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Legislative Updates

Bills that threaten homeowners and small businesses are currently moving through the legislature!

The new Legislature is dominated by pro-tax politicians who have a two-thirds supermajority in Sacramento. Bills that undermine the taxpayer protections in Proposition 13 have been introduced and are being heard in committees. If approved, these bills could cost every property owner thousands of dollars annually.

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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 Scott Kaufman at scott@hjta.org.

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HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeACA 1Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approvalActive Bill - In Committee ProcessCecilia Aguiar-CurryACA 1 repeals one of the most important protections in Proposition 13 by lowering the existing two-thirds vote threshold for both local bonds and special taxes to 55 percent for a myriad of purposes.Assembly
OpposeACA 11Taxes to fund health care coverage and cost control.Active Bill - Pending ReferralAsh KalraAt nearly $163 billion per year, this would be the largest tax increase in California history. The measure would also authorize the Legislature to increase tax rates by a majority vote of both houses of the Legislature.Assembly
HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeAB 65California Universal Basic Income Program: Personal Income TaxActive Bill - In Committee ProcessEvan LowCreates a California Universal Basic Income (UBI) Program in which some California residents would receive $1,000 per month.Assembly
OpposeAB 71Homelessness funding: Bring California Home Act.Active Bill - In Floor ProcessLuz RivasImposes an estimated $2.4 billion-a-year tax increase on doing businesses in California for companies with annual profits of more than $5 million.Assembly
OpposeAB 84Employment: rehiring and retention: displaced workersActive Bill - In Committee ProcessPhil TingBeyond the inclusion of a $6 million appropriation from the Labor and Workforce Development Fund, a budget bill that has nothing to do with the budget.Senate
SupportAB 91Taxation: corporations: minimum franchise tax: limited liability companies: annual tax: small businesses: microbusinesses.Active Bill - In Committee ProcessSuzette Martinez ValladaresWould reduce the $800 minimum franchise tax to $400 for small businesses and to $200 for micro businesses for five years.
Assembly
SupportAB 119County auditor: direct leviesActive Bill - In Committee ProcessRudy SalasWould require county auditors, or other county officers designated by the county, to make that information publicly available on their websites.
Assembly
SupportAB 217Sales and use taxes: exemption: tax holiday: school supplies.Active Bill - In Committee ProcessSuzette Martinez ValladaresCreates a back-to-school sales tax holiday weekend in the summer of 2022, in which families would not pay sales tax on designated back-to-school items.Assembly
SupportAB 243Personal income tax: deduction: medical expenses.Active Bill - In Committee ProcessSteven ChoiWould lower the percentage of adjusted gross income that taxpayers must exceed in order deduct their medical expenses from 7.5% to 4%.Assembly
SupportAB 248Income taxes: credits: cleaning and sanitizing supplies: COVID-19.Active Bill - In Committee ProcessSteven ChoiWould create an income tax credit for business owners who purchase cleaning supplies needed to protect their employees and the public from COVID-19.Assembly
SupportAB 324Income taxes: credits: attic vent closures.Active Bill - In Committee ProcessSteven ChoiWould provide a tax credit of up to $500 for the purchase and installation of attic vent closures.Assembly
SupportAB 343California Public Records Act OmbudspersonActive Bill - In Committee ProcessVince FongCreates a new ombudsman position within the office of the California State Auditor and brings additional transparency to the California Public Records Act (PRA) process.Senate
OpposeAB 386Public Employees’ Retirement Fund: investments: confidentialityActive Bill - In Committee ProcessJim CooperWould shield from view records regarding internally managed private loans made directly through the California Public Employees’ Retirement Fund by exempting it from the California Public Records Act.Senate
SupportAB 704Personal income taxes: deduction: qualified education loans.Active Bill - In Committee ProcessChad MayesWould remove cap and allow student loan interest to be deducted annually for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2028.Assembly
Support if amendedAB 988Mental health: 988 crisis hotlineActive Bill - In Committee ProcessRebecca Bauer-KahanEstablishes a 988 Crisis Hotline Center for mental health services. The program should be funded out of the General Fund instead of through surcharges.Senate
OpposeAB 1223Firearms and ammunition: excise taxActive Bill - In Floor ProcessMarc LevineImposes an excise tax of 10% on the sales price of a handgun, and 11% of the sales price of a long gun, rifle, “firearm precursor part,” or "ammunition" sold.Assembly
SupportAB 1249Income taxes: gross income exclusions: wildfires.Active Bill - In Committee ProcessJames GallagherWould clarify that victims of three of the most destructive fires in California’s history are exempt from state gross income tax for amounts received from the Fire Victims Trust.Assembly
OpposeAB 1400Guaranteed Health Care for All.Active Bill - In Committee ProcessAsh KalraWhile AB 1400 does not provide a funding mechanism, its companion measure, ACA 11, proposes tax increases that would nearly double state tax revenue.Assembly
OpposeACA 1Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approvalActive Bill - In Committee ProcessCecilia Aguiar-CurryACA 1 repeals one of the most important protections in Proposition 13 by lowering the existing two-thirds vote threshold for both local bonds and special taxes to 55 percent for a myriad of purposes.Assembly
SupportACA 9Property taxation: transfers of principal residencesActive Bill - Pending ReferralKevin KileyACA 9 would restore the constitutional exclusion from reassessment when certain property is transferred between parents and children or grandparents and grandchildren.Assembly
