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Legislative Updates

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 NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeACA 1Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval.Major Threat to Prop. 13Aguiar-CurryLowers the two-thirds vote for bonds and parcel taxes to 55% and would undermine Prop. 13.Assembly Appropriations Committee
OpposeSCA 5Taxation: school districts: parcel tax.Major Threat to Prop. 13Hill & AllenLowers the two-thirds vote for local education parcel taxes (created in 1978 thanks to Proposition 13) to 55 percent. This regressive tax will make it more difficult for existing homeowners to stay in their homes and keep prospective homeowners from buying.Senate Governance and Finance Committee
HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeAB 11Community Redevelopment Law of 2019.ActiveChiuRestores the use of redevelopment via tax increment financing and revenue bonds that don?t require voter approval. While HJTA does not necessarily oppose the restoration of redevelopment by local municipalities, property rights need to be protected. A proper finding of blight should be made before a redevelopment project area can be created. Any debt as a result of a project needs to be voter approved, and private property should not be taken for a private use.Assembly Housing Committee
OpposeAB 18Firearms: excise tax.ActiveLevineImposes a $25 excise tax on the purchase of a new firearm to fund competitive grants for the purpose of violence intervention and prevention.Assembly Public Safety Committee
SupportAB 62State government: FI$Cal: transparency.ActiveFongRequires the entire state budget, including General Fund, special fund and federal fund expenditure data to be posted online in an easy to read format.Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review
SupportAB 133Property tax postponement: eligibility: income level.ActiveQuirk-SilvaIncreases the income limit of the Property Tax Postponement program, allowing more seniors to stay in their homes.Assembly Appropriations
OpposeAB 138California Community Health Fund.ActiveBloomImposes a two-cent-per-fluid-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages at the distributor level, generating over $3 billion a year in new costs to citizen taxpayers.Assembly Health Committee
OpposeAB 142Lead-acid batteries.ActiveC. GarciaIncreases car battery taxes on both manufacturers and consumers by $1 and makes these taxes permanent.Assembly Appropriations Committee
OpposeAB 217Safe Drinking Water for All Act.ActiveE. GarciaEstablishes a drinking water tax of 50 cents/year on all public water connections in California.Assembly Appropriations Committee
SupportAB 435High-speed rail bonds: water.ActiveFongRepurposes the remaining unallocated bond dollars for high-speed rail that voters have approved in Proposition 1A to instead fund various Central Valley water projects.Assembly Transportation Committee
OpposeAB 618Transactions and use taxes: City of Scotts Valley.ActiveM. StoneAuthorizes the City of Scotts Valley to increase their sales tax rate as high as 0.25 percent.Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee
OpposeAB 755California tire fee: Stormwater Permit Compliance Fund.ActiveHoldenIncreases the California tire fee from $1.75 to $3.25 (an extra $13 for a new set of four tires) and directs the funds for stormwater compliance.Assembly Environmental and Toxins Committee
SupportAB 777Property tax postponement.ActivePatterson & LevineBroadens the eligibility requirements for the senior Property Tax Postponement program, which helps keep seniors on fixed incomes in their homes.Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee
OpposeAB 857Public banksActiveChiuAllows a local government to create a public bank using taxpayer dollars.Assembly Banking Committee
SupportAB 885Property taxation: new construction: definition.ActiveIrwinMakes it easier to rebuild a home on its original site following a natural disaster.Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee
SupportAB 930California State University: executive compensation: campus budget quarterly reporting.ActiveGloriaProhibits compensation increases for high-ranking CSU officials, except under certain circumstances.Assembly Higher Education Committee
OpposeAB 1217Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures.ActiveMullinExpands onerous disclosure requirements for political television advertisements to now extend to issue ads.Assembly Elections Committee
SupportAB 1306Political Reform Act of 1974: misuse of funds.ActiveC. GarciaExpands the enforcement ability of the Fair Political Practices Commission to limit the spending of taxpayer dollars on political campaigns.Assembly Elections Committee
OpposeAB 1413Transportation: local transportation authorities: transactions and use taxes.ActiveGloriaAuthorizes the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the North County Transit District (NCTD) to impose additional sales taxes in unincorporated areas of San Diego.Assembly Local Government Committee
OpposeAB 1451Petition circulators.ActiveLowProhibits petition signatures from being gathered on a paid, per-signature basis.Assembly Elections Committee
