Legislation Supported
1995-1996

The Little Hoover Commission supported 97 pieces of legislation in 13 different topic areas during the latest two-year (1995-1996) legislative session. Thirty-seven of these measures concerned the criminal justice system, 18 measures dealt with education in California, and 15 measures concerned the State's civil service system. Forty-seven measures were carried by Democratic legislators, 44 by Republican legislators, four by Independent legislators and two by the Reform Party legislator.

Nineteen measures passed both legislative houses this session. Fifteen measures have been signed into law and four were vetoed by the Governor. The Commission's support of 17 bills had to be withdrawn when amendments made them no longer compatible with Commission recommendations. Thus, of the 80 bills the Commission supported in their final versions, 24 percent successfully passed the Legislature and 19 percent were signed into law by the Governor.

The tables on the following pages summarize the bills (by category and in numerical order), the authors we worked with, and a brief summary of the goal and status of the legislation. The measures included in this final version of the 1995-1996 legislative package implement recommendations from a number of Commission reports, including the latest reports on charter schools, the State's management of its property, and land use in California.

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.

Children's Services

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 159 
W. Murray
Originally allowed foster child's relative's income to determine AFDC for Foster Care Died in Committee 
Reintroduced as AB 2078
AB 2078 
K. Murray
Allows foster child's relative's income to determine AFDC for Foster Care Died in Committee
AB 3062 
Friedman
Requires every person serving as a foster parent to complete training annually Chapter 1016, 
1996

Civil Service

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 1553 
Kaloogian
Creates the Quality Demonstration Project Act to allow DPA to test alternative ideas and concepts in the State's classification and compensation programs Died in Senate Committee
AB 2503 
Ackerman
Opens the examination process for Career Executive Assignment (CEA) positions to non-civil service applicants Dropped by author
AB 2519 
Kaloogian
Allows the State Personnel Board to redefine "class" to encompass a "broadband" classification concept Assembly Floor Failed Passage
AB 2570 
Margett
Limits the Administrative Procedure Act as it applies to internal civil service personnel rules Died in Senate Committee
AB 2709 
Brulte
Eliminates automatic salary increases. Revises salary statutes so that all salary increases will be based on job performance Assembly Inactive File
AB 2747 
Ackerman
Shortens and modifies the State's layoff process to eliminate overlapping jurisdiction and responsibility between the Department of Personnel Administration and the State Personnel Board Assembly Inactive File
AB 2772 
Cortese
Limits the application of the Administrative Procedure Act as it applies to State Personnel Board internal personnel rules Chapter 935, 
1996
AB 2775 
Miller
Reforms the civil service examination process Chapter 772, 
1996
AB 3282 
Cunneen
Streamlines the civil service discipline process Died in Senate Committee
AB 3427 
Baugh
Reforms the civil service selection and certification process Assembly Floor Failed Passage
ACA 11 
Morrow
Eliminates the constitutional provision against contracting out  Dropped by author
ACA 22 
Speier
Abolishes the State Personnel Board Dropped by author 
ACA 35 
Kaloogian
Eliminates the Constitutional prohibition against contracting out. Allows the State to contract with private entities to perform state functions and services  Died in Committee
ACA 42 
Poochigian
Eliminates the Constitutional prohibition against contracting out. Allows the State to contract with private entities to perform state functions and services  Assembly Floor Faild Passage
SCA 20 
Monteith
Eliminates the Constitutional prohibition against contracting out. Allows the State to contract with private entities to perform state functions and services Died in Committee

