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 8Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies: funding programs.Signed by Governor
Establishes a $2.3 billion car tax extension on vehicle registration, smoke abatement and other fees (through the year 2023) to pay for alternative energy vehicle infrastructure and diesel truck retrofits

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Perea

SupportAB 23State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees.Assembly Appropriations
Repeals the $150 fire tax approved by the Legislature in 2011. HJTA believes the tax is unconstitutional.

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Donnelly

SupportAB 124 State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees.Assembly Appropriations
Repeals the $150 fire tax approved by the Legislature in 2011. HJTA believes the tax is unconstitutional.

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Morrell

SupportAB 182Bonds: school districts and community college districts.Signed by Governor
Reforms Capital Appreciation Bonds (CAB's) to ensure homeowners are protected from massive bond repayments

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Buchanan

OpposeAB 188Property taxation: change in ownership.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
Alters the definition of "change of ownership" in such a way where a defacto 'split roll' is created because properties will be reassessed more frequently

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Ammiano

SupportAB 193Local ballot measures: arguments.Assembly Appropriations
Municipalities can only author ballot arguments for local measures where they have taken a position consistent with what is being voted upon

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Logue

OpposeAB 210Transactions and use taxes: County of Alameda and the County of Contra CostaSigned by Governor
Authorizes a .5% increase (subject to local voter approval) in the Alameda County sales and use tax

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Wieckowski

SupportAB 562Economic development subsidies: review by local AgenciesSigned by Governor
Mandates municipalities provide certain information to the public before approving economic development projects

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Williams

SupportAB 718Sales tax: exemption: sales tax holiday: April 15.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
Establishes a sales tax holiday on April 15th

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Melendez

OpposeAB 760Taxes: ammunition sales.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
Places a five cent tax on the retail sale of every item of ammunition in order to fund mental health programs

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Dickinson

OpposeAB 767Vehicles: additional registration fees: vehicle-theft crimes.Signed by Governor
Allows all counties, without voter approval, to extend vehicle registration fees to fund theft prevention

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Levine

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OpposeAB 857Initiatives: petition circulators.Vetoed by Governor
Makes the ability for average citizens to engage in the initiative process much more difficult. It forces paid petition circulators to register with the Secretary of State, forces petition circulators to wear a badge while gathering signatures, and other provisions.

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Fong

SupportAB 892Parcel taxes.Assembly Appropriations
Increases transparency regarding locally approved parcel taxes by allowing the Board of Equalization to begin a data collection effort including types, rates, and number of parcels subject to a parcel tax

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Daly

SupportAB 1049State Board of Equalization: administration: interest.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
Conforms the tax interest rate for overpayments to be the same as for underpayments

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Harkey

OpposeAB 1112Transportation transactions and use taxes: Bay Area.Signed by Governor
Existing law allows for some county transportation authorities to impose a transaction and use tax of up to one percent. AB 1112 deleted this limitation.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Ammiano

OpposeAB 1151Tax agent registrationAssembly Appropriations
Requires various licensed tax professionals who appear before the property tax assessment appeals board to register as lobbyists

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Ting

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OpposeAB 1176Medical residency training program grants.Assembly Appropriations
Places a $5 tax per covered individual on health insurance companies to pay for student's medical school

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Bocanegra

SupportAB 1322State Controller: property tax postponementAssembly Appropriations
Restores the Property Tax Postponement program. HJTA is a co-sponsor

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Patterson

OpposeSB 7Public works: charter cities.Signed by Governor
Prohibits a charter city from receiving state matching funds for projects if the city refuses to abide by prevailing wage requirements

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Steinberg

OpposeSB 11Alternative fuel and vehicle technologies: funding programsSenate Floor
Establishes a $2.3 billion car tax extension on vehicle registration, smoke abatement and other fees (through the year 2023) to pay for alternative energy vehicle infrastructure and diesel truck retrofits

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Pavley

SupportSB 17State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees.Senate Natural Resources
Repeals the $150 fire tax approved by the Legislature in 2011. HJTA believes the tax is unconstitutional.

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Gaines

OpposeSB 142Public transit.Signed by Governor
Allows transit operators to levy special assessments, despite the fact that there is no appropriate benefit nexus in place. This potentially makes this bill unconstitutional under Proposition 218.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
DeSaulnier

OpposeSB 254Solid waste: used mattresses: recycling and recovery.Signed by Governor
Imposes a undefined tax on the purchase of new mattresses.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Hancock/Correa

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

Author(s) & Committee(s):
DeSaulnier

SupportSB 553Local government: assessment: elections ProceduresSigned by Governor
Establishes additional transparency requirements for local agencies wishing to engage in fee-ballot elections. HJTA is sponsoring this measure

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Yee

SupportSB 581School bonds: bond accountability.Signed by Governor
Requires local school boards to respond to annual financial and performance audits. HJTA is co-sponsoring this measure

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Wyland

SupportSB 584School facilities: financial and performance audits.Signed by Governor
Requires the State Allocation Board to create guidelines for financial and performance audits. HJTA is co-sponsoring this measure

Author(s) & Committee(s):
Wyland