Thursday, March 1, 2018


Summary: Would, commencing January 1, 2040, prohibit the Department of Motor Vehicles from accepting an application for original registration of a motor vehicle unless the vehicle is a zero emissions vehicle, as defined. The bill would exempt from that prohibition, a commercial vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more, and a vehicle brought into the state from outside of the state for original registration, as specified.

AB 1870 (Reyes D) Employment discrimination: unlawful employment practices – TRIPLES THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON CERTAIN EMPLOYMENT AND HOUSING COMPLAINTS

Summary: Current law, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, makes specified employment and housing practices unlawful, including discrimination against or harassment of employees and tenants, among others. Current law authorizes a person claiming to be aggrieved by an alleged unlawful practice to file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing within one year from the date upon which the unlawful practice occurred, unless otherwise specified. This bill would extend the period to 3 years for which complaints alleging unlawful employment or housing practices may be filed with the department, as specified.

AB 2577 (Gray D) Personal income taxes: deductions: labor organization dues – ALLOWS LABOR DUES TO BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE

Summary: Would, for each taxable year beginning on or after January 1, 2018, allow as a deduction from gross income an amount equal to the amount paid or incurred for member dues paid by a taxpayer during the taxable year to specified labor organizations. This bill contains other related provisions.

AB 2731 (Gipson D) Income taxes: investment management services interest – HUGE TAX INCREASE ON CARRIED INTEREST

Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law imposes taxes based upon taxable income of individuals, estates, and trusts at specified rates from 1% to 9.3%, as provided. This bill would impose a tax of 17% on that portion of an individual’s taxable income derived from an investment management services interest, as defined

AB 3001 (Bonta D) Zero-emissions buildings and sources of heat energy – REDEFINES “COST EFFECTIVNESS” IN THE CODES PROCESS

Summary: The Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to adopt building design and construction standards and energy and water conservation standards for new residential and nonresidential buildings to reduce the wasteful, uneconomic, inefficient, or unnecessary consumption of energy and water. Current law requires the Energy Commission, in determining cost effectiveness, to consider certain factors. This bill would additionally require the Energy Commission, in the cost-effectiveness determination, to consider emissions of greenhouse gases from fossil fuel combustion and fugitive emissions that are avoided and progress toward meeting the state’s climate goals.

ACA 22 (McCarty D) Middle Class Fiscal Relief Act – HUGE TAX INCREASE ON CORPORATIONS

Summary: This measure, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2018, would impose a surcharge of 10% on the net income of all corporations that is over $1,000,000. The measure would authorize the Legislature to increase or decrease the surcharge by a 2/3 vote of each house, as provided. The measure would require the deposit of those revenues, less refunds, into the Middle Class Fiscal Relief Fund, which would be created by the measure. Revenues in the fund would be allocated, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for specified purposes, including providing fiscal benefits to lower and middle-income Californians.

SB 100 (De León D) California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: emissions of greenhouse gases – ADVANCES DEADLINE FOR GREEN ENERGY PRODUCTION

Summary: The Legislature has found and declared that its intent in implementing the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program requires the PUC is to attain, among other targets for sale of eligible renewable resources, the target of 50% of total retail sales of electricity by December 31, 2030. This bill would revise the above-described legislative findings and declarations to state that the goal of the program is to achieve that 50% renewable resources target by December 31, 2026, and to achieve a 60% target by December 31, 2030.