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Bills on the Move

By Andrew Keller - December 16, 2010

 

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The looming $28 billion budget deficit has not deterred lawmakers from introducing bills for the next legislative session. Some of the bills introduced this week look to address the revenue problem by extending temporary vehicle licensing fees set to expire soon, alleviating some pressure on the K-14 budget. Other bills this week address local government transparency, military and immigrant tuition, and the inclusion of LGBT figures in social science curriculum. Here are the summaries of these bills.

 

Finance

AB 66 (Chesbro D) Taxation: vehicle license fees.  
Introduced: 12/13/2010
Status: 12/13/2010-Introduced. To print.

Summary: The Vehicle License Fee Law, in lieu of any ad valorem property tax upon vehicles, imposes an annual license fee for any vehicle subject to registration in this state in the amount of 1% of the market value of that vehicle, as provided, for a specified amount of time. Existing law also, until June 30, 2011, imposes an additional tax equal to 0.15% of the market value of specified vehicles, as determined by the Department of Motor Vehicles, to the vehicle license fee, to be deposited in the General Fund and transferred to the Local Safety and Protection Account, a continuously appropriated fund. This bill would repeal the provision relating to the sunset date and repeal of the additional 0.15% tax, thereby depositing additional moneys into a continuously appropriated fund.

 

ABX1 9 (Chesbro D) Taxation: vehicle license fees.  
Introduced: 12/13/2010
Status: 12/13/2010-Introduced. To print.

Summary: The Vehicle License Fee Law, in lieu of any ad valorem property tax upon vehicles, imposes an annual license fee for any vehicle subject to registration in this state in the amount of 1% of the market value of that vehicle, as provided, for a specified amount of time. Existing law also, until June 30, 2011, imposes an additional tax equal to 0.15% of the market value of specified vehicles, as determined by the Department of Motor Vehicles, to the vehicle license fee, to be deposited in the General Fund and transferred to the Local Safety and Protection Account, a continuously appropriated fund. This bill would repeal the provision relating to the sunset date and repeal of the additional 0.15% tax, thereby depositing additional moneys into a continuously appropriated fund.

 

Curriculum & Instruction

SB 48 (Leno D) Instruction: prohibition of discriminatory content.  
Introduced: 12/13/2010
Status: 12/13/2010-Introduced. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Summary: Existing law requires instruction in social sciences to include a study of the role and contributions of both men and women to the development of California and the United States. This bill would require instruction in social sciences to also include a study of the role and contributions of Native Americans, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, European Americans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans, and other ethnic and cultural groups, to the development of California and the United States.

 

Miscellaneous

AB 63 (Donnelly R) Public postsecondary education: tuition and fees.  
Introduced: 12/9/2010
Status: 12/10/2010-From printer. May be heard in committee January 9.

Summary: Existing law establishes uniform student residency requirements for purposes of ascertaining the amount of fees to be paid by students at public institutions of higher education in the state. Existing law entitles an undergraduate student who is a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces stationed in this state on active duty to resident classification for purposes of determining the amount of tuition and fees. Existing law entitles a graduate student, under the same circumstances, to resident classification for no more than one academic year, after which he or she is subject to the general provisions otherwise establishing student residency requirements. This bill would amend state law to conform to federal law granting a member of the Armed Forces, or his or her dependent, as provided, entitlement to resident classification for so long as he or she is continuously enrolled at that institution.

 

SB 46 (Correa D) Local government: compensation disclosure.  
Introduced: 12/9/2010
Status: 12/10/2010-From printer. May be acted upon on or after January 9.

Summary: Existing law provides for the compensation of local government officers and employees, as specified. This bill would require filers, as defined, to annually file a compensation disclosure form, as specified. This bill would require the Secretary of State to develop the form, which would provide for the disclosure of, among other things, salaries and stipends, automobile and equipment allowances, and incentive and bonus payments. This bill would also require a county, city, city and county, school district, special district, or joint powers agency that maintains an Internet Web site to post the information contained on the filed form on that Internet Web site, as specified. The bill would authorize a district attorney or any interested person to commence an action by mandamus to enforce the provisions of the bill, as specified. The duties imposed on local departmental agencies by the bill would create a state-mandated local program.

Editor's Note:  Andrew Keller is a Policy Consultant for Governmental Solutions Group, LLC, a policy consulting and legislative advocacy firm.