REPORT FROM THE CAPITOL

As one of the largest grassroots anti-tax organizations in the nation, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association relies on the support of our Members, which allows us to influence legislation and protect taxpayers. Please use "Contact Your Representative" to the right of this page to urge your representative to support taxpayers when voting on the following important bills.

NOTE TO HJTA MEMBERS: For an updated status on any of these bills, please go to http://leginfo.ca.gov/bilinfo.html and type in the bill number in the space provided. For questions regarding a position on a bill, please contact HJTA Legislative Director David Wolfe at david@hjta.org.

HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatus
OpposeAB 243Local government: infrastructure and revitalization financing districts.Assembly Floor
Lowers the threshold for Infrastructure and Revitalization Finance Districts (IRFD's) to 55%.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Dickinson

OpposeAB 418Local government: special tax, assessment, or property-related fee.Senate Floor
Would authorize a joint powers authority (JPA) to impose a parcel tax or a property-related fee for the purpose of implementing stormwater management programs.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Mullin

SupportAB 621Local government: bonds.Senate Governance and Finance
Prohibits a serious conflict of interest where bond firms first underwrite local bond measures, then engage financially and otherwise in the campaign to pass them. AB 621 prohibits the ability for these firms to campaign for bond measures they draft.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Wagner

OpposeAB 1188 Fire protection: general obligation bonds.Senate Governance and Finance
The statutory implementation measure to ACA 3 (Campos) which would lower the two-thirds vote to 55% for the approval of local bonds to fund various emergency service facilities projects.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Bradford

OpposeAB 1324Vehicles: additional registration fees: vehicle theft crimes.Senate Transportation
Allows Alameda and Contra Costa counties to increase vehicle registration fees without a vote of the people to fund vehicle theft prevention programs.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Skinner

SupportAB 1448Local government: part-time elected officials: lifetime healthcare benefits.Assembly Local Government
Prohibits the governing body of a public agency from granting lifetime healthcare benefits to elected officials who serve part-time beginning on January 1, 2015.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Mullin

SupportAB 1644Medi-Cal: Drug Medi-Cal Program providers.ASM Appropriations
Requires a criminal background check for Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) outpatient clinic operators.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Medina

SupportAB 1842Tax information: administration.ASM Revenue & Taxation
Combines the FTB, BOE, and EDD websites into one virtual online hub.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Dahle

SupportAB 1948Counties: officers: qualification for office.Assembly Appropriations
Places additional qualification requirements on potential County Treasurer Tax Collectors. The result will be greater transparency and safeguarding of taxpayer dollars.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Mullin

OpposeAB 1971Public contracts: school districts: competitive bidding: best value.Assembly Education
Allows school districts to cease using a competitive bidding model for projects over $1 million, instead using the more arbitrary (and potentially more expensive) best value model.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Bocanegra

OpposeAB 2046Joint exercise of powers: financing.Assembly Floor
Authorizes joint power's authorities to use various financial tools, including certificates of participation, in order to finance building projects located in other states.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Gomez

SupportAB 2093Petitions: filings.Assembly Elections
If the final day to file an initiative or referendum petition falls on a holiday, AB 2093 states that the petition may be filed with the county elections official on the next business day.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Grove

SupportAB 2097Taxation: homeowners' exemption and renters' credit.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
Increases the homeowners and renter's exemption, which hasn't been adjusted for 35 years, and pegs it to inflation.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Morrell

SupportAB 2109Parcel taxes: reports.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
Increases transparency regarding locally approved parcel taxes by requiring that the Board of Equalization submit an annual report to the Governor. The report will include information on the amount, size, type of, and revenue generated by various parcel taxes.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Daly

OpposeAB 2119Local taxes: transactions and use taxes.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
This bill would authorize counties to impose, increase, or extend a transaction and use tax within their respective unincorporated areas. Our fear is that by separating out the unincorporated area of a county, AB 2119 will make it easier for county supervisors to impose sales and use taxes.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Stone

OpposeAB 2170Joint powers authorities: common powers.Assembly Floor
AB 2170 would give joint powers authorities (JPA) the authority to levy a fee or tax. We believe that government entities do not need new revenue generating authority.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Mullin

