2017-2018 Legislative Session

Legislative Wins for California (2017-2018)

  • California Broadband Internet Privacy Act (CalBIPA)
    • Created landmark privacy protections to give consumers unprecedented control over their personal information on the internet.
  • Protecting Employees in the Workplace
    • Established nation-leading workplace harassment and sexual misconduct reforms including changes in the use of confidentiality settlements, increasing training requirements, and expanding the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).
  • Fire Prevention and Planning
    • Adapted to the new reality of climate change and wildfires by revamping our disaster response and preparedness protocols, building a new framework to strengthen our electrical grid, and protecting ratepayers from bearing the brunt of the costs from the fires.
  • Opioid Epidemic
    • Addressed multiple factors in the opioid crisis including fraud reduction within the CURES database, law enforcement’s ability to save lives, standardizing prescription pads, expanding treatment, and safe disposal of medication, among others.
  • Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protections
    • Protect legislative employees who make disclosures about misconduct by Members and fellow employees of the Legislature by prohibiting interference and retaliation in response to such a disclosure.
  • Combatting Climate Change and Protecting Air Quality
    • Protect and expand California’s green economy by re-authorizing cap-and-trade and tightens regulations against facilities that release harmful pollutants into our air.
  • Transportation
    • Provide a sustainable funding source for California’s roads, highways and bridges. Also includes important accountability measures to ensure funds are used efficiently.
  • Affordable Housing Package
    • Create more affordable housing, streamline the building process, and create more homeless shelters.
  • Funding for California’s Parks
    • Approved $4 billion in bonds for state parks subject to voter approval on the 2018 ballot, including $16 million for the Santa Ana River.

 

Daly Legislative Highlights (2017-2018)

  • AB 346 (2017)
    • Gives cities flexibility to spend their low and moderate income housing funds to best address their local housing-related needs, including services for homeless.
  • AB 1277 (2017)
    • Protects young children and other potentially vulnerable patients from dangerous infections by increasing the existing standards for dental care.
  • AB 1515 (2017)
    • Makes it easier to build housing by strengthening provisions of the Housing Accountability Act (HAA) and providing courts with clear standards for interpreting the HAA in favor of building housing.
  • AB 448 (2018)
    • Creates the Orange County Housing Finance Trust where public-private partnerships will work together to reduce homelessness in Orange County through the construction of permanent supportive housing and housing for low-income families and individuals.
  • AB 2162 (2018)
    • Streamlines local government approval for much needed affordable housing developments to reduce bureaucratic delays.
  • AB 3194 (2018)
    • Updates the Housing Accountability Act to eliminate loopholes used by local government to prevent the construction of much needed housing development.

Budget Wins (2017-2018)

  • Established the Budget Deficit Savings Account to address the gap in savings and provide the state with an additional mechanism to set funding aside for any future economic downturn.
  • Added $1.8 billion to the state's Rainy Day Fund, bringing total budget reserves to $16 billion.
  • Homeless Emergency Aid: As part of $150 million in funding designated for California’s 11 biggest cities, Santa Ana and Anaheim are each receiving $3.69 million for homeless services, including shelters and supporting housing.
  • $5 million for the Santa Ana River Conservancy.
  • $4 million to help the City of Santa Ana replace its existing water meters with advanced metering infrastructure.  
  • $15.56 million, through the Santa Ana/Anaheim/Orange County Continuum of Care for planning, coordinating, and implementing use of the funds received on housing and services for homeless families and individuals.
  • Expanded the California Earned Income Tax Credit to support more working families. The expansion makes more than $1 million more households eligible to claim the credit.
  • Increased funding to schools by more than $4,600 per student over 2011-12 levels.
  • Included $7.5 million in local assistance grants for regional infrastructure projects with Anaheim Family YMCA and the City of Fullerton.
  • $10 million to ensure that non-profit organizations like the Santa Ana-based Community Service Programs, Inc. can continue to assist survivors of human trafficking.
  • Reduced pension liabilities in the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).
  • Accelerated $2.8 billion toward improving commutes, fixing roads, strengthening overpasses and bridges and building mass transit.
  • Approved $79 million to support hardworking immigrants through deportation defense, naturalization services and DACA assistance.

Legislative Wrap-up

After the conclusion of the 2017-18 Legislative Session, a few notable accomplishments for the 69th Assembly District include efforts to reduce homelessness, increased fiscal responsibility, continued education for peace officers, and improved local government transparency. The following bills take effect January 1, 2019.

AB 448: Orange County Housing Finance Trust
This bill creates the Orange County Housing Finance Trust. This public-private partnership will work together to reduce homelessness in Orange County through the construction of permanent supportive housing along with housing for low-income families and individuals.
STATUS:  SIGNED

AB 1740: Budget Deficit Savings Account
This bill establishes the Budget Deficit Savings Account to address the gap in savings, and will provide the state with an additional mechanism to set funding aside for any future economic downturn.
STATUS:  Became part of the 2018-2019 State Budget

AB 1749: Workers’ Compensation - Off-Duty Peace Officers
This bill clarifies that peace officers injured while performing their duties can receive Workers' Compensation, even when the incident occurs out-of-state.
STATUS:  SIGNED

AB 2162: Planning and Zoning: Supportive Housing (with Assemblymember David Chiu)
This bill streamlines local government approval for much needed affordable housing developments to reduce bureaucratic delays.
STATUS:  SIGNED

AB 2992: Peace Officer Training: Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
This bill updates Police Officer Standards and Training to include guidance on how law enforcement can appropriately identify exploited children and best respond to their needs in a supportive and productive manner.
STATUS:  SIGNED

AB 3068: County Government - Contract Legal Counsel: Auditor-Controller
This bill allows Auditor Controllers to maintain independence to provide effective oversight of government spending by permitting them to obtain outside counsel in specified circumstances.
STATUS:  SIGNED

AB 3194: Housing Accountability Act: Project Approval
This bill updates the Housing Accountability Act to eliminate loopholes used by local government to prevent the construction of much-needed housing.
STATUS:  SIGNED