By Chris Wysocki
ONLINE RENTAL REGISTRY BILL AMENDED, SET FOR APRIL 29 HEARING
AB 1188 by Assemblymember Buffy Wicks (Democrat, Oakland) was substantially amended, and the Assembly Housing Committee will hear the bill on April 29.
As amended, AB 1188 (Wicks) requires HCD to retain data from designated sources for at least ten years, including data on the state rental assistance program, information submitted by eligible grantees who received the federal funding, and data on rental registries operated by local governments.
Despite these amendments, WMA remains opposed to AB 1188 based upon its intrusive nature, the lack of demonstrated need, and the potential this bill will lead to a mandatory, statewide rental registry in the future.
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HOMELESSNESS FUNDING BILL, AB 71, PASSES ASSEMBLY REVENUE AND TAXATION COMMITTEE
Assemblymember Luz Rivas (Democrat, Arleta) presented her bill, AB 71, before the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee on Monday. AB 71 creates the Bring California Home Act to address homeless funding.
In addition to remote testimony, WMA joined a coalition led by the California Taxpayers Association to oppose the bill. The coalition noted in its letter that, “This bill would significantly increase taxes by requiring taxpayers who make a water’s-edge election to include in their gross income 50 percent of global intangible low-taxed income and 40 percent of the repatriation income of affiliated corporations…This bill would impose a tax increase at a time when California businesses already pay some of the highest taxes in the country.”
AB 71 passed by a 7-4 vote. The Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee will next hear the bill on April 29. If it passes out of this committee, it will be sent to the Appropriations Committee.
SENATOR CONNIE LEYVA HOLDS SB 91 RENTAL ASSISTANCE TOWN HALL
On April 17, Senator Connie Leyva (Democrat, Chino) held a virtual town hall regarding SB 91 rental assistance: “What We Know and What We Need To Know.” Maribel Nunez of Inland Equity Partnership moderated the event, which included presenters representing various local housing and resource agencies.
In her opening remarks, Senator Leyva outlined efforts that led to the passage of SB 91, the rental relief act, which the state legislature passed earlier this year. The Inland SoCal United Way also announced that rental assistance funds are now available for income-eligible households through the San Bernardino County Rent Relief Partnership, SBCRentRelief.org.
LEGISLATIVE DEADLINES APPROACH
The deadline for fiscal bills to be reported out of committee is fast approaching. These measures must be passed out of the policy committee by April 30 to ensure they can be heard in fiscal committees. May 7 is the deadline for bills deemed “non-fiscal” to be passed out of the policy committee. WMA is monitoring many bills that fall into this category. To view a comprehensive list of bills of interest to WMA, please visit: https://www.wma.org/bills-interest
Chris Wysocki is WMA’s State Legislative Advocate. He can be reached at email@example.com.