Sep 13, 2013 5:12 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has until mid-October to act on the following bills sent to him at the end of this year's legislative session:
— AB4, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, prohibits local law enforcement agencies from detaining people for deportation if they are living in the country illegally and are arrested for a minor crime.
— AB10, by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, would raise California's minimum wage from the current $8 an hour to $10 by 2016. It would be the first increase in the state's minimum wage in six years.
— AB241, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, would temporarily require overtime payments for domestic workers, while calling for a study of the effect on workers and their employers. The bill requires that domestic workers be paid time-and-a-half if they work more than nine hours in a day or 45 hours in a week. The overtime requirement expires Jan. 1, 2017, unless the Legislature renews it.
— AB375, by Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, is intended to streamline the process for dismissing teachers accused of misconduct and responds to a case last year in Los Angeles. It adds homicide charges to the list of offenses that can prompt a teacher's removal, but it removes possession of marijuana and some other drugs from that list.
— AB484, by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, would end traditional standardized testing of students in reading, math and social science, despite a threat from the top federal education official to withhold federal money if it becomes law. The bill would replace multiple-choice, pencil-and-paper tests with new language and math tests designed to follow the nationwide Common Core curriculum standards.
— AB524 by Assemblyman Kevin Mullen, D-South San Francisco, makes it a crime to extort money from a person who is in the country illegally by threatening to report their legal status. A similar bill, SB666, by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, would make it illegal for employers to report workers to immigration authorities in retaliation for a work-related complaint.
— AB755, by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco would require planners to consider whether a suicide barrier is needed when designing or refurbishing bridges. If barriers are not considered, a bridge project would be ineligible for state or federal money.
— AB1222, by Democratic Assemblymen Roger Dickinson of Sacramento and Richard Bloom of Santa Monica, temporarily exempts public transit workers from contributing more to their retirement funds. The bill is expected to let the state retain $1.6 billion this year in federal transportation grants while officials dispute a ruling by the U.S. Department of Labor that last year's pension changes violate union members' collective bargaining rights.
— AB1309, by Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, prohibits the filing of workers' compensation claims by professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams based in other states. The bill would block such claims for non-specific cumulative injuries sustained by football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer players.
— SB57, by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, requires that the state parole board order sex-offender parolees who remove their satellite-linked ankle bracelets to serve six months in jail. A law passed two years ago to ease prison overcrowding sends parole violators to county jails instead of state prison, but many violators serve little or no time because jails have become overcrowded.
— SB62, by Sen. Lieu, would require county coroners to report drug overdose deaths to the state medical board. The bill is intended to help the medical board better track overdose deaths. A related measure, SB809, by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, would impose a $6 annual fee on certain medical providers to pay for a state database that allows doctors and pharmacists to quickly review patients' substance history.
—SB135, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, would require state emergency officials to develop an $80 million early warning system for earthquakes. The system would detect the strength and the progression of an earthquake, providing up to 60 seconds of warning before potentially damaging ground-shaking is felt.
— SB254, by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, would establish a fee on consumer mattress purchases, with the money going to local governments to establish mattress recycling centers. The proposal is aimed at reducing mattress-dumping, which supporters say costs municipalities more than $70 million a year for cleanup.
— SB260, by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, requires parole hearings for juveniles who were prosecuted as adults and sentenced to lengthy prison terms for crimes they committed before turning 18. It responds to federal and state supreme court rulings that decades-long sentences are improper for youthful offenders who were not convicted of murder, but goes further by requiring hearings even for those convicted of homicide.
— SB294, by Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Redlands, expands the types of sterile compounded drugs for which a license is required and requires inspections of sterile compounding pharmacies by the state Board of Pharmacy. The bill responds to an incident in 2012 in which a Massachusetts-based compounding pharmacy sent contaminated drugs nationwide, resulting in more than 40 deaths and 460 illnesses.
— SB380, by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, requires public agencies to obtain court orders before shutting down or interrupting cellphone service in most cases. The bill responds to Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency's shutdown of mobile services during public protests in 2011. Gov. Jerry Brown previously vetoed a similar bill.
— SB569, by Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, requires law enforcement agencies to videotape interrogations when a minor is suspected or accused of committing murder.
— SB606, by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would impose tougher penalties on photographers who harass celebrities and their children. Actresses Halle Berry and Jennifer Garner testified in support.
— SB618, by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, streamlines the compensation process for those who have been wrongfully convicted.
— SB649 by Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, would give county prosecutors the option of charging lower-level, non-violent drug offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Anyone involved in selling or manufacturing drugs would not be eligible for the lesser charges.
— SB770 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, would strengthen California's Paid Family Leave program by allowing workers to receive benefits while caring for seriously ill grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and in-laws.
Associated Press writers Laura Olson, Don Thompson and Juliet Williams contributed to this report.
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