[LGz-Vetoed Bills 2005]
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NASW-CA's 2005 Chaptered/Vetoed Bills
12/6/2005


 

Chaptered

AB 70 (Maze) Vehicles: license plates: rape victims. (C-07/18/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 07/18/2005-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 60, Statutes of 2005
  Current Location: 07/18/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law provides for the assignment of a specific license number to a motor vehicle, which may be changed only upon application to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and under certain circumstances. Existing law requires the department to provide a new and different set of license plates to a registered owner of a vehicle who appears in person and submits a completed application and also presents to the department the previously issued plates, proof of identity and vehicle ownership, and evidence of victimization by a domestic abuser, evidence of efforts to get assistance in regard to the domestic abuse, as specified, or evidence that the applicant is the subject of stalking, as specified. This bill would include a victim of rape or sexual battery, as specified, within the provisions requiring the department to provide a new set of license plates to a registered owner of a vehicle who appears in person and submits an application, as described above, including certain evidence identifying the applicant as the victim of rape or sexual battery. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 118 (Cohn) Protective orders: minor children. (C-10/04/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/04/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 465
  Current Location: 10/04/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law authorizes the court to grant reasonable visitation rights to a parent unless it is shown that the visitation would be detrimental to the best interest of the child. This bill would require that if a criminal protective order has been issued, as specified, a visitation order or a specified custody and visitation order shall make reference to, and acknowledge the precedence of enforcement of, any appropriate criminal protective order. The bill would require the Judicial Council to modify criminal and civil court forms consistent with this provision, on or before July 1, 2006. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 228 (Koretz) Transplantation services: human immunodeficiency virus. (C-09/29/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/29/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 419
  Current Location: 09/29/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care and makes a violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the licensure and regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. This bill would prohibit a health care service plan and a health insurer from denying coverage for the costs of organ or tissue transplantation services on the basis that the enrollee, subscriber, insured, or policyholder is infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 299 (Maze) Mandatory reporting. (C-07/11/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 07/11/2005-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 42, Statutes of 2005
  Current Location: 07/11/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law requires that reports of suspected child abuse or neglect be made by mandated reporters, via telephone and written report, following specified procedures and timelines, to any police department or sheriff's department, county probation department, as specified, or the county welfare department. This bill would permit child abuse or neglect reports to be made via fax or electronic transmission. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 363 (Chu) Child and Family Service Review System. (C-09/22/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/22/2005-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 296, Statutes of 2005
  Current Location: 09/22/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Under existing law, the State Department of Social Services oversees the administration of county public social services, including child welfare services. Existing law requires the department to establish, by April 1, 2003, the California Child and Family Service Review System, in order to review, commencing January 1, 2004, all county child welfare systems. Existing law requires the department, beginning with the 2002-03 fiscal year, to report to the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees and appropriate legislative policy committees regarding the department's progress relating to federal and state child and family service reviews. This bill would revise the department's duty to report the above information to instead require the department to provide information to the designated legislative committees. The bill would add to the information required to be provided, to include findings and recommendations for child welfare system improvements identified in county self-assessments and county system improvement plans, including common barriers that inhibit system improvements, and recommendations to overcome the barriers. This bill contains other related provisions. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 478 (Lieber) Female inmates and wards. (C-10/06/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/06/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 608
  Current Location: 10/06/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary:  Existing law provides that an inmate who gives birth after her receipt by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation may be declared eligible to participate in a community treatment program that provides for the release of the mother and child to a public or private facility in the community suitable to their needs. This bill would require any community treatment program in which such an inmate participates to include prenatal care, access to prenatal vitamins, childbirth education, and infant care. This bill would also require the department to establish minimum standards for pregnant inmates who are not eligible for the program including necessary nutrition and vitamins, information and education, and a dental cleaning. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 519 (Leno) Parental rights. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 634
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law provides that children may become dependent children of the juvenile court on the basis of abuse or neglect. Existing law specifies that any order of the court permanently terminating parental rights is conclusive and binding on the child, subject to specified notice provisions, and gives the juvenile court no power to set aside, change, or modify that order, except that the order may be appealed. This bill would create an exception to this provision to permit a child who has not been adopted after the passage of at least 3 years from termination of parental rights and for whom the court has determined that adoption is no longer the permanent plan, or is no longer likely to be adopted, as specified, to petition the juvenile court for reinstatement of parental rights, pursuant to specified procedures. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 547 (Berg) Clean needle and syringe exchange projects. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 692
