance premium tax credit program, beginning January 1, 2016.  These notices are important for communicating with beneficiaries and applicants about their eligibility, enrollment or disenrollment in health coverage.
    More than 2 million people have enrolled in Medi-Cal and more than 1 million in Covered California since the end of last year.  Many challenges remain, but the increase in health coverage has been significant, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Health Care Services, Covered California, community based organizations, and in particular, our county workers and partners, who have navigated enormous changes to our state’s Medi-Cal program and are critical in maintaining program integrity.
    Much functionality is still in development, and the timeframe of January 1, 2016, for executing more systems changes may be overly ambitious. I am signing this bill, however, because it codifies an aspirational target that we should all strive to meet, understanding that our best efforts to meet these challenges may need more time.
    Now and in the coming months, the department will continue to work diligently with counties and Covered California to improve the enrollment and renewal processes for all eligible beneficiaries.  Our success depends on collaboration and cooperation, harnessing the indispensable knowledge and experience of county workers with improved systems capabilities.  I am confident we are all up to the task.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 1384 – CERTIFIED NURSE ASSISTANTS
AUTHOR: Senator Holly J. Mitchell (Democrat – Los Angeles)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Deletes the requirement that the Department of Public Health deny, suspend, or revoke a certificate of a certified nurse assistant (CNA) if the applicant or certificate holder has been convicted of a violation or attempted violation of one or more of the specified crimes. 
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (16 PAGAES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1351-1400/sb_1384_bill_20140825_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1351-1400/sb_1384_bill_20140825_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 1457 – ELECTRONIC TREATMENT AUTHORIZATION REQUESTS FOR MEDI-CAL, CALIFORNIA CHILDREN’S SERVICES AND GENETICALLY HANDICAPPED PERSONS PROGRAM
AUTHOR: Senator Noreen Evans (Democrat – Santa Rosa)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires requests for authorization for treatment or services in the Medi-Cal program, California Children’s Services (CCS) Program, and the Genetically Handicapped Persons Program (GHPP), excluding those submitted by dental providers enrolled in the Medi-Cal Dental Program, to be submitted in an electronic format determined by the Department of Health Care Services via the department’s website or other electronic means designated by the department. 
    Requires the Department of Health Care Services to implement an alternate format for submission when the department’s website is unavailable due to a system disruption. 
    Implements this requirement by July 1, 2015, or a subsequent date determined by the Department of Health Care Services.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1451-1500/sb_1457_bill_20140819_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1451-1500/sb_1457_bill_20140819_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
HEALTH FACILITIES BILLS
    The Governor signed on Monday, September 29th, the following bills related to care facilities:
 
AB 2236 – CARE FACILITIES: CIVIL PENALTIES
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (Republican – San Diego)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Revises existing state law authorizing the Department of Social Services to levy fines against community care facilities (CCF), residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE), and child care facilities for violations that constitute physical abuse or result in serious bodily injury or death.
    Establishes, beginning July 1, 2015, a new framework for civil penalties applicable to violations determined by the Department of Social Services to have resulted in death or serious bodily injury, or determined by the department to constitute physical abuse for all facilities licensed by the department.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (32 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2236_bill_20140904_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2236_bill_20140904_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
AB 2557 – HOSPITALS: SEISMIC SAFETY
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Richard Pan (Democrat – Sacramento)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Authorizes the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development to grant certain hospitals, who have already received an extension of the January 1, 2008, seismic safety deadline, an additional extension until September 1, 2015.  
    Contains an urgency clause to ensure that the provisions of this bill go into immediate effect upon enactment.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (16 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2551-2600/ab_2557_bill_20140904_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2551-2600/ab_2557_bill_20140904_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect immediately (“urgency” bill).
 
