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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 NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescription
HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescription
OpposeAB 274Sales and use taxes: exemption: food products.Defeated in State AssemblyCristina GarciaImplements the provisions of Assembly Constitutional Amendment 2 by removing the repeal of the voter approved "snack tax." This statewide ballot measure, which banned taxes on snacks, was approved by a 2:1 margin in the 1990's.
OpposeAB 709Sacramento Regional Transit District.Signed by Governor BrownMcCartyModifies the Sacramento Regional Transit District?s (SRTD) authority to impose a sales and use tax. AB 709 allows SRTD to impose a sales tax increment of 1/8 of one percent or a multiple thereof. HJTA believes government shouldn't make it easier for local government agencies to propose and implement taxes
OpposeAB 1184City and County of San Francisco: local tax: transportation network companies: autonomous vehicles.Signed by Governor BrownTingAuthorizes a new per-ride tax on Transportation Network Company (TNC) vehicles for carriers, including Uber and Lyft within the City and County of San Francisco.
OpposeAB 1250Counties: contracts for personal services.Defeated in State SenateJones-SawyerEstablishes numerous provisions that will make it more difficult for local government entities to save taxpayer dollars by contracting services out to private entities.
SupportAB 1739Nonprobate transfers: revocable transfer on death deeds.Signed by Governor BrownChauStrengthens the recently enacted Transfer Upon Death deed program by making technical changes. A TOD deed can be used to help seniors transfer their property while avoiding a lenthy and costly probate process.
SupportAB 1756Transportation funding.Defeated in State AssemblyBroughRepeals the SB 1 gas and car tax established last year
OpposeAB 1778Transit-Oriented Redevelopment Law of 2018.Defeated in State AssemblyHoldenCreates a new type of redevelopment, ?Transit Oriented Redevelopment Districts? and uses tax increment financing, usually in the form of 40 year old bonds which don't require voter approval, in order to fund affordable housing programs
SupportAB 1864Personal income taxes: deductions: federal income tax paid.Defeated in State AssemblyKileySALT in reverse, this bill allows for the deduction of individuals full federal tax liability on their state tax returns. For high income earners in California, this could limit the potential tax burden brought about by the recently approved federal tax reform package
SupportAB 1922California Competitiveness and Innovation Act.Defeated in State AssemblyFongLowers income tax rates and increases the homeowner's exemption in order to help middle-class Californians.
OpposeAB 1947Petitions: compensation for signatures.Vetoed by Governor BrownLowStipulates that paid signature gathering would be a misdemeanor and signatures would have to be gathered on an hourly rate. This bill violates First Amendment rights and impedes the appropriate use of the state initative process
OpposeAB 2035Affordable housing authorities.Signed by Governor BrownMullinExpands the use of a new redevelopment tool, Community Revitalization and Investment Authority (CRIA) which still allows property to be taken via eminent domain and without voter approval.
OpposeAB 2050Small System Water Authority Act of 2018.Vetoed by Governor BrownCaballeroCreates small system water authorities that could potentially be used to improve and potentially operatate non-compliant water systems not providing clean water. Because the new authority can bond without voter approval, HJTA opposes
OpposeAB 2165Election day holiday.Defeated in State AssemblyLowMakes Election Day in an even-numbered year a paid holiday
SupportAB 2206Vehicles: registration information.Defeated in State AssemblyBroughCreates a separate line item on your DMV vehicle registration bill for the new SB 1 car tax, leading to more transparancy for taxpayers
OpposeAB 2303Taxation: prison contracts: goods and services.Defeated in State AssemblyThurmondImposes a 10 percent tax on vendors who contract out specifically with private prisons
SupportAB 2376Civil actions: provisional remedies: injunctions.Signed by Governor BrownStoneClarifies what kind of taxes are appropriate in order for a taxpayer to gain legal standing to sue a municipality for alleged waste, fraud, and abuse. This bill will make it easier for taxpayers to receive their day in court.
OpposeAB 2486Opioid Prevention and Rehabilitation Act.Defeated in State AssemblyMcCartyPlaces a $100 million dollar tax on opioid distributors in order to fund opioid abuse and treatment programs. Inevitably, these costs will be passed on to consumers, including those who use opioids in an appropriate and legal manner. Ideally, these treatment programs should be funded from the General Fund, as opioid abuse is becoming a matter of statewide concern.
OpposeAB 2497Firearms: school gun violence prevention.Defeated in State AssemblyCooperImposes an undefined tax on guns and ammunition in order to fund school counselors and resource police officers.
