Legislative Updates

Following is list of legislation that I have authored during my term as your State Assemblywoman.   

2022 Legislation

COMMUNICATIONS AND CONVEYANCE 

AB 2256 Office of Broadband and Digital Literacy: Reports
Adds a local government seat to the Middle Mile Advisory Committee.

AB 2749 Communications: CA Advanced Services Fund
Would streamline the approval and reimbursement process for California Advanced Services Fund grants.

EDUCATION

AB 2508 Professional School Counselors
Provides definition for Professional School Counselors in the Education Code.

AB 2541 Early Access: Language: Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Establishes regulations to ensure appropriate early access to language for deaf and hard of hearing children, ages 0-5, to optimize the child's language development.

AB 2827 Special Education Access: Pre-Kindergarten
Permits children with exceptional needs to use outdoor play spaces simultaneously with non-disabled children without seeking a waiver. 

HOUSING/HOMELESSNESS

AB 1858 Substandard Building: Health & Safety
Would make changes to the state housing law related to substandard buildings that would include safety and welfare protections for anyone occupying any buildings as housing/shelter even if the building is not zoned for residential purposes.

AB 2011 RV Park: Local Jurisdictions
Would allow local jurisdictions to establish a RV park for those living in RVs and allow state housing funds, including Homekey monies, to be used.

AB 2013 State Housing Plan: Home Ownership for Under-represented Communities
Requires that the state housing plan shall include a goal for increasing home ownership among historically underserved communities.  This goal shall not be less than a 20% increase in home ownership over the most recent data baseline.

AB 2218 California Environmental Quality Act CEQA – Lawsuits
Would prohibit any individual, group, or entity from filing a CEQA lawsuit against a proposed development project if they do not reside within the local city jurisdiction.

AB 2221 Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU): Reform
Makes clarifying changes and tightens procedural loopholes that have been used to prevent local jurisdictions and other entities from complying with the number of ADU state laws that were signed over the last few years.

AB 2233 State Surplus Properties
Would require the Department of General Services (DGS), the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the California Housing Finance Agency to identify and prioritize State surplus properties that can be used for cost effective housing developments.

AB 2527 Tenant Consumer Protection: Use of Credit Checks
Would prohibit the use of credit checks for the purpose of qualification for rental housing.

AB 2705 Master Planned Housing Communities: Wildfire Protections
This bill would prohibit local government jurisdictions from approving a new residential development project within a very high fire hazard severity zone, unless the city or county finds that the residential development project will meet specified standards intended to address wildfire risks.

HUMAN SERVICES

AB 1649 Child Care: Alternative Payment Program
Would require the alternative payment program to reimburse child care providers based on the maximum certified hours of care; not based on the number of students in attendance.

AB 2052 CalWORKs: High School Students
Extends CalWORKs benefits to high school students from 19 years to 20 years old, which is on par with other available services and benefits.

AB 2475 Foster Youth
Clarifies that the definition of “school of origin” includes non-public schools in regard to foster youths' right to remain in their current school.

MILITARY/VETERANS AFFAIRS

AB 1595 Southern California Veterans Cemetery: County of Orange
Would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to acquire, study, design, develop, construct, and equip a state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery in Orange County.

NATURAL RESOURCES

AB 2054 Corporation Tax and Mutual Water Companies
For taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2023, and before January 1, 2028, would exempt from the taxes imposed by the Corporation Tax Law, a mutual ditch or irrigation company that operates a public water system if the company complies with specified requirements, including those open meeting and record accessibility requirements.

SOCIAL JUSTICE

AB 1883 Right to Restrooms - Survey
Requires the Department of Public Health to establish on their state website, an interactive map showing all public restroom that are open in the state.

AB 2775 DMV: RV Fee Waiver for Homeless Living in RVs
Expands project Homekey and other related housing/homeless funds to assist individuals living in RVs.