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law authorizes pharmacists and physicians to furnish hypodermic needles and syringes without a prescription or permit for human use in the administration of insulin or adrenaline. This bill would instead authorize cities, counties, or cities and counties to have a clean needle and syringe exchange project that, in consultation with the State Department of Health Services, authorizes this exchange, as recommended by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services and as part of a network of comprehensive services. This bill contains other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 760 (Nava) Criminal procedure. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 635
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law provides an arrested person with certain rights regarding the opportunity to make telephone calls incident to the person being booked or detained, as specified. The willful deprivation of these rights by a public officer or employee is a misdemeanor. This bill would, in addition, provide that when, during booking, an arrested person is determined to be a custodial parent of a minor child or children, the person would be entitled to make 2 telephone calls at no expense, as specified, for the purpose of arranging for the care of the minor child or children. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 776 (Chu) Child abuse reporting. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 713
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law requires certain persons to report incidents of suspected child abuse to specified agencies by telephone and also by written report thereof within 36 hours. This bill would require those agencies to keep a record of all reports received. This bill would permit those written reports to be made via fax or electronic transmission. This bill would also specify that if after reasonable efforts, a mandated reporter is unable to submit a report by telephone, he or she shall immediately or as soon as is practicably possible make a one-time automated written report and be available to respond to telephone followup by the agency with which he or she filed the report, as specified. This bill would provide that these reports would be captured in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System and would provide that these provisions would not become operative until that system is updated as necessary and would become inoperative 3 years thereafter or on January 1, 2009, whichever occurs first. This bill would also require the Department of Social Services to submit a report reflecting the reasons stated by mandated reporters for filing a one-time automated written report in lieu of the initial telephone report, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 824 (Chu) AFDC-FC benefits: transitional housing. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 636
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law establishes the Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) program, under which counties provide payments to foster care providers on behalf of qualified children in foster care. The program is funded by a combination of federal, state, and county funds, with moneys from the General Fund being continuously appropriated to pay for the state's share of AFDC-FC costs. This bill would raise the age limit for receipt of transitional housing placement program services by an emancipated foster youth to 24 years. This bill contains other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 1261 (Leno) Foster children: education. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 639
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law requires a pupil placed in a licensed children's institution or foster family home to attend programs operated by the local educational agency, unless one of certain specified circumstances applies. This bill would revise the applicable circumstances. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 1400 (Laird) Civil Rights Act. (C-09/29/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/29/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 420
  Current Location: 09/29/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: The Unruh Civil Rights Act generally prohibits business establishments from discriminating on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, or medical condition. The Unruh Civil Rights Act provides civil remedies for violations of its provisions. This bill would further prohibit that discrimination on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation, and would define related terms. The bill would also integrate those definitions into other related provisions, and would make specified findings and declarations in that regard. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 1412 (Leno) Dependent children: out-of-home placements. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 640
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary:  Existing law requires the juvenile court to conduct periodic status review hearings, and, in certain cases, to terminate the parental rights to, and to order a permanent plan of adoption or legal guardianship for, a dependent child of the juvenile court. Existing law also requires social workers to prepare various reports, including a case plan, regarding the child in connection with these hearings, and to make efforts to maintain relationships between the child and specified individuals who are important to the child. Several of these provisions apply specifically to a child who is 10 years of age or older who is placed in a group home for 6 months or longer from the date the child entered foster care. This bill would revise those provisions to apply to a child who is 10 years of age or older and who has been in an out-of-home placement, subject to appropriation through the budget process and by phase, as specified. The bill would also require that a child be involved in developing his or her case plan as age and developmentally appropriate. By expanding the class of children to whom these provisions would apply, the bill would impose additional duties on social workers, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 1633 (Evans) Foster children: high school: social security assistance. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 641
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A CHAPTERED
 
