Action Under the Capitol Dome

Both new and familiar faces descended upon the Capitol late last year, as members of the California state Legislature officially kicked off the first year of the 2017-2018 Legislative session. Together, this class of lawmakers, whichare the first full class to serve under California’s new term limits, will have the challenge of beginning the state’s budget cycle, navigating the potential fallout from a likely contentious relationship with Washington D.C. and working through the more than 2,500 bills introduced before the February 17th bill introduction deadline. 

Of those bills, CPF is currently sponsoring the following six, with more likely to be added as the session progresses. These sponsored bills include:

AB 512
(Freddy Rodriguez, D-Pomona)

This bill hopes to remove the sunset date of January 1, 2018 for industrial disability retirement that was built into the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act, or PEPRA, in 2013. While modifying pension benefits for new hires, PEPRA expended certain industrial disability retirement benefits to safety employees. Removing the sunset clause would allow safety employees to continue receiving this benefit past 2018. 

AB 1120
(Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove)

AB 1120 hopes to curb the growing trend of hash oil manufacturing in California. Specifically, the bill would prevent a person from purchasing more than 600 milliliters of butane in a calendar year. It would also create a reporting system to track butane sales and aid in improving the enforcement of such provisions. 

AB 1338
(Evan Low, D-Campbell)

If signed into law, this bill would allow the surviving family members of a fallen firefighter to independently apply for and receive their own firefighter license plate. Current law limits the plate sales to firefighters themselves and only allow surviving family members to keep plates as a memento,  rather than place them on their own vehicles. 

SB 226
(Robert Hertzberg, D-Van Nuys)

This bill to protect the firefighter image would strengthen existing disclosure law requirements with regard to the use of public safety logos and verbiage in political slate mailings. 

SB 432
(Richard Pan, D-Sacramento)

If passed, this bill would require health facilities to immediately notify pre-hospital emergency medical care personnel if it’s determined that an infected patient treated by that personnel caused an exposure to a reportable communicable disease or condition. 

SB 548
(Toni Atkins, D-San Diego)

Hoping to ease the backlogged channels of state’s labor relations body, this bill would change the procedures for unfair labor practice charges filed by firefighter organizations with the public employee relations board. Specifically, it would require the board to issue a right-to-sue notice to the firefighter employee organization if PERB does not issue a final decision within 150 days. 

And the field…

In addition to CPF’s sponsored legislation, more than 2,500 other pieces of legislation were submitted in advance of the Legislature’s bill introduction deadline. CPF continues to monitor those bills, and will take positions on those that stand to directly impact its members. 

For updates on any of these bills, visit the “Issues and Legislation” section of CPF’s website, www.cpf.org.