OpposeAB 2529Income taxation: like kind exchanges: withholding.Defeated in State AssemblyChuImposes immeadiate 3-1/3 percent withholding on real estate sales that occur outside CA
SupportAB 2530Bonds:transportationDefeated in State AssemblyMelendezDiverts any unsold high speed rail bonds to instead fund school transportation vehices
OpposeAB 2553Vertical housing districts.Defeated in State AssemblyFriedmanCreates a new form of redevelopment, Verticle Housing Districts, that uses tax increment financing, without voter approval, to fund new housing developments
OpposeAB 2560Taxation: prison contracts: goods and services.Defeated in State AssemblyThurmondImposes a maximum ten percent tax on vendors that contract out with state prisons through CDCR. The tax would be levied on a sliding scale
OpposeAB 2771Education finance: Higher Education Facilities Bond Act of 2018.Defeated in State SenateEggmanPlaces a $7 billion General Obligation bond to fund Higher Education facilities on the November 2018 ballot
SupportAB 2881Recall ElectionsDefeated in State AssemblyHarperRepeals legislation from last year that placed needless hindrances and delays in the California recall process
SupportAB 2882Campaign contributionsDefeated in State AssemblyHarperRepeals a campaign finance law (AB 249) from 2017 that HJTA opposed. Among other free-speech chilling provisions, AB 249 places a black box around your TV screen for all political advertisements
SupportAB 2883Vote by mail ballotsDefeated in State AssemblyHarperRepeals a law allowing for individuals to return a potentially unlimited amount of absentee ballots, increasing the risk of ballot harvesting
OpposeAB 2908Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.Vetoed by Governor BrownBermanImposes a $1 regulatory fee on the sale of new vehicle tires
OpposeAB 2920Transactions and use taxes: City of Berkeley.Signed by Governor BrownThurmondAllows the City of Berkeley to impose, with voter approval, a half cent sales tax increase beyond the maximum local tax rate of two percent
SupportAB 2954School districts: special taxes: uniformity requirement: unimproved property.Signed by Governor BrownBontaCreates an exemption for the uniformity provision regarding education parcel taxes by allowing unimproved property to be taxed at a lower rate.
SupportAB 3004Revocable transfer on death deeds.Defeated in State AssemblyKileyReforms the Transfer Upon Death deed program (See AB 1739) to make it easier to implement
OpposeAB 3037Community Redevelopment Law of 2018.Defeated in State AssemblyChiuMassive expands all forms of redevelopment using tax increment financing without a vote of the people.
SupportACR 24740th anniversary of Proposition 13.Defeated in State AssemblyAcostaConstitutional resolution celebrating the 40th anniversary of Proposition 13.
OpposeACA 2Sales and use taxes: food products.Defeated in State AssemblyCristina GarciaRepeals the 25 year old voter approved initiative to repeal the "snack tax." The result will be a billion dollar tax increase on items ranging from cookies, to granola bars, to bottled water.
OpposeACA 4Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approval.Defeated in State AssemblyAguiar-CurryLowers the two-thirds vote requirement for both bonds and special taxes--a direct attack on Proposition 13--to 55 percent in order to fund affordable housing programs
SupportACA 6School facilities: bonded indebtedness: vote requirement.Defeated in State AssemblyHarperRepeals the provisions of Proposition 39 (2002) that allowed for the threshold for local school bonds to drop from two-thirds to 55%. HJTA is in favor of retaining the supermajority threshold for all long-term debt
SupportACA 7Property taxation: intercounty base year value transfers.Defeated in State AssemblyBocanegraSee Assembly Bill 1322.
OpposeACA 11California Middle Class Affordable Housing and Homeless Shelter: funding.Defeated in State AssemblyCaballeroIncreases the California state sales tax, the highest in the nation, by a quarter cent in order to fund affordable housing programs and homeless shelters.
SupportACA 12Property taxation: base year value transfers: persons with a severely disabled child.Defeated in State SenateGloriaExtends a property tax base-year value transfer commonly just avaliable for seniors to now include any family with a disabled child who resides in the home.
OpposeACA 13Public education: Higher Education Assistance Fund: appropriations limit: minimum funding requirements for school districts and community college districts.Defeated in State AssemblyEggmanImposes an additional one percent income tax increase for those making over a million dollars a year in order to provide universal higher education.
SupportACA 24Property taxation: transfer of base year value: disaster relief.Assembly RulesWaldronAllows for an individual who had their primary residence severely damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster between January 1, 2017 and June 30th 2018 to be able to transfer the pre-disaster base-year value of their property to a home in any county.
OpposeSB 152Transactions and use taxes: County of Sonoma.Signed by Governor BrownMcGuireAuthorizes the County of Sonoma to impose up to a one percent sales tax, would exceed the current cap of two percent.
