Assembly Member Bill Quirk (D-20) - 2015 Legislative Agenda

AB 33: GHG Reductions: Road to 2050. Requires the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to develop a greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target to be met by year 2050, which shall include a robust economic assessment of the programs and strategies proposed to reach that GHG reduction target.

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 public agencies and the dissemination and use of any images, data and footage obtained by those unmanned aircraft systems (also known as drones).

AB 57: Broadband Infrastructure. Promotes the deployment of communications infrastructure, including broadband, cable, and wireless infrastructure, by removing barriers to investment.

AB 543: Scientific Based Exposure Assessments. Restores scientific integrity into Proposition 65 (passed by voters in 1986) by (1) promoting (but not requiring) the use of a scientific exposure assessment to support a business’s decision to warn or not to warn and (2) ensuring that such an assessment is conducted by or under the supervision of a qualified scientist. 

AB 655: Rendering: Sustainable Recycling. Extends the sunset date for the Transporters of Inedible Kitchen Grease program, and increases the transporters’ minimum enforcement fee from $300 to $350 per vehicle. 

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: Building Safety Bollards. Seeks to provide awareness of storefront crashes and encourage the use of safety bollards in building design. Specifically, this bill adds bollard installation to this list of considerations in the design of any new commercial property parking lot. Additionally, it authorizes an insurer to consider these bollards 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 real-time energy use 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 (1) routinely adjust and update its public domain software that models energy usage and (2) make consumers aware of potential differences between the model and their actual energy use 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 civil restraining orders are extended to prevent a gap in protection by automatically extending temporary restraining orders until the continued hearing date.