New Legislative Year Underway in Sacramento
The second year of the California Legislature’s two-year session is up and running and California Professional Firefighters is working to advance a host of issues on behalf of our members, their families and the profession as a whole. Many bills seen in the 2018 legislative package are the product of resolutions adopted at previous CPF Biennial Conventions or via Executive Board directives.
Here’s a rundown of how things stand following the Legislature’s “bill introduction” deadline in late February. You can track these and other bills of interest as they move through the process this year on the CPF website under “Issues and Legislation.”
AB 1116 (Tim Grayson, D-Concord)
This measure would establish a confidential peer support and crisis referral service for the benefit of firefighters and other emergency service personnel. The bill retains certain confidentiality protections for communications between a peer support team member and a firefighter along with limited immunity for the peer support team member.
AB 2334 (Tony Thurmond, D-Richmond)
If signed into law, this bill would require employers to report specified workplace injury and illness information to CalOSHA. The measure will also require CalOSHA to put the data on its website.
AB 2380 (Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, D-Napa)
In an effort to address concerns regarding the use of privately contracted fire prevention services, this bill would require the proper identification of resources as well as the adoption of standards and procedures to be followed should these resources find themselves on an active incident.
AB 2554 (Rob Bonta, D-Alameda)
If approved, this bill would clarify that the surviving family members of fallen federal firefighters working at California government installations would be eligible for the same public education fee and tuition waiver currently extended to state and local government firefighters.
AB 2961 (Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach)
This bill will likely be the first step in a series of actions aiming to deal with the ongoing issue of “wall time” within the state’s EMS industry by requiring local EMS authorities, or LEMSAs, to report certain ambulance patient offload times to the state EMSA for the purpose of tracking and recording.
AB 2990 (Evan Low, D-Campbell)
If signed into law, this bill would help ensure that information pertaining to the existing higher education fee and tuition waivers available to the surviving family members of a fallen firefighter are prominently displayed on the web pages of California State University, University of California and California Community College institutions.
AB 2998 (Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica)
Continuing the CPF’s efforts to rid the Golden State of cancer-causing chemical flame retardants, this bill would prohibit the sale of juvenile products, mattresses, and upholstered or reupholstered furniture in California that use toxic chemicals.
SB 548 (Tony Atkins, D-San Diego)
This bill would authorize California’s Public Employment Relations Board to grant expedited status to pending matters should they pertain to certain collective bargaining issues. Specifically, it would allow for expedited status when alleging party made or proposed to make a unilateral change affecting a majority of the members of the bargaining unit regarding wages, or health or retirement benefits and the early resolution of which is likely to improve labor relations between and among the affected parties; or when there has been an adoption or modification of local rules related to bargaining; or when there has been an information request relating to bargaining if it appears that the bargaining is frustrated because information has not been provided.
SB 944 (Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys)
This bill is an outgrowth of the state’s community paramedicine pilot programs and, if signed into law, would dictate how community paramedicine programs in California can continue.
SB 1086 (Tony Atkins, D-San Diego)
If signed into law, this bill would remove a January 1, 2019 sunset date on the 420-week from date-of-diagnosis statue, protecting surviving family members of fallen firefighters that was brought about by CPF-sponsored
AB 1035 (2014)
Without the removal of the sunset, the window to apply for death benefits for surviving family members would revert back to the 240-weeks from date of diagnosis that was in place prior to CPF’s action.
SB 1124 (Connie Leyva, D-Chino)
If signed into law, this bill keeps promises to retirees by ensuring that any collectively bargained compensation, which is characterized and reported by an employer to CalPERS as pensionable compensation, cannot be subsequently and retroactively clawed back at the retired member’s expense.