Legislation

RPEA monitors legislation that would affect public retirees in any way. We retain the services legislative advocates, Aaron Read & Associates.

Legislative Position and Tracking
RPEA LEGISLATIVE BILL SUMMARY REPORT 8/1/2019
BY AARON & PAT - AARON READ & ASSOCIATES

Total Measures: 29
Total Tracking Forms: 29

Below you can find proposed bills that concern public employees, each bill’s legislative intent, and our position.

AB 33
(Bonta D) State public retirement systems: divestiture from private prison companies.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 12/3/2018
Introduced: 12/3/2018
Status: 1/17/2019-Referred to Com. on P.E. & R.
Location: 1/17/2019-A. P.E.,R. & S.S.
 
Summary: Would prohibit the boards of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the State Teachers’ Retirement System from making new investments or renewing existing investments of public employee retirement funds in a private prison company, as defined. This bill would require the boards to liquidate investments in private prison companies on or before July 1, 2020, and would require the boards, in making a determination to liquidate investments, to constructively engage with private prison companies to establish whether the companies are transitioning their business models to another industry.

Client: RPEA
Position: ?
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 287
(Voepel R)Public employees’ retirement: annual audits.

Current Text: Introduced: 1/28/2019
Introduced: 1/28/2019
Status: 2/7/2019-Referred to Com. on P.E. & R.
Location: 2/7/2019-A. P.E. & R.
 
Summary: Current law requires each state and local public pension or retirement system, on and after the 90th day following the completion of the annual audit of the system, to provide a concise annual report on the investments and earnings of the system, as specified, to any member who makes a request and pays a fee, if required, for the costs incurred in preparation and dissemination of that report. This bill would also require each state and local pension or retirement system to post a concise annual audit of the information described above on that system’s internet website no later than the 90th day following the audit’s completion.

Client: RPEA
Position: ?
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 367
(Flora R) Presence at care facilities: conviction of crimes.

Current Text: Introduced: 2/4/2019
Introduced: 2/4/2019
Status: 2/15/2019-Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
Location: 2/15/2019-A. HUM. S.
 
Summary: Current law prohibits the State Department of Social Services from authorizing individuals who have been convicted of certain crimes from working or otherwise being present at a community care facility, a residential care facility for persons with a chronic, life-threatening illness, a residential care facility for the elderly, or a child daycare facility. This bill would enumerate additional crimes that prohibit the department from authorizing an individual from working or otherwise being present at these facilities, including, among other crimes, the willful and unlawful use of personal identifying information.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 447
(Patterson R) Care facilities: criminal record clearances.

Current Text: Introduced: 2/11/2019
Introduced: 2/11/2019
Status: 2/21/2019-Referred to Com. on HUM. S.
Location: 2/21/2019-A. HUM. S.

Summary: The Department of Social Services is required to investigate the criminal record of certain individuals who provide services to the residents and clients of a community care facility, a residential care facility for persons with chronic life-threatening illness, a residential care facility for the elderly, or a child daycare facility. Violations of the licensing requirements for these different types of care facilities are crimes. This bill would expand who is required to comply with the requirement for obtaining a criminal record clearance by including individuals who are otherwise associated at the facility and would expand a requirement for the department to maintain criminal record clearances of individuals in its active files.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 1198
(Stone, Mark D) Public employees' retirement: pension reform: excepted employees.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/21/2019
Introduced: 2/21/2019
Status: 2/22/2019-From printer. May be heard in committee March 24.
Location: 2/21/2019-A. PRINT
 
Summary: The California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA), among other things, establishes new retirement formulas, which are generally applicable to employees first employed on or after January 1, 2013, and which a public employer offering a defined benefit pension plan is prohibited from exceeding. PEPRA excepts certain public employees from its provisions. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to this provision.

