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) and Committee(s):
Perea

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) and Committee(s):
Ammiano

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) and Committee(s):
Wieckowski

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) and Committee(s):
Levine

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) and Committee(s):
Fong

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 1519State responsibility areas: fire prevention fees.ASM Appropriations
Removes the twenty percent civil penalty imposed for unpaid fire prevention fee payments.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Donnelly

SupportAB 1644Medi-Cal: Drug Medi-Cal Program providers.ASM Appropriations
Requires a criminal background check for Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) outpatient clinic operators. This bill is an attempt to limit fraud and waste within Medi-Cal.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Medina

SupportAB 1831California Health Insurance Fairness Act: personal income tax: deduction: medical insuranceAssembly Revenue and Taxation
AB 1831 would allow taxpayers to fully deduct the cost of health insurance premiums. Under current law any medical costs over 7.5% of an individual/family adjusted gross income is tax deductible. With AB 1831 taxpayers can either deduct the full amount of their insurance or continue to itemize.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Conway

SupportAB 1842Tax information: administration.ASM Revenue & Taxation
Combines the Franchise Tax Board, Board of Equalization and Employment Development Department websites into one online hub.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Dahle

SupportAB 2093Petitions: filings.Signed by Governor
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 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

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

OpposeAB 2715District-based municipal elections.Assembly Appropriations
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

SupportSB 901High-speed rail: funding. Senate Transportation
Ceases the sale of High Speed Rail general obligation bonds, and puts the question of whether they should continue to be authorized on the November 2014 general election ballot.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Vidak

SupportSB 902High-speed rail: eminent domain. Senate Transportation
Restricts the ability of the High Speed Rail Authority to take property for purposes of eminent domain.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Vidak

SupportSB 903High-speed rail: property tax revenues. Senate Transportation
Requires the High Speed Rail Authority to reimburse a county for lost property tax revenues that would result from an eminent domain of property and land in order to build the train.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Vidak

SupportSB 904High-speed rail: private property: owner consent.Senate Transportation
Requires that land surveyors and others who do work on the High Speed Rail train receive approval from landowners before stepping onto private property.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Vidak

SupportSB 981Regulations: review process.Senate Governmental Organization
This bill would require each state agency to review each regulation adopted prior to January 1, 2014, and to develop a report with prescribed information to be submitted to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2016.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Huff

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

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Evans

OpposeSB 1021School districts: parcel taxes.Assembly Revenue and Taxation
Could create a potentially massive tax increase by authorizing school districts to impose non-uniform parcel taxes, negatively impacting all property owners. Current law states that all education parcel taxes must be applied uniformly to all properties within a school district.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Wolk

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

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

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Steinberg

SupportSB 1214State Controller: property tax postponement.Senate Governance and Finance
Reinstitutes the Property Tax Postponement program to keep seniors and those with disabilities in their homes.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Anderson

SupportSB 1288State public employment: memoranda of understanding: legislative approval. Senate Public Employees Retirement Committee
Prohibits more than one Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) bargaining unit contract be taken up in a bill presented to the Legislature. These contracts tend to each cost hundreds of millions of dollars and deserve to be analyzed and scrutinized carefully in separate bills, not combined together.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Huff

SupportSB 1294Elections: ballot titles and summaries.Senate Elections Committee
Requires the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), rather than the non-partisan Attorney General, to write ballot titles and summaries for statewide measures.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Huff

SupportSB 1327Tax administration: refunds: property tax: state assesses: actions.Senate Governance and Finance
Allows taxpayers to make claims for refund up to one year after a tax is declared unconstitutional.

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Knight

SupportSR 41Relative to the 36th Anniversary of Proposition 13Senate Governance and Finance
A Senate Resolution commending the 36th anniversary of Proposition 13

Author(s) and Committee(s):
Morrell