End of Year Legislative Update from the Desk of Senator Janet Nguyen

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dear Friends:

As we prepare to say goodbye to 2017, it is with great pride that I write to reflect on the last 12 months of achievements in the Thirty-Fourth Senate District. From legislative victories on the Senate floor to successful community outreach, 2017 was an eventful year.

As an office committed to public service, my staff and I are especially proud of the extensive and compassionate constituent services that we rendered throughout the year. Together, we provided hundreds of residents with individualized constituent support services in multiple languages and with positive outcomes. To supplement these efforts, we also hosted community events, among them two health expos, flu vaccination clinics, and food distribution events that served thousands of constituents. I am excited to share that the community’s feedback to these efforts has been overwhelmingly positive and has helped enhance the overall wellbeing of our community.

I am also pleased to share that our achievements extended all the way to Sacramento where the Governor signed five of my bills into law and the Legislature approved eight resolutions that I authored. I am proud of what I have accomplished in the State Legislature on behalf of the residents of the Thirty-Fourth District and I am committed to continuing my advocacy for increased access to education and health, services for Veterans, policies that benefit children and families, public safety laws that keep our community safe, maintaining Prop 13 and serving as a taxpayer watchdog.

With this goal in mind, below is an overview of the first year of the 2017-18 Legislative Session, including bills I authored that were signed into law and bills of importance that were considered during the last weeks of session. If you have any questions regarding these bills, please feel free to contact my office at (714) 741-1034.

Again, it is an honor to represent you, and I look forward to seeing you in the District!


Senator Janet Nguyen
California State Legislature, Thirty-Fourth District


Bills I Authored That Were Signed into Law During the 2017 Session

  • SB 410: Veterans Preference Employment Application Process. Helps newly discharged Veterans find a job with the State by accelerating the Veterans’ Preference application process.
  • SB 610: Body Concealment – “Erica’s Law”. Provides that for the offense of actively concealing or attempting to conceal an accidental death, a criminal complaint may be filed within one year after the person is initially identified by law enforcement as a suspect, although a complaint may not be filed more than 4 years after the commission of the offense. This bill would effectively provide 3 more years for law enforcement to investigate.
  • SB 141: Corinthian College Students Loan Forgiveness Tax Exemption.  Helps students impacted by the closure of the Corinthian Colleges and ITT Technical Institute in 2015-16 by clarifying the federal regulation code that helps them qualify for a tax exemption from forgiven loan debt.
  • SB 315: California Massage Therapy Council Literature Languages.  Requires the California Massage Therapy Council to update its literature language requirements to expand access of important laws and regulations for non-English speaking practitioners.
  • SB 314: California Massage Therapy Council Hours of Credit Certification. Requires the California Massage Therapy Council to accept hours earned by an applicant for certification as a massage therapist if the hours were completed prior to July 1, 2016.

Bills I Co-Authored During the 2017 Session That Were Signed Into Law

  • SB 45 (Mendoza): Limits a local official’s ability to send taxpayer funded mail during the election season.
  • SB 61 (Hertzberg): Establishes a voluntary tax checkoff program to help fund the Emergency Food for Families program at California food banks. 
  • SB 339 (Roth): Requires a study of Veterans treatment courts to find ways to provide greater access to more Veterans.
  • AB 214 (Weber): Helps address student hunger by streamlining the process for eligible college students to participate in the CalFresh program.
  • AB 1542 (Dababneh): Increases penalties on people who record violent felonies and circulate the video on social media.

Important Legislation Considered During the 2017 Legislative Year:

Affordable Housing

SB 3 (Beall): Would ask voters to approve a $4 billion housing bond -- $3 billion for affordable housing projects and $1 billion for Veteran housing assistance programs.  VOTED: YES

SB 35 (Weiner): Would streamline the approval process for new housing construction by reducing environmental and planning reviews for some projects. SB 35 projects can only be done in compliance with local zoning requirements. Local governments still have the authority to reject any non-compliant projects. VOTED: YES

SB 167 (Skinner): Would prohibit local officials from voting down housing projects that fit within zoning and other land-use designations. VOTED: NO

SB 540 (Roth): Would allow developers to approve local affordable housing projects under one master plan and environmental review document. VOTED: YES

AB 73 (Chiu): Would allow local governments to create special housing districts close to transit and job centers, and ease permitting and other regulatory requirements for development proposals in the new zones. VOTED: NO


SB 1 (Beall): Creates a network of permanent new taxes and fees designed to raise an additional $5.2 billion annually to fund maintenance on state highways and local streets and roads and to help fund transit programs and goods movement infrastructure. VOTED: NO

SB 33 (Dodd): Would deem unenforceable any consumer contract for goods or services with a financial institution that includes a provision to resolve any disputes through arbitration. VOTED: NO

SB 100 (De Leon): Would accelerate the state’s renewable energy goals by adding a requirement that 100% of that state’s energy come from zero carbon resources by 2045.  VOTED: NO

SB 231 (Hertzberg): Would weaken Proposition 218 by allowing local governments to increase fees for stormwater cleanup without a vote. VOTED: NO

SB 649 (Hueso): Would make changes to local government’s ability to approve small cell wireless transmitters to make it easier for telecommunications companies to install them.  Transmitters are subject to restrictions. VOTED: YES

AB 168 (Eggman): Would prohibit employers from seeking salary history information about an applicant for employment and requires an employer to provide the pay scale for a position to an applicant upon request. VOTED: ABSTENTION

AB 375 (Chau): Would create a California only privacy law for consumers that would open providers up to expensive litigation and lawsuits and harm innovation. VOTED: Bill failed in committee, no vote taken.