Client: RPEA 
Position: W
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 472
(Voepel R) Public employees’ retirement.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/11/2019   html   pdf
Introduced: 2/11/2019
Status: 2/12/2019-From printer. May be heard in committee March 14.
Location: 2/11/2019-A. PRINT
 
Summary: Current law, the California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013, establishes various limits on retirement benefits generally applicable to a public employee retirement system, as defined. The act prescribes, among other things, limits on service after retirement without reinstatement into the applicable retirement system.This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 462
(Rodriguez D) Public retirement: service credit: sick leave.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/11/2019
Introduced: 2/11/2019
Status: 2/21/2019-Referred to Com. on P.E. & R.
Location: 2/21/2019-A. P.E. & R.
Calendar:  3/20/2019  9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 444  ASSEMBLY PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT AND RETIREMENT, RODRIGUEZ, Chair
 
Summary: Would provide that all sick leave acquired by a school member from all employers subject to PERL within 4 months of separation may be credited as service credit when specified conditions are met.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM 

AB 797
(Grayson D) Mandated reporters: financial abuse of elder or dependent adults.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/20/2019
Introduced: 2/20/2019
Status: 2/28/2019-Referred to Coms. on AGING & L.T.C. and JUD.
Location: 2/28/2019-A. AGING & L.T.C.
 
Summary: Would expand the category of mandated reporters of suspected financial abuse to include the officers and employees of a business licensed under the Money Transmission Act.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ? 
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 1320
(Nazarian D) Public employee retirement systems: Turkey divestment.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-A. PRINT
 
Summary: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would require the boards of administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and the State Teachers’ Retirement System to liquidate existing investments of public employee retirement funds in investment vehicles issued by the government of Turkey.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ? 
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 1396
(Obernolte R) Protective orders: elder and dependent adults.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-A. PRINT
 
Summary: Would authorize the court to order a restrained party to participate in an approved batterer’s program, as specified. The bill would require a restrained party ordered to participate in a batterer’s program to (1) register for the program by a specified deadline, (2) at the time of enrollment, sign all necessary program consent forms for the program to release specified documents, including proof of enrollment, to the court and the protected party or the protected party’s attorney, and (3) provide the court and the protected party with specified information regarding the program.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ? 
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 1404
(Santiago D) Payers' Bill of Rights.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-A. PRINT
 
Summary: The Payers’ Bill of Rights requires a hospital, upon the request of a person without health coverage, to provide a written estimate of the amount the hospital will require the person to pay for the healthcare services, procedures, and supplies that are reasonably expected to be provided to the person by the hospital, as specified. Current law also requires the hospital to provide information about its financial assistance and charity care policies, contact information for a hospital employee or office from which the person may obtain further information about these policies, and an application form for financial assistance or charity if requested. This bill would additionally require the hospital to provide information about how that person can apply for public health coverage programs.
 
Client: RPEA 
Position: ? 
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 1522
(Committee on Business and Professions) Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-A. PRINT
 
Summary: Current law establishes the Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists, which is within the Department of Consumer Affairs, to license and regulate engineers, land surveyors, and geologists and geophysicists and authorizes the board to appoint an executive officer. Current law repeals these provisions on January 1, 2020.This bill would extend the repeal date of the provision establishing the board and the board’s authority to appoint an executive officer until January 1, 2024.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 1766
(Bloom D) Licensed adult residential facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly: data collection: residents with a serious mental disorder.

Current Text: Amended: 6/27/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Last Amend: 6/27/2019
Status: 7/10/2019-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was HUM. S. on 7/3/2019)(May be acted upon Jan 2020)
Location: 7/10/2019-S. 2 YEAR

Summary: Would require the State Department of Social Services to collect and publicly report data from licensed adult residential facilities and residential care facilities for the elderly, including whether the facility accepts residents with a serious mental disorder, as defined, and the destination for all residents with a serious mental disorder who exited during the previous 12 months, among other information. The bill would also require the department to publicly report on a quarterly basis how many licensed residential facilities primarily serving low-income residents closed permanently in the prior quarter and to create guidelines to ensure that the county in which a facility is located is notified when that facility notifies the department that it is closing.

Client: RPEA
Position: ?
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM

AB 1814
(Committee on Insurance) Long-term care insurance.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 3/5/2019
Introduced: 3/5/2019
Status: 3/6/2019-From printer. May be heard in committee April 5.
Location: 3/5/2019-A. PRINT
 
Summary: Current law regulates and defines long-term care insurance as, among other things, any insurance policy, certificate, or rider advertised, marketed, offered, solicited, or designed to provide coverage for diagnostic, preventive, therapeutic, rehabilitative, maintenance, or personal care services that are provided in a setting other than an acute care unit of a hospital.This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes and would delete obsolete provisions regarding this type of insurance.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

AJR 15
(Bloom D) Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program.

