Near­ing the leg­isla­tive fin­ish

How Santa Clarita Val­ley elected of­fi­cials have voted on key bills

The Signal - - FRONT PAGE - By Gina En­der Sig­nal Staff Writer

Cal­i­for­nia law­mak­ers are vot­ing on hundreds of bills this week as the leg­isla­tive sea­son ends on Fri­day.

Some of the state’s most widely-dis­cussed bills must jump through their last hur­dles, which have in­cluded in­put from Santa Clarita’s elected of­fi­cials, and still await Gov­er­nor Jerry Brown’s sig­na­ture.

Sanc­tu­ary state

Cal­i­for­nia could be­come a sanc­tu­ary state af­ter Gov­er­nor Brown ne­go­ti­ated with Se­nate leader Kevin De León’s (D-Los An­ge­les) on changes to his Se­nate Bill 54.

Un­der the leg­is­la­tion, Cal­i­for­nia will not help fed­eral agents de­port peo­ple who are un­doc­u­mented. With the in­put of Brown, how­ever, the bill agrees that Cal­i­for­nia will de­port vi­o­lent felons and crim­i­nals who do not have doc­u­men­ta­tion.

On the Se­nate floor, Se­na­tor Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) voted yes and Se­na­tor Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) voted no on the bill.

When it went to the As­sem­bly Pub­lic Safety Com­mit­tee, As­sem­bly­man Tom Lackey (R-Palm­dale) voted no.

The bill still must go to the As­sem­bly floor, where both Lackey and As­sem­bly­man Dante Acosta (R-Santa Clarita) will vote on it.

If it passes the As­sem­bly, SB 54 will go to the gov­er­nor’s desk for fi­nal ap­proval.

Clean money

Seek­ing trans­parency on state bal­lot mea­sures, As­sem­bly Bill 249 would re­quire large donors of TV, ra­dio, on­line and print

ad­ver­tise­ments to be dis­closed and clearly spelled out.

This bill has got­ten unan­i­mous yes votes from Santa Clarita Val­ley elected of­fi­cials.

Acosta and Lackey voted in fa­vor on the As­sem­bly floor and Wilk voted yes on the Se­nate floor.

Stern, who serves as a prin­ci­pal coau­thor on the bill, voted in its fa­vor in the Se­nate Elec­tions and Con­sti­tu­tional Amend­ments Com­mit­tee and on the Se­nate floor.

Af­ter pass­ing through the As­sem­bly Elec­tions Com­mit­tee Thurs­day morn­ing, the bill is headed to the As­sem­bly floor for its last stop be­fore the gov­er­nor’s desk.

Af­ford­able hous­ing

Sev­eral af­ford­able hous­ing bills are mak­ing their way through the leg­is­la­ture and are up for fi­nal con­sid­er­a­tion this week af­ter de­lib­er­a­tions among leg­is­la­tors.

If Se­nate Bill 2 passes, there would be a $75 fee for mort­gage re­fi­nances and real es­tate trans­ac­tions, ex­clud­ing home sales. The $250 mil­lion this bill could ac­cu­mu­late would go to fi­nanc­ing low-in­come hous­ing con­struc­tion.

Lackey voted against the bill in the As­sem­bly Hous­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee.

On the Se­nate floor, Stern voted in fa­vor and Wilk voted in op­po­si­tion.

Com­ple­ment­ing this leg­is­la­tion, As­sem­bly Bill 166 would waive the $75 fee for low-in­come res­i­dents.

Both Lackey and Acosta voted in fa­vor of this bill on the As­sem­bly floor.

Through As­sem­bly Bill 1505, cities could re­quire de­vel­op­ers to des­ig­nate a cer­tain amount of low-in­come homes in de­vel­op­ment projects.

In the As­sem­bly Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Com­mit­tee and on the As­sem­bly floor, Lackey voted against the bill. Acosta also voted against the bill on the As­sem­bly floor.

