2015 Legislative Agenda

AB 33: GHG Reductions: Road to 2050. Requires the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to work in conjunction with the California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) to analyze specific strategies for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electricity sector.

AB 51: Lane Splitting: Safety Standards. Makes it explicitly clear in statue that lane splitting is allowed as long as certain conditions are met.

AB 56: Drone Regulation. Regulates the use of unmanned aircraft systems by law enforcement agencies by requiring law enforcement agencies to develop policies that contain specified criteria.

AB 57: Broadband Infrastructure. Provides that when a city or county fails to act on a wireless facility colocation or siting application within the time period established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), then the application shall be "deemed approved."

AB 543: Scientific Based Exposure Assessments. Restores scientific integrity into Proposition 65 (passed by voters in 1986) by promoting the use of a scientific exposure assessment to support a business's decision to warn or not to warn and ensuring that such an assessment is conducted by or under the supervision of a qualified scientist.

AB 655: Rendering: Sustainable Recycling. Increases the registration fee and other additional fee caps charged by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to cover administrative costs associated with the transportation of inedible kitchen grease program and would authorize CDFA to raise these fees only upon recommendation of the Rendering Industry Advisory Committee. This measure also add findings and declarations to the Food and Agricultural Code in regards to the rendering industry and the value of recycling waste animal tissue.

AB 692: Very Low Carbon Fuel Initiative. Directs the Department of Transportation, the Department of General Services and any other state agency that is a buyer of transportation fuels, to procure a percentage of their transportation fuels to be Very Low-Carbon Fuels (VLCFs) with a specified annual increase.

AB 730: Controlled Substances: Transporting with Intent to Sale. Makes changes to three sections of the Health & Safety code to clarify that "transport" of specified controlled substances means transportation with intent to sell.

AB 764: Vehicle Barriers. Seeks to provide awareness of storefront crashes and encourage the use of vehicle barriers and devices in building design by having the California Building Standards Commission consider standards for such devices to be included in the building code. Additionally, it authorizes an insurer to consider these vehicle barriers as a safety measure eligible for discounted building insurance rates.

AB 793: Energy Management Technology. Requires investor owned utilities (IOUs) to conduct an outreach effort to educate customers about the ability to read near real-time energy usage data from their advanced or "smart" meter when paired with energy management technologies, including in-home energy monitors. This bill also requires the IOUs to implement a rebate program to compensate those customers who choose to purchase energy management technologies.

AB 818: Pre-Trial Evidence Testing. Makes certain changes to the pre-trial criminal process relating to evidence testing.

AB 909: Rape Kit Tracking. Requires local law enforcement agencies to do the following with regards to rape kits: (1) track and report the number of rape kits collect, (2) track how many kits are tested and how many go untested, (3) document reasons for deciding to not test a kit, and (4) submit specific information to the Department of Justice regarding tested and untested kits.

AB 1008: Hydrogen Exemption. Creates parity in how hydrogen is regulated when used as fuel for transportation purposes in California.

AB 1013: Energy Efficiency Modeling Software. Requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to routinely adjust and update its public domain software that models energy usage, and make consumers aware of potential differences between the model and their actual energy usage patterns.

AB 1036: Notaries and County Jail IDs. Adds county jail inmate IDs to the list of presumptively valid forms of ID accepted by notaries for notary services.

AB 1081: Civil Restraining Orders: Protection Extension. Changes the way temporary restraining orders are extended to prevent a gap in protection by automatically extending temporary restraining orders until the continued hearing date.

AB 1192: Mobile App Privacy. Requires Operating System (OS) developers to define their privacy policies in accordance with the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs), and requires mobile application developers to adhere to the OS developer's privacy policies.