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CAPITOL UPDATE #8 February 18, 2021

 February 18, 2021

California Federation of Republican Women
Sue Blair, President

Submitted by the CFRW Legislative Analyst Committee:         
Gretchen Cox, Elaine Freeman, Lou Ann Flaherty, Val Emick

  • AB-97 – Insulin Affordability- States the Legislatures’ intent to enact legislation to make insulin more affordable for Californians. No further information is available.
  • SB-56– Medi-Cal:  Eligibility – Similar to AB-4, this bill would, subject to an appropriation by the Legislature, and effective July 1, 2022, extend eligibility for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to individuals who are 65 years of age or older, and who are currently not eligible due to their immigration status. The bill would delete provisions delaying implementation until the director makes the determination described above. The bill would require the department to seek federal approvals to obtain federal financial participation to implement these requirements. Because counties are required to make Medi-Cal eligibility determinations and this bill would expand Medi-Cal eligibility, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
  • AB- 424– Private Student Loan Collections Reform Act: collection actions– This bill, would prohibit a private education lender or a private education loan collector, from initiating a private education loan collection action unless the private education lender or private education loan collector possesses all of the specified documents.
  • SB 9– Housing Development:  Approvals– Would change planning and zoning laws.  This bill would require a proposed housing development containing two residential units within a single-family residential lot or zone to be considered ministerially, without discretionary/local review or hearing, if the proposed housing development meets certain requirements. These would include that the proposed housing development would not require demolition or alteration of housing that is subject to a recorded covenant, ordinance, or law that restricts rents to levels affordable to persons and families of moderate, low, or very low income.  Also, that the proposed housing development does not allow for demolition of more than 25% of the existing exterior structural walls, except as provided, and the development is not located within a historic district, is not included on the State Historic Resources Inventory, or is not within a site that is legally designated or listed as a city or county landmark.
  • AB 71-Statewide homelessness solutions program – Increase taxes-This bill will attempt to solve homelessness by imposing higher taxes on people and corporations, higher corporate taxes, closing corporate tax loopholes, and repeal stepped-up basis of inherited assets. It also appears to have a retroactive element (section 23151 (2))

The More We Know…
In California, a two-thirds vote is needed in each chamber of the California State Legislature to refer a constitutional amendment to the ballot for voter consideration. In 2019, a constitutional amendment was proposed, titled Senate Concurrent Resolution 2 (SCA 2) in the California State Legislature. This measure would have changed our state constitution to allow an elected official being recalled to have his/her name INCLUDED in the list of replacement candidates. In 2019, the State Senate voted 28-11 to pass SCA 2. However, it did not receive a vote in the House, so the measure failed to qualify for the 2020 ballot.  Therefore, should the majority vote to approve the recall of Gavin Newsom later this year, his name WILL NOT appear as a replacement candidate in the recall election he is facing.  
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