AB 1209 (Gonzalez-Fletcher): Would require employers to collect data regarding salaries paid to men and women in the same job title or classification and submit that data to the Secretary of State, where it will be posted on a publicly accessible website. VOTED: NO

AB 1583 (Chau): Would make it harder to file Prop. 65 lawsuits by allowing the Attorney General to determine whether lawsuits brought by private parties have merit. VOTED: YES

AB 1701 (Thurmond): Would expand lawsuits against general contractors which can lead to higher housing costs. VOTED: NO


SB 275 (Lara): Would allow the U.S. citizen children of deported parents to continue to attend local schools. VOTED: YES

AB 17 (Holden): Would provide free or reduced-fare transit passes for public school, community college, and state university students. VOTED: YES

AB 19 (Santiago): Would waive the enrollment fees for the first year of community college for students who are first year attendees, attend full time, and who have applied for financial aid. VOTED: YES

AB 24 (Eggman): Would establish a State Seal of Civic Engagement to be awarded to pupils who have demonstrated excellence in civics education and participation and who have demonstrated an understanding of the United States Constitution and the California Constitution. VOTED: YES

AB 273 (Aguiar-Curry): Would expand subsidized child care eligibility to those participating in ESL, high school or high school equivalency courses.  VOTED: YES

AB 746 (Gonzalez-Fletcher): Would require community water authorities to test for lead in water systems in schools built before 2010. VOTED: YES

AB 1655 (Grayson): Strengthens the State Auditor’s ability to audit the UC Office of the President. VOTED: YES

AB 1674 (Grayson): Requests the UC to ensure that California residents are the priority when determining admission to UC schools. VOTED: YES


SB 5 (De Leon): Would place on the November 2018 ballot a $4 billion bond for parks and flood control. VOTED: NO

SB 588 (Hertzberg): Would encourage more offshore oil rigs to be converted to reefs. VOTED: YES

AB 109 (Ting): Supplemental budget bill that allocates $1.5 billion in Cap and Trade Revenues. VOTED: YES

AB 398 (E. Garcia): Extends and reconfigures the state’s cap-and-trade program created under the California Global Warming Solutions Act to January 1, 2030. VOTED: NO

Local Government

AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer): Would effectively prohibit counties from contracting with nonprofits, licensed professionals and other providers for local services. VOTED: NO

AB 1269 (Stone): Would require mobilehome parks to collect a $10 fee from each resident to fund a complaint resolution process at the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. VOTED: NO

SCR 38 (De Leon): Would adopt legislative rules that water down Proposition 54, which guarantees that the public can freely record legislative business. VOTED: NO

Public Safety

SB 54 (De Leon): Would make California a “sanctuary state” by prohibiting state and local law enforcement agencies from using any funds or resources to assist in immigration enforcement. VOTED: NO

SB 162 (Allen): Prohibits marijuana businesses from advertising on branded merchandise. VOTED: YES

SB 620 (Bradford): Allows courts to dismiss penalty enhancements for criminals who use a gun, assault weapon, even a machine gun while committing or attempting to commit a felony crime. VOTED: NO

AB 63 (Frazier): Would extend the provisional license program for young drivers to age 21. VOTED: NO

AB 186 (Eggman): Would legalize the use of illegal narcotics and opioids to be used in public “drug centers” designated by government officials. VOTED: NO

AB 702 (Lackey): Requires drivers to submit to chemical tests to determine intoxication. VOTED: Bill failed in committee, no vote taken.

AB 1312 (Gonzalez-Fletcher): Would expand protections for rape victims by banning the destruction of a rape kit in an unsolved case until 20 years have elapsed, or until a victim who was younger than 18 turns 40. VOTED: YES


AB 265 (Wood): Bans drug manufacturers from providing discount coupons for brand-name drugs if there is a generic equivalent. VOTED: NO


SB 156 (Anderson): Would require CalVet and the National Guard to assist returning Veterans and members of the Guard in filing forms necessary to become US citizens. VOTED: YES

AB 226 (Cervantes): Expedites the processing of an application for a teaching credential for the spouse of an active duty member of the Armed Forces of the United States who is assigned to a duty station in California. VOTED: YES

AB 296 (Cervantes): Would establish a task force to examine the effectiveness of programs that impact women Veteran’s health. VOTED: YES

AB 1111 (Garcia): Would create a grant program to help find jobs for hard to employ Veterans. VOTED: YES

Language Accessibility

AB 81 (Gonzalez-Fletcher): Would ensure that student assessment reports and other school documents are delivered to parents in their native language. VOTED: YES

AB 82 (Medina): Would require the State Registrar to properly use a diacritical mark (e.g., è, ñ, ç, ü) on an English letter for a certificate of live birth, fetal death, or death, and a marriage license so names are recorded correctly. VOTED: YES

AB 1264 (Garcia): Would require that school records and report cards are available in a parent’s primary language. VOTED: YES