Current Text: Introduced: 4/3/2019
Introduced: 4/3/2019
Status: 4/3/2019-Introduced. To print.
Location: 4/3/2019-A. PRINT

Summary: This measure would state the Legislature’s support for federal funding of at least $600 million per year to support the construction and operation of affordable housing through the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program and would call on the President of the United States and the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to support significantly increased funding for that program.

Client: RPEA
Position: ?
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM

SB 228
(Jackson D) Master Plan on Aging.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/7/2019
Introduced: 2/7/2019
Status: 2/21/2019-Referred to Com. on HUMAN S.
Location: 2/21/2019-S. HUM. S.
 
Summary: Would require the Governor to appoint an Aging Czar and a 15-member Aging Task Force to work with representatives from impacted state departments and with stakeholders to identify the policies and priorities that need to be implemented in California to prepare for the aging of its population and to develop a master plan for aging. The bill would require the master plan to address how the state should accomplish specified goals, including expanding access to coordinated, integrated systems of care. The bill would also require the Aging Task Force to solicit input from stakeholders and gather information on the impact of California’s aging population.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

SB 266
(Leyva D) Public Employees' Retirement System: disallowed compensation: benefit adjustments.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/12/2019
Introduced: 2/12/2019
Status: 2/21/2019-Referred to Com. on L., P.E. & R.
Location: 2/21/2019-S. L., P.E. & R.
 Summary: Would establish new procedures under PERL for cases in which PERS determines that the benefits of a member or annuitant are, or would be, based on compensation that conflicts with PEPRA and other specified laws and thus impermissible under PERL. The bill would also apply these procedures retroactively to determinations made on or after January 1, 2017, if an appeal has been filed and the employee member, survivor, or beneficiary has not exhausted their administrative or legal remedies. 

Client: RPEA
Position: ?
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM

SB 341
(Morrell R) Public employment and retirement.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/19/2019
Introduced: 2/19/2019
Status: 2/28/2019-Referred to Com. on L., P.E. & R.
Location: 2/28/2019-S. L., P.E. & R.
 
Summary: Would require the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System to report a calculation of liabilities based on a discount rate equal to the yield on a 10-year United States Treasury note in the year prior to the report. The bill would require the Teachers’ Retirement Board to provide a description of the discount rate the board uses for reporting liabilities, a calculation of liabilities based on a discount rate that is 2% below the long-term rate of return assumed by the board, and a calculation of liabilities based on a discount rate equal to the yield on a 10-year United States Treasury note in the year prior to the report.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

SB 364
(Stone R) Property taxation: senior and disabled veterans.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/20/2019
Introduced: 2/20/2019
Status: 2/28/2019-Referred to Coms. on GOV. & F. and V.A.
Location: 2/28/2019-S. GOV. & F.
 
Summary: The California Constitution generally limits ad valorem taxes on real property to 1% of the full cash value, as defined, of that property, and provides that the full cash value base may be adjusted each year by the inflationary rate not to exceed 2% for any given year. Current property tax law implementing this constitutional authority provides that the taxable value of real property is the lesser of its base year value compounded annually by an inflation factor not to exceed 2%, as provided, or its full cash value. Current property tax law also provides that the taxable value of a manufactured home is the lesser of its base year value compounded annually by an inflation factor not to exceed 2% or its full cash value. This bill, for any assessment year commencing on or after January 1, 2020, would provide that the inflation factor shall not apply to the principal place of residence, including a manufactured home, of a qualified veteran, as defined, who is 65 years of age or older on the lien date, was honorably discharged from military service, and meets specified requirements.

Client: RPEA
Position: ? 
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM 

SB 430
(Wieckowski D) Public employees' retirement benefits: judges.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/21/2019
Introduced: 2/21/2019
Status: 2/22/2019-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.
Location: 2/21/2019-S. RLS.
 
Summary: This bill would specifically exclude from the definition of “new member” a judge, as defined in specified existing law, elected to office before January 1, 2013.

Client: RPEA 
Position: W
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM 

SB 496
(Moorlach R) Financial abuse of elder or dependent adults.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/21/2019
Introduced: 2/21/2019
Status: 2/22/2019-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.
Location: 2/21/2019-S. RLS.
 
