Legislation Supported
1999-2000

Based on the recommendations from its reports, the Little Hoover Commission supported 50 pieces of legislation in six different policy areas during the 1999-2000 legislative session.  In some cases, the bills were outgrowths of recent studies conducted by the Commission. In other cases, the Commission supported measures based on recommendations it made as many as 10 years ago, but remain relevant today.

The Commission withdrew support from 3 bills when amendments made them no longer compatible with Commission recommendations.  Of the remaining 47 bills, 20 failed passage and 15 were signed into law. Twelve Commission-supported bills were vetoed.

The Commission's legislative activities during the 1999-2000 legislative session were largely focused on the areas of children's services, long-term care and prisons.  To a lesser degree, there was legislative activity in the topics of education, school facilities and youth.

The tables on the following pages describe each bill, organized by topic and in numerical order, that the Commission supported during the 1999-2000 legislative session.

Children's Services

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 105 (Alquist) Sponsor: LHC Requires the development of a state master plan for child care and development services. Died in Senate Health & Human Services
AB 153 (Cunneen) Authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to reimburse certain providers of child care and extended day care services at a rate higher than the standard reimbursement rate; would make an appropriation for this purpose. Died in Assembly
AB 212 (Aroner) Establishes the California CARES (Compensation and Retention to Encourage Stability) program to support local programs in their efforts to build a skilled and stable child care workforce. Signed by Governor Chapter 547 Statutes of 2000
AB 434 (Aroner) Requires Dept. of Social Services to annually report to Legislature on foster youth, former foster youth and others who apply and receive Cal Grant awards to attend college. Died in Senate Appropriations 
AB 443 (Mazzoni) Establishes the Parent Services Project: Family Support in Child Care and Development Programs to provide services for early detection of and referral for child abuse. Died in Senate Appropriations 
AB 607 (Aroner) Establishes a statewide health care system for children in foster care and requires coordination of health services for foster children. Vetoed 10/10/99
AB 658 (Washington) Extends foster care eligibility to age 20 to youth that are making progress towards completion of an educational program. Signed by Governor Chapter 645 Statutes of 1999
AB 1225 (Ashburn) Requires greater effort to inform adoptive families of the availability of adoption assistance and access to that funding later in the maturity of the adoption. Signed by Governor Chapter 905 Statutes of 1999
AB 1923 (Cardenas) Increases the percentage of costs for which a tax credit can be claimed for child care facilities serving low-income children. Provides a similar credit in connection with loans financing the purchase, construction, expansion, or rehabilitation of qualified child care and development facilities. Died in Assembly Appropriations 
AB 2210 (Ashburn) Permits counties to disclose all available information about a foster child to prospective foster care providers, who are also prospective adoptive parents, prior to the child’s placement. Vetoed 9/28/00 
AB 2278 (Aroner) Requires priority be given to foster children and their families for substance abuse treatment. (Amendments deleted this provision and instead restored funding to Community Treatment Facilities to serve severely emotionally disturbed foster children.) Died in Assembly 
AB 2307 (Davis) Authorizes county child welfare agencies to create training programs for relative foster caregivers. Signed by Governor Chapter 745 Statutes of 2000 
SB 147 (Alpert) Extends Medi-Cal eligibility to transitioning foster youth until their 21st birthday. (Amendments deleted this provision and instead require no income or asset test be applied for establishing eligibility for Medi-Cal to independent foster care adolescents.) Vetoed 9/28/00
SB 305 (Vasconcellos) Requires Department of Health Services to convene a summit to develop a master plan for including parenting education in the curriculum of certain schools and youth correctional centers. (See SB 1348) Vetoed 10/9/99
SB 487 (Wright) Provides funding for the expansion of children’s mental health services. Dropped by Author
SB 543 (Bowen) Requires the case plan for each foster child to include an updated health, mental health and education summary each time that child is placed in a new foster home. Signed by Governor Chapter 552 Statutes of 1999
SB 549 (Ortiz & Rainey) Increases the percentage of costs for which a tax credit can be claimed for child care facilities serving low-income children. Provides a similar credit in connection with loans financing the purchase, construction, expansion, or rehabilitation of qualified child care and development facilities. Died in Senate Appropriations 
SB 643 (Alpert) Provides matching funds for counties that use Prop. 10 funds to support cost-effective early childhood programs. Died in Senate Appropriations
SB 887 (Ortiz) Creates a council to oversee foster care programs. Vetoed 10/10/99
SB 903 (McPherson) Provides unique service needs to relative caregivers through expansion of the Kinship Support Services Program beyond the current eight pilot counties. Vetoed 10/10/99
SB 924 (Vasconcellos) Authorizes a pilot program to implement family conferencing plans for child abuse intervention. Died in Senate Appropriations
SB 925 (Vasconcellos) Requires the development of a state master plan for child care and development services. Died in Senate
SB 1238 (Hughes) Makes more relative-placed children eligible for higher foster care rates by exempting children placed with grandparents from needing to qualify for federal AFDC-FC. Died in Senate Appropriations
SB 1270 (Escutia) Extends Medi-Cal coverage for interstate adoptions when the adoptive parents move to other states or are residents of another state. Signed by Governor Chapter 887 Statutes of 1999
SB 1348 (Vasconcellos) Requires Supt. of Public Instruction to submit a proposal to convene a summit regarding developing a master plan for parenting education. Vetoed 9/28/00
SB 1579 (Alpert) Establishes a pilot program for foster care children to help maximize their chances of graduating from high school and entering college. Died in Senate Appropriations 
SB 1703 (Escutia) Commits the Legislature to fully funding child care assistance to all eligible Californians within five years. Changes eligibility criteria for those already receiving assistance from a maximum of 75% of state median income to 100%. (Amendments deleted these provisions and instead appropriate $42,000,000 on a one-time basis to Dept. of Education for specified child care purposes.) Signed by Governor Chapter 704 Statutes of 2000 
SB 1946 (McPherson) Expands the availability of support programs for kinship care foster families. Signed by Governor Chapter 866 Statutes of 2000 
SB 1980 (Ortiz) Creates a Foster Care Policy Council to review policies and assess methods for improving the quality of foster care services. Died in Assembly Appropriations 
SB 2091 (Ortiz) Establishes pilot programs in certain counties to aid foster youth transitioning into adulthood. Vetoed 9/28/00

