Legislative Affairs Committee of West Orange County -- Legislative Updates as of September 1, 2017



After the change in the Assembly Republican Leadership
last week, changes were made this week in legislative committees. 19 of the 32 Assembly
standing committees were shaken up as Republican members allied with the new
leader were given better assignments. 

Today, the Assembly and Senate Appropriations
Committees met to announce the results of the Suspense File. Any bill with
a fiscal impact greater than $150,000 is placed on Suspense. The bills
that pass the Suspense File must clear the Senate/Assembly floor by September
15th to meet the legislative deadline. Bills that are “held”
are effectively dead for the year.

Here are several Suspense File bills that were heard
in the Assembly Appropriations Committee:

  • SB 393      (Lara) – This bill would create a process for a person to petition to have      his or her records sealed when he or she is arrested, but certain      conditions are met.
    • Status:       Passed.
  • SB 623      (Monning) – This bill would create the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water      Fund.
    • Status:       Held in committee to allow for more discussion this fall.
  • SB 796      (Hill) – This bill would implement recommendations that emerged from      legislative review of the Respiratory Care Board and the Naturopathic      Medicine Committee.
  • Status:       Passed.


Senate Appropriations Committee Suspense File:


  • AB 1120      (Cooper) – This bill would require butane sold in canisters over 150 ml to      be odorized or be subject to recordkeeping by the retailer. Lighters      would be excluded from the measure.
    • Status:       Passed.
  • AB 1250      (Jones-Sawyer) – This bill would establish various standards for the use      of personal services contracts by counties.
    • Status:       Referred to Rules Committee for further discussion.
  • AB 1513      (Kalra) – This SEIU bill would require the Department of Social Services      to release the home addresses, as well as the home and cell numbers of      care workers, who are registered with the State.



Building up a wall—President Trump’s plans for a
border wall continue to gain momentum. The 
Department of Homeland Security announced
on Thursday that it had selected four vendors to build prototypes of their
proposed concrete walls in the San Diego area. Up to four selected proposals
for alternative building materials will be announced later. What has not been
resolved is who will foot the bill for the project. This week’s Department
of Homeland Security announcement came on the heels of President Trump’s tweet
last weekend that declared: “With Mexico being one of the highest crime Nations
in the world, we must have THE WALL. Mexico will pay for it through
reimbursement/other." According to
Mexico’s foreign ministry released a response statement saying Mexico would not
pay for a wall or other physical barrier at the border "under any
circumstances… This determination is not part of a Mexican negotiating
strategy, but a principle of national sovereignty and dignity."