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WMA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
By Chris Wysocki, WMA State Legislative Advocate

LEGISLATURE ON HIATUS DUE TO GROWING COVID-19 CASES AMONG LEGISLATORS, CAPITOL STAFF

Lawmakers were set to return from their summer recess this week; however, in light of the emerging cases of COVID-19 among lawmakers and capitol staff, both houses recently announced a revised return date of July 27.   

This has been an unprecedented year for the industry legislatively and navigating a hostile, political environment during a pandemic has posed its own unique challenges. Despite these circumstances, WMA remains committed to maintaining the best course of action and acting in the best interest of its members and the industry as these final weeks of session draw near.

For your information, here is a status of the most egregious bills that continue to threaten and impose greater restrictions on our industry:

SB 999 (Umberg):  This bill negates the ability of parkowners to offer long-term leases to residents, a practice that has proven mutually beneficial to both parties. SB 999 is referred to the Assembly Housing Committee.

SB 915 (Leyva):  This bill prevents evictions of tenants for up to 12 months, even if those evictions are a result of Health and Safety Code violations and requires parkowners to “float” state charges and utility costs for residents up to 14 months. SB 915 is referred to the Assembly Housing Committee. 

AB 2782 (Stone):  An anti-closure measure, WMA continues to argue that AB 2782 is unnecessary since local governments already have the ability to adopt strict closure ordinances. AB 2782 is referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.   

AB 2895 (Quirk-Silva):  This bill imposes a statewide rent control cap on mobilehome parks. AB 2895 is referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  

AB 2690 (Low):  This bill subjects the construction of new mobilehome parks to rent control and effectively discourages the building of new manufactured home communities.  AB 2690 is referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A link to these and all other pertinent bills can be found on WMA’s website, www.wma.org, under the Government Affairs section.

We will be launching multiple VoterVoice online campaigns soon. Please help us in our efforts by participating and “taking action”. 

STATE AUDITOR RELEASES HCD REPORT, FINDINGS

The State Auditor recently released their audit of the HCD Mobilehome Park Inspection Program. We have attached a copy of the comprehensive, 62-page report, as well as a one-page fact sheet, which highlights their findings and recommended areas of improvement within the park inspection process.  

HCD ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF MOBILEHOME RESIDENCY LAW PROTECTION PROGRAM (MRLPP) WEBPAGE ON HCD WEBSITE

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has created a webpage detailing the rollout and implementation of the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program (MRLPP), which went into effect on July 1.

Please click on the link below to view the announcement regarding the Mobilehome Residency Law Protection Program with a link to the new program’s webpage on HCD’s website: 

http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?m=1120322818772&ca=126c0b27-8cc7-4fb8-9d0a-520791af855c

WMA JOINS COALITION OPPOSED TO AB 1703 (BLOOM)

WMA recently joined a coalition created by the California Apartment Association (CAA) to defeat Assembly Bill 1703 (Bloom), which enacts the “Emergency Right to Purchase Act” and sets forth right of first offer requirements between property owners and qualified organizations and tenants when selling the property. 

SECRETARY OF STATE ASSIGNS NUMBERS TO NOVEMBER BALLOT INITIATIVES

Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced having assigned numbers to November ballot initiatives. The split roll property tax initiative is Proposition 15.

Prop. 14 – Authorizes Bonds to Continue Funding Stem Cell and Other Medical Research. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 15 – Increases Funding For Public Schools, Community Colleges and Local Government Services By Changing Tax Assessment of Commercial and Industrial Property. Initiative Constitutional Amendment.

Prop. 16 – ACA 5 (Resolution Chapter 23), Weber. Government preferences.

Prop. 17 – ACA 6 (Resolution Chapter 24), McCarty. Elections: disqualification of electors.

Prop. 18 – ACA 4 (Resolution Chapter 30), Mullin. Elections: voting age.

Prop. 19 – ACA 11 (Resolution Chapter 31), Mullin. The Home Protection for Seniors, Severely Disabled, Families, and Victims of Wildfire or Natural Disasters Act.

Prop. 20 – Restricts Parole for Non-Violent Offenders. Authorizes Felony Sentences for Certain Offenses Treated Only as Misdemeanors. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 21 – Expands Local Governments’ Authority to Enact Rent Control on Residential Property. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 22 – Changes Employment Classification Rules for App-Based Transportation and Delivery Drivers. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 23 – Authorizes State Regulation of Kidney Dialysis Clinics. Establishes Minimum Staffing and Other Requirements. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 24 – Amends Consumer Privacy Law. Initiative Statute.

Prop. 25 – Referendum to Overturn a 2018 Law That Replaced Money Bail System with a System Based on Public Safety Risk.

Please click on the link below to view a list of all of the statewide ballot measures:

https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/qualified-ballot-measures/

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION HEARING ON SPLIT ROLL INITIATIVE

On July 23, there will be an informational hearing conducted by the Board of Equalization (BOE) on Proposition 15. This hearing is open to the public for listening in, and there will be a discussion of Split Roll by both proponents and opponents of the proposed initiative. This item was prioritized by BOE Member Ted Gaines.

For more information, please click on the following link:  https://boe.ca.gov/meetings/info-072220.htm

GENERAL CONCLUSION

Faced with an August 31 deadline to conclude all legislative business, lawmakers have an even shorter timeframe in which to process 700 bills when they return on July 27.   

As previously mentioned, the Legislature is currently in a state of uncertainty. No formal announcements have been made outlining how the state’s legislative process will be conducted for the remainder of the session. We will update the membership as additional information becomes available.     

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