SupportAB 2231State Controller: property tax postponement.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
Reinstitutes the Property Tax Postponement program

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Gordon

SupportAB 2338Initiatives: writ of mandate.Assembly Judiciary
Clarifies that when a local ballot measure is certified to be brought before the electorate, that it be voted upon at the earliest possible opportunity.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Wagner

OpposeAB 2393Vehicle registration fees.Assembly Transportation
Increases vehicle registration fees to fund vehicle theft prevention programs. HJTA argues that this is a special tax that requires a two-thirds vote of county residents.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Levine

OpposeAB 2415Property tax agents.Assembly Local Gov.
Requires various tax professionals who do business before the county assessment appeals board to register as lobbyists.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Ting

SupportAB 2456Health care.Assembly Health
Require Covered California to annually submit to the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) a complete and detailed performance-based budget so that it may be analyzed and included in the Governor’s Budget.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Melendez

SupportAB 2510Tax administration: refunds: property tax: state assessment: actions.Assembly Rev/Tax
Allows taxpayers to make claims for refund up to one year after a tax is declared unconstitutional.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Wagner

SupportAB 2551Local ballot measures: bond issues.Assembly Elections
Updates the tax rate statement in the ballot guide for local general obligation bonds regarding how the estimate of the tax rate was reached and what the costs will be throughout the 30-40 year length of the bond.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Wilk

OpposeAB 2715District-based municipal elections.Assembly Elections
Requires that cities of more than 100,000 thousand people elect city councilmembers "at large" as opposed to in-district elections.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Hernandez

OpposeSB 1Sustainable Communities Investment AuthorityAssembly Housing
Allows cities and counties to craft JPA's to fund affordable housing programs. This bill could be the beginning of a process to restore redevelopment agencies.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Steinberg

OpposeSB 33Infrastructure financing districts: voter approval: repeal.Assembly Floor
Eliminates the two-thirds threshold to allow infrastructure finance districts to be created and approve bonds.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Wolk

OpposeSB 628Infrastructure financing: transit priority projects.Assembly Floor
Eliminates voting approval for the formation of infrastructure finance districts as well as to approve bonds for transit projects.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Beall

OpposeSB 837Schools: transitional kindergarten.Senate Appropriations
Establishes a free universal preschool program for every student in California, at a cost of $1 billion annually.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Steinberg

OpposeSB 1017Taxation: Oil Severance Tax Law.Senate Education
Establishes a 9.5% oil severance tax.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Evans

OpposeSB 1061Elections: voter registration.Senate Appropriations
Requires that an individual who completes an application for a driver’s license, permit, or identification card at the DMV automatically be registered to vote unless they specifically opt out of that provision.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Block

SupportSB 1074State government: state funds. Senate Appropriations
Creates a misdemeanor criminal penalty and/or fine for any state agency employee that knowingly puts taxpayer dollars into a hidden account.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Knight

SupportSB 1075Department of Forestry and Fire Protection: civil cost recoverySenate Appropriations
Requires Cal Fire to deposit into the General Fund any settlement funds received through its Civil Cost Recovery (CCR) program for reimbursement of firefighting costs.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Knight

SupportSB 1113Property taxation: disabled veterans' exemption: refunds: statute of limitations.Senate Governance and Finance
Extends statute of limitations on property tax relief for 100% disabled veterans.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Knight

OpposeSB 1156California Carbon Tax Law of 2014Senate Governance and Finance
Places a carbon tax on fuel.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Steinberg

OpposeSB 1183Vehicle registration fees: surcharge for bicycle infrastructureSenate Governance and Finance
Places a $5 car tax on vehicles in order to fund bicycle trail improvements and programs.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
DeSaulnier

SupportSB 1214State Controller: property tax postponement.Senate Governance and Finance
Reinstitutes the Property Tax Postponement program.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Anderson

SupportSB 1339Medi-Cal: Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program providers.Senate Health
Requires a criminal background check for Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) outpatient clinic operators.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Cannella

SupportSB 1413State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees.Senate Governance and Finance
Extends time to pay CalFIRE prevention fee from 30 to 60 days.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Wyland