  Summary:  Existing law permits a child who is in foster care and receiving aid pursuant to the Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care (AFDC-FC) program, who is attending high school or the equivalent level of vocational or technical training on a full-time basis prior to his or her 18th birthday, to continue to receive aid following his or her 18th birthday, if the child continues to reside in foster care placement, remains otherwise eligible for AFDC-FC payments, and continues to attend high school or the equivalent level of vocational or technical training on a full-time basis and if the child may reasonably be expected to complete the educational or training program before his or her 19th birthday. This bill would extend the opportunity to remain in foster care placement beyond the age of 18 years to a foster child who is pursuing a high school equivalency certificate. By extending AFDC-FC benefits to additional recipients, this bill would increase the duties of counties administering the program, thus imposing a state-mandated local program. The bill would declare that no appropriation would be made pursuant to the existing continuous appropriation for purposes of implementing these provisions. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 12 (Escutia) School food nutrition. (C-09/15/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/15/2005-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 235, Statutes of 2005
  Current Location: 09/15/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary:  Existing law prohibits the sale of certain beverages and food items at elementary schools, and at middle and high schools participating in a pilot program. This bill would, commencing July 1, 2007, limit those provisions, revised as specified, to elementary schools. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 111 (Alquist) Statute of limitations: sex crimes. (C-10/04/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/04/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 479
  Current Location: 10/04/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law requires that prosecution for certain felony sex offenses commence within 10 years after commission of the offense. This bill would instead state that prosecution for certain felony sex offenses that are alleged to have been committed when the victim was under the age of 18 years may be commenced any time prior to the victim's 28th birthday. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 141 (Soto) Residential care facilities: preadmission fee refunds. (C-09/22/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/22/2005-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 250, Statutes of 2005
  Current Location: 09/22/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law regulates the licensure and operation of residential care facilities for the elderly, including setting forth the basic services a facility is required to provide. Existing law requires that a licensee of a residential care facility for the elderly, if the licensee charges a preadmission fee, provide the applicant or his or her representative with a written general statement describing costs associated with the preadmission fee charges and stating whether or not the preadmission fee is refundable. If the preadmission fee or some portion thereof is refundable, existing law requires the statement to describe the conditions for the refund. A violation of the provisions relating to the licensure or operation of a residential care facility for the elderly is a crime. This bill would provide that if the applicant decides not to enter the facility prior to the facility's completion of a preadmission appraisal or if the facility fails to provide full written disclosure of the preadmission fee charges and refund conditions, the applicant or the applicant's representative would be entitled to a refund of 100% of the preadmission fee. It would also require a preadmission fee in excess of $500 to be refundable under certain conditions, and would require the licensee to provide the applicant or his or her representative with a written statement, stating that the preadmission fee is refundable and describing the conditions for the refund. By changing the definition of a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 180 (Kuehl) Human trafficking. (C-09/21/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/21/2005-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 239, Statutes of 2005
  Current Location: 09/21/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law establishes various task forces for purposes of crime prevention and law enforcement. This bill would establish the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery (California ACTS) Task Force and require it to evaluate various programs available to victims of trafficking and various criminal statutes addressing human trafficking, and report to the Legislature, Governor, and Attorney General on or before July 1, 2007. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 229 (Figueroa) Professions and vocations. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 658
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary:  Existing law provides for the Board of Psychology to license and regulate psychologists. Under existing law, certain provisions relating to the board become inoperative on July 1, 2006, and are to be repealed on January 1, 2007. This bill would extend those dates to July 1, 2008, and January 1, 2009, respectively. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 436 (Migden) Foster care: transitional housing. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 629
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law provides that a person less than 21 years of age who has emancipated from a county that has elected to participate in a transitional housing placement program for youths between 18 and 21 years of age who meet certain conditions, shall also be eligible for a county transitional housing placement program that provides supervised housing services. This bill would require the county department of social services in a county that provides transitional housing placement services to include in its annual Independent Living Program report a description of currently available transitional housing resources in relation to the number of emancipating pregnant or parenting foster youth in the county, and a plan for meeting any unmet transitional housing needs of the emancipating pregnant or parenting foster youth. This bill contains other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 500 (Kuehl) AFDC-FC: pregnant and parenting foster youth. (C-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 630
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Under existing law, a child may come within the jurisdiction of the juvenile court and become a dependent child of the court, in, among others, cases of abuse or neglect, or failure of a parent or guardian to adequately supervise or protect the child. Existing law declares that a parent's or guardian's physical disability is only relevant to a court's determination to the extent that the parent's disability prevents him or her from exercising care or control. This bill would additionally declare that a child whose parent has been adjudged a dependent child of the court shall not be considered to be at risk of abuse or neglect solely because of the age, dependent status, or foster care status of the parent. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 644 (Ortiz) Dispensing prescription drugs and devices. (C-09/29/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/29/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 417
  Current Location: 09/29/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary:  Existing law makes certain actions by a health care professional unprofessional conduct subject to disciplinary action by the licensing board regulating the health care professional. Under existing law, the California State Board of Pharmacy is authorized to issue a citation for the violation of the Pharmacy Law or regulations adopted pursuant to it, and the board's executive officer is authorized to issue a letter of admonishment for the violation of those provisions. This bill would prohibit a health care licentiate from obstructing a patient in obtaining a prescription drug or device and would require the licentiate to dispense drugs and devices pursuant to a lawful prescription or order except in specified circumstances, including on ethical, moral, or religious grounds asserted by the licentiate. The bill would authorize the licentiate to decline to dispense the prescription or order on that basis only if the licentiate notified his or her employer of the objection and it can be reasonably accommodated. The bill would require the licentiate's employer in those circumstances to establish protocols to ensure a patient's timely access to the prescribed drug or device. The bill would authorize the California State Board of Pharmacy to issue a citation for a violation of these provisions and would authorize its executive officer to issue a letter of admonishment for their violation. This bill contains other related provisions. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 973 (Kuehl) Public employees' retirement: domestic partners. (C-09/29/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/29/2005-Chaptered by the Secretary of State, Chapter Number 418
  Current Location: 09/29/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary:  For purposes of retirement benefits, the Teachers' Retirement Law provides that the term "spouse" includes a person who is the registered domestic partner of a member. This bill would revise and recast those provisions to provide that a person who is the registered domestic partner of a member shall be treated in the same manner as a "spouse," and would make other conforming changes in that regard. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 1018 (Simitian) Elder and dependent adult abuse. (C-08/29/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 08/29/2005-Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 140, Statutes of 2005
  Current Location: 08/29/2005-S CHAPTERED
 
