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On an annual basis, in concurrence with Santa Clarita 2020, the Santa Clarita City Council adopts a Legislative Platform for the upcoming year.  The purpose of the Legislative Platform is to outline the position of the City Council on priority issues and matters that impact the City’s ability to operate effectively, promote City interests and protect local authority. Furthermore, during the course of each year, the City Council reviews bills pending in Congress and the California Legislature.  

The following are federal and state bills that the City Council has taken a position on during the current Federal and State Legislation Session.  Included with each of the bills listed is a link to the bill language, the City’s staff report to the City Council regarding the measure, and letters to legislators communicating the City Council’s  official position on each bill, which is reflective of the position adopted by the City Council.

Questions regarding the process for the City Council to consider specific legislation or the City Council’s position on federal or state bills may be directed to Michael Murphy, Intergovernmental Relations Manager, at (661) 255-4384 or mmurphy@santa-clarita.com.



 

State Legislation

2019-2020 Legislative Session

 

AB 68: LAND USE: ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS

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Authored by Assembly Member Phil Ting (D-19-San Francisco), Assembly Bill 68 preempts local land use authority related to accessory dwelling units. 

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on April 9, 2019.

 

AB 213: VEHICLE LICENSE FEE

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Authored by Assembly Member Eloise Reyes (D-47-San Bernardino), Assembly Bill 213 revises the formula for allocating vehicle license fee adjustment amounts to restore revenues to cities that annexed developed areas since the implementation of Senate Bill 89 (2011). Assembly Bill 213 also restores generated revenue for future city annexations.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on February 26, 2019.

 

AB 377: MICROENTERPRISE HOME KITCHEN OPERATIONS

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Authored by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia (D-56-Coachella), Assembly Bill (377) preempts local land use authority related to microenterprise home kitchen operations (MEHKO).

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on May 28, 2019.

 

AB 516: AUTHORITY TO REMOVE VEHICLES

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Authored by Assembly Member David Chiu (D-17-San Francisco), Assembly Bill 516 proposes to repeal existing law that authorizes local agencies to immobilize or tow vehicles that are in violation of specific parking or traffic laws.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on July 9, 2019.

 

AB 720: COMMUNITY COLLEGES: FUNDING: INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICE AGREEMENTS WITH PUBLIC SAFETY AGENCIES

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Authored by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-66-Torrance), Assembly Bill 720 revises the funding formula to community college districts that offer public safety classes.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on June 11, 2019.

 

AB 1112: SHARED MOBILITY DEVICES: LOCAL REGULATION

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Authored by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-43-Glendale), Assembly Bill 1112, as introduced, preempted local authority related to shared mobility devices. This bill was amended on June 19, 2019, to authorize cities and counties to regulate the operation and use of shared mobility devices.

The City Council supported this bill, if amended, at the regular meeting on July 9, 2019.

 

AB 1286: SHARED MOBILITY DEVICES: AGREEMENTS

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Authored by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D-66-Torrance), Assembly Member 1286 requires shared mobility providers to enter into an agreement with a local authority, prior to the operation of shared mobility devices within a jurisdictional area.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on July 9, 2019.

 

AB 1356: CANNABIS: LOCAL JURISDICTIONS: RETAIL COMMERCIAL CANNABIS ACTIVITY

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Authored by Phil Ting (D-19-San Francisco), Assembly Bill 1356 preempts local land authority related to retail commercial cannabis activity.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on May 28, 2019.

 

AB 1530: LOCAL REGULATIONS ON CANNABIS DELIVERY

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Authored by Assembly Member Ken Cooley (D-8-Rancho Cordova), Assembly Bill 1530 authorizes a local agency the authority to regulate the delivery of cannabis or cannabis products within its jurisdictional boundaries.  

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on April 9, 2019.

 

AB 1568: HOUSING LAW COMPLIANCE: PROHIBITION ON APPLYING FOR STATE GRANTS

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Authored by Assembly Member Kevin McCarty (D-7-Sacramento), Assembly Bill 1568 restricts state grant funds for cities and counties violating the state housing law.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on May 28, 2019.

