Assemblymember David Chiu Legislation to Take Effect January 1, 2018

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Historic housing package among bills signed into law by Governor Brown

Sacramento, CA—The following legislation authored by Assemblymember David Chiu (D-San Francisco) and signed into law by Governor Brown will take effect January 1, 2018.

These 11 bills address a number of critical issues facing Californians including affordable housing and homelessness, protecting immigrants from workplace raids and retaliatory landlords, and reducing the rape kit backlog.

“This year we made a down payment for our children’s future, for people struggling to pay the rent or the mortgage or even to have a roof at all, and for our teachers and firefighters who can’t afford a home in the cities they serve,” said Assemblymember Chiu. “We will continue the fight for affordability, civil rights, and opportunity for all.”

AB 41  (Fixing The Rape Kit Backlog) -- AB 41, The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act, requires local law enforcement agencies to track the handling of sexual assault evidence kits and to provide annual reports to the California Department of Justice. This improved tracking will help inform policy makers and provide victims with information about their case that they deserve to know.

AB 73  (Sustainable Housing District Creation) -- AB 73 will increase the production of market rate and affordable housing by providing local governments with financial incentives for creating "Housing Sustainability Districts" -- overlay districts to streamline the residential development process in areas with existing infrastructure and transit. Local governments would also get financial incentives when once they permit housing units within a district.

AB 74  (Housing for a Healthy California) -- AB 74 creates the Housing for a Healthy California Program to pay for the cost of housing homeless individuals on Medi-Cal who receive services through the Whole Person Care pilot program, Health Homes, or other county controlled funding source. The goal of the program is to reduce the health care costs of chronically homeless individuals on Medi-Cal by paying for them to be housed.

AB 291  (Immigrant Tenant Protection Act) -- AB 291 enacts the Immigrant Tenant Protection Act of 2017, to establish various protections and safeguards against the unauthorized disclosure of tenants' immigration or citizenship status to federal immigration authorities or other parties, as well as potential harassment, retaliation, or discrimination against tenants based on their actual or perceived immigration or citizenship status.

AB 415  (Increasing Employment through Social Enterprise) -- AB 415 ensures that the CalFresh program is working with employment social enterprises to leverage the best economic outcome for program participants. A direct collaboration between CFET and employment social enterprises will provide the working poor with extra support, resulting in holistic job readiness. Additionally, this would help California to meet its federal SNAP work participation rate goals by increasing the number of families in the programs that are employed.

AB 450  (Immigrant Worker Protection Act) -- AB 450 protects immigrant workers in the workplace by preventing ICE from conducting raids that violate basic constitutional rights. The bill requires employers to get a warrant before allowing ICE on a worksite and a subpoena before turning over personal employee information.

AB 546  (Streamlining Energy Storage Permits) -- AB 546 helps the state more effectively use renewable energy by making local permitting of energy storage technology easier. The bill encourages the Office of Planning and Research to develop guidance for energy storage permitting and allows for electronic submission of permit documents.

AB 677  (Protecting LGBT Communities Through Voluntary Data Collection) -- AB 677 would help California reduce disparities faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) communities by requiring state agencies to collect voluntarily provided sexual orientation and gender identity data when collecting other demographic data.

AB 836 (Cold Pressed Juice Technology Adaptation) -- AB 836 clarifies decades old bulk food safety laws to ensure that modern automated juice vending machines can be operated in California. In doing so, we can provide fresh and healthy foods to customers where brick-and-mortar locations may not be an option. The adapts the code to reflect emerging vending technologies and supports California-based businesses.

AB 954 (Reducing Food Waste Through Label Standardization) -- AB 954 reduces food waste and help consumers make informed decisions when making food purchases, by creating standardized guidelines for food date labels that better describe food freshness and safety.

AB 1159 (Cannabis and Attorneys) -- AB 1159 protects access to legal representation by clarifying that attorney-client privilege extends to clients engaged in the cannabis industry and that contracts regarding the lawful operation of a cannabis business are legal.