2018 Legislative Package

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SB 70 – Restricted Appraisal Reports

Allows a narrow exemption from the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP), specific to the distribution of “restricted appraisal reports.” This exemption would be permitted with the consent of the client, except in federally-related transactions, loan negotiations, or the purchase or refinance on a small home.

SB 392 – Family Reunification Pilot Project

Creates a 5-year pilot project to help move families out of poverty through a holistic approach that addresses the root problems of families in crisis and supports the overall well-being of children. Provides funding for innovative programs designed to guide, counsel and teach families on how to transform their lives and offer the tools for real change.

SB 902 – Background Checks in Residential Treatment Facilities

Requires that a state and federal criminal background check be completed before issuing a license for an operator of a residential treatment facility (RTF).

SB 976 – Securing Our Communities from Violent Felons

Limits the list of serious felonies that would be eligible for early release. Specifically, this measure ensures that all serious felons and persons required to register as a sex offender from being eligible for purposes of early release.

SB 1052 – Requiring Full Disclosure in CEQA Litigation

Requires full disclosure of all participating parties in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) litigation and removes anonymity from those who file under the aliases of unincorporated associations. In addition, this bill requires the disclosure of any party that contributes more than $100 toward the plaintiff’s or petitioner’s costs of a CEQA lawsuit, as is already required in campaign finance disclosure laws.

SB 1103 – Protecting all Californians from the Dangers of Fentanyl

Adds fentanyl to a category of dangerous drugs, such as heroin, that are subject to penalty enhancements based on the weight an individual possesses for sale or distribution.

SB 1109 – Opioid Addiction Prevention & Education Act

Addresses the opioid epidemic by: 1) Requiring existing continuing education courses for all prescribers to include the risks of addiction and overdose associated with the use of Schedule II controlled substances; 2) Requiring a warning label on all Schedule II controlled substances prescription bottles on the associated addiction and overdose risks; 3) Requiring a discussion with a minor and their parent or guardian with a prescriber for any minor receiving an initial opioid prescription; 4) Requiring an information sheet on the risks of opioids to be signed by a minor athlete and the minor athlete’s parent or guardian before participation in organized team sports.

SB 1151 – Neighborhood Electric Vehicles in San Diego County

Authorizes the County of San Diego, and any city therein, to establish Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) Transportation Plans to serve the mobility needs of their communities and further the region’s vision of supporting a sustainable and healthy region, vibrant economy, and outstanding quality of life for all.

SB 1203 – Active School Threats Training

Requires all Kindergarten through 12th grade public or private schools, with an enrollment of 50 or more pupils, to conduct an active threat drill on their campus at least once per school year.

SB 1204 – Aiding Prosecutors in Fighting Cases of Human Trafficking

Cleans up Penal Code Section 266i, relating to “pandering” in human trafficking cases, by simplifying the theories prosecutors can use from six to one. Specifically, this measure combines the six existing theories of pandering into a single easy-to-understand theory which will simplify charging and jury instructions.

SB 1226 – Accessory Dwelling Units

Provides homeowners, who have unpermitted accessory dwelling units (ADU) on their property, an ability to permit these existing ADUs. Specifically, SB 1226 directs the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) to adopt a building standard that would clarify the authority for a local building official to permit an existing residential unit based on the date of construction.

SB 1237 – Property Tax: Changes in Ownership

Proposes to create a new “change in ownership” event for legal entity owned real property that occurs when 90% or more of the direct or indirect ownership interests in that legal entity transfer in a planned single transaction. (Current law requires reassessment when one legal entity or person acquires more than 50 percent of the ownership interests). Excludes family transfers upon death and publicly traded stock transactions. Increases penalties from 10% to 15% of taxes due for failure to file legal entity change in control statements with the BOE.

SB 1290 – Patient Brokering

Prohibits any licensee, operator, manager, consultant, employee, or patient of an alcoholism or drug abuse recovery or treatment facility (RTF) from offering, paying, soliciting, or receiving a kickback to induce the referral of a patient to or from an RTF. Additionally, SB 1290 creates the “Commission on Substance Abuse and Recovery” to effectively confront the statewide addiction and substance abuse crisis with appropriate care and consideration of local effects.

SB 1384 – Repatriation

Requires any state tax windfall from a federal repatriation deal to be spent on infrastructure.

SCR 59 – Arthritis Awareness Month: May 2018

Recognizes the month of May 2018 as Arthritis Awareness Month in California.

SR XX – Curing Stomach Cancer Month: November 2018

Recognizes the month of November as Curing Stomach Cancer Month.