AB 2632 – CARE FACILITIES
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (Republican – San Diego)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Prohibits the Department of Social Services from providing a criminal record clearance for a person applying for employment in a Community Care Facility (CCF), Residential Care Facility for the Elderly (RCFE), and Child Day Care Facilities (CDCF) with a record of an arrest for a non-exemptible crime,  prior to the completion of an evaluation of the person’s arrest record for employment. 
    Requires the Department of Social Services to conduct a full investigation into an applicant who has been arrested for the following crimes to determine whether they may receive a criminal record clearance to be employed in a CCF, RCFE, or CDCF:
 

  • Crimes that require registration pursuant to the Sex Offender Registry Act;
  • Assault with a deadly weapon or firearm;
  • Felony/misdemeanor domestic violence;
  • Felony/misdemeanor child abuse under conditions not likely to produce great bodily harm or death.

PDF DOCUMENT COPY (64 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2601-2650/ab_2632_bill_20140822_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2601-2650/ab_2632_bill_20140822_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 455 – GENERAL ACUTE CARE HOSPITALS: NURSE TO PATIENT RATIOS
AUTHOR: Senator Ed Hernandez (Democrat – West Covina)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Codifies existing state regulations requiring hospitals to have a committee annually review the reliability of its patient classification system, including regulations requiring at least one-half of this committee be composed of registered nurses who provide direct patient care. 
    Requires the registered nurses appointed to this committee to be selected by the collective bargaining agent, if any. 
    Requires the Department of Public Health, during every periodic state inspection of a hospital, to inspect for compliance with nurse-to-patient ratios.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0451-0500/sb_455_bill_20140829_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0451-0500/sb_455_bill_20140829_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_455_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Senate:
    I am returning Senate Bill 455 without my signature.
    This bill restates current law, which requires the Department of Public Health to inspect hospital compliance with nurse-to-patient ratios, and specifies that each individual hospital committee that reviews a patient classification system shall be comprised of registered nurses appointed by the bargaining agent, unless none exists.
    This bill directs decisions that are best left at the local level.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening when the Legislature reconvenes in January
 
SB 1094 – NON-PROFIT HOSPITAL FACILITIES: SALE OF ASSETS – ATTORNEY GENERAL APPROVAL
AUTHOR: Senator Ricardo Lara (Democrat – Bell Gardens)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Provides an additional 30 days for the Attorney General to review proposed transactions involving non-profit health facilities.  Allows the Attorney General to enforce the conditions of an approved agreement, and to amend the conditions of an agreement or transaction involving a non-profit health facility if a party to the transaction or agreement made material misrepresentations to the Attorney General. 
    Requires the Attorney General, prior to imposing an amended condition, to provide the parties to the agreement written notice of the proposed condition and allows the parties 30 days to respond.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1051-1100/sb_1094_bill_20140903_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1051-1100/sb_1094_bill_20140903_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_1094_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Senate:
    I am returning Senate Bill 1094 without my signature.
    This bill would expand the Attorney General’s power to review and impose conditions on the sale or transfer of nonprofit hospitals and their assets.
    For nearly two decades, the Attorney General has had the authority to approve, deny or place conditions on these transactions in order to evaluate potential impacts on a community’s access to health care services, and safeguard – as much as possible – those assets that have been held in the public trust.  Occasionally, disputes pertaining to the conditions of approval arise after a transaction has been approved, and the Attorney General must appeal to the courts to impose the remedy.
    The Attorney General’s office is currently in the process of revising regulations pertaining to these transactions.  We should wait until these new regulations are implemented before deciding what adjustments, if any, are needed to improve the approval process for nonprofit hospital sales.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening when the Legislature reconvenes in January
 
SB 1299 – HOSPITALS: WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLANS
AUTHOR: Senator Alex Padilla (Democrat – Pacoima)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Enacts various requirements related to workplace violence prevention plans for hospitals.
    Requires OSHA, no later than July 1, 2016, to adopt standards that require specified hospitals to adopt a workplace violence prevention plan as a part of their injury and illness prevention plans to protect health care workers and other facility personnel from aggressive and violent behavior.
    Provides that this bill does not apply to a hospital operated by the Department of State Hospitals, the Department of Developmental Services, or the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (8 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1299_bill_20140825_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1299_bill_20140825_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015.
 
