Now that the 2018 Session has concluded, the Governor has until the end of September to sign or veto the bills the Legislature sent to his desk in the final two weeks of August. (I hope to provide you with the annual list of the 20 bills Gov. Brown should veto soon.)
I’m happy to say that two bills that I was associated with were signed yesterday. The Governor issues a press releases every day on his bill signing and both bills are mentioned in yesterday’s report. The OC Register covers one of them, AB 448, where I was a co-author and the Floor Manager (Jockey) who presented it on the Senate Floor for approval, in the first piece below (also see MOORLACH UPDATE — Senate Approval of AB 448 — August 9, 2018).
For fun on the singular opposition, see MOORLACH UPDATE — AB 448 — July 8, 2018 and my response at MOORLACH UPDATE — Homelessness JPA Solution — July 11, 2018.
The press release is provided in the second piece below in the Imperial Valley News. It includes the approval of SB 1363 (see MOORLACH UPDATE — Quiet Bills, And Not So Quiet — May 3, 2018 and MOORLACH UPDATE — Right to Peaceably Assemble — April 13, 2018).
Form 540, the state equivalent of IRS Form 1040, the traditional income tax return, has a page where filers can designate a portion of their refund towards a specified nonprofit or cause. It’s known as a voluntary contribution and can be deducted on the subsequent year’s return as an itemized deduction (if one’s deductions exceed what is known as the standard deduction).
The good news is that this voluntary contribution gives the causes some nice PR when individuals are preparing their tax returns. Unfortunately, most individuals use professional tax preparers and never even see that they have this option. Most tax preparers do not even inform their clients of this opportunity. Consequently, I initiated a bill to modify this section on the Form 540 earlier this year to make it more manageable and marketed.
After working with the Chair of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, we decided that we would make 2018 the last year to add voluntary contributions and use 2019 to make the reforms. So, stay tuned for legislation that will assist taxpayers in knowing that worthy causes are included in their tax return preparation process.
As for SB 1363, it was a wonderful collaboration with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to provide a funding source for police officer training for Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT). For more information, see SB 1363 – NAMI California and https://moorlach.cssrc.us/content/senate-bill-1363-national-alliance-mental-illness-california-voluntary-tax-contribution-fund.
Governor signs bill that allows creation of Orange County trust to help homeless people
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday, Sept. 11, signed into law a bill that will allow Orange County and its 34 cities to form the Orange County Housing Finance Trust and jointly compete for state and federal funds to help house the local homeless population.
The legislation, known as Assembly Bill 448, had enjoyed bipartisan support from Orange County’s delegation in the state legislature, among county and city elected officials, and in the private sector. County supervisor Michelle Steel was a notable exception.
AB 448 was introduced by Assemblyman Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), with Republican co-authors in the state Senate: Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel, John Moorlach of Costa Mesa and Janet Nguyen of Garden Grove.
“This legislation is a product of teamwork, and refreshing cooperation in Orange County,” Quirk-Silva said.
The bill, which goes into effect Jan. 1, does not grant the joint powers authority to be formed any land-use powers, the means to own or operate housing, or the ability to dictate to local jurisdictions where to build. It does call for an annual audit.
Governor Brown Issues Legislative Update
Sacramento, California – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills:
- AB 448 by Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) – Joint powers authorities: Orange County Housing Finance Trust.
- AB 700 by Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles) – Outdoor advertising displays: arenas.
- AB 1790 by Assemblymember Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) – Valley Fever Education, Early Diagnosis, and Treatment Act.
- AB 2036 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) – State Capitol: Mervyn M. Dymally bust.
- AB 2097 by Assemblymember Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) – Carpet recycling: annual reports.
- AB 2175 by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters) – Vessels: removal.
- AB 2293 by Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes (D-Grand Terrace) – Emergency medical services: report.
- AB 2540 by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin (D-South San Francisco) – State facilities and public buildings: vote centers and polling places.
- AB 2620 by Assemblymember Philip Ting (D-San Francisco) – Rental passenger vehicle transactions.
- AB 2745 by Assemblymember Wendy Carrillo (D-Los Angeles) – State parks: merchandise sales.
- AB 2894 by Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) – Postsecondary education: students called to active military duty during an academic term.
- AB 3067 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) – Internet: marketing: minors: cannabis.
- AB 3098 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) – Residential care facilities for the elderly: emergency and disaster plans.
- AB 3257 by the Committee on Natural Resources – Natural resources.
- SB 954 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) – Mediation: confidentiality: disclosure.
- SB 963 by Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) – Water replenishment districts.
- SB 1046 by Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside) – Insurance: long-term care.
- SB 1076 by Senator Robert Hertzberg (D-Los Angeles) – Emergency preparedness: electrical utilities: electromagnetic pulse attacks and geomagnetic storm events.
- SB 1113 by Senator Bill Monning (D-Carmel) – Mental health in the workplace: voluntary standards.
- SB 1133 by Senator Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) – Water quality control plans: funding.
- SB 1201 by Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara) – Contracts: consumer protection: residential mortgage lending.
- SB 1202 by Senator Jeff Stone (R-Temecula) – Land use: development fees.
- SB 1246 by Senator Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills) – Property tax: claims for refund.
- SB 1363 by Senator John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa) – Personal income taxes: voluntary contributions: National Alliance on Mental Illness California Voluntary Tax Contribution Fund.
- SB 1383 by Senator Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) – Teacher credentialing: Committee of Credentials: membership.
- SB 1410 by Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) – Public utilities: inspection and audit of books and records.
- SB 1503 by the Committee on Governmental Organization – Alcoholic beverages: licensees.
The Governor also announced that he has vetoed the following bills:
- AB 1715 by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) – International trade and investment offices.
- AB 2790 by Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin (D-Thousand Oaks) – Veterans: Internal Audits for Veterans Affairs.
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