II. APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
The Committee approved the minutes of the May 8, 2008 meeting of the State Legislation Committee.
III. REVIEW OF DEPARTMENT STATE LEGISLATIVE PLANS
The Committee voted to support the following Department State Legislative Plans of the City and County of San Francisco, at the July 10, 2008 State Legislation Committee.
Human Services Agency (HAS) – Approved
Public Utilities Commission – Approved
(See attachments under Supporting Documents link of the State Legislation Committee: http://www.sfgov.org/site/slc_meeting.asp?id=23016)
IV. PROPOSED LEGISLATION
The Committee voted to take the recommended City position for the following Bills affecting the City and County of San Francisco, at the July 10, 2008 State Legislation Committee:
(Lynn Suter, Suter & Associates, has been notified of the status of these Bills)
Office of Economic & Workforce Development
Department of Public Health
Municipal Transportation Agency
Department of Environment
Office of Economic & Workforce Development: Submitted by Kyri McLellan, 554-6123
AB 981 (Leno)
Enables the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to create the Treasure Island Transportation Management Agency (TITMA), a single-purpose entity with flexible powers to implement the innovative and sustainable transportation program. This bill this the evolution of AB 1543 (which the legislature passed last year, but Governor vetoed). It authorizes the TITMA with 2/3s approval of both the Board of Supervisors and the SFCTA to implement a demonstration congestion pricing program for Treasure Island. Congestion pricing would limit the amount of Treasure Island–generated automobile traffic on the Bay Bridge; discourage driving and encourage the use of transit; and generate a revenue source to subsidize transit operations serving the Island.
Department of Public Health: Submitted by Jim Soos, 554-2633
SB 1420, Alex Padilla
In Assembly Health – Hearing scheduled June 17
This bill would require each food facility with 14 or more outlets in the state to make nutritional information available to consumers for all standard menu items. The nutritional information required would include total calories, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates and sodium. Because Americans are increasingly relying on restaurants for their meals, it is important that nutrition information be available at the point of purchase in order that consumers may make an informed decision. The bill would exempt certified farmers' markets, commissaries, licensed health care facilities, public and private school cafeterias, vending machines, and grocery stores.
SB 1738, Darryl Steinberg
In Assembly Health – Hearing scheduled June 24
This bill requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish and fund six pilot programs to provide Medi-Cal and supplemental services to individuals defined as frequent users of health care to decrease emergency department and hospital use contingent upon federal approval and matching funds. Defines frequent users as individuals who have five or more emergency department visits in the past 12 months, or eight or more visits in the past 24 months, and who have two or more of the following risk factors: chronic disease diagnosis, mental illness diagnosis, homelessness, substance abuse, or a history of non-adherence to prescribed treatments. In October 2004, DPH and the SFFD EMS staff began a "High End Users" program designed to provide more appropriate treatment for frequent users of emergency and hospital services. In addition to improving the quality of life for these frequent users, an analysis of total ambulance pickups found a 24 percent decrease in ambulance trips and emergency department visits for this population between FY 2004-05 and FY 2005-06.
Assessor-Recorder, Submitted by Alissa Pines: 554-5231
SB 153, Revenue & Taxation Committee
The bill was heard on June 23rd at 1:30.
Vote: Support- This Bill is currently in Assembly Appropriations
This legislation will extend property tax benefits that registered domestic partners and married couples have to non-registered domestic partners. For a variety of reasons, many domestic partners do not register with the State as such. Those that do (as well as married couples) are legally entitled to the change in ownership exclusion which means that their home is not reassessed when one member of the couple dies. This legislation will only apply to two tenants who together 100% of the real estate interest and will enable the surviving tenant to retain the same value and tax rate and thus stay in the home if desired. This legislation will benefit many couples in SF who own property together but do not register as DPs with the State.
MTA, Submitted by Kate Breen, 701-4338
Bill passed Sen. Transportation 6/24, pending hearing in Senate Appropriations
This bill authorizes the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to impose with a vote of the people climate change mitigation and
adaptation surcharges on either motor vehicle fuel or motor vehicle registrations within their jurisdictions. In the Bay Area, would require MTC and the BAAQMD to develop an expenditure plan to fund programs and projects to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions; requires GHG reduction analysis and equity analysis. Expenditure plan would be submitted to each county's Board of Supervisors for approval to place on ballot in each county.
Support position recommended in that this proposal moves the debate forward on fees that directly aim to target GHG emissions and link those fees to programs that can be proven to show GHG emission reductions. This concept is in concert with San Francisco's stated objective of being a leader in global climate change efforts.
(See supporting document under supporting documents link: MTC AB2558)