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State Legislation Committee - March 12, 2014 - Meeting Minutes

State Legislation Committee - March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
11:00am – 1pm
City Hall, Room 201


Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Jason Elliott (Tamsen Drew)
Supervisor Chiu – Judson True
Supervisor Farrell – Jess Montejano
City Attorney’s Office – MaryJane Winslow
Treasurer’s Office – Greg Kato
Assessor’s Office – Trisha Prashad (Edward McCaffrey)
Controller’s Office – Michelle Allersma (Drew Murrell/James Whitaker)




Present: Elliott, True, Stefani, Winslow, Kato, Prashad, Allersma


II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 1-15-2014 (Action Item)

Motion to approve minutes: Montejano; Seconded by: Allersma

Approved 7-0

No public comment.



III. PROPOSED LEGISLATION (Discussion and Action)

Discussion and possible action item: the Committee with review and discuss state legislation affecting the City and County of San Francisco. Items are listed by Department, then by bill number.


  1. SB 1439 (Leno) Residential real property: withdrawal of accommodations

Recommended Position: Sponsor

This bill would authorize the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to adopt an ordinance prohibiting a landlord from evicting tenants under the Ellis Act, or threatening to evict tenants under the Ellis Act, if not all the owners of the property have been owners of record for 5 continuous years or more. The bill would also permit San Francisco to require a landlord to notify the City of: (1) an intention to Ellis Act a building, (2) the identity of each person or entity with an ownership interest in the accommodations, and (3) to identify all persons or entities with an ownership in an entity.


Motion to sponsor: True; Seconded by: Montejano

Approved: 7-0

No public comment.


  1. AB 2325 (Perez): Medi-Cal: CommuniCAL

Recommended Position: Support

Existing federal law provides increased funding for translation and interpretation services for enrollment, retention, and use of services under the Medicaid Program. This bill would require the department to establish the Medi-Cal Patient-Centered Communication program (CommuniCal). This program, commencing July 1, 2015, would be administered by a 3rd-party administrator to provide and reimburse the costs of medical interpretation services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are limited English proficient (LEP).


Motion to support: True; Seconded by: Prashad

Approved: 7-0

No public comment.



  1. SB 1014 (Jackson): Pharmaceutical Waste: home-generated

Recommended Position: Sponsor

Current State law allows unwanted medicines to be disposed of as trash (i.e., into landfills) or be flushed down the toilet or drain (i.e., into the wastewater system). Both options cause pharmaceutical chemicals to enter the environment and impact our health. This bill would enact the Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Waste Collection Disposal Act and would define terms for purposes of the act. The bill would require a producer of covered pharmaceuticals to submit to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, by July 1, 2015, except as specified, a product stewardship plan and would authorize one or more producers to submit a plan or designate a stewardship organization to act as an agent on behalf of the producers to submit a plan.


Motion to sponsor: Allersma; Seconded by: Prashad

Approved: 7-0

No public comment.



Motion to support items a-c: Montejano; Seconded by: Winslow

Approved: 7-0

No public comment.

  1. SB 899 (Mitchell) CalWORKS: Eligibility

Recommended Position: Support

SB 899 would prospectively eliminate the Maximum Family Grant (MFG) Rule, meaning that the CalWORKs grant would be increased for children born into a family that is already on aid. Under existing law, the grant is not increased for a child born into a family that was on CalWORKs for 10 months prior to the birth of the child. This policy is known as the MFG Rule. The rule may be waived in specified circumstances, e.g., when the child is conceived by rape or incest, or when the mother is a victim of domestic violence. The bill would also implement privacy protections for CalWORKs applicants and recipients by prohibiting the conditioning of eligibility for aid on the disclosure of information regarding rape, incest or contraception.



  1. SB 1029 (Hancock) CalWORKs and CalFresh Eligibility

Recommended Position: Support

SB 1029 would allow individuals previously convicted of a drug felony, who meet all other eligibility rules, to receive assistance through the CalWORKs and CalFresh programs. The bill would also direct the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to seek a federal waiver to allow for the pre-enrollment of prison and jail inmates into the CalFresh program one month prior to release, and require counties to implement a pre-enrollment program within 6 months of the waiver being granted.


