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May 9, 2012

State Legislation Committee - May 9, 2012
STATE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
11:00am
City Hall, Room 305
 
MEMBERS:
Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Jason Elliott (Renee Willette)
Supervisor Chiu – Judson True
Supervisor Elsbernd – Alex Volberding
City Attorney’s Office – MaryJane Winslow
Treasurer’s Office – Greg Kato
Assessor’s Office – Angela D’Anna
Controller’s Office – Michelle Allserma (Drew Murrell) 

 
AGENDA

 
I. ROLL CALL
 
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 4-11-12 (Action Item)
 
III. PROPOSED LEGISLATION (Discussion and Action)
Discussion and possible action item: the Committee will review and discuss state legislation affecting the City and County of San Francisco. Items are listed by Department, then by bill number.
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
a. SB 1136 (Steinberg) Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) adjustments -
Recommended position: Support if amended
Would require the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to develop a joint plan for coordinated evaluation of MHSA client
outcomes and require the HHS Agency to lead the joint plan effort.
b. AB 2002 (Cedillo) Safety net provider definition - Recommended position:
Oppose
Would expand the definition of “safety net provider.”
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
c. ACA 23 (Perea) Assembly Constitutional Amendment - Recommended
position: Support
Would change the voter-approval requirement for special transportation taxes proposed by local government from two-thirds to 55 percent.
 
MUNICIPAL TRANSPORTATION AGENCY
d. AB 2128 (Cook) Traffic fines – Recommended position: Oppose
Would set new guidelines on the setting of yellow lights relative to prevailing speeds rather than posted speeds. Would also make it a lesser offense to not come to a complete stop at a traffic signal if making a right turn at a twoway
street or a left turn from a one-way street into a one-way street.
e. AB 1971 (Buchanan) Fines on transit-related materials - Recommended
position: Support
Would increase the fine for criminally receiving junk metals and other transitrelated materials.
f. SB 1189 (Hancock) High Speed Rail Bond – Recommended position: Support
Would appropriate $523,400,000 from the High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Fund to the Department of Transportation for allocation by the California Transportation Commission.
g. SB 1380 (Rubio) CEQA bike exemption – Recommended position: Support
Would exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) a bicycle plan prepared pursuant to Streets and Highways Code Section 891.2.
 
JUVENILE PROBATION
h. AB 1709 (Mitchell) Juveniles: jury trails - Recommended position: Oppose
Would require that a youth who is 16 years of age or older at the time of the commission of an offense that could be used as a future felony conviction under the Three Strikes law is entitled to a jury trial in the juvenile court.
 
ADULT PROBATION
i. SB 1506 (Leno) Drug possession - Recommended position: Support
Would make the simple possession of some drugs a misdemeanor punishable with up to a year of jail time. Currently this action is considered a felony and it’s punished with up to three years in county jail.
j. AB 2263 (Bradford) Expungement relief – Recommended Position: Support
Would expand expungement relief to people convicted of non-serious, nonviolent and non-sexual crimes, those serving longer periods of time in county jail or under mandatory supervision who prior to realignment would have been sentenced to state prison. Would expand the eligibility for expungement to include people sentenced to county supervision for non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual crimes under Public Safety Realignment Act (AB109/117).
 
HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY
k. SB 970 (De Leon) Social services enrollment reform – Recommended
position: Support
Would promote horizontal integration across health and human services programs, thereby maximizing enrollment and retention of eligible clients.
l. SB 1503 (Steinberg) – Long term services plan – Recommended position:
Support
Would require the Director of Social Services and the Director of Health Care Services to convene a stakeholder group to plan for the integration of longterm services and supports programs.
m. AB 1725 (Lowenthal) Veteran status fee and county services –
Recommended position: Support
Would create a fee system for veterans wishing to add a “V” status to their drivers’ license or state ID card. This fee would be partially remitted to the state controller’s office to create the Veterans Service Office Fund to be distributed to counties for veterans services.
n. AB 1525 (Allen, Alejo) Elder abuse – Recommended position: Support
Would add money wire transferring provisions to the Elder Abuse Act.
ENVIRONMENT
o. AB 2336 (Mansoor) Plastic product labels - Recommended position: Oppose
Would preempt existing local government authority to enforce plastic labeling laws as outlined in San Francisco’s environmental code.
p. AB 2196 (Chesboro) Landfill reduction - Recommended position: Support
Would set a statewide goal of cutting the amount of organics in our landfills in half.
q. SB 1118 (Hancock) Mattress disposal – Recommended position: Support with amendment
Would require manufacturers of mattresses, on and after July 1, 2013, to establish and implement a program to collect and recycle used mattresses
from consumers.
 
SMALL BUSINESS COMMISSION
r. SB 1186 (Perea) ADA lawsuits - Recommended position: Pending
Among other changes, would prohibit an attorney or other person from issuing a demand for money to a building owner or tenant prior to the filing of a complaint on the basis of one or more construction-related accessibility violations, as specified.
 
V. PROPOSED STATE POLICY AGENDA – Human Services Agency (Discussion and Action) Discussion and possible action item: the Committee will review and discuss proposed state policy agendas. Proposed state policy agendas for review and possible adoption will be listed by submitting department, then specific policy item.
Human Services Agency – Recommended position from the Human Services
Agency: Support
a. Aging and Adult Services & Long Term Care
b. Self Sufficiency Supports and Child Welfare
c. Cross Program Priorities
 
Department of the Environment – Recommended position from the Department of the Environment: Support
a. Energy Efficiency
b. Renewable Energy
c. Zero Waste
 
VIII. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
Discussion item: members of the public may address the Committee on items of interest that are within the Committee’s subject matter jurisdiction.
 
VII. ADJOURNMENT
 
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.
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 the Sunshine Ordinance Taskforce Administrator at sotf@sfgov.org. 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 www.sfgov.org/sunshine.htm.
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: www.sfgov.org/ethics.
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 Renee Willette, Deputy Director of Legislative & Government Affairs, Mayor’s Office at: (415) 554-6971.
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.
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