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Legislative Affairs Committee of West Orange County  -- Legislative Updates as of June 9, 2017

 

 

LEGISLATURE

 

Policy committee hearings resumed this week as bills began working their way through the process of gaining approval from the “second house” of the legislature. The following bills of interest are scheduled to be heard next week:

  • AB 1073 (E. Garcia) – Extending the California Clean Truck, Bus, and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program
  • AB 1158 (Chu) – Carpet Recycling

 

HOME INSTEAD LOBBY DAY

This week, a lobbying day was conducted for more than 30 owners of Home Instead franchises from across California. Home Instead provides care in homes, and its franchises employ over 3000 Californians. The Home Instead delegation participated in 35 meetings with representatives from the Senate Human Services Committee, the Assembly Aging Committee, and their elected officials. The group discussed the important role that its caregivers play in assisting loved ones to remain in their homes, shared information on how to be prepared for California’s aging population, and voiced opposition to AB 1513 (Kalra), which would require the disclosure of a care giver’s  personal contact information. AB 1513 will be heard in the Senate Human Services Committee in the coming weeks.

BUDGET

The Legislative Budget Conference Committee continued negotiations behind closed doors this week with the “Big Three” (Senate Pro Tem, Assembly Speaker, and the Governor), who must agree on what government spending to prioritize. Big ticket items include expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, deciding whether or not to continue the Middle Class Scholarship Act, and reauthorization of the Cap and Trade Program, so that Greenhouse Gas Reduction revenue can be allocated beyond the year 2020 (Transportation item). The Budget Conference Committee is expected to close out items by this weekend. The Senate and Assembly Budget Committee will then meet to hear the budget bill as a whole prior to their floor vote by June 15th. Not included in the budget, $400 billion for a California single payer health care plan.

OTHER CALIFORNIA NEWS

California Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez (D-Los Angeles) won a runoff election on Tuesday for Congressional District 34, which encompasses Downtown Los Angeles and adjacent areas, defeating former Los Angeles City Planning Commissioner and fellow Democrat, Robert Lee Ahn. Gomez will take the seat of Xavier Becerra, who was appointed California's attorney general. There will be a special election to replace Gomez in the Assembly, but the timing of the race is yet unknown. As of now, three Democrats have publicly affirmed their candidacy including: Non-Profit Healthcare Director Luis Lopez; Professor David Vela; and Physician Ron Birnbaum. More candidacy announcements are expected to come in the next week.

INTERESTING BUT IRRELEVANT

State Senator Josh Newman's (D-San Dimas) recall battle has gotten nasty. Facing a Republican-fueled recall drive, Senator Newman has decided to sling some mud of his own, according to the OC Register. A new mailer from Newman’s campaign misleadingly implies that there is evidence that the leader of the recall effort sexually harassed his former aides. Newman, a freshman Senator from a swing district in Orange County, is being targeted by Republicans because he voted for SB-1, the $52 billion transportation proposal that includes a 12-cent per gallon gas tax and a vehicle-license fee hike of about $50 for an average car.