 

AB 1637: UNCLAIMED PROPERTY LAW

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Authored by Assembly Member Christy Smith (D-38-Santa Clarita) Assembly Bill 1637 permits unclaimed property reported to, and by, the California State Controller in the name of a state or local agency, to be transferred by the Controller directly to that agency without the filing of a claim.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on May 28, 2019.

 

SB 13: ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS

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Authored by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-10-Fremont), Senate Bill 13 preempts local land use authority related to accessory dwelling units (ADU).

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on June 11, 2019.

 

SB 50: PLANNING AND ZONING: HOUSING DEVELOPMENT  

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Authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-11-San-Francisco), Senate Bill 50 restricts certain local land use authority including density, height, parking, and flood area ratio standards related to specific residential development near a major transit stop, major transit corridor or major job center.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on February 26, 2019. 

 

SB 330: HOUSING CRISIS ACT OF 2019

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Authored by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-9-Berkeley), Senate Bill 330 declares a statewide housing emergency to be in effect until January 1, 2025, and restricts certain local land use authority including; zoning, design standards, parking, and overall application standards related to specific residential developments.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on July 9, 2019.

 

SB 333: HOMELESS COORDINATING AND FINANCING COUNCIL

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Authored by Senator Scott Wilk (R-21-Santa Clarita), Senate Bill 333 requires the State's Homelessness Coordinating and Financing Council to develop and implement a statewide strategic plan for addressing homelessness in California.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on May 28, 2019.

 


 

Federal Legislation

116th Congress

 

H.R. 530: Accelerating Broadband Development by Empowering Local Communities Act of 2019

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Authored by Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA-18), House Resolution 530 proposes to reverse recently approved regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that preempt local control related to the installation of small wireless facilities (e.g., telecommunication equipment attached to poles) and leasing of public infrastructure in the right-of-way.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on February 26, 2019.

 

H.R. 1015: SAINT FRANCIS DAM DISASTER NATIONAL MEMORIAL ACT

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Authored by Representative Katie Hill (D-CA-25), House Resolution 1015 proposes to establish a national memorial and national monument to commemorate the victims of the Saint Francis Dam collapse on March 12, 1928.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on February 26, 2019.

 

H.R. 1708: RIM OF THE VALLEY CORRIDOR PRESERVATION ACT

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Authored by United States Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA-28), H.R. 1708 expands the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by adding more than 191,000 acres of the Rim of the Valley Corridor and authorizes the National Parks Service to implement capital improvements and monitor wildlife in the identified portion of the Rim of the Valley Corridor.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on April 9, 2019. 

 

S. 47: NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT ACT

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Approved by President Trump and became Public Law ( No: 116-9) on March 12, 2019.

Authored by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), S. 47 is an omnibus public lands bill that includes language that proposes to establish a national memorial and national monument to commemorate the victims of the Saint Francis Dam collapse on March 12, 1928.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on February 26, 2019.

 

S. 129: SAINT FRANCIS DAM DISASTER NATIONAL MEMORIAL ACT

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Authored by Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), S. 129 proposes to establish a national memorial and national monument to commemorate the victims of the Saint Francis Dam collapse on March 12, 1928.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on February 26, 2019.

 

S. 774: RIM OF THE VALLEY CORRIDOR PRESERVATION ACT

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Authored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), S. 774 expands the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by adding more than 191,000 acres of the Rim of the Valley Corridor and authorizes the National Parks Service to implement capital improvements and monitor wildlife in the identified portion of the Rim of the Valley Corridor.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on April 9, 2019.

 

S. 923: FIGHTING HOMELESSNESS THROUGH SERVICES AND HOUSING ACT

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Authored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), S.923 proposes to authorize a new funding stream for supportive housing that provides comprehensive services and intensive case management

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on June 11, 2019.