OpposeACA 11Taxes to fund health care coverage and cost control.Active Bill - Pending ReferralAsh KalraAt nearly $163 billion per year, this would be the largest tax increase in California history. The measure would also authorize the Legislature to increase tax rates by a statute passed by majority vote in the Legislature.Assembly
OpposeSB 663Recall petitionsActive Bill - In Committee ProcessJosh NewmanWould give politicians who are the target of a recall access to the names and addresses of everyone who signed the petition. That access would be followed by 45-days to pressure signers into withdrawing their names.Senate
SupportSB 668Property taxation: change in ownership: inheritance exclusionActive Bill - In Committee ProcessPatricia BatesGives families more time to plan for transfers of property by temporarily redefining the change-in-ownership inheritance exclusion made by Proposition 19 until February 16, 2023.Senate
SupportSB 706Property taxation: change in ownershipActive Bill - In Committee ProcessPatricia Bates“Change of ownership” has sometimes been exploited in a manner inconsistent with Proposition 13. SB 706 states that if 90 percent of the ownership interest changes hands within any three-year period that the property will be reassessed.Senate
OpposeSCA 1Elections: referendaActive Bill - In Floor ProcessBob HertzbergIn a referendum, a “yes” vote approves the law and a “no” vote rejects it. SCA 1 would reverse this, so that a “yes” vote would reject the law and a “no” vote would mean “yes” to the law.Senate
HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeAB 85Budget Act of 2020Approved by the Governor.Phil TingRetroactively changes the Budget Act of 2020 to allow a diversion of $35 million in state and federal money to a partisan and politically-connected consulting firm.Secretary of State
SupportAB 398Department of Motor Vehicles: recordsApproved by the Governor.Vince FongWould prohibit the Department of Motor Vehicles from selling information from its records while also ensuring that the department cannot issue charges that exceed a service’s cost.Secretary of State
OpposeAB 428Local government: board of supervisorsApproved by the Governor.Chad MayesLimits the ability of voters to impose term limits and set compensation levels for county supervisors.Secretary of State
OpposeAB 1177California Public Banking Option ActApproved by the Governor.Miguel SantiagoEstablishes a taxypayer-funded public bank to offer access to zero-fee, zero-penalty, federally insured transaction account and debit card services at no cost to account holders.Secretary of State
OpposeSB 9Housing development: approvalsApproved by the Governor.Toni AtkinsWhile owner-occupied homes in single-family zones will likely not see reassessment from SB9, there’s a possibility that tenant-occupied homes, and owner-occupied homes not in single-family zones, could face a challenge to the valuation when sold.Secretary of State
OpposeSB 10Planning and zoning: housing development: density.Approved by the Governor.Scott WienerAuthorizes a local government to adopt an ordinance to zone any parcel for up to 10 units if certain considerations are met and overrides HOA agreements and voter initiatives that prohibited or limited such development.Secretary of State
OpposeSB 29Elections: vote by mail ballotsApproved by the Governor.Tom UmbergShould be amended to require the technology be employed to assist in the maintenance of accurate and current voter registration records.Secretary of State
OpposeSB 85Budget Act of 2020Approved by the Governor.Nancy SkinnerRetroactively changes the Budget Act of 2020 to allow a diversion of $35 million in state and federal money meant to help counties cover the costs of holding an election during a pandemic to a partisan and politically-connected consulting firm.Secretary of State
OpposeSB 93Employment: rehiring and retention: displaced workers: COVID-19 pandemicApproved by the Governor.Nancy SkinnerBeyond the inclusion of a $6 million appropriation from the Labor and Workforce Development Fund, a budget bill that has nothing to do with the budget.Secretary of State
SupportSB 219Property taxation: delinquent penalties and costs: cancellation: public health ordersApproved by the Governor.Mike McGuireWould authorize the auditor or the tax collector to cancel any penalty, costs, or other charges resulting from a missed property tax payment due to a documented hardship caused by the shelter-in-place order if certain considerations are met.Secretary of State
SupportSB 274Local government meetings: agenda and documentsApproved by the Governor.Bob WieckowskiWould require local agencies to make agendas and all the documents constituting the agenda packet available by email at the request of a member of the public.Secretary of State
SupportSB 303Property taxation: transfer of base year value: disaster reliefApproved by the Governor.Andreas BorgeasExtends the five-year time period under existing tax law to transfer base year value to a comparable property following a disaster by a further two years due to the hardships created by the COVID-19 pandemic and government-imposed lockdown.Secretary of State
OpposeSB 323Local government: water or sewer service: legal actionsApproved by the Governor.Anna CaballeroA direct attack on Proposition 218 and seeks to destroy the rights hard-won for taxpayers in Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. v. City of La Habra.
Secretary of State
OpposeSB 660Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: compensation for signaturesVetoed by the Governor.Josh NewmanAll SB 660 would do is drive up the cost of getting measures on the ballot. This favors wealthy and entrenched interests.Senate
SupportSB 675Property taxation: monthly installment payments.Vetoed by the Governor.Rosilicie Ochoa BoghAuthorizes a County Board of Supervisors, if they so choose, to allow property owners either over the age of 62, or those individuals on SSID regardless of age, to pay their property tax in monthly installments. Senate
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