2017 Legislative Issues
Important state and federal issues facing our industry include the property tax initiative, energy efficiency and tax reform.

Construction Issues | Commercial Construction – 15 Bills

Number: CA [R] AB 594 – Updated (Status 02/28/2017)
Sponsor: Irwin (A)
Title: Water supply planning: California Environmental Quality Act: photovoltaic or wind energy generation facility.
Abstract: An act to amend and repeal Section 10912 of the Water Code, relating to water.
Status: Referred to Coms. on W.,P., & W. and L. GOV. – 02/27/2017
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Number: CA [R] AB 1397 – Updated (Status 02/22/2017)
Sponsor: Low (A)
Title: Local planning: housing element: inventory of land for residential development.
Abstract: Sections 65580, 65583, and 65583.2 of the Government Code, relating to housing.
Status: From printer. May be heard in committee March 21. – 02/19/2017
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Green Building Initiatives|Energy Efficiency Standards
Growth Management|Zoning Requirement

 

Number: CA [R] AB 1412 – Updated (Status 02/22/2017)
Sponsor: Choi (A)
Title: Common interest developments: volunteer officers: liability.
Abstract: An act to amend Section 5800 of the Civil Code, relating to common interest developments.
Status: From printer. May be heard in committee March 21. – 02/19/2017
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Number: CA [R] AB 1515 – Updated (Status 02/22/2017)
Sponsor: Daly (A)
Title: Planning and zoning: housing.
Abstract: An act to amend Section 65589.5 to the Government Code, relating to land use.
Status: From printer. May be heard in committee March 21. – 02/19/2017
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Number: CA [R] AB 1637 – Updated (Status 02/22/2017)
Sponsor: Gloria (A)
Title: Planning and zoning: density bonuses.
Abstract: An act to amend Section 65915 of the Government Code, relating to housing.
Status: From printer. May be heard in committee March 21. – 02/19/2017
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Number: CA [R] SB 680 – Updated (Status 02/22/2017)
Sponsor: Wieckowski (S)
Title: San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Abstract: An act to amend Section 29010.3 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to transportation.
Status: From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 23. – 02/21/2017
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Number: CA [R] SB 711 – Updated (Status 02/22/2017)
Sponsor: Hill (S)
Title: Infrastructure finance: Local-State Sustainable Investment Incentive Program.
Abstract: Chapter 2 of Division 1 of Title 6.7 of the Government Code, relating to infrastructure finance.
Status: From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 23. – 02/21/2017
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Number: CA [R] AB 202 – Updated (Status 01/25/2017)
Sponsor: Steinorth (A)
Title: Planning and zoning: density bonuses.
Abstract: An act to amend Section 65915 of the Government Code, relating to housing.
Status: From printer. May be heard in committee February 23. – 01/24/2017
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Number: CA [R] AB 496 – Updated (Status 03/02/2017)
Sponsor: Fong (A)
Title: Transportation funding.
Abstract: Sections 13975, 14500, 14526.5, 16773, and 16965.1 of, to add Sections 14526.7 and 16321 to, to add Part 5.1 (commencing with Section 14460) to Division 3 of Title 2 of, and to repeal Sections 14534.1, 16965, and 63048.67 of, the Government Code, to amend Sections 39719 and 44060.5 of the Health and Safety Code, to amend Section 21099 of, and to add Section 21080.36 to, the Public Resources Code, to amend Sections 6051.8, 6201.8, 8352.4, 8352.5, 8352.6, and 13152 of, and to add Sections 6051.9 and 6201.9 to, the Revenue and Taxation Code, to amend Sections 143, 183.1, 2103, 2192, and 2192.2 of, and to add Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 2030) to Division 3 of, the Streets and Highways Code, and to amend Sections 9250.1, 9400.1, and 42205 of, to add Section 42278 to, and to repeal …
Status: Re-referred to Com. on TRANS. – 03/01/2017
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Transportation|Public-Private Partnerships
Transportation|Transportation bonds

 