OpposeAB 1468Opioid Prevention and Rehabilitation Act.ActiveMcCartyImposes an up to $100 million tax on opioid distributors to fund opioid prevention programs.Assembly Health Committee
OpposeAB 1487San Francisco Bay area: housing development: financingActiveChiuCreates a new government entity called the Housing Alliance for the Bay Area (HABA), which would have the authority to authorize new revenue proposals. Assembly Housing Committee
OpposeAB 1717Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Funding Program Act.ActiveFriedmanAllows for the creation of vertical housing districts using tax increment financing from cities, counties and other governmental taxing agencies that levy property taxes. HJTA believes that any long-term redevelopment entity needs to achieve two-thirds voter approval before either approving bonds or engaging in tax increment financing, an amendment not included in this bill.Assembly Local Government Committee
SupportACA 3Clean Water for All Act.ActiveMathisSets aside two percent of the General Fund to be designated to state water agencies and be spent on water improvement projects, groundwater clean-up and recharge, and infrastructure programs. With a $17 billion surplus, funds should be spent on water infrastructure, especially since one million Californians currently don't have access to clean water.Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
SupportACA 7Elections: initiatives and referenda.ActiveKiley & MelendezRemoves the Legislature and the Attorney General from the process of providing ballot material content and transfers those duties to the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO). Any hint of partisanship should be removed from ballot materials.Assembly Rules Committee
OpposeSB 47Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: disclosures.ActiveAllenImposes additional and needless disclosure requirements on petition circulators.Senate Public Safety Committee
OpposeSB 128Enhanced infrastructure financing districts: bonds: issuance.ActiveBeallEliminates any voter approval requirement for EIFD bonds. HJTA believes that any long-term debt proposal that lasts 40 years (like for EIFD's) should require voter approval.In Assembly
OpposeSB 175Health care coverage: minimum essential coverage.ActivePanAllows California to implement its own version of the federal Affordable Care Act requirement, which was eliminated as part of the federal tax reform package.Senate Governance and Finance Committee
OpposeSB 246Oil and gas severance tax.ActiveWieckowskiImposes a 10 percent natural gas and oil severance tax.Senate Governance and Finance Committee
SupportSB 272Fire Protection District Law of 1987.ActiveMorrellStates that any large annexation should require a vote of the impacted property owners, including the taxes imposed on them.Senate Governance and Finance Committee
OpposeSB 378Taxation: estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.ActiveWienerIf approved by voters statewide, would impose up to a 40 percent estate tax in California. Senate Governance and Finance Committee
SupportSB 598Open Financial Statements Act.ActiveMoorlachChanges technology requirements to make it easier for taxpayers to search within municipal financial reports.Senate Governmental Organization Committee
SupportSB 646Local agency utility services: extension of utility services.ActiveMorrellEliminates ambiguity in the Mitigation Fee Act by codifying this statute to the constitutional provisions found in both Propositions 218 and 26.Senate Governance and Finance Committee
SupportSB 669Water quality: Safe Drinking Water Fund.ActiveCaballeroEstablishes a drinking water trust fund to make necessary infrastructure improvements for nearly one million Californians without access to clean water.Senate Enviromental Quality Committee
OpposeSB 732Transactions and use tax: South Coast Air Quality Management District.ActiveAllenAuthorizes the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to impose a sales tax of no more than one percent on Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and most San Bernardino county residents. Senate Governance and Finance Committee
OpposeSCA 3Property taxation: change in ownership: inheritance exclusion.ActiveHillAlters the intergenerational transfer provisions of Proposition 58 (1986) to allow for a parent-to-child transfer only in the event that the child claims the homeowner?s exemption and decides to make the home their primary residence within twelve months.Senate Governance and Finance Committee
HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
SupportAB 553High-speed rail bonds: housing.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatMelendezRepurposes unallocated high-speed rail bond dollars to fund affordable housing projects.Assembly Transportation Committee
SupportAB 1167Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: high-speed rail: forestry and fire protection.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatMathisRepurposes the 20 percent of cap-and-trade money that goes to high-speed rail to instead fund wildfire prevention efforts.Assembly Transportation Committee
OpposeSB 615Public records: disclosure.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatHuesoMakes it easier for government officials to avoid complying with the California Public Records Act.Senate Judiciary Committee