 

2021 Legislation

COMMUNICATIONS AND CONVEYANCE

AB 14 Communications: California Advanced Services Fund: deaf and disabled telecommunications program: surcharges (Joint Author)

This bill extends the sunset for the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) surcharge, allows the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to limit cost-shifts for the surcharge, and authorizes the CPUC to collect specified information about affordable internet plans from internet service providers. (Signed by the Governor)

HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING

AB 68 Department of Housing and Community Development: California Statewide Housing Plan: Annual Reports  

This bill revises and modernizes the quadrennial Statewide Housing Plan (Plan) and expands the requirements of the annual report from the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  By requiring specific information in the annual report, this bill addresses the California State Auditor report from 2020 that found that the state lacks an effective approach to planning and financing development of affordable housing at both the state and local level. (Signed by the Governor)

AB 345 Accessory dwelling units: separate conveyance 

This bill requires cities and counties to allow a qualified nonprofit corporation to sell an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) separately from the primary dwelling unit on the property, and revises the conditions for a tenancy in common agreement entered into pursuant to such a sale.  (Signed by the Governor)

AB 362 Homeless Shelters: safety regulations

This bill establishes a framework for local governments to conduct annual inspections of homeless shelters, including enforcement measures and additional penalties, as specified. (Signed by the Governor)

AB 978 Mobile Home Parks: rent caps 

Limits mobile home parks located in two incorporated cities from increasing the space rents more than 3%, plus the percentage change in the cost of living, and applies just cause eviction and anti-rent gouging protections to tenants in mobile home units. (Signed by the Governor)

AB 1017 Right to Restrooms Act of 202

This bill would have required local governments to complete an inventory of public restrooms that are owned and maintained, either directly or by contract, which are available to the general population to use in its jurisdiction; and report to the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the Legislature. (Held in Senate Appropriations)

AB 1090 Master Plan on Home Ownership 

This bill would have established the Legislative Task Force on the California Master Plan on Home Ownership (CMPHO Task Force) which would have considered and evaluated current impediments to home ownership for all Californians. (Held in Senate Appropriations)

AB 816 Homelessness: Housing Trust Fund: housing projects 

This bill requires the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to allocate National Housing Trust Fund (NHTF) monies and prioritize funding projects serving people experiencing homelessness that use Medi-Cal benefits to fund services. (Signed by the Governor)

AB 977 Homelessness program data reporting: Homeless Management Information System 

This bill requires grantees or entities that receive funding from a state homeless program or programs to report specified data to the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council (HCFC) on the populations they serve.

K-12 EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

AB 408 Homeless Youth: Teacher and Staff Training 

This bill would require educational staff including, but not limited to, teachers, paraprofessionals, and school staff to be trained on identifying youth who are experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. (2 Year Bill)

AB 531 Local Control Funding Formula: Supplemental & Concentration Grants - Reporting

This bill would require the State Department of Education to develop a tracking mechanism for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to use to report the types of services on which they spend their supplemental and concentration grant funds. Further, the bill would require each local educational agency to annually report to the department the types of services on which it spends its supplemental and concentration grant funds. (Held in Assembly Education Committee)

AB 533 Local Control Funding Formula: Supplemental & Concentration Grants 

This bill would require the LCFF supplemental and concentration grants provided to close the educational gap for intended students; foster youth, English learners, and low-income to be tracked and require that carryover grant funds continue to be expended to increase and improve services for intended pupils in future years, rather than revert to the LEA’s general fund.(Held in Assembly Education Committee)

AB 552 Integrated School-Based Behavioral Health Partnership Program 

This bill would create the Integrated School-Based Behavioral Health Partnership Program encouraging local educational agencies (LEAs) and county behavioral health agencies to collaborate on providing on-school campus services for all students, at the earliest onset of a behavioral health condition. (2 year bill)