Crime

Bill, Author
 Summary
Status
AB 12 
Katz
Reduces worktime credit for serious offenders Died in Senate Committee
AB 69 
W. Murray
Prison Education: creates Superintendent of Correctional Education and bars prisoners from working until they are literate Died in Committee
AB 126 
Rainey
Restructures sentencing system Died in Conference Committee
AB 300 
Rainy
Eliminates worktime credit for violent
offenders
Died in Senate Committee
AB 344 
Ducheny
Requires work programs be established and administered by Department of Corrections Vetoed
AB 488 
Baca
Requires collection of data pertaining to the juvenile justice system Chapter 803,
1995
AB 589
Rainey
Lengthens maximum parole violation sentence Died in Senate Committee
AB 716 
Lee
Places priority on the rehabilitation of
nonviolent, first-time offenders
Chapter 49,
1995
AB 889 
Rogan
Allows victim testimony in the juvenile court process Chapter 234,
1995
AB 1036 
Vasconcellos
Creates the California Sentencing Commission Died in Committee
AB 1185 
Morrissey
Decreases barriers to interagency sharing of information regarding at-risk juveniles Died in Senate Committee
AB 1300 
K. Murray
Creates pilot project for treatment of at-risk juvenile offenders Assembly Floor Failed Passage
AB 1408 
Villaraigosa
Originally set up a parole system for inmates who are medically incapacitated Support Withdrawn 
Vetoed
AB 1592 
Boland
Prohibits the sealing and destruction of juvenile records in specific circumstances Died in Senate Committee
AB 1678 
Granlund
Reforms sealed records laws Died in Senate Committee 
AB 1809 
Knox
Lengthens the maximum parole violation sentence Died in Senate Committee
AB 2128 
W. Murray
Requires the Department of Corrections and the Department of Youth Authority to complete a study on the effectiveness of the education programs offered in correctional facilities Died in Committee
AB 2139 
Cortese 
Creates a task force on the role of parks and recreation programs in providing at-risk youth recreational programs Senate Inactive File
AB 2447 
K. Murray
Expands the Repeat Offender Prevention Project to more counties Chapter 1049, 
1996
AB 2617 
Baca
Authorizes school districts to participate in interagency data information systems to facilitate identification of and services to at-risk juveniles Chapter 343, 1996
AB 3112 
Golsmith
Originally established a licensing and inspection system for private-sector structured programs for juveniles Support Withdrawn
AB 3224 
Poochigian
Originally revised the confidentiality and sealed record laws regarding juvenile offenders Support Withdrawn Chapter 422, 1996
AB 3288 
Miller
Requires mandatory HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis testing and hepatitis B vaccination of all inmates in state correctional institutions Died in Senate Committee
AB 3349 
Knox 
Moves some violent criminals into indeterminate sentencing system Died in Committee
SB 90 
Haynes
Removes limitations on consecutive sentences Died in Committee
SB 138 
Polanco
Establishes minimum standards for the development of boot camp/work-intensive programs Died in Assembly Committee
SB 165 
Polanco
Establishes various pilot projects to test boot camps as an alternative sentencing option Died in Assembly Committee
SB 166 
Polanco
Creates the California Sentencing Commission Died in Assembly Committee
SB 213 
Polanco
Reforms sealed records laws Died in Committee
SB 214 
Polanco
Eliminates worktime credit for violent offenders Died in Committee
SB 239 
Hurtt
Removes limitations on consecutive sentences Died in Senate Committee
SB 254 
Polanco
Lengthens the maximum parole violation sentence Died in Committee
SB 346 
Campbell
Allows electronic monitoring as an alternative sentencing option for specified non-violent offenders Vetoed
SB 575 
Polanco
Creates boot camp private-sector regulations Senate Unfinished Business
SB 604 
Rosenthall
Allows additional alternatives for treatment of non-violent, first-time juvenile offenders Chapter 72,
1995
SB 1231 
Lewis
Makes prisoners convicted of a murder ineligible to earn worktime credits Chapter 598,
1996
SB 2126 
Marks
Revises the goals of juvenile justice law and increases options available to juvenile courts for sentencing Died in Assembly Committee

Education

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 198 
Caldera
Authorizes a total of 300 charter schools to operate in this state  Died in Senate Committee
AB 1041 
Alpert
Originally pertained to English learners education Support Withdrawn Chapter 507, 1996
AB 2106 
Baldwin
Originally expanded opportunities to create charter schools Support Withdrawn
AB 2107
Baldwin
Creates alternative petitioning methods to create charter schools Died in Senate Committee
AB 2135
Mazzoni
Requires an assessment of charter schools by LAO using a number of criteria Died in Committee
AB 2137 
Mazzoni
Provides alternative petitioning methods to create charter schools Dropped by author 
AB 2310 
Firestone and Alpert
English learners education Died in Senate Committee
AB 2463 
Caldera
Originally allowed alternative sponsors for charter schools Support Withdrawn 
Chapter 1129, 
1996
AB 2506 
Ackerman
Allows schools to use commercial buildings built after January 1, 1990 that meet standard building codes Died in Committee
AB 2708 
Brulte
Sets new parameters for financing school facility construction Died in Senate Committee
AB 3176 
Brulte
Recognizes that the school construction funding process is lengthy and complex and requires a process to identify mechanisms to streamline the system Chapter 478, 1996
AB 3384 
Knox 
Allows charter schools to access a revolving loan fund Chapter 786, 
1996
ACA 40 
Mazzoni
Changes 2/3 vote requirement to 58% for approval of bond measures for school facilities construction Died in Committee
SB 98 
Greene
Originally required the Department of General Services to develop a centralized tracking system for school facility projects Support Withdrawn
SB 569 
Maddy
Originally changed 2/3 vote requirement to 58% for approval of bond measures for school facilities construction Support Withdrawn
SB 1452 
Rosenthal
Requires school districts to provide each individual school in their jurisdiction at least 50% of any additional revenue that results from increased attendance Died in Assembly Committee
SCA 14 
Maddy
Former companion measure to SB 569 Support Withdrawn 

