2008 Evans Legislation Summaries

Outcome Summary

18 bills passed the Legislature: 10 signed and 7 vetoed. 1 resolution chaptered.

Legislation Sent to Governor

AB 16 - Health Coverage: HPV Vaccination
Requires health plans and insurers to cover the vaccination for human papillomavirus (HPV), if they already provide coverage for the treatment or surgery of cervical cancer and an annual cervical cancer screening test. Bill vetoed.

AB 30 - Inborn Errors of Metabolism
Requires health plans and insurers to provide coverage for the treatment of all inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs) in newborn children that, if untreated, may result in death, coma, seizures, cardiovascular disease, and mental retardation. IEMs are genetic disorders in which the body is unable to break down certain proteins. Current law only requires treatment for one of 47 different IEMs. This legislation is sponsored by the March of Dimes. Bill vetoed.

AB 734 - Apprenticeship Programs Oversight
Provides oversight and accountability of new and existing apprenticeship programs by establishing basic guidelines for the approval or expansion of programs. This legislation is sponsored by the State Building and Construction Trades Council. Bill vetoed.

AB 926 - Electronic Discovery
Clarifies the procedures for the production of electronic documents during discovery in civil litigation. This legislation was co-sponsored by Judicial Council of California, Consumer Attorneys of California, and California Defense Counsel. Bill vetoed.

AB 1679 - Open Records
Allows all papers and records in paternity cases, other than the final judgment, to be accessed by the parties to the action, their attorneys, the agents of the party or attorneys acting under written authorization, or in exceptional cases and upon order of the court. This legislation is sponsored by the Family Law Section of the State Bar. Bill signed.

AB 1898 - St. Helena Flood Project
Establishes eligibility for the City of St. Helena to receive state funds provided through state infrastructure bonds to help finance the completion of its flood project. These state funds will range from 50 to 70 percent of project costs. This legislation is sponsored by the City of St. Helena. Bill signed.

AB 1948 - Vallejo City Unified School District
Extends the deadline for Vallejo City USD to sell surplus property to pay the state’s emergency loan authorized in 2004 to keep the school district financially afloat. This legislation is sponsored by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Bill signed.

AB 1949 - Court Operations
Makes clarifying and technical changes to specific provisions of court operations. This legislation is sponsored by Judicial Council of California. Bill signed.

AB 1964 - Non-Profits
Increases from one to three the number of temporary alcohol licenses a non-profit can obtain each year from the Department of Alcoholic Beverages Control to conduct wine dinner and wine auction fundraisers. It also allows non-profit organizations to temporarily store wine leading up to events for which a temporary alcohol license is pending. Bill signed.

AB 2004 - Winery Picnic Areas
Updates the law to conform to current practices so that winery visitors can drink wine in the picnic area of a winery. This legislation is sponsored by the Wine Institute. Bill signed.

AB 2090 - Wine Education and Marketing
Creates a new temporary license for wine grape commissions, regional wine grape grower associations, and professional organizations in the field of enology and viticulture to organize wine tasting events designed to promote a particular agricultural region or as part of a class, seminar, or other educational event. This legislation is sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers. Bill signed.

AB 2258 - County Fair Funding
Protects $40 million in funding for all county fairs originating from license fees on the horseracing industry. This legislation is sponsored by the California Authority of Racing Fairs. Bill signed.

AB 2266 - Liquor Licenses for Napa Restaurants
Directs the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to issue 5 additional on-sale liquor licenses a year for restaurants in Napa County between 2009-2011. This bill will provide an economic stimulus to Napa’s tourist economy by helping local restaurants meet the growing demands of 4.7 million visitors each year. Bill signed.

AB 2287 - Firefighter Benefits
Makes technical and clarifying changes to the definition of "surviving spouse" to assure that families are taken care of when firefighters or peace officer are killed in the line of duty. This legislation is sponsored by the California Professional Firefighters. Bill signed.

AB 2379 - Sealed Records
Accelerates the review of court records sealing decisions. In civil cases, it allows a writ or an appeal. In criminal cases, it allows a writ review only. Sometimes the efforts of news media organizations to unseal public information take so long that, by the time documentation becomes unsealed, the information is no longer current. This legislation is sponsored by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Bill vetoed.

AB 2629 - Elevator Inspections
Allows owners of agricultural production facilities to designate a competent person to maintain, repair and service elevators installed and used at their facilities. The designated person need not be a certified conveyance mechanic. It also stipulates that annual inspections required by statute still would be required to be performed by a certified competent conveyance mechanic. Bill vetoed.

AB 2849 - Protecting Honeybees
Helps beekeepers confront increased thefts of their hives by entitling them to three times the value of damages associated with the theft or damage to their hives the bees plus fair compensation for the time and money expended to recover or replace the bees. This legislation is sponsored by the California Beekeepers Association. Bill vetoed.

AB 2923 - Establishing New Wilderness
Directs the Resources Agency and the State Lands Commission to report to the Legislature by December 1, 2009, whether specific state lands in Lake, Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Clara Counties merit wilderness designation. It will fuel the first major expansion of state wilderness in decades. In Napa County, state lands for consideration include Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, Knoxville Wildlife Area, and Cedar Roughs Wildlife Area. In Sonoma County, state lands for consideration include Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Preserve and Austin Creek Recreation Area. This legislation is sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition. Bill vetoed.

Resolutions Chaptered

AJR 60 - Federal Media Shield
Urges the U.S. Congress to enact a federal shield law for America’s journalists. This was the third year that Evans authored such a resolution. All received unanimous support in the Legislature.

Legislation Held in Committees

AB 1768 - Special Education
Would have required a local education agency to continue providing early intervention services to a three year old child (as specified in his or her Individualized Family Service Plan) applying to receive preschool special education services, pending the resolution of a due process hearing. This would have ensured continued services at a crucial developmental time. Status: Held on the Assembly Appropriations Suspense File.

AB 1983 - REACH Registry
Over 220,000 individuals with developmental disabilities receive care in California’s residential and day programs, independent and supported living, and at-home, private care. Sadly, these individuals are 2 to 5 times more likely to experience severe, long-lasting, and repeated abuse than the non-disabled. AB 1983 would have protected the developmentally disabled from abusive caregivers by creating a registry to track such caregivers and ensure that they are not put in another caregiving position. Status: Held on the Assembly Appropriations Suspense File.

AB 2117 - Foster Youth: Psychotropic Medications
Would have placed additional safeguards in the court approval process for psychotropic medication requests involving foster youth, including requiring a medical examination of the child, additional findings by the judicial officer regarding rights, monitoring, and information, as well as additional requirements for reports from the county welfare agency. Status: Held on the Senate Appropriations Suspense File.

AB 2492 - California Transportation Commission Authority
Under existing law, the CTC is authorized to request and review Department of Transportation (DOT) reports, which CTC determines the need for a special study. The bill states that the report the CTC is authorized to request and review include reports of private and public entities. Status: Held in the Assembly Transportation Committee.