Long-term Care

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 16 (Honda) Provides funding to encourage counties to form public authorities to improve delivery of services under the In-Home Supportive Services program. Died in Senate Appropriations
AB 452 (Mazzoni) Implements the recommendations from the LHC report on long-term care generated by AB 1215 (Chapter 322, Statutes of 1997) to integrate and/or consolidate the licensing and certification of state-administered long-term care programs. Signed by Governor Chapter 895 Statutes of 1999
AB 499 (Aroner) Creates a demonstration project to test the efficacy of providing an assisted living benefit to low-income beneficiaries under the Medi-Cal program. Signed by Governor Chapter 557 Statutes of 2000
AB 1160 (Shelley) Declares the intent of the Legislature to establish an effective enforcement system and a provisional licensing system for long-term care facilities. Sets specific standards and penalties. Vetoed 10/10/99
AB 1731 (Shelley) Declares the intent of the Legislature that all senior citizens live with dignity and autonomy, includes improvements to facilities and an increase in wages for nursing home workers. Signed by Governor Chapter 451 Statutes of 2000
SB 97 (Burton) Prohibits a health facility from discriminating or retaliating against a patient or employee because the patient or employee presents a grievance or complaint, or participates in an investigation or proceeding by a governmental entity, relating to the care, services, or conditions at the facility. Signed by Governor Chapter 155 Statutes of 1999
SB 288 (Peace) Requires each county to appoint an advisory committee and revises the county plan for the provision of In-Home Supportive Services benefits.  Signed by Governor Chapter 445 Statutes of 2000
SB 353 (Johannessen) Requires Dept. of Health Services to submit waiver request to federal government to obtain coverage under Medi-Cal of services provided in residential care facilities. (Amendments deleted this provision and instead require DHS to test efficacy of providing an assisted living benefit to Medi-Cal recipients.) Died in Assembly Appropriations
SB 1862 (Vasconcellos) Declares the intent of the Legislature to establish an effective enforcement system and a provisional licensing system for long-term care facilities. Sets specific standards and penalties. (Some language from this measure was incorporated into AB 1731) Died in Conference Committee 

Prisons

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 34 (Steinberg) Provides grants to encourage counties to expand services to the mentally ill, including those who would otherwise be placed in jail or prisons. Signed by Governor Chapter 617 Statutes of 1999
AB 1255 (Wright)  Provides grants to encourage counties to establish intensive supervision programs for convicted domestic violence offenders as an alternative to imprisonment in state prison. (Amendments deleted this provision and instead make changes to the CalWORKS program.) Died in Assembly
SB 126 (Polanco) Adds additional language pertaining to vocational and drug treatment and reducing the rate of recidivism to the existing purpose of incarceration provisions of law. Makes specified changes to the Prison Industry Authority guidelines relative to their annual budget. (Subsequent amendments changed purpose of bill.) Support Withdrawn
SB 175 (Rainey) Makes changes to encourage the use of community-based punishments; declares the intent of the Legislature to appropriate money in the annual Budget Act for associated contract costs. (Subsequent amendments changed purpose of bill.) Support Withdrawn
SB 297 (Polanco & Vasconcellos) Declares the intent of the Legislature to develop a master plan for prison operations. Vetoed 10/10/99
SB 1845 (Polanco) Establishes the Correctional Education Board within the California Department of Corrections (CDC), and requires every inmate be provided educational benefits. Vetoed 9/24/00

Education

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 46 (Olberg) Repeals the cap on the number of charter schools operating in the state. (Subsequent amendments changed purpose of bill.) Support withdrawn
SB 267 (Lewis) Makes the Charter School Revolving Loan Fund more accessible, and improves its ability to assist new charter schools. Signed by Governor Chapter 736 Statutes of 1999

School Facilities

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 2411 (Firebaugh) Requires the establishment of a School Construction Authority in school districts with a pupil population of more than 500,000. Died in Senate 

Youth

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 235 (Kuehl) Creates an authority within the office of the Attorney General; gives this authority duties and responsibilities related to youth violence prevention. Died in Assembly
AB 788 (Maldonado) Revises the purpose of juvenile court law to include dispositions intended to accomplish public safety objectives and establishes set principles based on the "Balanced Approach to Restorative Justice" model. Vetoed 9/24/00 

To obtain a copy of the legislation listed, contact the Legislative Bill Room at (916) 445-2645 or visit the following sites on the Internet: the California Assembly, the California Senate or the California Legislative Counsel Bureau's Legislative Data Center.

If you have specific questions about the legislation, contact the Little Hoover Commission, littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov, 925 L Street, Suite 805, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 445-2125 or (916) 322-7709 (fax).