Important California bills waiting for Governor Jerry Brown’s signature – Orange County Register

State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon said the 2017 session of the California Legislature was “the most productive and progressive legislative session in memory.” Hundreds of bills are on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, and he has until Oct. 15 to sign, not sign or veto. Here’s a look at some of the major bills on his desk.

Major legislation

Several major legislative initiatives did not make it to the governor’s desk, including state-run universal health care and overhauling the bail system. Here is a quick rundown of some of the more consequential bills, according to CALmatters.

Affordable housing

Three bills are on the governor’s desk, but even supporters admit they will have a minor impact.

  • SB 2: Would impose a $75 fee on many real estate transactions and direct that revenue toward state-sponsored affordable housing. The fee could raise upwards of $200 million annually.
  • SB 3: Would put a $4 billion affordable-housing bond before voters in 2018. The borrowing would support construction and subsidize home loans for veterans.
  • SB 35: Eases regulatory hurdles for new housing developments in cities that are not meeting their state-mandated housing goals.

Sanctuary state

Senate leader Kevin de León wants to regulate whether, and when, local law enforcement agencies can cooperate with federal immigration agencies. Most Democrats and immigrant-advocacy groups support the Los Angeles Democrat’s SB 54, while the California State Sheriffs’ Association opposes it and the California Police Chiefs Association is now neutral on it.

Detaining immigrants

Divided along similar lines as the sanctuary state legislation, SB 29, by Democratic Sen. Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, would place a moratorium on cities entering into contracts with detention facilities for people arrested for being in the country illegally.

Free tuition

AB 19: Community college tuition would be free for the first year for all Californians. The measure’s author, Democratic Assemblyman Miguel Santiago of Los Angeles, wrote the bill citing the state’s need for 1 million more workers with bachelor’s degrees by 2030.

The California Community College Chancellor’s Office estimates the bill would cost the state $31 million annually, but Brown’s Department of Finance has pegged the cost at $50 million.

Gender pay gap

The average woman working full time in California earns 86 cents for every dollar earned by a man. AB 1209 would require large companies to publish the average pay gap…

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