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State Legislation Committee
April 14, 2004
10:00 am
City Hall, Room 288


Joyce Newstat – Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance
David Grenell – Supervisor Matt Gonzalez’s Office
David Owen – Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s Office
John Farrell – Assessor’s Office
Mary Jane Winslow – City Attorney’s Office
Peg Stevenson – Controller’s Office
Jay Banfield – Treasurer’s Office




Action item: vote to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2004 meeting of the State Legislation Committee.


Action items: vote to support, not support, or take no position on the following state legislation affecting the City and County of San Francisco.

NOTE: The most current version of all legislation can be viewed on the Internet at:


A. AB 2741 (Salinas and Wolk): to give Oakland and San Jose each a seat on the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC).

Recommended position: Oppose

B. AB 2817 (Salinas): to transfer transportation funding and programming authority from the MTC to county congestion management agencies (such as the SFCTA).

Recommended position: Oppose

Contact: Kate Breen: 934-3932

Department of Parking and Traffic

C. AB 2568 (Yee): to double fines for moving violations on 19th Avenue.

Recommended position: Support

Contact: Diana Hammons: 554-9833

Department of Human Services

D. SB 1612 (Speier): to enable counties to access federal subsidies for childcare for foster parents.

Recommended Position: Support

Contact: Maggie Donahue: 557-5279

Department of Environment

E. SB 1180 (Figueroa): to establish a statewide program for fluorescent lamp recycling.

Recommended position: Support

Contact: Mark Westlund: 355-3714

Department of Public Health

F. 2004 State Legislative Plan: summarizes the Department’s position on key legislative issues that may be considered by the State Legislature this year, including emergency services, care for women, minors, immigrants, and the incarcerated, health insurance, HIV/AIDS, immunizations, medical marijuana, mental health, substance abuse and health care funding (hard copy available in City Hall Room 288).

Recommended position: Support

G. AB 2766 (Richman): to prohibit San Francisco County and other "over-equity" counties from receiving growth in Vehicle License Fee "Realignment" revenues, which fund mental health, indigent health, and social service programs.

Recommended position: Oppose

H. AB 1881 (Berg): to authorize all counties to implement an integrated health and human services program, similar to a pilot program already authorized in selected counties.

Recommended position: Support

I. AB 2301 (Maze): to eliminate the requirement for quarterly and estimated annual reports on indigent health care data, and preserve the annual reporting requirement.

Recommended position: Support

J. AB 2483 (Chan): to develop a 3-year pilot program on integrating alcohol and drug treatment programs for youth.

Recommended position: Support

K. AB 2871 (Berg): to authorize clean needle and syringe exchange programs without the requirement for regularly declaring a local state of emergency.

Recommended position: Support

L. SB 1149 (Ortiz): to require the CA State Board of Pharmacy to disseminate information on Canadian pharmacies that meet requirements for safe dispensing of dangerous drugs to California residents.

Recommended position: Support

Contact: Colleen Chawla: 554-2633

City Attorney

M. SB 1152 (Scott): to make it a misdemeanor to sell ammunition to minors, and to require collection of information about ammunition buyers at the point of sale.

Recommended position: Support

N. SB 1508 (Ducheny): to prohibit refinancing of rental property that has an outstanding code violation.

Recommended position: Support

Contact: Mary Jane Winslow: 554-4276


Discussion item: members of the Committee may suggest topics for consideration at future meetings.


Discussion item: members of the public may address the Committee on items of interest that are within the Committee’s subject matter jurisdiction.



Disability Access

Room 288 of City Hall is located at 1 Dr. Carton B. Goodlett Place, and is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART Station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall. Accessible Muni lines serving this location are: #47 Van Ness, and the #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness, as will as Muni Metro stations at Van Ness and Civic Center. For more information about Muni accessible services, call 923-6142. There is accessible parking at the Civic Center Plaza garage. To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in the meeting, please contact Rebecca Mayer, Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance, at 415-554-6114 at least two business days before the meeting.

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review. For information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Donna Hall at Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102, by phone at 415-554-7724, by fax at 415-554-7854, or email Citizens may obtain a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance by contacting the Task Force, or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, at

Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sec. 2.100 –2.160) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the San Francisco Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone 415-581-2300, fax 415-581-2317, Internet website:

Cell Phones and Pagers

The ringing and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing electronic devises are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

Public Comment

Public Comment will be taken on each item.

Document Review

Documents that may have been provided to members of the State Legislation Committee in connection with the items on the agenda include proposed state legislation, consultant reports, correspondence and reports from City departments, and public correspondence. These may be inspected by contacting Amiee Albertson, Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance at: 415-554-5965.

Health Considerations

In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City accommodate these individuals.