AB 865 Child Care Services: Alternative Payment Programs 

This bill would lessen the financial hardships imposed on California’s family child care providers that accept subsidized families by allowing family child care providers and centers to be reimbursed based on a family’s maximum certified hours of need and not based on attendance. (Vetoed by the Governor)

AB 1197 School Meals: Nutritional Requirements 

This bill would strengthen California school nutrition requirements by codifying the 2012 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) school meal standards and decreasing the amount sodium and added sugar in school meals over a period of time, over a staggered schedule. (Held in Assembly Education)


2019-2020

AB 133: Property Tax Postponement Program: AB 133 is aimed at expanding the eligibility for and utilization of the Property Tax Postponement Program in keeping with analysis of participation by the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

AB 136:  College Admissions Reform: AB 136 prohibits those California taxpayers who are named in the federal indictment and found guilty, from benefiting from illegal income tax charitable contribution or business expense deductions.

AB 139:  Emergency and Transitional Housing Act of 2019AB 139 updates California’s Housing Element implementing targeted strategies to long-term permanent housing for California’s homeless population.

AB 143:  Shelter Crisis: AB 143 expands emergency housing to include homeless shelters and permanent supportive housing when specified cities and counties declare a shelter crisis for 2 years.

AB 368: Southern California Veteran’s Cemetery: AB 368 changes the specific Orange County location authorized in statute for a prospective Southern California Veterans Cemetery to either the Marine Corps Air Station El Toro or the Golf Course Site in the Orange County Great Park in the City of Irvine. This bill also requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) to complete acquisition studies on both sites and consult with the Department of General Services (DGS) to determine which site to pursue.

AB 947:  Visually Impaired Students: AB 947 ensures that every student who is blind, has low vision, or is visually impaired receive instruction suitable to their specific needs.


2017-2018

Assembly Bill 237 helps consumers access loans they need while maintaining critical consumer protections.

AB 363 Quirk-Silva would waive the $5 processing fee assessed homeless and low-income veterans when they apply for a driver’s license or identification card with the word “VETERAN” printed on the face.

AB 422 Quirk-Silva repeals provisions relating to the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree pilot program, and instead authorizes the California State University (CSU) to permanently establish DNP degree programs

AB 448 Quirk-Silva establishes the Orange County Housing Finance Trust to combat Homelessness.

AB 490 Quirk-Silva will increase Cal Grant B Access Award amounts for California’s lowest-income students by extending the College Access Tax Credit five more years.

AB 584 Quirk-Silva would help students improve their academic performance and make information about postsecondary education and financial aid more widely available.

AB 603 Quirk-Silva would require Alternative Payment Programs to offer an electronic time sheet process and direct deposit of provider payments to providers.

AB 690 Quirk-Silva requires HOAs to deliver, within the annual budget report, an itemized estimate of the fees that may be charged by a professional management company for documents necessary to facilitate a real estate transaction.

AB 974 Quirk-Silva will require all counties to submit an annual report to the legislature on Mental Health Services Act spending on clinical services provided to veterans.

AB 1459 Quirk-Silva clarifies that all unlawful killings in which the victim was a peace officer killed in the course of his or her duties, and are willful, deliberate, and premeditated.

AB 1547 Quirk-Silva expands the types of businesses that qualify for CalCAP loans under the ADA program, providing the participating lenders a stronger loan portfolio and enabling more small businesses to participate in this program and expand their accessibility to Californians.

AB 1561 Quirk-Silva expands and updates the mandatory elements of the state's international trade and investment strategy.

AB 2095 Quirk-Silva helps limit further costs resulting from multiple special elections called to meet the current time frames.

AB 2235 Quirk-Silva would require that if a student is sent to an out of district community school, the community school would receive the ADA for the student, not the referring district.   

AB 2271 Quirk-Silva would require a state match in federal school kitchen modernization grant funding, and raise amount of grant from $100,000 to $200,000 per site for up to 10 sites.

