Senator Hueso’s Legislative Package for 2015 reflects a strong emphasis in creating government efficiencies with measures that help stimulate economic development in the state by expediting border wait times and the sale of state surplus property. His legislation strengthens protections in the areas of health and safety by ensuring lifesaving devices such as defibrillators are found in all large public and private buildings. Another bill protects the public by requiring sex offenders to register their internet information with law enforcement to prevent them from having interactive communications with online users for the purpose of committing more crimes. Another protective measure would prohibit accused sex abusers from cross examining their alleged victims to prevent them from inflicting further trauma while in the courtroom.
Senator Hueso’s package also focuses on increased government transparency by prohibiting one-on-one meetings with parties before a case is heard and requiring commissioners at the Public Utilities Commission to disclose all other meetings to the public. This ensures good governance at one of the most impotr5tant commissions at the state level.
Following is a complete list of the 2015 legislative package:
Senator Hueso’s Legislation
SB 189 – This bill would create The Clean energy and Low-Carbon Economic and Jobs Growth Blue Ribbon Committee in the California Environmental Protection Agency. The bill would require the committee to advise state agencies on the most effective ways to expend clean energy and GHG-related funds and implement policies in order to maximize California’s economic and employment benefits, and to take specified actions in that regard.
SB 249 - This bill authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue enhanced driver’s licenses (EDLs), which individuals can use at border crossings as proof of both identity and citizenship.
SB 273 - This bill authorizes the Department of General Services (DGS) to dispose of two parcels deemed surplus – a Department of Conservation field office in Coalinga (Fresno County) and a Department of Forestry conservation camp in Whiskeytown (Shasta County).
SB 287 - This bill requires certain buildings with capacities of 200 persons or greater, as specified, constructed on or after January 1, 2017, to have an automated external defibrillator (AED) on the premises.
SB 303 - This bill allows, in the case of growing or harvested marijuana, a law enforcement agency to destroy without a court order that amount in excess of 2 pounds, or the amount of marijuana a medical marijuana patient or designated caregiver is authorized to possess by ordinance in the city or county where the marijuana was seized, whichever is greater.
SB 328 - This bill requires a landlord or a landlord’s agent to provide a tenant, and any tenant of adjacent units, with advance written notice of the use of pesticides at a dwelling unit if the landlord or authorized agent applies any pesticide without a licensed structural pest control operator. This bill requires the posting of a similar notice at least 24 hours prior to applying a pesticide in a common area without a licensed structural pest control operator, unless the pest poses an immediate threat to health and safety, in which case the notice is required to be posted as soon as practicable, but not later than one hour after the pesticide is applied
SB 374 - This bill specifies that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is authorized to utilize design-build for transit capital projects and development projects adjacent or related to transit facilities.
SB 385 - This bill would authorize the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) to grant a public water system a period of time to achieve compliance with drinking water standards for hexavalent chromium, not to extend beyond January 1, 2020. To qualify, a public water system would be required to prepare and submit a compliance plan to the State Board for approval.
SB 415 - This bill prohibits a local government, beginning January 1, 2018, from holding an election on any date other than a statewide election date if doing so in the past has resulted in turnout that is at least 25 percent below the average turnout in that jurisdiction in the last four statewide general elections, as specified.
SB 448 - This bill requires a sex offender, when registering with local law enforcement, to report his or her Internet identifiers used for interactive communications, as specified if Internet use was essential to commission of the offense for which registration is required.
SB 481 - This bill would prohibit the general counsel of the city, county, city and county, or district, or the employees of the general counsel from having direct oversight over the city, county, city and county, and district employees that conduct audits or that conduct audit activities of those respective agencies.
SB 509 - This bill would authorize the labeling of commercial agricultural mulch film, as defined, sold in the state as “soil biodegradable” if it meets a specified standard for biodegradability of plastics adopted by ASTM International and that standard is also adopted by the Director of Resources Recycling and Recovery. The bill also would make non-substantive changes relating to the definition of ASTM International.
SB 577 - This bill proposes to allow enterprises to conduct small public offerings through specified exemptions from permitting requirements.
SB 603 – This bill sets up a legal framework to prevent further trauma to specified victims when their accused attacker is acting in pro per. This bill applies when a defendant is representing himself or herself in a criminal case involving a sex crime, stalking, elder abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, or a violent felony.
SB 631 – This bill would update the fee applied to applications for telecommunications certificate of public convenience and necessity certificates (CPCN) which are required for new or expanded utility service.
SB660 – This measure would apply existing ex parte rules that currently apply to Commissioners and Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and extend the rules to include staff advisors of the Commissioners of the CPUC. The bill also requires that ex parte disclosure includes the specific medium of communications utilized.
SB 693 - This measure increases the maximum penalty, from $10,000 to $50,000, for violations of the Warren-Alquist Act’s conflict-of-interest and incompatible-activities provisions.
SB 726 - Ends disparaging business practices and prevent California businesses from being unfairly targeted by establishing legal safeguards.
SB 745 – Promotes the continuation of the California Advanced Services Fund to provide service to California’s underserved communities.
SR 46 - This resolution declares September 3, 2015, as Farmworker Appreciation Day to honor the men and women of agriculture and to promote an understanding of California’s agricultural industry.