  Summary: Existing law provides for the confidentiality of financial records but does not prohibit various state and local officers and agencies from requesting information from an office or branch of a financial institution and the office or branch from responding to the request, as to whether a person has an account or accounts at that office or branch and if so, any identifying numbers of the account or accounts. This bill, from January 1, 2007, to January 1, 2013, inclusive, would provide that a county adult protective services office and a long-term care ombudsman when investigating the financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult is similarly not prohibited from requesting financial information and the office or branch is not prohibited from responding to the request. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 

Vetoed

AB 48 (Lieber) Minimum wage. (V-09/29/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/29/2005-Vetoed by Governor
  Current Location: 09/29/2005-A VETOED
 
  Summary: Existing law requires establishment of a minimum wage for all industries of not less than $5.75 per hour on and after March 1, 1998. Under existing law, the Industrial Welfare Commission is authorized to determine minimum wages in accordance with a prescribed procedure that includes the selection of wage boards to consider and make recommendations regarding wage issues. The current minimum wage for all industries is $6.75 per hour. This bill would increase the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour, effective on and after July 1, 2006, and to $7.75 per hour, effective on and after July 1, 2007, and would provide for the automatic adjustment of the minimum wage on January 1 of each year thereafter, calculated by multiplying the minimum wage by the previous year's rate of inflation, as specified. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 696 (Chu) Public social services: CalWORKs and Food Stamp Program. (V-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Vetoed by Governor
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A VETOED
 
