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Capitol Update
By Chris Wysocki

ONLINE RENTAL REGISTRY BILL WITHDRAWN FROM POLICY COMMITTEE HEARING

Good news! AB 1188 was withdrawn from today’s Assembly Housing Committee hearing agenda.  

AB 1188 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (Democrat, Oakland) would require local governments to establish their own online rental registry portals by 2024. It would require landlords to register and provide an exhaustive list of rental-related information. Landlords would also be prohibited from raising rents or terminating a tenancy if they fail to register. 

WMA has joined the California Apartment Association, the California Association of Realtors and a host of other groups formally opposed to the bill.  We were prepared to point out in our testimony that the bill imposes a significant financial burden on local governments and parkowners alike.

The bill was pulled to allow the committee to work out amendments and will be heard later.   

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOG MEASURE PASSES POLICY COMMITTEE

WMA staff also testified in support of AB 468 by Assemblymember Laura Friedman (Democrat, Glendale), which changes existing state law to address the fraudulent selling and misrepresentation of emotional support dogs. According to the author, “AB 468 will help curtail the misrepresentation of buying and selling emotional support dogs and their identifying equipment as having equal access rights as trained service dogs, creating a safer public space for all – especially people with disabilities who rely on task trained service dogs for independence.”

The Assembly Business and Professions Committee passed AB 468 by a vote of 18-0. The Assembly Appropriations Committee will next hear the bill.

WMA ENGAGES IN DISCUSSIONS SURROUNDING WATER SUBMETERING BILL

Assemblymember Alex Lee (Democrat, San Jose) introduced AB 1061 earlier this year.

According to the fact sheet, “Assembly Bill 1061 amends the Civil Code (Mobilehome Residency Law) Section 798.40 to add subdivision ( c ) which will protect mobilehome residents from arbitrary and unfair water ‘service’ charges and fees, which are billed to many park residents over and above the actual amount of water that they consume when a park sub-meters and bills monthly water service to individual mobilehome spaces … AB 1061 establishes protections for mobilehome park residents by prohibiting park management from charging resident’s more than if the resident received water directly from the serving water utility or provider.”

Sponsored by GSMOL, AB 1061 has been referred to the Assembly Housing Committee but not set for a formal hearing at this time.

WMA staff is actively engaged in discussions with the author and his staff to address concerns about recent proposed amendments to the legislation.

LEGISLATIVE DEADLINES APPROACHING

The deadline to pass bills out of policy committees is quickly approaching, and several legislative measures are awaiting a hearing date. WMA will keep its members informed about the status of legislation in advance of the April 30 deadline to pass fiscal bills and the May 7 deadline to pass non-fiscal bills to the full Assembly or Senate.  For a complete list of these priority bills, please visit https://www.wma.org/bills-interest

Chris Wysocki is WMA’s State Legislative Advocate. He can be reached at chris@wma.org.

 

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