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 Floor
Allows Alameda and Contra Costa counties to increase vehicle registration fees without a vote of the people to fund vehicle theft prevention programs. HJTA believes this should be a special tax requiring a two-thirds vote under Proposition 13

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Skinner

OpposeAB 1471Fireworks: tax on distributionAssembly Floor
Budget trailer bill that places a ten cent per pound tax on safe and sane fireworks sold through charities in order to fund programs related to illegal fireworks use. While HJTA is sympathetic to this issue, we don't believe the non-profit organizations that run many of these stands should be targeted unfairly to pay for these costs.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Skinner

OpposeAB 1472Property insurance: Seismic Safety AccountAssembly Floor
Budget trailer bill that broadens an existing 15 cent insurance assessment on all residential and commercial property owners for the purposes of funding programs related to the Seismic Safety Commission and earthquake recovery. These bills would also extend the tax to those individuals who lease or rent property.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Skinner

SupportAB 1948Counties: officers: qualification for office.Senate 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.Senate Appropriations
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.Senate Appropriations
Authorizes joint power's authorities to use various financial tools, including certificates of participation, in order to finance building projects located in other states. We believe taxpayer dollars should be used to benefit projects solely in California.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Gomez

SupportAB 2109Parcel taxes: reports.Senate Appropriations
Increases transparency regarding locally approved parcel taxes by requiring that the Controller 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.Enrolled to Governor
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.Senate 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.Senate Appropriations
Reinstitutes the Property Tax Postponement program to keep seniors and those with disabilities in their homes.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Gordon

OpposeAB 2393Vehicle registration fees.Senate Floor
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.Senate Appropriations
Requires various tax professionals who do business before the county assessment appeals board to register as lobbyists. We believe this is cumbersome and not needed.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Ting

SupportAB 2551Local ballot measures: bond issues.Senate Floor
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

SupportAB 2650Bonds: transportationAssembly Transportation
Halts the sale of General Obligation Bonds for High Speed Rail. With voter approval, the money would be diverted to fund road building and other transportation infrastructure projects.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Conway

OpposeACA 8Local government financing: voter approval.In Senate
Lowers the two-thirds threshold for bonds to fund various infrastructure projects including streets, roads, sewers, and the furnishing of buildings. Represents a direct attack on Proposition 13.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Blumenfield

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 52Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosuresAssembly Appropriations
Adds a number of cumbersome, free speech restricting provisions to political advertisements, making it harder for campaigns to articulate messages to voters.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Leno

OpposeSB 270Solid waste: single-use carryout bagsAssembly Appropriations
Beginning July 1, 2015, would ban most single-use plastic bags from most retail establishments. It would also require stores to offer paper bags for sale at not less than ten cents per bag.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Padilla

OpposeSB 391California Homes and Jobs Act of 2013.Assembly Floor
Places a number of $75 recording taxes on real estate transactions.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
DeSaulnier

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

SupportSB 1074State government: state funds. Assembly Floor
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 recoveryAssembly Floor
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.Assembly Appropriations
Extends statute of limitations on property tax relief for 100% disabled veterans.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Knight

SupportSB 1339Medi-Cal: Drug Medi-Cal Treatment Program providers.Assembly Appropriations
Requires a criminal background check for Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) outpatient clinic operators for purposes of limiting waste fraud and abuse in the Medi-Cal system.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Cannella

SupportSB 1413State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees.Assembly Appropriations
Extends time to pay CalFIRE prevention fee from 30 to 60 days.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Wyland