  Summary: Existing law requires the State Department of Social Services and the California Health and Human Services Agency Data Center to design, implement, and maintain a statewide fingerprint imaging system for use in connection with the determination of eligibility for benefits under the CalWORKs program, excluding the Aid to Families with Dependent Children-Foster Care program, and the Food Stamp Program. Existing law, with specified exceptions, requires applicants for, and recipients of, CalWORKs and Food Stamp Program benefits, as a condition of eligibility, to be fingerprint imaged, pursuant to the statewide fingerprint imaging system. This bill, instead, would require the department and the Office of Systems Integration to design, implement, and maintain the system. The bill would require the fingerprint imaging system to apply to use under the Food Stamp Program only to the extent the applicants for, or recipients of, food stamps also apply for or receive designated nonhealth benefits associated with county aid and relief to indigents. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 772 (Chan) California Healthy Kids Insurance Program. (V-10/08/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Vetoed by Governor
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A VETOED
 
  Summary:  Existing law establishes various public programs to provide health care coverage to eligible children, including the Medi-Cal program administered by the State Department of Health Services and county welfare agencies, and the Healthy Families Program administered by the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. Children through 18 years of age are eligible for health care coverage under these programs if they meet certain household income and other requirements. Existing law authorizes information sharing with respect to children eligible for free school lunches in order to facilitate their enrollment in the health care programs. This bill would create the California Healthy Kids Insurance Program, which would consist of the portion of the Medi-Cal program that provides health care coverage to children and the Healthy Families Program. The bill would require that the California Healthy Kids Insurance Program be operated as a joint partnership by the State Department of Health Services and the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board in a streamlined manner, with eligible children to be enrolled in one program or the other, as appropriate. The bill would accelerate the process for making eligibility determinations for the California Healthy Kids Insurance Program by authorizing the administering agencies to rely on income eligibility determinations made by other public assistance programs, including reduced price school lunch programs, the California Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Food Stamp Program. The bill would require the administering agencies to request documentation and verify information only to the extent necessary to determine eligibility and as required by federal law. The bill would provide simplified annual renewals of eligibility by self-certification by recipients. The bill would expand eligibility for the Healthy Families Program and the Healthy Families Program element of the California Healthy Kids Insurance Program by allowing children with family incomes up to 300% of the federal poverty level to qualify and by otherwise liberalizing enrollment requirements. The bill would enact certain privacy and confidentiality provisions relative to Healthy Families Program applicants and enrollees. The bill would create the California Healthy Kids Expert Panel to advise the administering agencies on various matters. The bill would require the administering agencies to award local enrollment investment grants from available funds to local and regional children's health initiative activities designed to increase and retain the enrollment of children in health care coverage. The bill would require the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency to coordinate local children's health insurance programs with certain state and federally funded programs. The bill would require the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board to undertake pilot demonstration projects to test strategies and gather data relative to increasing health care coverage for uninsured children in families with incomes above 300% of the federal poverty level. The bill would require the board to develop materials for distribution by state agencies to small business employers regarding availability of purchasing pool coverage. The bill would require the California Health and Human Services Agency in conjunction with the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and the Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing to establish a task force relative to increasing employer health care coverage of children. The bill would make various related modifications to the Medi-Cal program and the Healthy Families Program. The bill would enact related provisions and state the intent of the Legislature relative to certain other provisions, and would provide for a phase-in of its provisions over several years. Because the modifications to the Medi-Cal program would impose certain duties on counties relative to administration of that program, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 849 (Leno) Gender-neutral marriage. (V-09/29/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/29/2005-Vetoed by Governor
  Current Location: 09/29/2005-A VETOED
 