Elder Care

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 769 
Conroy
Requires minimum standards for services to IHSS recipients regardless of the mode of delivery Died in Senate Committee
AB 2976 
Gallegos
Increases fines for improper care in nursing homes and requires the State to be more responsive to complaints Died in Committee
SB 278 
Killea
Continues the process of encouraging counties to use managed care services for appropriate IHSS recipients Died in Assembly Committee

Environment

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
SB 220 
Haynes
Provides that regulations adopted pursuant to the forest practice act shall become effective at a specific time of year Chapter 425, 1995
SB 1104 
Hayden
Extends the public comment period for Timber Harvest Plan reviews Died in Committee

Health

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
SB 104 
Russell
Expands the definition of "gravely disabled" for treatment of the mentally ill Died in Committee
SB 260 
Wright
Expands the definition of "gravely disabled" for treatment of the mentally ill Died in Committee

Land Use

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 1930 
Sweeney
Reduces the time limits for the approval of development projects under the Permit Streamlining Act and the California Environmental Qualilty Act (CEQA)  Chapter 808, 
1996

Procurement

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 3324 
Richter
Originally permitted the development of the principles of "best value" and would have employed "best value" techniques for all purchases made by the State  Support Withdrawn
SB 286 
Polanco
Reforms information technology procurement process to allow performance based procurement  Vetoed
SB 617 
Polanco
Originally allowed state departments to purchase goods from the Prison Industry Authority based on best value Support Withdrawn
SB 910 
Polanco
Originally allowed protesting bidders to use independent arbitration for bid protest resolution Support Withdrawn 
Chapter 932, 1995

Property Management

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 1459 
Rogan
Gives the Department of General Services the authority to enter into long-term leases and dispose of surplus property Dropped by author
AB 2308 
Firestone
Allows departments to redirect 25% of the revenue from certain property-related activities or savings from space-related decisions to enhance existing programs Dropped by author
AB 2428 
Alpert
Reforms the rental rates charged by the Department of General Services for the buildings it controls and leases to other state agencies Vetoed
AB 2962
Firestone
Originally authorized a state agency to employ a licensed real estate broker to sell surplus state-owned property Support Withdrawn 
Chapter 1152, 
1996 

Recycling

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
SB 174 
Killea
Originally consolidated Division of Recycling and the Integrated Waste Management Board and reduced membership of Board from six to five Support Withdrawn
SB 1163 
Hughes
Originally consolidated Division of Recycling and the Integrated Waste Management Board and reduced membership of Board from six to five Support Withdrawn

Revenue and Tax Collection

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 255 
Speier
Originally gave the State more effective tools to collect delinquent accounts Support Withdrawn
AB 2794 
Bowen
Abolishes the Franchises Tax Board and the State Board of Equalization and transfers functions to the Department of Revenue Died in Committee 
AB 3118 
Kuykendall
Originally gave the State more effective tools to collect delinquent accounts Support Withdrawn
SB 1727 
Kopp
Abolishes the Franchise Tax Board and the State Board of Equalization and transfers functions to the California State Tax Authority Died in Committee
SCA 29 
Kopp
Companion measure to SB 1727. Abolishes the State Board of Equalization Died in Committee

Workers' Compensation

Bill, Author
Summary
Status
AB 2695 
Bordonaro
Prohibits compensation for psychiatric injuries except as specified Died in Committee

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).