Summary: This bill would expand the category of mandated reporters of suspected financial abuse to include a broker-dealer and an investment adviser, as defined. The bill would authorize a mandated reporter of suspected financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult who makes a report to notify any third party who had previously been designated by the elder or dependent adult of the known or suspected financial abuse, and to temporarily delay a requested disbursement from an account of an elder or dependent adult or an account to which an elder or dependent adult is a beneficiary if specified conditions are met. The bill would provide a mandated reporter with civil and criminal immunity for any notification or temporarily disbursement delay made pursuant to these provisions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.

Client: RPEA
Position: ? 
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

SB 512
(Pan D) Long-term services and supports.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/21/2019
Introduced: 2/21/2019
Status: 2/22/2019-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.
Location: 2/21/2019-S. RLS.
 
Summary: Would establish the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Board (LTSS Board), to be composed of 9 specified members, including, among others, the Treasurer as chair, the Secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency as vice chair, and 3 members to be appointed by the Governor. The bill would require the LTSS Board to manage and invest revenue deposited in the California Long-Term Services and Supports Benefits Trust Fund (LTSS Trust), which the bill would create in the State treasury, to, upon appropriation, finance long-term services and supports for eligible individuals.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ? 
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM 

SB 611
(Caballero D) Housing: elderly and individuals with disabilities.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 27. Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-S. RLS.
 
Summary: Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to establish a master plan that responds to population needs in a comprehensive manner which shall include, but not be limited to, policy recommendations that address the housing needs of California’s older adults, and people with disabilities.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM 

SB 661
(Hurtado D) Long-term care.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 27. Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-S. RLS.
 
Summary: Current law provides various regulatory structures under which long-term care may be provided to older individuals and individuals with disabilities, including within licensed nursing facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, and home- and community-based services.This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to address the growing need for long-term care for seniors and individuals with disabilities in California, and would make related findings and declarations.
 
Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

SB 712
(Grove R) Housing for the elderly.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 27. Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-S. RLS.
 
Summary: Current law prohibits a city, county, city and county, or other political subdivision from requiring more than one building permit for a low-rent housing development for the elderly financed with federal or state funds or by a loan insured by the federal or state government and limits the fee for the permit, as specified.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.

Client: RPEA
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

SB 769
(Moorlach R) Public employees' retirement.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 27. Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-S. RLS.
 
Summary: The Public Employees’ Retirement Law (PERL) establishes the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS), which provides pension and other benefits to its members. Under PERL, membership in PERS is compulsory for specified public employees. Current law provides that those compulsory membership provisions do not apply to certain persons who are expressly excluded from PERS.This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to that provision.

Client: RPEA 
Position: W
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

SB 776
(Skinner D) Elder and dependent adult abuse: death review teams.
 
Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2019
Introduced: 2/22/2019
Status: 2/25/2019-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 27. Read first time.
Location: 2/22/2019-S. RLS.
 
Summary: Current law authorizes each county to develop a protocol to be used as a guideline by persons performing autopsies on elders and dependent adults to assist coroners and other persons who perform autopsies to identify elder and dependent adult abuse or neglect, among other things. Existing law defines “elder” and “abuse” for purposes of those provisions, as specified, and excludes from the definition of “abuse” any reasonable and necessary force that may result in an injury used by a peace officer acting within the scope of the peace officer’s employment. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those definitions.

Client: RPEA 
Position: ?
Priority: PM 
Assigned To: AR, PM

SJR 3
(Wilk R) Social Security.

Current Text: Introduced: 3/4/2019
Introduced: 3/4/2019
Status: 3/4/2019-Introduced. Referred to Com. on RLS.
Location: 3/4/2019-S. RLS.

Summary: This measure would request the Congress of the United States to enact, and the President to sign, legislation that would repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision from the Social Security Act.

Client: RPEA
Position: ?
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM

SR 39
(Jackson D) Relative to Older Americans Month.

Current Text: Enrolled: 5/22/2019
Introduced: 5/2/2019
Status: 5/20/2019-Read. Adopted. (Ayes 38. Noes 0.)
Location: 5/20/2019-S. ADOPTED

Summary: This measure would resolve that the Senate declares May 2019 as Older Americans Month to increase public awareness of the many contributions and positive impacts of older adults in the State of California.

Client: RPEA
Position: S
Priority: PM
Assigned To: AR, PM