AB 2315 Quirk-Silva will allow school districts to enter into partnerships with health plans to provide telehealth services to k-12 students 

AB 2420 Quirk-Silva would authorize an Employment Training Panel to include soft-skills development for a more sustainable workforce.

AB 2521 Quirk-Silva would protect reservists from fraudulent, predatory lender obligations when that reservist has been deployed to active duty.

AB 2644 Quirk-Silva Dolores Huerta Day.

AB 2654 Quirk-Silva would authorize the County of Orange and the Orange County Flood Control District to use design-build for public works infrastructure projects.

AB 2687 Quirk-Silva updates the Office of the Small Business Advocate to better meet the needs of small businesses, including issues of regulatory reform, disaster preparedness and response, and small business procurement.

AB 2967 Quirk-Silva provides birth certificates to youth in foster care, free of cost. 

AB 3089 Quirk-Silva authorizes the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC), commencing with the 2018-19 award year, to provide Chafee grant awards to students as long as they are not 26 years of age or older by July 1 of the award year

ACR 107 Quirk-Silva 4th of July Resolution

ACR 128 Quirk-Silva Korean Arirang Day Commemoration 2017

ACR 188 Quirk-Silva renames a section of I-5 through Buena Park the Colonel Kim Memorial Highway

ACR 203 Quirk-Silva promotes the need for organ donation in California.

ACR 269 Quirk-Silva Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Day.

ACR 281 Quirk-Silva Korean Arirang Day Commemoration 2018.

AJR 4 Quirk-Silva Home Ownership.

AJR 20 Quirk-Silva Climate change.


2013-2014

AB 221 Quirk-Silva encourages the use of returned plastic concrete by authorizing compliance with CBC and GBSC.

AB 409 Quirk-Silva creates transparency of economic interest that public officials and other filers may have to ensure decision making is not made to enhance their own personal finances.

AB 466 Quirk-Silva requires the state Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to continue allocating federal funds to regions pursuant to a weighted formula that accounts for population and pollution levels.

AB 530 Quirk-Silva allows a local elections official to offer a voter the ability to apply for a Vote by Mail ballot by telephone.

AB 674 Quirk-Silva provides that every city, county, and city and county is encouraged access to small-business/microenterprise development in order to create new jobs and income opportunities for individuals of low and moderate income,

AB 701 Quirk-Silva places Orange County in the funding formula for the Vehicle License Fee adjustment amount in a manner comparable to California's other 57 counties and provides certainty and growth to Orange County's local property tax revenues and fiscal stability in future years.

AB 1045 Quirk-Silva protects public health within 24 hours of a recall notice for compounded drugs, and requires the automatic suspension or revocation of a California pharmacy license if an out-of-state pharmacy's home state license is suspended or revoked.

AB 1453 Quirk-Silva orders the State of California to design, develop, construct, and equip a state-owned and state-operated Southern California Veterans Cemetery (Cemetery) to be located at a specified site in the City of Irvine.

AB 1560 Quirk-Silva allows the Director of Finance to increase the amount of tax credits that the California Competes Tax Credit Committee can allocate.

AB 1733 Quirk-Silva requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to issue, without a fee, an identification card to any individual who can verify his or her status as homeless.

AB 2454 Quirk-Silva assists foster youth in their transition to adulthood, by providing them with the opportunity to create a case plan tailored to their individual needs, which charts the course towards independence, through incremental levels of responsibility.

AB 2664 Quirk-Silva extends the time for disbursement of relief funds to National Guard families in crisis arising out of active duty service.

AB 2668 Quirk-Silva foster care: permits non-minor dependents, who are also parents, to enter into a parenting support plan.

ACR 53 Quirk-Silva designates May to June as Sober Graduation Month and joins the Department of California Highway Patrol in supporting efforts to save lives of young people.

ACR 72 Quirk-Silva proclaims October 5, 2013, as California Firefighters Memorial Day.