Assemblymember Marc Berman proudly authored the following legislation in 2017:
Assembly Bill 184 would continue the statewide online Planning for Sea Level Rise Database, which is set to expire on January 1, 2018, to ensure California remains vigilant in our efforts to prepare and adapt to sea level rise. Signed into law by Governor Brown on September 28, 2017. Chapter 338.
Assembly Bill 323 would connect families with the resources they need to fight food insecurity. Specifically, this bill would allow counties the option to refer CalFresh applicants and recipients to 2-1-1 services, which provide families with a robust list of up-to-date emergency food providers, including child nutrition programs. Signed into law by Governor Brown on July 18, 2017. Chapter 68.
Assembly Bill 606 aims to modernize and make more useful the state election information provided to voters. Specifically, this bill would shorten the mandated state voter information guide, allow active links in the electronic state voter information guide, and direct the Secretary of State to develop a program to electronically communicate with voters, including providing electronic nonpartisan information to voters about upcoming elections. Signed into law by Governor Brown on October 11, 2017. Chapter 656.
Assembly Bill 644 would extend a recently enacted and already successful court efficiency process in use before filing a demurrer. Specifically, this bill would extend a meet and confer requirement to litigants before filing motions to strike and motions for judgment on the pleadings. Signed into law by Governor Brown on September 25, 2017. Chapter 273.
Assembly Bill 669 would continue the successful testing of Driver Assistive Truck Platooning technologies by Caltrans, CHP, and stakeholders until January 1, 2020. This bill would require Caltrans to a report to the Legislature on findings related to the technology's potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase driver safety by July 1, 2019. Signed into law by Governor Brown on October 4, 2017. Chapter 472.
Assembly Bill 733 would expand the types of projects that Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts can finance to include projects that enable communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Signed into law by Governor Brown on October 11, 2017. Chapter 657.
Assembly Bill 868 would provide an exemption for a small population of nonprofit community-based organizations from regulation by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. This bill would allow organizations such as JobTrain, a 52-year old nonprofit training and career development support center for low income individuals, to continue serving individuals in Silicon Valley who receive federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funding. Signed into law by Governor Brown on September 23, 2017. Chapter 260.
Assembly Bill 976 would modernize, update, and clarify the law governing electronic filing and electronic service in various civil, criminal, juvenile, and probate proceedings. Signed in law by Governor Brown on September 27, 2017. Chapter 319.
Assembly Bill 1141 would require the DMV to develop regulations, in coordination with CHP and Caltrans, for the testing of autonomous freight vehicles. This bill would also require that an operator be present in the driver’s seat at all times and that any hours of operation during “autonomous mode” count towards the total time that an individual is allowed to operate a vehicle to ensure the safety of autonomous freight vehicles during testing.
Assembly Bill 1261 would require schools with mandatory expulsion or zero tolerance policies for the use, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol, an intoxicant, or a controlled substance, to consider whether the expulsion policy is deterring students from seeking help for substance abuse. This bill highlights the nexus between substance use and suicidal behavior to further prevent tragedies from occurring. Vetoed.
Assembly Bill 1294 would eliminate the sunset on a truth in marketing law applicable to plastic food containers that make environmental claims. This bill would ensure that consumers will continue to trust and rely on these marketing claims. Signed into law by Governor Brown on October 11, 2017. Chapter 664.
Assembly Bill 1312 would create the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights which would, among other things, mandate testing of all rape kits, mandate rape kit preservation lengths, and mandate law enforcement and medical professionals to provide victims of sexual assault with a card that identifies all of the victim’s rights and provides additional support information such as the name and contact information of local rape counseling centers. Signed into law by Governor Brown on October 12, 2017. Chapter 692.
Assembly Bill 1367 would expand penalties to any person, company, organization, company official, or other organizational officer who knowingly directs or permits a signature gatherer to make a false claim about an initiative, referendum, or recall petition or their respective, attached signatures. Inequitably, those who oversee the signature gatherers can knowingly direct or permit them to make false declarations without consequence under existing law. This bill would level the playing field and bring further accountability. Signed into law by Governor Brown on October 15, 2017. Chapter 848.
Assembly Bill 1404 would allow counties to utilize the existing Class 32 categorical infill exemption for projects within urbanized areas under the same narrow conditions. This bill would encourage infill development more effectively in urbanized areas in our counties and thus help foster economic and smart growth in California without adversely impacting the environment.
Assembly Bill 1531 would expand the Renewable Energy Self-Generation Bill Credit Transfer Program, which allows local governments and public colleges to credit their excess renewable energy generated at one site against their energy consumption at another site. For instance, a city could locate solar panels over the parking lot at a public park but use the electricity to benefit city hall. In keeping with the state’s broader climate, environmental, and clean energy goals, AB 1531 would expand the program by allowing state departments and agencies to participate, increase locational opportunities, and eliminate existing generation caps.
Assembly Bill 1591 would add licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCCs) to the list of health care professionals whose services are reimbursed through Medi-Cal to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) or rural health clinics (RHCs). Adding LPCCs will help span gaps in workforce capacity by providing clinics with funding to employ LPCCs. Moreover, this bill would increase access to meet the demand for mental health services, particularly in rural or remote areas that have difficulty attracting and retaining health care providers. Vetoed.
Assembly Bill 1619 would bring the federal gainful employment regulation to California law to prevent the Trump administration from undoing important student protections. This federal regulation established debt-to-earnings ratios to objectively determine whether students are able to repay their federal student loans and has increased accountability of low-performing career training programs.
Assembly Bill 1678 would conform provisions of the Education Code and Government Code with recently enacted authorization for local public campaign financing programs. Specifically, this bill would clarify that local agencies, school districts, and community college districts may establish public campaign financing programs in accordance with existing law.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 37 would proclaim April 24, 2017, as California Holocaust Memorial Day and would urge all Californians to observe this day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust. Passed by the Legislature. Res. Chapter 51.
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 73 would declare May 6, 2017 as Moyamoya Disease Awareness Day in California in an effort to bring this treatable disease to light and to prevent unnecessary suffering by those affected by Moyamoya. Passed by the Legislature. Res. Chapter 63.