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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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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 left 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 Scott Kaufman at scott@hjta.org.

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HJTA PositionBillTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposedACA 1Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approvalPending Referral Cecilia 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
OpposedACA 3Wealth tax: appropriation limits.Pending ReferralAlex LeeACA 3 authorizes the Legislature to impose a tax on all forms of personal property or wealth, whether tangible or intangible, and classify any form of personal property or wealth for differential taxation or for exemption by a majority vote. Also effectively undoes the Gann Limit.Assembly
OpposedACA 11State tax agency. Pending Referral Phil TingACA 11 would abolish the elected State Board of Equalization and transfer the administration of property taxes to unelected bureaucrats in the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.Assembly
HJTA PositionBillTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeAB 259Wealth Tax: False Claims Act. Pending ReferralAlex LeeAB 259 imposes a 1 to 1.5 percent tax on the “worldwide net worth” of California’s wealthiest residents. However, ACA 3 contains no such limitation. Unconstrained by spending limits or a two-thirds vote requirement, the Legislature could move these brackets down to hit average taxpayers at any time.Assembly
OpposeAB 362Real property taxation: land value taxation study.Pending ReferralAlex LeeAB 362 would require the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration to "study" abolishing Prop. 13 and replacing it with a land value tax.Assembly
OpposeSB 532Ballot measures: local taxes.In Committee ProcessScott WienerSB 532 removes the requirement that all local tax and bond measures disclose in the ballot label the rate of the tax, its duration, and amount of money to be raised.Senate
OpposedAB 85 (2021-2022)Budget 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
SupportedAB 398 (2021-2022)Department 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
OpposedAB 428 (2021-2022)Local 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
OpposedAB 1177 (2021-2022)California Public Banking Option ActApproved by the Governor.Miguel SantiagoEstablishes a taxpayer-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
OpposedSB 9 (2021-2022)Housing development: approvalsApproved by the Governor.Toni Atkins While 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
OpposedSB 10 (2021-2022)Planning 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
OpposedSB 29 (2021-2022)Elections: vote by mail ballotsApproved by the Governor.Tom UmbergShould be amended to require that technology be employed to assist in the maintenance of accurate and current voter registration records.Secretary of State
OpposedSB 85 (2021-2022)Budget 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
OpposedSB 93 (2021-2022)Employment: 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, this is a budget bill that has nothing to do with the budget.Secretary of State
SupportedSB 219 (2021-2022)Property 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
SupportedSB 274 (2021-2022)Local 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 303 (2021-2022)Property 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
OpposedSB 323 (2021-2022)Local government: water or sewer service: legal actionsApproved by the Governor.Anna CaballeroA direct attack on Proposition 218 that seeks to destroy the rights hard-won for taxpayers in Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn. v. City of La Habra.
Secretary of State
OpposedSB 660 (2021-2022)Initiative, 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.Veto sustained.
SupportedSB 675 (2021-2022)Property 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. Veto sustained.