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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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HJTA PositionBillTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposedACA 1Local government financing: affordable housing and public infrastructure: voter approvalActive at end of Session. Likely to return.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 11Taxes to fund health care coverage and cost control.Active at end of Session. Likely to return.Ash 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 PositionBillTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
SupportAB 1839Property tax: tax-defaulted property sales.Assembly-Failed Passage in Committee-Revenue and TaxationSteven ChoiRequires that a sale by public auction or sealed bid, also referred to as a Chapter 7 tax sale, be conducted before a sale by agreement, also referred to as a Chapter 8 tax sale and extends the period during which a party of interest may collect the excess proceeds.Assembly
SupportAB 217Sales and use taxes: exemption: tax holiday: school supplies.Assembly-Died-AppropriationsSuzette ValladaresThis bill would exempt from those taxes the gross receipts from the sale of, and the storage, use, or other consumption of, qualified school supplies, as defined, for the three-day period.Assembly
SupportAB 243Personal income tax: deduction: medical expenses.Assembly-Died-AppropriationsThis bill would allow a deduction for medical and dental expenses that exceed 4% of federal adjusted gross income.Assembly
SupportAB 248Income taxes: credits: cleaning and sanitizing supplies: COVID-19.Assembly-Died-Revenue and TaxationSteven ChoiThis bill would allow a credit against those taxes incurred by the qualified taxpayer during the taxable year for the purchase of cleaning and sanitizing supplies used at business locations in the state to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).Assembly
SupportAB 2898Property taxation: exemption: principal residence: veterans and their unmarried surviving spouses.Assembly-In Committee Process-AppropriationsVince FongThis bill expands the disabled veteran’s property tax exemption by doubling the allowable exemption amount to $200,000, or $300,000 if the household income of the claimant does not exceed $40,000 (adjusted for inflation).Assembly
SupportAB 324Income taxes: credits: attic vent closures.Assembly-Died-AppropriationsSteven ChoiThis bill would allow a credit against taxes to a qualified taxpayer that installs an attic vent closure in a residential property in an amount equal to 40% of the qualified costs paid or incurred by the qualified taxpayer for that installation.Assembly
SupportAB 704Personal income taxes: deduction: qualified education loans.Assembly-Died-AppropriationsChad MayesThis bill would remove the 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
SupportAB 834Income tax credits: leased or rented property: persons receiving housing services or assistance.Assembly-Died-Revenue and TaxationSteven ChoiThis bill would allow a credit against those taxes to a taxpayer that owns a unit rented to, or leased by, persons receiving housing services or assistance at below market rates.Assembly
OpposeAB 854Residential real property: withdrawal of accommodations.Assembly-Died-Third ReadingAlex LeeThis bill is an attack on property owners that would prohibit the buyers of rent-controlled apartment buildings from exiting the rental housing business, even if they were losing money, until they had owned the building for at least five years. Assembly
SupportAB 91Taxation: corporations: minimum franchise tax: limited liability companies: annual tax: small businesses: microbusinesses.Assembly-Died-Revenue and TaxationSuzette ValladaresThis bill would reduce the minimum franchise tax to $400 for small businesses, as defined, and to $200 for microbusinessesAssembly
SupportSB 1156Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax: Diesel Fuel Tax: inflation adjustment.Senate-In Committee Process-Governance and FinanceShannon GroveThis bill would put an end to the automatic inflation adjustment in the gasoline and diesel excise tax and offer Californians permanent and much-needed relief at the pump.Senate
SupportSB 1367No-bid public contracts: behested payments.Senate-In Committee Process-Governmental OrganizationScott WilkThis bill would prohibit a state agency, as defined, from awarding a contract for which the state agency has not secured at least 3 competitive bids or proposals to a company that has made a behested payment at the behest of the Governor in the preceding 12 months.Senate
SupportSB 947Whistleblowers: private entities awarded large state contracts.Assembly-In Committee Process-JudiciaryScott WilkThis bill would expand these provisions to certain private entities awarded large state contracts, as defined, and their employees. Because this bill would create a new crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program.Assembly
SupportSCA 8Wildfires: funding.Senate-In Committee Process-Elections and Constitutional AmendmentsJim NielsenThis measure would revise and recast the California Fire Response Fund and the Special District Fire Response Fund to annually transfer an amount equal to 1% of specified state revenues from the General Fund to the California Fire Response Fund.Senate
HJTA PositionBillTopicStatusAuthorDescriptionLocation
OpposeAssembly Bill 257Food facilities and employment.ChapteredChris HoldenImposes “sector-wide minimum standards” at fast-food chains. While not a direct taxpayer issue, it is a government mandate that will significantly increase costs that will be passed onto the consumer like an indirect tax. Secretary of State
OpposeAssembly Bill 1227Firearms and ammunition: excise tax.Senate-Died-Third ReadingMarc LevineTaxing law-abiding gun owners that put safety first is not the way to address the problem of gun violence.Senate
SupportAssembly Bill 1249Income taxes: gross income exclusions: wildfires.ChapteredJames GallagherClarifies that victims of the Butte Fire, North Bay Fires and the Camp Fire are exempt from state gross income tax for amounts received from PG&E’s Fire Victims Trust.Secretary of State
OpposeAssembly Bill 2582Recall elections: local offices.ChapteredSteve BennettRequires a local recall election to include only the question of whether the elected officer should be removed from office, which will then either be filled by appointment or a special election.Secretary of State
OpposeAssembly Bill 2584Recall elections.ChapteredMarc BermanEliminates the ability to have a stand-alone local special recall election and would allow special interest groups to litigate the statement of reasons given for the recall and to sue proponents for libel.Secretary of State
OpposeAssembly Bill 2780Dissolution of redevelopment agencies: enhanced infrastructure financing districts: City of Selma.ChapteredJoaquin ArambulaAuthorizes the City of Selma to initiate an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD). This creates a much greater risk for the bond holders and taxpayers, resulting in higher interest rates and thus less money for projects. This bill sets a bad precedent for other cities.Secretary of State
OpposeSenate Bill 54Solid waste: reporting, packaging, and plastic food service ware. ChapteredBen AllenPlaces an unnecessary fee on the production of single-use packaging and plastic single-use food service ware that are part of many Californians’ daily lives and it will only exacerbate skyrocketing costs in this difficult economic climate.Secretary of State
OpposeSenate Bill 679Los Angeles County: affordable housing.ChapteredSydney KamlagerEstablishes the Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency and would authorize the agency to, among other things, raise and allocate taxes, incur, and issue bonds and other indebtedness, and place tax measures on the ballot in Los Angeles CountySecretary of State
SupportSenate Bill 1246Income taxes: gross income exclusions: wildfires.ChapteredHenry SternProvides a tax exemption from state gross income tax settlement awards from Southern California Edison for victims of the Woolsey and Thomas Fires in Southern California.Secretary of State
SupportSenate Bill 1271Contracts for the acquisition of goods or services: extension or renewal: legislative oversight.ChapteredScott WilkAmends the public contract code to require no bid contracts of $25 million or more entered on or after January 1, 2023, to be subject to the oversight hearing of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee prior to a renewal or extension of the contract.Secretary of State