  Summary: Existing law provides that marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between a man and a woman. Existing law provides for the issuance of marriage licenses and imposes duties on county clerks in that connection, as specified. Existing law, enacted by initiative measure, further provides that only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in this state. This bill would enact the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act, which would instead provide that marriage is a personal relation arising out of a civil contract between 2 persons. The bill would make conforming changes with regard to the consent to, and solemnization of, marriage, and would make related findings and declarations. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 855 (Bass) CalWORKs. (V-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Vetoed by Governor
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A VETOED
 
  Summary: Existing federal law provides for allocation of federal funds through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant program to eligible states. Existing law provides for the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program for the allocation of federal funds received through the TANF program, under which each county provides cash assistance and other benefits to qualified low-income families. This bill would, instead, provide that, with certain exceptions, a person convicted of drug-related felonies shall be eligible to receive CalWORKs benefits if he or she meets certain conditions of eligibility. This bill would retain the existing law requirement that a county issue vouchers or vendor payments for at least rent and utilities payments for a family receiving aid that includes an ineligible individual. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 899 (Ridley-Thomas) In-home supportive services. (V-09/29/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 09/29/2005-Vetoed by Governor
  Current Location: 09/29/2005-A VETOED
 
  Summary: Existing law provides for the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program, under which, either through employment by the recipient, or by or through contract by the county, qualified aged, blind, and disabled persons receive services enabling them to remain in their own homes. Existing law permits services to be provided under the IHSS program either through the employment of individual providers, a contract between the county and an entity for the provision of services, a contract between the county and a nonprofit consortium, or the creation by the county of a public authority. Existing law defines "supportive services" for purposes of the program, and establishes the maximum monthly amount of services an eligible person may receive. This bill, notwithstanding existing law, would authorize a service provider to receive wages for up to 6 hours of prescribed instruction per calendar year, approved by the department and pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement if it qualifies for the maximum federal participation. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
AB 1698 (Nunez) Health care coverage. (V-10/08/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Vetoed by Governor
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-A VETOED
 
  Summary: Existing law, the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975, provides for the licensure and regulation of health care service plans by the Department of Managed Health Care, and makes a violation of the act a crime. Existing law also provides for the regulation of health insurers by the Department of Insurance. Existing law requires that every health care service plan contract that provides for termination of coverage of a dependent child upon attainment of the limiting age for dependent children shall also provide that attainment of the limiting age shall not terminate the coverage of a child under certain conditions. Existing law establishes similar requirements for group hospital, medical, or surgical expense insurance polices that provide coverage of dependent children. This bill would prohibit, with specified exceptions, the limiting age for dependent children covered by these health care service plan contracts and insurance policies from being less than 26 years of age for any employment contract subject to collective bargaining that is issued, amended, or renewed after January 1, 2006. The bill would also authorize certain public employees and annuitants to elect to provide coverage to their dependents who would otherwise be ineligible for coverage by contributing the premium for that coverage. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 23 (Migden) Healthy Families Program and Medi-Cal. (V-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
  Status: 10/07/2005-Vetoed by Governor
  Current Location: 10/07/2005-S VETOED
 
  Summary: Existing law requires the Employment Development Department to administer the unemployment compensation system, under which employers pay contributions to the department to fund the system. The department also collects other amounts from employers, including remittances of personal income taxes withheld by employers from employees. This bill would require the board, in collaboration with the State Department of Health Services, to develop an informational document that may be referred to as the "Healthy Families/Medi-Cal Workplace Notice," containing certain information about the Healthy Families Program and the Medi-Cal program. The bill would require the Employment Development Department to notify employers, as specified, who would be required to provide the notice to their employees. This bill would also require the board to establish processes that would allow an employer to elect to allow employees to have the family contribution payments for health care coverage under the Healthy Families Program deducted from the employee's pay and transmitted to the board by the employer, or to have the contribution payments transferred from a designated financial institution to the board. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
 
  Position: Support
 
SB 60 (Cedillo) Vehicles: driver's license. (V-10/07/2005  html  pdf)
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