MOORLACH UPDATE — Bill Killer — October 10, 2015

Thanks to all of those who braved the very warm weather and hiked up the ridge overlooking Fremont Canyon this morning. We had a great group and the skies were clear. We could see both Catalina and San Clemente Islands and the San Gabriel mountain range views were beautiful. Many thanks to Michael O’Connell, Executive Director of the Irvine Ranch Conservancy, and his top-notch docents for a great opportunity to enjoy this amazing refuge in our own backyard.

The Sacramento Bee is watching certain bills and provides ten that were stopped in the Legislative process. Of the ten they focus on, I voted for AB 517 by Assemblyman Gallagher (R – Plumas Lake) and abstained on AB 1200 by Assemblyman Gordon (D – Menlo Park). AB 1200 needed a two-thirds vote and the Republican Caucus was looking for a minor amendment and did not receive it.

The Governor finishes his signing and vetoing duties this weekend. Here is the latest update. Regretfully, the Governor signed SB 331 yesterday afternoon. I was not amused, but I was also not surprised (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Transparency Turkey — September 18, 2015 september 18, 2015 john moorlach, MOORLACH UPDATE — Katy Grimes — September 23, 2015 september 23, 2015 john moorlach, and MOORLACH UPDATE — SB 331 — May 4, 2015 may 4, 2015 john moorlach.

Bill Summary Status
AB X2-15 Assisted Suicide Signed by Gov
AB 2 Return of Cronyism and Property Rights Abuse Signed by Gov
AB 465 Let Every Employee Sue Their Employer On Gov’s Desk
AB 504 The Stop Effective Local Solutions Measure Vetoed
AB 561 Ag Labor Appeal Ransom Vetoed
AB 622 No E-Verify Use for Employers Signed by Gov
AB 692 Buying Low Carbon Fuel (Since No One Else Will) Signed by Gov
AB 768 Stop Pro Baseball Players from Chewing Tobacco On Gov’s Desk
AB 775 The "You Must Counsel for Abortions" Law Signed by Gov
AB 888 Microbead sale and distribution ban Signed by Gov
AB 1288 Expanding Unelected Air Resources Board Signed by Gov
AB 1293 Saving Gov’t Employees from Economic Downturns On Gov’s Desk
AB 1354 Gov’t Intrusion to Your Business Payroll Records On Gov’s Desk
AB 1461 Voter Fraud Expansion/Motor Voter Registration On Gov’s Desk
SB 99 Caltrans Engineers’ Union Pay Spike Signed by Gov
SB 292 Homeowners Pay for Public Employee Pensions On Gov’s Desk
SB 331 Protect Union Closed Door Deal Negotiations Signed by Gov
SB 350 California "Economic Cooling" Bill Signed by Gov
SB 376 Stop U.C. from Contracting Out Services to save $$ Vetoed
SB 682 Prohibition on Courts Contracting Out On Gov’s Desk

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Data Tracker: Select group of lawmakers helped kill bills in 2015

Several Democrats voted no or did not vote on every measure that came up short

‘Mods’ take a more sympathetic view of business interests

Groundwater monitoring, redistricting, asset forfeiture among the issues



It didn’t happen a lot, but when bills failed on the floors of the California Legislature during the recently completed 2015 session, some lawmakers repeatedly played key roles, final vote tallies show.

In the Assembly, 11 bills failed in floor votes after previously clearing legislative committees and, in some cases, the other house. The floor defeats highlight the clout of so-called “mods,” a loosely defined group of Assembly Democrats who generally represent inland districts and are more sympathetic to oil, tobacco and other business interests.

Several Democrats voted no or did not vote (which has the same effect as a no vote) on all 11 of the bills that failed on the Assembly floor this year, including Assemblymen Jim Cooper, D-Elk Grove, Jim Frazier, D-Oakley, and Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield. The defeated bills included measures to double workers’ pay for Thanksgiving shifts, prohibit asset forfeiture before a conviction in drug cases, and phase in water bills for tenants of apartment and commercial buildings.

Republicans vote against many of the bills that advance in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. Among the measures that failed on the Assembly floor, though, were measures that had significant Republican support – including the asset-forfeiture bill.

In the Senate, Republicans dominated the ranks of lawmakers who opposed the 10 bills that failed on the upper-house floor.

State Sens. Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, Bob Huff, R-San Dimas, John Moorlach, R-Costa Mesa, Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller, R-Bakersfield, and some caucus colleagues voted no or abstained on nine of the measures.

Among Democrats, state Sen. Richard Roth, D-Riverside, voted no or abstained on seven of the 10 measures that failed, followed by state Sen. Cathleen Galgiani, D-Manteca, who helped defeat six. Several other Democrats, including state Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, voted no or abstained on five bills that went down to defeat.

In a couple of cases, failed bills later passed after more lobbying or amendments to win over critics. And some of the measures defeated on the floor this year could be revived in 2016, the second half of the two-year session.

The Sacramento Bee’s Data Tracker is a weekly feature that offers a deeper look at the numbers behind today’s news. Jim Miller: 916-326-5521, @jimmiller2


Bills defeated in legislative floor votes in 2015:

On the Assembly floor:

  • AB 356 : Requires groundwater management plans for all injection well projects.
  • AB 1287+: Extends San Francisco’s use of video cameras to enforce transit lane rules.
  • AB 533: Creates payment rules in cases when non-contracting health professional provides services in contracting hospital.
  • AB 67: Requires businesses to pay double-time to employees who have to work on Thanksgiving.
  • AB 832: Narrows the circumstances covered by the Child Abuse Neglect and Reporting Act.
  • SB 175: Requires law enforcement agencies that use body cameras to have policies in place.
  • SB 260: Imposes new regulations on county organized health systems.
  • SB 308: Allows debtors to keep more of their assets.
  • SB 32: Requires the state to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80 percent by 2050.
  • SB 443: Requires a criminal conviction before authorities can seize assets from drug-crime suspects.
  • SB 7: Phases in water metering for apartment dwellers and commercial building tenants.

On the Senate floor:

  • AB 1200: Requires businesses seeking state contracts to file lobbying disclosure statements.
  • AB 517: Expands the rights of parents or guardians to inspect sexual education materials.
  • AB 718: Prohibits local governments from penalizing people for sleeping in their cars.
  • AB 888*: Prohibits the sale of products containing microbeads.
  • SB 114: Puts a school construction bond of unspecified size on the November 2016 ballot.
  • SB 24: Extends state tobacco regulations to cover electronic cigarettes.
  • SB 454: Restricts the state’s ability to seek federal exemptions for injection well projects.
  • SB 572: Requires school districts to create a community advisory board before closing a school.
  • SB 681: Prohibits a gas corporation from taking a tax deduction on a safety violation penalty.
  • SCA 8: Increases county boards of supervisors from five to seven members in any county with 2 million people as of 2020.

+ Bill later approved.

* Bill later approved following amendments.

Source: Sacramento Bee analysis of legislative vote records. Excludes procedural votes.

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