2013 - 2014 Legislation

Authored Bills:

AB 1770 (Clarification for Closing Home Equity Lines of Credit)This bill provides clarification for homeowners, title insurance companies and banks on the process for closing down a Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) loan when a residential property is being sold and goes into escrow. This legislation will ensure that new homeowners are not inadvertently left with the debts of the previous owner.
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on August 15, 2014

AB 2056 (Pet Insurance Regulation)– This bill requires increased disclosures during the sale of pet insurance policies, and offers consumers a 30 day free look at the policy. Through this legislation consumers will be able to more easily compare plans and determine what plan meets their animal’s needs.   
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on September 30, 2014

AB 2540 (Real Estate Licensee Contact Information)– To communicate more efficiently with licensees, this bill allows the Bureau of Real Estate to collect valid contact information, including email addresses, of applicants for a real estate license.  
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on August 25, 2014

AB 2578 (Accelerated Death Benefit) – This bill clarifies the process by which individuals with chronic or catastrophic health conditions can more quickly access life insurance benefits and specifies how that information is communicated to the policy holder.
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on September 16, 2014

AB 2631 (Gear and Leaver Voting Machines) – By revising sections related to obsolete gear-and-lever voting machines, this bill provides a comprehensive update for the definition of voting machines in the California Elections Code.
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on September 30, 2014

AB 2645 (Probation and Restitution) – To address the difficulty of receiving restitution when a former convict’s probation is transferred outside the jurisdiction of the initial court system, this bill requires, with some exceptions, the transferring court to determine the amount of restitution before the transfer. If a case is transferred without a determination of the amount of restitution, the bill would require the transferring court to complete the determination as soon as practicable. Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on July 9, 2014

AB 2681 (Counterfeit Goods Tax)– With this bill the Board of Equalization will have increased authority to assess taxes on individuals convicted of trafficking in counterfeit goods. Under this legislation any transaction involving the sale of counterfeit goods will be taxable.
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on September 19, 2014

Resolutions and Co-Authorships:

AB 577 (Light Rail in the San Fernando Valley)—Returning local control over public transportation decisions, this bill removes the state prohibition on light rail in the San Fernando Valley.
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on July 8, 2014

AB 1839 (Film Tax Credit Expansion)This legislation expands the Film Tax Credit program to $330m for the next 5 years and changes the mechanism through which credits are awarded to ensure the highest possible effect on job retention. The bill also sets aside a specific allocation of credits for television pilots, independent films and series relocating to California.
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on September 18, 2014

AB 2389 and SB 718  (Aerospace Tax Credits) –To encourage the relocation of aerospace manufacturing jobs to Southern California, and allow aerospace companies to competitively bid on Federal contracts, these bills create tax incentives, with conditions, for businesses that make over $25 million in capital investments for aerospace manufacturing.
Status: AB2389 was signed by the Governor on July 10, 2014 and SB 718 was signed on August 15, 2014

SB 270 (Single Use Plastic Bag Regulation)–This legislation enacts, with certain exceptions, a statewide prohibition on the use of single-use plastic shopping bags. This bill also encourages the use of reusable grocery bags instead of recycled paper bags.
Status: The bill was signed by the Governor on September 30, 2014

HR 45 (California National Guard Resolution)This Resolution recognizes the National Guard Partnership Program and work that the California National Guards has done with their counterparts in Ukraine to help prevent failed states, improve capabilities to protect civilians and Respect civilian control over the military.
Status: The resolution passed the Assembly on July 3, 2014

AJR 35 (Armenian Genocide Recognition)This Resolution designates the week of April 20 to 26, 2014, as California Week of Remembrance for the Armenian Genocide of 1915–1923, and calls upon Congress and the President of the United States to observe the California Week of Remembrance by participating in the Armenian Genocide Commemorative Project.
Status: The resolution passed the Legislature on April 24, 2014

SJR 19 (High Cost Conforming Loan Limit)This Resolution expresses the Legislature’s opposition to reducing the current national and high-cost conforming loan limits for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) and would urge the FHFA to continue to resist implementation of any such reductions.
Status: The resolution passed the Legislature on August 18, 2014