Pro­tect­ing pets

One bill would en­sure that Cal­i­for­ni­ans adopt and not shop for their pets.

To stop un­kind puppy mill prac­tices, AB 485 would ban Cal­i­for­nia pet shops from sell­ing dogs, cats and rab­bits that were bred cru­elly.

On the bill’s first round on the As­sem­bly floor, Lackey voted against the bill and Acosta ab­stained from vot­ing.

When the bill went to the Se­nate Busi­ness, Pro­fes­sions and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, Se­na­tor Wilk voted no.

Though, when the bill went to the Se­nate floor, Wilk voted yes, as did Stern.

As­sem­bly Bill 485 must go back to the As­sem­bly floor for a fi­nal vote be­fore Fri­day.

Pro­vi­sional driv­ing

If As­sem­bly Bill 63 passes by Fri­day, young adults will have more driv­ing re­stric­tions start­ing in 2020.

The leg­is­la­tion would in­crease the age of pro­vi­sional driver’s li­censes from 18 to 21 years old. In the first year of driv­ing, or those with a pro­vi­sional li­cense – de­signed to al­low time for ex­pe­ri­ence to build - can­not drive with any­one un­der 20 years old in their car and can­not drive be­tween 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., ex­cept for to work and school.

On the first round on the As­sem­bly floor, Acosta ab­stained from vot­ing and Lackey voted in fa­vor. The sec­ond time, Acosta voted no and Lackey again voted yes.

Wilk and Stern both voted in fa­vor of the bill on the Se­nate floor.

The bill now heads to Gov­er­nor Brown’s desk for fi­nal ap­proval. Paid ma­ter­nity leave Cal­i­for­nia school em­ploy­ees would be granted at least six weeks of paid ma­ter­nity leave if As­sem­bly Bill 568 gets signed by Gov­er­nor Brown.

Cur­rently, teach­ers are ei­ther forced use their va­ca­tion time or sick time for preg­nan­cies, mis­car­riages and child­birth.

Lackey and Acosta voted yes on this bill both times it hit the As­sem­bly floor.

In the Se­nate Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, Wilk ab­stained from vot­ing, but both he and Stern voted yes on the Se­nate floor.

The bill now heads to Brown’s desk for fi­nal con­sid­er­a­tion.

As­sem­bly­man Acosta

Law en­force­ment would have the right to seek a court-or­dered war­rant for invasion of pri­vacy cases through As­sem­bly Bill 539, aim­ing to help vic­tims of “re­venge porn.” This bill is await­ing the gov­er­nor’s sig­na­ture.

Acosta’s AB 1172 is also on Brown’s desk, which would re­lin­quish a cur­rently state-owned por­tion of Sierra Highway to the city of Santa Clarita.

As­sem­bly­man Lackey

Two of Lackey’s bills are still await­ing fi­nal ap­proval by the gov­er­nor.

As­sem­bly Bill 503 would cre­ate a pay­ment pro­gram for low-in­come res­i­dents who have out­stand­ing park­ing tick­ets to al­le­vi­ate the fi­nan­cial bur­den of late fees.

AB 1131 would stream­line the an­nual au­dit­ing process for the An­te­lope Val­ley Fair­grounds.

Se­na­tor Stern

Stern is wait­ing for the gov­er­nor’s sig­na­ture on SB 225, which would re­quire pub­lic places to dis­play a phone num­ber that vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing could text mes­sage for help.

His Se­nate Bill 358, which would re­quire the Sec­re­tary of State to post cam­paign fi­nance in­for­ma­tion on­line, is also await­ing Brown’s ap­proval.

Se­na­tor Wilk

On Thurs­day, the Se­nate pushed Wilk’s Se­nate Bill 634 to the gov­er­nor’s desk, which would cre­ate one uni­fied Santa Clarita wa­ter district by dis­solv­ing the Cas­taic Lake Wa­ter Agency and the Ne­whall County Wa­ter District.

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