Six of Weber’s 2014 Bills Signed by Governor

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kindergarten, Civil Rights and Voting Rights Legislation Become Law

SAN DIEGO – Governor Edmund Gerald “Jerry” Brown, Jr.,  signed six of the seven bills - ranging in topic from full-day kindergarten to hate crimes - sent to him by Assemblymember Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego), bringing  to eleven the total number of bills signed into law during her first term. Weber also successfully passed resolutions in 2014 honoring the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, highlighting the Filipino-American civil rights and labor leaders’ Larry Iliong and Philip Vera Cruz, and recognizing September as Attendance Awareness Month.

Successful Legislation 2014 

AB 2009 – Streamlining BOE Audits
Streamlines the Board of Equalization’s (BOE) sales tax audit process by allowing businesses in good standing to conduct their own sales tax audits with BOE supervision. This saves time, reduces disruption to business operations and frees up BOE resources for pursuing ‘bad actor’ businesses.

AB 2376 – Saving Small Businesses Money
Decreases the operating costs for small businesses with state contracts - including women, minority and disabled veteran-owned businesses - by reducing the required insurance deductible from $25,000 to $10,000.

AB 2379 – Adult Protective Services
Increases the ability of abuse prevention teams to identify potential risk of abuse by caregivers for older or dependent adults. This bill, sponsored by the County of San Diego, is the first of Weber’s 2014 legislative package to be signed into law.  

AB 1719 – Full Day Kindergarten
Requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction to provide the Legislature no later than July 1, 2017, with an evaluation of kindergarten program implementation in the state, including part-day and full-day kindergarten programs, as specified. The bill would also require a local educational agency, commencing with the 2015–16 school year, to provide an annual report to the State Department of Education that contains information on the type of kindergarten program offered by the local educational agency, as provided, in a manner determined by the department.

AB 2243 - Voting Rights
Ensures persons involved in the criminal justice system are given accurate information about their voting rights and are afforded the opportunity to participate in the civic life of their communities by either requiring each county parole department to post a hyperlink on its Internet website to the Secretary of State’s voting guide for current and formerly incarcerated persons or by posting a notice with the Internet web address containing the Secretary of State's voting rights guide

AB 2617 - Forced Arbitration and Civil Rights
Prohibits forced arbitration clauses from preventing individuals from pursuing legal action for violations of their civil rights.

ACR 140 - Commemorates the 60th Anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education

ACR 149 - Commemorates School Attendance Awareness Month in September

ACR 156 - Itliong-Vera Cruz Memorial Bridge
Designates the overpass on South Woodman Street that crosses State Route 54, also known as the Filipino American Highway, in the City of San Diego as the Itliong-Vera Cruz Memorial Bridge. The measure requests the Department of Transportation to determine the cost of appropriate signs showing this special designation, and upon receiving donations from non-state sources, cover the cost to erect those signs.

Successful Legislation 2013

AB 56 -  Carbon Monoxide Detectors in K-12 Schools
Aims to require the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in certain newly built K-12 schools.  

AB 149 - Voting Rights
Ensures that individuals who have completed parole or probation are made aware of their voting rights.

AB 173 - Small Business Procurement Act for Universities and Colleges
Streamlines the award of contracts for goods and services applicable to the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges.

AB 899 - English Second Language Common Core Standards
Requires the State of California to adopt the Common Core Standards for English as a Second Language (ESL), and ensures that students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state.

AB 979 - Port of San Diego Peace Officers
Enhances the safety of our ports by providing adequate training of peace officers who patrol ports or other waterborne environments.
 
ACR 45 - Early Care and Education Resolution
Shines light on the importance of early care, preschool and parental education for low-income children of color.