SupportSB 348County voter information guide: taxpayer notice.Defeated in State SenateLeyvaUnder current law, taxpayers or other interested parties have 60 days following an election to file a legal challenge against the validity of a special tax. SB 348 requires a notice be placed in the county voter pamphlet for every special tax stating that most legal challenges must be made within 60 days or the validity of the tax cannot be challenged.
OpposeSB 562The Healthy California Act.Defeated in State AssemblyLaraEstablishes a single-payer universal health care system
OpposeSB 794Fireworks: fireworks stewardship program.Defeated In State AssemblySternImposes a three percent point of sale tax on the sale of fireworks to fund illegal firework prevention efforts. These efforts should be funded out of the General Fund, and a tax on fireworks could hurt nonprofits, many of whom make sizable revenues through the sale of fireworks.
OpposeSB 845Safe and Affordable Drinking Water FundDefeated in LegislatureCmte. on BudgetImposes a voluntary opt-out $1/month water tax on all California property owners to pay for clean water service
OpposeSB 870Disaster Response Emergency Operations Account: allocation of funds: notification: Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge Act.Defeated in State SenateCmte. on BudgetImposes up to an 80 cents/month tax on cell phone users in order to fund a new 911 system
OpposeSB 958Davis Joint Unified School District: special taxes: exemptions: teachers and district employees.Signed by Governor BrownDoddExempts Davis Unified School District teachers and support staff from paying school district parcel taxes.
OpposeSB 993Sales and use taxes: service tax: qualified business.Defeated in State SenateHertzbergImposes a sales tax on a variety of previously untaxed business services
SupportSB 995Personal income taxes: standard deduction: annual increase.Defeated in State SenateGainesIncreases the standard deduction to $3000
OpposeSB 998Discontinuation of residential water service: urban and community water systems.Signed by Governor BrownDoddViolates the proportionality provisions of Proposition 218 by potentially allowing individuals to receive free water service for up to four months.
SupportSB 1044State Responsibility Area Fire Prevention Fees.Defeated in State SenateBerryhillRepeals the fire tax and allows for those financially impacted to receive refunds
SupportSB 1074Motor vehicle fuel: disclosure of government-imposed costs.Defeated in State SenateMoorlachExpands transparancy at the fuel pump via the creation of a QR barcode that individuals can scan to understand the full price of fuel that they pay for at the pump.
SupportSB 1091Property taxation: transfer of base year value: disaster relief.Defeated in State SenateStoneAllows for an individual who had their primary residence severely damaged or destroyed in a natural disaster between January 1, 2017 and June 30th 2018 to be able to transfer the pre-disaster base-year value of their property to a home in any county.
OpposeSB 1145Enhanced infrastructure financing districts: maintenance.Signed by Governor BrownLeyvaExpands the types of projects that an Enhanced Infrastructure Finance District (EIFD) can fund through the sale of bonds to include ongoing costs to maintain public capital facilities. HJTA has long believed that maintenance costs should not be funded with bond dollars
SupportSB 1149Public employees' retirement: defined contribution program.Defeated in State SenateGlazerCreates an optional 401k defined contribution program for new state employees
SupportSB 1167Eminent domain: final offer of compensation.Defeated in State SenateAndersonRequires the payment of attorney fees where the price offered is less than 85 percent of the ultimate award, and gives the court discretion to award litigation expenses when the offer is at least 85%.
SupportSB 1210Personal income taxes: tax rates.Defeated in State SenateAndersonLowers state income tax rates from 9.3 to 8.8%
SupportSB 1237Property taxation: change in ownership.Defeated in State SenateBatesAlters the definition of "change of ownership" for purposes of property taxation in order to ensure that individuals and businesses cannot evade legitimate tax reassessments
OpposeSB 1394Petitions: compensation for signatures.Defeated in State SenateNewmanStipulates that paid signature gathering would be a misdemeanor and signatures would have to be gathered on an hourly rate
OpposeSCA 3Local government financing: public libraries: voter approval.Defeated in State SenateDoddLowers the current Constitutional vote requirement for local bonds to fund library projects from two-thirds to 55% and thus erodes the taxpayer protections found in Proposition 13
OpposeSCA 6Local transportation measures: special taxes: voter approval.Defeated in State SenateWienerIn a direct attempt to erode Proposition 13, lowers the current constitutional vote requirement for special taxes (including sales and parcel taxes) to fund local transportation projects from two-thirds to 55 percent.
OpposeSCA 22Taxation: School districts: parcel tax.Defeated in State SenateAllenLowers the threshold for local education parcel taxes from two-thirds to 55 percent, an eviseration of Proposition 13's constitutional requirement for lower taxes.
SupportSR 113Relative to the 40th anniversary of Proposition 13.Defeated in State SenateGainesCommemorates via resolution the 40th anniversary of Proposition 13