2017 Legislative Outcome

On March 21, 2017, City Council adopted the 2017 Legislative Guiding Principles and Priorities, which serves as a guiding document for staff and City Council to follow when responding to legislative issues. In the 2017 Legislative cycle, the City took a position on 19 individual bills in the state legislature. A summary of these bills, the City’s position, and the outcome is provided in the table below.


Bill
Author
Title and Brief Summary
City Position
Outcome
Fraizer
Transportation Funding: this bill was one potential legislative fix to address declining gas tax revenues. The bill would have increased the gas tax to be adjusted with inflation, increase annual registration fees and provide a new registration fee for electric vehicles.
Support
SB 1 became the preferred Transportation Funding bill. This bill did not move forward. SB 1 was signed by Governor.
AB 18
Garcia
California Clean Water, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018: this bill would have placed a $3.47 billion State General Obligation Bond on the 2018 ballot.
Watch
SB 5 became the preferred Parks Ballot Initiative. This bill did not move forward. SB 5 was signed by Governor.
AB 45
Thurmond
California School Employee Housing Assistance Grant Program: this bill would have allowed qualified school districts and developers to apply for financing assistance when creating affordable rental housing for school employees.
Support
Vetoed by Governor
AB 74
Chiu
Housing: this bill would establish the Housing a Healthy California Program to issue competitive grants to support county and city efforts to assist individuals experiencing homelessness.
Support
Signed by Governor
AB 1250
Jones-Sawyer
Counties: contracts for personal services:  this bill would establish specific standards for the use of personal services contracts by counties. As originally written, cities were also subject to these standards.
Oppose
This bill did not make it out of both houses and will likely be reconsidered in 2018.
AB 1316
Quirk
Public Health: childhood lead poisoning: this bill would require the State Department of Public Health to consider the most significant environmental risk factors when determining the risk factors for children at risk for lead poisoning.
Support
Signed by Governor
AB 1408
Calderon
Crimes: supervised release: this bill would required the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide local law enforcement agency with copies of the record of supervision during any prior period of parole.
Support
Vetoed by Governor
AB 1505
Bloom
Land use: zoning regulations: this bill would allow a city to adopt ordinances to require, as a condition of development of residential rental units, that the development include a certain percentage of residential rental units affordable to, and occupied by, moderate-income, lower-income, very-low-income, or extremely-low income households or persons.
Support
Signed by Governor
ACA 5
Fraizer
Motor vehicle fees and taxes: restriction on expenditures: appropriations limit: this was a companion bill to SB 5, and modifies the State Constitution to require revenues from certain vehicle fees to be used solely for transportation purposes.
Support
Signed by Governor
SB 1
Beall
Transportation Funding: this bill would create the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program. Additional revenues would be raised through the increase of the gasoline tax, diesel excise tax, new transportation improvement fees, and zero emission vehicle registration fees.
Support
Signed by Governor
SB 3
Beall
Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018: this bill would enact the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, which if adopted would authorize the issuance of $4 billion in bonds. $3 billion is intended for various housing programs and the remaining $1 billion is for affordable housing assistance for veterans.
Support
Signed by Governor
SB 5
De Leon
California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018: this bill would authorize $4 billion in General Obligation Bonds for drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection and outdoor access for all. Voter approval would be required in 2018.
Support
Signed by Governor
SB 35
Wiener
Planning and zoning: affordable housing: streamlined approval process: this bill would preempt local discretionary land use authority by making approvals of multifamily developments that meet inadequate criteria "ministerial" actions. This would result in a loss of local control and community review and engagement of multifamily housing projects.
Oppose
Signed by Governor
SB 178
Wieckowski
Parklands: Centerville Park: this bill would authorize the City of Fremont to transfer to the Fremont Unified School District up to 4.6 acres of parkland in Centerville Park if certain conditions are met, including that the transferred property only be used for a public school facility.
Support
Signed by Governor
SB 231
Hertzberg
Local government: fees and charges: this bill would add storm water to the definition of "sewer" in the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act. This clarifies that funding storm water projects is the same as the process for funding other water and sewer projects.
Support
Signed by Governor
SB 242
Hertzberg
Property Assessed Clean Energy program: program administration: this bill would require all PACE programs administered by third parties to meet the highest operating standards. It would establish uniform requirements including a recorded telephone confirmation for homeowners in the preferred language, a three-day right to cancel, contractor standards, marketing standards and reporting requirements.
Support
Signed by Governor
SB 377
Monning
Lead-based paint: this bill would require the Department of Public Health to amend its regulations governing lead-related construction work, including training and certification for workers and accreditation for trainers in lead-safe work practices, to comply with existing state regulations and the US EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule.
Support
Bill did not make it out of both houses.
SB 540
Roth
Workforce Housing Opportunity Zone: this bill would streamline the housing approval process by having cities identify Workforce Housing Opportunity Zones which would require up-front planning and environmental reviews in order to receive streamlined permit approvals.
Support
Signed by Governor
SB 649
Hueso
Wireless telecommunications facilities: this bill would provide that a small cell wireless site is a permitted use, subject to a specified permitting process in nearly all zones. A City or County could change fees related to an annual charge for each small cell attached to city vertical infrastructure, an annual attachment rate and a one-time reimbursement rate.
Oppose
Vetoed by Governor