Number: CA [R] AB 678 – Updated (Status 02/17/2017)
Sponsor: Bocanegra (A)
Title: Housing Accountability Act.
Abstract: An act to amend Section 65589.5 of the Government Code, relating to housing.
Status: From printer. May be heard in committee March 18. – 02/16/2017
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Number: CA [R] AB 709 – Updated (Status 02/17/2017)
Sponsor: McCarty (A)
Title: Local government surplus land.
Abstract: An act to amend Section 54220 of the Government Code, relating to local government.
Status: From printer. May be heard in committee March 18. – 02/16/2017
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Number: CA [R] AB 778 – Updated (Status 03/03/2017)
Sponsor: Caballero (A)
Title: Insurance: community development investments.
Abstract: Insurance Code, and to amend Sections 12209, 17053.57, and 23657 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, relating to insurance.
Status: Referred to Coms. on INS. and REV. & TAX. – 03/02/2017
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Green Building Initiatives|Energy Efficiency Standards

 

Number: CA [R] SB 35 – Updated (Status 03/09/2017)
Sponsor: Wiener (S)
Title: Planning and Zoning: affordable housing: streamlined approval process.
Abstract: An act to amend Section 65582.1 of, and to add Sections 65589.9 and 65913.4 to, the Government Code, relating to housing.
Status: From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on GOV. & F. (Ayes 7. Noes 3.) (March 7). Re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F. – 03/08/2017
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Number: CA [R] AB 73 – Updated (Status 02/10/2017)
Sponsor: Chiu (A)
Title: Planning and zoning: housing sustainability districts.
Abstract: Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 66200) to Division 1 of Title 7 of, the Government Code, and to add Chapter 4.3 (commencing with Section 21155.10) to Division 13 of the Public Resources Code, relating to land use.
Status: Coauthors revised. – 02/09/2017
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Minimum Wage|Prevailing wage

 

Number: CA [R] AB 30 – Updated (Status 01/20/2017)
Sponsor: Caballero (A)
Title: Planning and zoning: specific plan: housing.
Abstract: An act to add Section 65458 to the Government Code, relating to housing.
Status: Referred to Coms. on L. GOV. and H. & C.D. – 01/19/2017
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Tax Reform:

Comprehensive tax reform of has been a top goal of several presidential administrations and many in Congress since the last major reform in 1986.  The reform goals include simplification of the tax code, increasing the global competitiveness of American businesses, and promoting economic growth.  Many in Congress also believe that tax reform should address the increasing income inequality among United States residents and raise revenue for additional government spending and investment.

For more information: http://www.naiop.org/en/Advocate/2016-Legislative-Priorities/Tax-Reform.aspx

Energy Efficiency:

Energy efficiency is one of the most controllable operating costs for commercial buildings.  It makes both economic and social sense to employ strategies that reduce a building’s total energy usage.  However, arbitrary mandates are often based on assumptions that have little to do with realistic capabilities and business realities.  Learn about our energy policy and provides a understanding of the built environment’s role in increasing energy efficiency.]

For more information: http://www.naiop.org/en/Advocate/2016-Legislative-Priorities/Energy-Efficiency.aspx

The Property Tax Initiative: Tabled until 2018

The “Lifting Children and Families Out of Poverty Act”, a proposed revision to California Proposition 13 that is currently out for signature to be placed on the ballot. This initiative appears to be gaining momentum.  We take this threat very seriously and regard it as a call to our industry to become more educated, active, and engaged to defend against this huge tax increase.

What we currently know is that the scale would be:

.4% on properties $3 m – $5 m

.6% on properties $5 m – $10 m

.8% on properties greater than $10 m

What is not known is if this will be at the current assessed value, or if properties will be re-evaluated and the amount assessed on the new value.

This initiative is also known as the “Collis” initiative after one of its primary advocates, former State Board of Equalization Member Conway Collis.

For more information on this proposed legislation, visit: http://cbpa.com/alert-property-tax-initiative-gaining-momentum-3