  1. SB 1341 (Mitchell) Statewide Automated Welfare System

Recommended Position: Support

In 2013 the state implemented the CA Healthcare Eligibilty, Enrollment and Retention System (CalHEERs), an administrative database used to determine eligibility and enroll individuals into California Health Exchange products and MAGI Medi-Cal (i.e., the Medi-Cal expansion authorized under the Affordable Care Act). This bill would codify the original agreement among Covered CA, the state and the counties with regard to CalHEERs and SAWS. Specifically, the bill would:

  1. Require SAWS to be the system of record for Medi-Cal and to contain all Medi-Cal eligibility rules and case management functionality;
  2. Authorize CalHEERs to house the business rules needed to make MAGI Medi-Cal eligibility determinations;
  3. Require CalHEERs to make those business rules available to SAWS; and
  4. Require SAWS to house the functionality to create and send Notices of Action for Medi-Cal, including MAGI Medi-Cal, no later than 1/1/16.



  1. AB 1839 (Gatto/Bocanegra) Taxation: credits: qualified motion pictures

Recommended Position: Support

Existing law provides  $100 million per year in tax credits to film and television productions.  Feature films with budgets under $75 million and one-hour TV series airing on basic cable and network TV series relocating to California can apply. This bill will allow all feature films, regardless of budget size, to be eligible for tax credits. Other features of the bill include:

  1. 20 percent tax credit will be limited to $100 million of qualified expenditures. 
  2. All new 1-hour television series, regardless of where they air (broadcast, cable, Netflix, etc.) and TV pilots are eligible to apply. 
  3. Includes a 5 percent increase in the tax credit (25% total credit) for filming done outside the LA Film Zone.
  4. Offers a 25 percent tax credit for TV shows relocating to CA in the first year.  


Motion to support: Montejano; Seconded by: Kato

Roll Call: True, Montejano, Winslow, Kato, Prashad, Elliott

Approved: 6-0; Abstained: Allersma

No public comment.


SF Municipal Transportation Agency

Motion to support items a-b: True; Seconded by: Montejano

Approved: 7-0

No public comment


  1. AB 1532 (Gatto) Vehicle: accidents

Recommended Position: Support

This bill would provide that a driver of a vehicle involved in an accident where a person is struck but not injured, shall immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident and provide specified information including, but not limited to, his or her name and current residence address. A violation of these provisions would be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in the county jail for 6 months, or by a fine not exceeding $1,000, or by both, and the Department of Motor Vehicles would be required to immediately suspend the driver’s license of a convicted driver for 6 months.


  1. AB 2398 (Levine) Vehicles: Pedestrians & Bicyclists

Recommended Position: Support

Would provide that a driver who violates specified offenses and, as a result of that violation, proximately causes bodily injury or great bodily injury to a vulnerable road user, as defined, is guilty of the public offense of unsafe operation of a motor vehicle with bodily injury or great bodily injury. The bill would make a person who is convicted under these provisions punishable by a fine of not less than $145 and not more than $1,000.


          Amendment: (1) Add bike/expand who is subject to fine

  1. SB 1151 (Cannella) Vehicles: School Zone Fines

Recommended Position: Support, If Amended

Would require that fines for specified violations relating to rules of the road and driving under the influence be doubled or increased if the violation occurred when passing a school building or school grounds, as specified, and the highway is posted with a standard "SCHOOL" warning sign and an accompanying sign notifying motorists that increased penalties apply for traffic violations that are committed within that school zone. The bill would require that these additional fines be deposited in the State Transportation Fund for purposes of the Active Transportation Program.  


Motion to support item c if amended to include:

  1. Expansion beyond school hours to capture before/after school programs; and
  2. Ensure that provisions extend to include local streets and roads

Made by: True; Seconded by: Montejano

Approved: 7-0

No 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.

No public comment.



Disability Access

Room 421 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  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 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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