Legislative Agenda 2019-20

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The Lafayette City Council’s Legislative Agenda 2019-20 is a source for residents, commissions and committees, and staff to understand the legislative position and objectives that guide the City of Lafayette in its legislative strategy. When adopted, which is expected later this month, the City Council's Legislative Agenda will be linked to this page.


City Council Legislative Committee

Cameron Burks, Council Member, E-mail: cburks@ci.lafayette.ca.us

Steven Bliss, Council Member, E-mail: sbliss@ci.lafayette.ca.us


City of Lafayette's Legislative Letters

AB 1487 (Chiu) Request July 17, 2019

SB 592 (Wiener) Oppose July 2, 2019

SB 330 (Skinner) Oppose July 2, 2019

AB 1487 (Chiu) Concern July 2, 2019

SB 5 (Beall/McGuire/Potantino) Support June 19, 2019

AB 1487 (Chiu) Watch May 22, 2019

SB 50 (Wiener) Oppose April 17, 2019


City Council's Priority Bills

Below is an outline of the bills on the City Council's priority bills that advanced out of committee on July 10, 2019:

ADU Bills, AB 68 (Ting) & SB 13 (Wieckowski) – Both bills passed out of their respective committees today, both authors and committee chairs acknowledged that there are several bills moving through the process that deal with ADUs and that there will need to be work over the summer recess to amend and align the measures to ensure that they are not at odds with each other. I will get a copy of committee amendments and provide an analysis for you ASAP. The bills now head to Appropriations Committees. 

SB 5 (Beall) – This bill was broadly supported in committee by local agencies, labor, and affordable housing advocates.  The committee worked with Senator Beall to craft a few technical amendments for the measure, but otherwise no significant amendments were taken to this measure. The measure was approved by the Assembly Local Government Committee and the measure will now advance to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. 

SB 330 (Skinner) - The measure was approved by the Assembly Local Government Committee.  The bill was supported by a number of affordable housing advocates and was opposed by local public agencies, neighborhood associations, and public agency associations.  The measure was not amended during the committee, but the author indicated that she was open to working with stakeholders to address issues related to the definition of “affected city/county” and the retroactive provisions to plans that were in place on January 1, 2018. The measure will next move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for their consideration. 

SB 592 (Wiener) – The measure was approved by the Assembly Local Government Committee, but with amendments to remove the language related to compensatory damages for violations of the HAA.  The measure was supported by a number of affordable housing advocates.  There were a large number of opponents, including individual public agencies, public agency associations, and local government advocates, though most were thankful that the Senator agreed to accept the amendments removing compensatory damages.  There were also comments from some opponents, including APA, regarding applying the HAA to ministerial project and how that can actually lead to increasing the amount of time it takes to process a ministerial project. The measure will next move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for their consideration. 

AB 1487 (Chiu) – As predicted the bill got out of committee with amendments that essentially make AB 1487 a shell bill.  Over the summer recess, the Committee Chair (Senator McGuire), Assembly Member Chui, ABAG, MTC, and the ad hoc committee created by ABAG/MTC will work on reaching an agreement that all parties can support.  Once language is developed that everyone can support, that language will be amended back into the bill (in August once the Legislature returns) and the bill will be referred back to the Senate Governance and Finance, as well as the Senate Hosing Committee, for full committee hearings. 

Senator McGuire, Assembly Member Chiu, and Senator Wiener (chair of Senate Housing Committee) all committed during the hearing to working together over the summer recess with the regional entities to reach an agreement that can garner broad support.