SB 1311  – ACUTE CARE HOSPITALS: ANTIMICROBIAL STEWARDSHIP POLICY
AUTHOR: Senator Jerry Hill (Democrat – San Mateo)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires all general acute care hospitals, as defined, to adopt and implement, by July 1, 2015, an antimicrobial stewardship policy, that includes a process to evaluate the judicious use of antibiotics.
    Requires a general acute care hospital to develop a physician-supervised multidisciplinary antimicrobial stewardship committee, subcommittee, or workgroup, and to appoint at least one physician or pharmacist who is knowledgeable about antimicrobial stewardship through prior training or attendance at continuing education programs. 
    Requires a general acute care hospital to report antimicrobial stewardship program activities to each appropriate hospital committee undertaking clinical quality improvement activities.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (4 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1311_bill_20140815_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1301-1350/sb_1311_bill_20140815_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
MENTAL HEALTH RELATED BILLS
   The Governor signed on Saturday (September 27th) and on Monday (September 29th) two bills dealing with people with mental health needs:
 
AB 1271 – STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH CARE: SCHOOL SAFETY PLANS
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Rob Bonta (Democrat –  Alameda)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
PDF DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
AB 1929 – CALIFORNIA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY – MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT: SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING FOR PERSON WITH MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Ed Chau (Democrat – Arcadia)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires the California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA), with the concurrence of the Department of Health Care Services, to release unencumbered Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding upon request of the respective county, and for counties to utilize these released funds to provide housing assistance to people with mental health needs.
    Defines “housing assistance” as meaning: (A) Rental assistance or capitalized operating subsidies. (B) Security deposits, utility deposits, or other move-in cost assistance. (C) Utility payments. (D)   Moving cost assistance. (E) Capital funding to build or rehabilitate affordable housing for mentally ill persons who are homeless or at risk of being homeless
    Provides that all requirements of the Mental Health Services Act shall apply to all moneys released to a county pursuant to this bill.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY ( 4 PAGES) OF BILL AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1901-1950/ab_1929_bill_20140927_chaptered.pdf
HTML DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1901-1950/ab_1929_bill_20140927_chaptered.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/27/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
EDUCATION RELATED BILLS INCLUDING SPECIAL EDUCATION
 
AB 1840 – STUDENT HEALTH: VISION APPRAISAL
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Nora Campos (Democrat – San Jose)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Authorizes a child’s vision to be appraised by using an eye chart or any scientifically validated photoscreening test and requires photoscreening tests to be performed, under an agreement with, or the supervision of an optometrist or ophthalmologist, by the school nurse or by a trained individual who meets specified requirements as determined by the California Department of Education.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL (8 PAGES) AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1801-1850/ab_1840_bill_20140903_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1801-1850/ab_1840_bill_20140903_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
AB 2217 – STUDENT AND PERSONNEL HEALTH: AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS
AUTHOR: Assemblymember by Melissa Melendez (Republican – Lake Elsinore)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Authorizes schools to solicit and receive non-state funds for automatic external defibrillator (AED), and clarifies those schools and school employees are not civilly liable when acting in good faith.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL (4 PAGES) AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2217_bill_20140829_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2201-2250/ab_2217_bill_20140829_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 850 – COMMUNITY COLLEGES: BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PILOT PROGRAM
AUTHOR: Senator Marty Block (Democrat – San Diego)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Authorizes the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, commencing on January 1, 2015, in consultation with the CSU and the UC, to establish a statewide baccalaureate degree pilot program at not more than 15 California Community Colleges districts with one baccalaureate degree program each, to be determined by the California Community Colleges Chancellor and approved by the Board of Governors. 
    Specifies that the pilot shall commence no later than the 2017-2018 Academic Year and participating students shall complete their degrees by the end of the 2022-2023 Academic Year; and, sunsets the pilot program on January 1, 2024
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (6 PAGES) OF BILL AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0801-0850/sb_850_bill_20140928_chaptered.pdf
HTML DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0801-0850/sb_850_bill_20140928_chaptered.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/28/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
SB 1111 – STUDENTS:INVOLUNTARY TRANSFER – COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOLLS
AUTHOR: Senator Ricardo Lara (Democrat – Bell Gardens)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires parental consent for referrals to a county community school by a school attendance review board, school district, or probation department, except for situations where a student is expelled or pursuant to a court order. 
    Also establishes the right of a student to reenroll in his/her former school or another school upon completion of the term of involuntary transfer to a county community school.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (32 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1101-1150/sb_1111_bill_20140821_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1101-1150/sb_1111_bill_20140821_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: SIGNED by Governor.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
HOUSING INCLUDING REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES
    The Governor took action on Saturday (September 27th), signing one redevelopment bill dealing with affordable housing, but on Monday (September 29th) vetoed four bills dealing with redevelopment agencies and affordable housing:
 
