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 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

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

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