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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 Floor
HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeAB 11Community Redevelopment Law of 2019.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020ChiuRestores 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.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020LevineImposes 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.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020FongRequires 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.Senate Appropriations 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 402State Water Resources Control Board: local primacy delegation: funding stabilization program.ActiveQuirkEstablishes a new regulatory program to support small water systems that may run afoul of Proposition 26 and the California Constitution. At best, AB 402 creates an expensive mandate that large water agencies and taxpayers will be forced to subsidizeSenate Appropriations Committee
SupportAB 435High-speed rail bonds: water.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020FongRepurposes 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
OpposeAB 570Local Government Investment Act.ActiveAguiar-CurryImplements the statutory provisions of ACA 1, a constitutional amendment that directly attacks Proposition 13.Senate Floor
OpposeAB 723Transactions and use taxes: City of Fremont: County of Alameda.ActiveQuirkAllows the City of Fremont to impose an up to one percent general or special sales tax, and for the County of Alameda to authorize a maximum sales tax of up to one percent, thus exceeding the local Bradley-Burns two percent threshold. Senate Appropriations Committee
OpposeAB 755California tire fee: Stormwater Permit Compliance Fund.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020HoldenIncreases 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 Floor
OpposeAB 857Public banksActiveChiuAllows a local government to create a public bank using taxpayer dollars.Senate Appropriations Committee
SupportAB 885Property taxation: new construction: definition.ActiveIrwinMakes it easier to rebuild a home on its original site following a natural disaster.Senate Appropriations Committee
SupportAB 930California State University: executive compensation: campus budget quarterly reporting.ActiveGloriaProhibits compensation increases for high-ranking CSU officials, except under certain circumstances.Senate Appropriations Committee
OpposeAB 1217Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign disclosures.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020MullinExpands onerous disclosure requirements for political television advertisements to now extend to issue ads.Senate 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.Senate Appropriations Committee
OpposeAB 1451Petition circulators.ActiveLowProhibits petition signatures from being gathered on a paid, per-signature basis.Senate Appropriations Committee
OpposeAB 1468Opioid Prevention and Rehabilitation Act.ActiveMcCartyImposes an up to $100 million tax on opioid distributors to fund opioid prevention programs.Assembly Floor
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. Senate Appropriations 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 5Affordable Housing and Community Development Investment ProgramActiveBeallCreates a new redevelopment program. HJTA has a longstanding precedent of opposing redevelopment- related legislation that allows bonds to be issued without voter approval and also doesn’t protect private property by allowing the expanded use of eminent domain to condemn property.Assembly Appropriations Committee
OpposeSB 47Initiative, referendum, and recall petitions: disclosures.ActiveAllenImposes additional and needless disclosure requirements on petition circulators.Senate Public Safety Committee
OpposeSB 175Health care coverage: minimum essential coverage.Signed as part of the 2019 State BudgetPanAllows California to implement its own version of the federal Affordable Care Act requirement, which was eliminated as part of the federal tax reform package.Signed by Governor
OpposeSB 246Oil and gas severance tax.ActiveWieckowskiImposes a 10 percent natural gas and oil severance tax.Senate Governance and Finance Committee
Oppose Unless AmendedSB 268Ballot measures: local taxes.ActiveWienerRemoves important information from the ballot label for special tax local elections, thus decreasing transparency.Assembly Appropriations Committee
SupportSB 272Fire Protection District Law of 1987.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020MorrellStates 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 293Infrastructure financing districts: formation: issuance of bonds: City of OaklandActiveSkinnerAllows the City of Oakland to establish an IFD to help finance infrastructure that would surround a new proposed baseball stadium for the Oakland Athletics. HJTA opposes this because we believe allowing an infrastructure finance district to issue debt should require a two-thirds vote.Assembly Floor
OpposeSB 378Taxation: estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020WienerIf 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.Assembly Appropriations Committee
OpposeSB 732Transactions and use tax: South Coast Air Quality Management District.Two-year bill, not eligible until 2020AllenAuthorizes 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 Floor
HJTA PositionBill NumberTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeAB 138California Community Health Fund.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatBloomImposes 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 Revenue and Taxation Committee
SupportAB 289California Public Records Act Ombudsperson.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatFongCreates the office of the Public Records Act ombudsperson to oversee appeals of PRA requests.Senate Judicary Committee
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 610Elections: local bond measures: tax rate statementTaxpayer Victory or DefeatObernolteChanges the tax rate listed in the ballot pamphlet from $100 per assessed valuation to $1000. Because home transactions often total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, it will be much easier to determine property tax increases if the rate expression is changed.Senate Governance and Finance Committee
OpposeAB 618Transactions and use taxes: City of Scotts Valley.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatM. StoneAuthorize the City of Scotts Valley and the City of Emeryville to increase their sales tax rate as high as .25 percent.Vetoed by Governor Newsom
SupportAB 777Property tax postponement.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatPatterson & LevineBroadens the eligibility requirements for the senior Property Tax Postponement program, which helps keep seniors on fixed incomes in their homesAssembly Appropriations 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
SupportAB 1306Political Reform Act of 1974: misuse of funds.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatC. GarciaExpands the enforcement ability of the Fair Political Practices Commission to limit the spending of taxpayer dollars on political campaigns.Assembly Appropriations Committee
OpposeAB 1717Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Funding Program Act.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatFriedmanAllows 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 billAssembly Appropriations
SupportACA 3Clean Water for All Act.Taxpayer Victory or DefeatMathisSets 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 waterAssembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
OpposeSB 96Emergency Telephone Users Surcharge ActTaxpayer Victory or DefeatCommittee on BudgetImposes a monthly surcharge, up to 80 cents, on cell phones and other digital devices that connect to the internet in order to pay for a new statewide 911 service.Signed by Governor
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