AB 1793 – HOUSING: REDEVELOPMENT HOUSING SUCCESSOR REPORT
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Ed Chau (Democrat – Arcadia)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Requires a housing successor to include in its annual report an inventory of homeownership units assisted by the former redevelopment agency or the housing successor
PDF DOCUMENT COPY ( 7 PAGES) OF BILL AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1751-1800/ab_1793_bill_20140927_chaptered.pdf
HTML DOCUMENT COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_1751-1800/ab_1793_bill_20140927_chaptered.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/27/2014: SIGNED by Governor.  Filed with the Secretary of State, Chapter 672, Statutes of 2014.
NEXT STEPS: Takes effect January 1, 2015
 
AB 1929 – CALIFORNIA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY – MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ACT: SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING FOR PERSON WITH MENTAL HEALTH NEEDS
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Ed Chau (Democrat – Arcadia)
*** see details for this bill under “Mental Health” ***
 
AB 2493 – REDVELOPMENT DISSOLUTION: HOUSING PROJECTS BOND PROCEEDS  
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Richard H. Bloom (Democrat – Santa Monica)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (32 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2451-2500/ab_2493_bill_20140904_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/asm/ab_2451-2500/ab_2493_bill_20140904_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/AB_2493_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Assembly:
    I am returning Assembly Bill 2493 without my signature.
    This bill permits successor agencies and housing successors of former redevelopment agencies to use proceeds derived from bonds issued between January 1, 2011, and June 28, 2011, if the project is consistent with a sustainable communities strategy or reduces greenhouses gas emissions.  Expenditure of the bond proceeds would be subject to approval by the Department of Finance (DOF).
    I applaud the author’s efforts to craft legislation to target specific projects for funding from 2011 bond proceeds.  Funding for this measure, however, would come at the expensed of lost property tax dollars to cities and counties that chose not to incur debt during this period, as well as special districts and schools.  The cost to the general fund to backfill schools could be significant, to the tune of $500 million, at a time when the state is still recovering from deep recession.
    I recognize that the cost to the local governments to defease these high interest rate bonds is significant.  Therefore, I am directing the Department of Finance to develop a plan to address the outstanding bond debt of these agencies.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening before the 2014 Legislative session officially ends on November 30th.
 
SB 133 – REDEVELOPMENT – LOW AND MODERATE INCOME HOUSING
AUTHOR: Senator Mark DeSaulnier (Democrat – Concord)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Makes various reforms to the activities of redevelopment agencies in fulfilling the requirements to increase, preserve and improve low and moderate income housing.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (64 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0101-0150/sb_133_bill_20140902_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_0101-0150/sb_133_bill_20140902_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_133_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Senate:
    I am returning Senate Bill 133 without my signature.,
    This bill would reform the laws governing use of housing funds by entities statutorily required to set aside tax increment funds to increase, preserve and improve low and moderate income housing.
    Undoubtedly, ensuring low and moderate income housing funds are expended to provide housing is important, but the simple fact is that the bill’s requirements are no longer applicable in the wake of the dissolution of redevelopment agencies.  The reforms in this bill can and should be discussed during the development of new economic development programs.  Signing this bill would not have the desired outcome sought by the author and sponsors.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening before the 2014 Legislative session officially ends on November 30th.
 
