As of March 1, 2013
AB 25 – Social Media Privacy for Public Employees
Protects public sector employees' online privacy rights by prohibiting a public employer from requiring or requesting disclosure of an employee or job applicant's private social media profile. It expands upon AB 1844 (Campos) from last year that applied to private employers.
AB 157 –Domestic Violence Victims Identity Theft
Makes it a crime to falsely impersonate and steal the identity of a domestic violence victim. With the proliferation of Facebook and other social media sites, online false impersonation is becoming an increasingly common tactic in the ongoing abuse of domestic violence victims.
AB 161 – Domestic Violence Victims Insurance Coverage
Protects domestic violence victims against further abuse by prohibiting their spouses from dropping them from jointly held health care, auto or life insurance policy. Specifically, AB 161 adds protection of a victim's insurance status to a restraining order in the same manner that a spouse going through a divorce cannot cancel or alter the joint insurance shared by his/her spouse.
AB 176 – Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Protects domestic violence victims against further abuse by requiring law enforcement officials to follow the strongest restraining order that has been issued in instances where there may be multiple restraining orders. Current law specifies that the last issued order be enforced, regardless of whether a prior criminal restraining order, which typically is stronger than a civil restraining order, exists.
AB 194 – Open Government - Brown Act Reform
In an effort to ensure that the public is able to participate fully in the local government decision-making process, AB 194 makes two changes to the Brown Act, which governs public meetings of local government agencies. First, it enhances the penalties against local government officials who deny the public the opportunity to speak on an agendized item or to criticize the actions of a government agency. Second, it allows any action taken under such circumstances to be voided by a court.
AB 307 – Sex Crimes Restraining Orders
Allows judges to increase restraining orders to up to 10 years (currently 5 years) in sex crime cases.
AB 319 – Do Not Track Children
Makes it illegal for online websites to collect personal information on children. Expands and strengthens the existing federal Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.
AB 495 – Socially Responsible Investing
Establishes a Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) initiative. It specifically establishes a framework in state law that would create incentives to attract $1 billion in private sector investment to low-income communities.
AB 543 – Translation of Environmental Notices
To help communities understand the impact of proposed major developments in their areas, mandates that environmental impact documents required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) be translated into other languages.
AB 622 – Online Posting of Charter School Applications
Requires that applications for creating a charter school be posted online so that the public has better access to review what is being proposed.
AB 690 – Jobs For California Act (Infrastructure Financing Districts)
Provides tax incentives to private companies to invest in projects that generate permanent good paying jobs through public-private partnerships. It specifically uses tax increment financing (TIF) to bring jobs to high unemployment areas throughout the state.
AB 837 – Small Business Assistance
Seeks to provide permanent state funding for federal Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) by formally recognizing them in state law. SBDCs help startup companies by providing various business services to them. California is one of only two states that do not guarantee annual state matching funds for SBDCs (the other is Arizona).
AB 960 – Veteran/Military Appointment to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
Requires one of the Governor's appointments to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls be a veteran or member of the military.
AB 1149 – Local Government Data Breaches
In an effort to protect Californians against identity theft, AB 1149 requires local government agencies to notify individuals whose personal information may have been exposed as a result of a data security breach.
ACA 3 – Increased Funding for Police and Fire Services
Lowers the local voting threshold to 55% (from 2/3rds) for special local taxes and bonded indebtedness for police, fire and public safety equipment and infrastructure.
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