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Legislative Update 2012

2012 Legislative Issues

AB 1275    (Torres D)   California Public Records Act: exemption: emergency 911 telephone calls.  

Current Text: Amended: 2/9/2012   

Status: 2/13/2012-Read second time. Ordered to third reading. Re-referred to Com. on RLS. pursuant to Senate Rule 29.10(c).

Summary:
The California Public Records Act requires state and local agencies to make public records available for inspection, subject to specified criteria, and with specified exceptions. The Warren-911-Emergency-Assistance Act provides a statewide system for the use of "911" as the primary emergency telephone number. This bill would prohibit a state or local agency from disclosing any portion of a 911 emergency telephone call providing medical or personal identifying information.


AB 2281    (Torres D)   Emergencies: the State 911 Advisory Board.Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012   

Status: 2/24/2012-Read first time. To print.

Summary:
The Warren-911-Emergency Assistance Act establishes the State 911 Advisory Board to advise on specified subjects relating to the state' s 911 emergency telephone response system. The board is comprised of 11 members who are appointed by, and serve at the pleasure of, the Governor. This bill would add 2 members to the advisory board who would be selected by the Legislature, as specified. This bill would also eliminate the ability of a member of the advisory board to designate another to act in his or her place.


AB 2459    (Torres D)   Local emergency telephone systems: appropriate use.  

Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012   

Status: 2/24/2012-Read first time. To print.

Summary:
Existing law, the Warren-911-Emergency Assistance Act, requires every local public agency to establish within its jurisdiction a basic emergency telephone system, and directs the Public Safety Communications Division within the California Technology Agency to coordinate and assist a local public agency to establish that system. This bill would require the California 911 Emergency Communications Office to develop and implement a public education campaign to instruct the public on appropriate and inappropriate uses of the 911 emergency telephone number system.


AB 2535    (Cedillo D)   Public utilities.  

Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012   

Status: 2/24/2012-Read first time. To print.

Summary:
Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission to establish a program of assistance to low-income electric and gas customers, which is referred to as the California Alternate Rates for Energy program. The Moore Universal Telephone Service Act establishes the Universal Lifeline Telephone Service program in order to provide low-income households with access to affordable basic residential telephone service. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that provision.


SB 1086    (Dutton R)   Sales and use taxes: wireless communication devices: bundled transactions.  

Current Text: Introduced: 2/15/2012   

Status: 2/16/2012-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 17.

Summary:
Existing sales and use tax law impose a tax on retailers measured by the gross receipts from the sale of tangible personal property sold at retail in this state, or on the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of tangible personal property purchased from a retailer for storage, use, or other consumption in this state. Under existing sales and use tax regulations, gross receipts from a retail sale of a wireless telecommunication device sold in a bundled transaction with wireless telecommunication service are generally equal to the amount of the unbundled sales price of the wireless telecommunication device. This bill would, instead, limit the gross receipts from a retail sale of a wireless telecommunication device sold in a bundled transaction with wireless telecommunication service to the bundled sales price of the wireless telecommunication device. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


SB 1160    (Padilla D)   Telecommunications: intentional service disruption.  

Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2012   

Status: 2/23/2012-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.

Summary:
Existing law provides that an agent, operator, or employee of a telegraph or telephone office who willfully fails to send a message received by the office is guilty of a misdemeanor, as specified. Existing law also provides that where a law enforcement official has probable cause to believe that a person is holding hostages and is committing a crime, or is barricaded and is resisting apprehension through the use or threatened use of force, the official may order a previously designated telephone corporation security employee to arrange to cut, reroute, or divert telephone lines, as specified. This bill would repeal those provisions and instead would provide that a person who owns, operates, or controls facilities for providing telecommunications service that interconnects with the public switched telephone network shall not intentionally interrupt, suspend, or disconnect service to a particular user or to a geographic area, except as specified. This bill contains other related provisions.


SB 1161    (Padilla D)   Communications: state policies.  

Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2012   

Status: 2/23/2012-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 24.

Summary:
Existing law declares the policies for telecommunications for California, including to encourage the development and deployment of new technologies and the equitable provision of services in a way that efficiently meets consumer need and encourages the ubiquitous availability of a wide choice of state-of-the-art services. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to the above-described statement of policy.


SB 1304    (Berryhill R)   Emergency services.  

Current Text: Introduced: 2/23/2012   

Status: 2/24/2012-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 25.

Summary:
The California Emergency Services Act establishes, within the office of the Governor, the California Emergency Management Agency and sets forth the duties of the agency and its secretary with respect to specified emergency preparedness, mitigation, and response activities within the state. This bill would make a technical, nonsubstantive change to those provisions.


SB 1306    (Blakeslee R)   State Water Resources Control Board.  

Current Text: Introduced: 2/23/2012   

Status: 2/24/2012-From printer. May be acted upon on or after March 25.

Summary:
Under existing law, the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act, the State Water Resources Control Board (state board) and the 9 California regional water quality control boards are the principal state agencies with responsibility for the coordination and control of water quality in the state. The act requires the state board to formulate and adopt state policies for water quality control, and requires the regional boards to adopt regional water quality control plans in compliance with the state policies. This bill would add findings and declarations to the act. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.


SB 1343    (Emmerson R)   Domestic violence prevention: California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System.  

Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012   pdf   html

Status: 2/24/2012-Introduced. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Summary:
Existing law requires the transmission of a copy of each civil harassment, workplace violence, or elder or dependent adult abuse restraining order to specified law enforcement agencies within one business day. Among these required transmissions, existing law requires any law enforcement officer who served a protective order to submit the proof of service directly into the Department of Justice Domestic Violence Restraining Order System. Existing law requires the Department of Justice to maintain a statewide telecommunications system, entitled the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System, and a Domestic Violence Restraining Order System, for use by law enforcement agencies. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these provisions

 

Cheri Lynn Rockwell, ENP

Butte County Communications
Telecommunications Coordinator
911 County Coordinator
WE911 Northern Regional Coordinator
CALNENA 1st Vice President
530-538-3877
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