SB 1129 – REDEVELOPMENT SUCCESSOR AGENCIES
AUTHOR: Senator Darrell Steinberg (Democrat – Sacramento)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Amends several statutes governing redevelopment agencies (RDAs) dissolution including: authorizes an RDA successor agency to use the proceeds of bonds issued in 2011 for the purposes for which the bonds were sold, if those purposes are consistent with a specified “sustainable communities strategy” (SCS); deems an agreement entered into by an RDA prior to June 30, 2011 that commits funds to state highway infrastructure improvements as an enforceable obligation; and revises the process for disposal of former RDA properties through a long-range property management plan (LRPMP) by eliminating a requirement for compensation agreements governing the distribution of property proceeds.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (48 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1101-1150/sb_1129_bill_20140903_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1101-1150/sb_1129_bill_20140903_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_1129_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Senate:
    I am returning Senate Bill 1129 without my signature.
    This bill allows Successor Agencies to expend revenues from bonds issued after December 2010, allows Agencies to enter into new or amended contracts without review, and allows interest rates on the repayment of loans to the redevelopment agency to be calculated quarterly per the Local Agency Investment Fund rate.
    The provisions included in this bill deal with separate and distinct issues that must be thoroughly reviewed and discussed amongst all affected parties.  Furthermore, I have already vetoed AB 2493, and this bill contains a similar provision to allow 2011 bond proceeds to be spent.
    I am willing to work with the Legislature in the next session to refine the redevelopment agency dissolution statutes in a way that will make them operate more fairly and advantageously for everyone.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening before the 2014 Legislative session officially ends on November 30th.
 
SB 1404 – AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS: SAN FRANCISCO REDEVELOPMENT SUCCESSOR AGENCY
AUTHOR: Senator Mark Leno (Democrat – San Francisco)
CDCAN SUMMARY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
    Provides that replacing 5,842 housing units that the former Redevelopment Agency of the City and County of San Francisco destroyed and did not replace is a statutory obligation that remains under statutes governing redevelopment agencies’ dissolution.  This bill allows the successor agency to San Francisco’s Redevelopment Agency, with approval from its oversight board, to replace all of the demolished housing units.
    Grants the successor agency, in addition to the powers that state law grants to each successor agency, the authority, rights, and powers of the RDA of the City and County of San Francisco, exclusively for the purpose of fulfilling the replacement housing obligations.
PDF DOCUMENT COPY (16 PAGES) OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1401-1450/sb_1404_bill_20140903_enrolled.pdf
HTML COPY OF BILL AS SENT TO GOVERNOR:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1401-1450/sb_1404_bill_20140903_enrolled.htm
LATEST ACTION 09/29/2014: VETOED by Governor.
PDF IMAGE COPY (1 PAGE) OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
http://gov.ca.gov/docs/SB_1404_Veto_Message.pdf
TEXT OF GOVERNOR’S VETO MESSAGE:
    To the Members of the California State Senate:
    I am returning Senate Bill 1404 without my signature.
    This bill allows the Successor Agency of the former City and County of San Francisco Redevelopment Agency to create a new enforceable obligation to replace approximately 5,800 units of affordable housing.
    Without a doubt, San Francisco faces extraordinary housing affordability challenges, compounded by the number of affordable units previously destroyed by the former redevelopment agency.  I applaud the author and the mayor’s continued efforts to increase affordability in this area.  This bill as drafted, however, would grant this particular Successor Agency the ability to use tax increment and redevelopment law in a way that no other successor agency in the state has been granted.
    I am directing the Department of Finance to work closely with the author and sponsors of this measure to explore other alternatives.
    Sincerely,
    [SIGNED]
    Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
NEXT STEPS: Technically, the Legislature can over-ride the Governor’s veto with 2/3rds vote to do so in both houses (54 votes in the 80 seat Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate).  Over-rides almost never happen – and there is zero chance of that happening before the Legislative session officially ends on November 30th.
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