Governor Brown Signs Key Pieces of Legislation by Assemblymember Quirk

For immediate release:

AB 57: Provides that if a local jurisdiction fails to act on a wireless telecommunication facilities permit within the timeframe established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), then the permit shall be “deemed approved.”  This is a common sense measure that will encourage local governments and wireless providers to work together in a timely manner to ensure that California remains at the forefront of this digital revolution.

AB 692: Sets a path to increasing very low-carbon fuels (VLCFs) in the State’s fuel portfolio to 3 percent in 2017, increasing by 1 percent every year thereafter until 2024. The California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32, 2006) sets aggressive goals for greenhouse gas reductions, increasing the use of VCLFs will help to meet those goals.

AB 730: Makes changes to several sections of the Health & Safety code to clarify that “transport” of specified controlled substances means transportation with intent to sell.  These conforming changes will provide uniformity and fairness in our laws.

AB 793: Requires each electrical or gas corporation to develop an outreach program to educate customers about the ability to ascertain real-time or near real-time energy use data by employing energy management technologies, which include products, services or software that allow a customer to better understand and manage energy use in the customer’s home or place of business.  The bill also requires these entities to develop an incentive program, such as a rebate program, to increase the deployment of these technologies. 

AB 1008: Exempts hydrogen that is used as a transportation fuel from regulation by the Public Utilities Commission.  Ambiguity in how hydrogen will be regulated is a concern for investors interested in developing hydrogen fueling infrastructure and this bill will provide the needed certainty that hydrogen will be treated like natural gas and electricity when used for transportation purposes. 

AB 1036: Adds county jail inmate IDs to the list of presumptively valid forms of ID accepted by notaries for notary services.  This will ensure that inmates have access to a notary, which is their legal right, for services that include establishing temporary custody of children, power of attorney for financial and health care matters, and giving authority to a trusted adult to bring their children to the jail for a visit.

AB 1081: Changes the way temporary civil restraining orders are extended to prevent a gap in protection by automatically extending the order until a continued hearing date.  These orders play an important role in protecting individuals from harassment and violence in their private lives, workplace, and in colleges and universities.

Unfortunately, I am disappointed to report that the Governor has vetoed my AB 764, which would have increased awareness of vehicle-into-building, or “storefront,” crashes and incentivized the use of safety barriers in building design to prevent such crashes.  Storefront crashes have been a problem for years and local agencies have not reacted. In the time the bill was on the Governor's desk for consideration, there were a number of serious and tragic storefront crashes that highlighted the need for the bill.  I intend to respond to the Governor’s specific concerns and get this legislation passed in the coming year.

For a full list of bills that I authored in 2015, click here.