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On an annual basis, in concurrence with Santa Clarita 2020, the Santa Clarita City Council adopts a Legislative Platform for the upcoming year.  The purpose of the Legislative Platform is to outline the position of the City Council on priority issues and matters that impact the City’s ability to operate effectively, promote City interests and protect local authority. Furthermore, during the course of each year, the City Council reviews bills pending in Congress and the California Legislature.  

The following are federal and state bills that the City Council has taken a position on during the current Federal and State Legislation Session.  Included with each of the bills listed is a link to the bill language, the City’s staff report to the City Council regarding the measure, and letters to legislators communicating the City Council’s  official position on each bill, which is reflective of the position adopted by the City Council.

Questions regarding the process for the City Council to consider specific legislation or the City Council’s position on federal or state bills may be directed to Michael Murphy, Intergovernmental Relations Manager, at (661) 255-4384 or mmurphy@santa-clarita.com.

View 2018 Legislative Platform 

View 2017 Legislative Platform


 

State Legislation

AB 182: HEROIN AND OPIOID PUBLIC EDUCATION ACT

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Authored by Assembly Member Marie Waldron (R-75-Temecula), Assembly Bill 182 requires the Department of Public Health to develop and oversee a comprehensive multicultural public awareness campaign, known as the Heroin and Opioid Public Education (HOPE) Program, to combat the growing heroin and opioid medication epidemic in the State.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on August 22, 2017. 

AB 190: LOCAL GOVERNMENT – DESIGN REVIEW

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Authored by Assembly Member Marc Steinorth (R-40-Rancho Cucamonga), Assembly Bill 190 proposes to require a local agency’s planning department to process the design of a specific development project within 30 days.  If an application is not approved or disapproved within 30 days, this bill would preempt local authority and approve the design of the development project on the 31st day.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on June 13, 2017.

 

AB 1172: SIERRA HIGHWAY RELINQUISHMENT

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Authored by Assembly Member Dante Acosta (R-38-Santa Clarita), Assembly Bill 1172 authorizes the California Transportation Commission to relinquish to the City of Santa Clarita all or any portion of Sierra Highway that is under state ownership within the City of Santa Clarita. 

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on March 28, 2017.

Approved by Governor Brown and chaptered by the Secretary of State (Chapter 351, Statutes of 2017) on September 28, 2017.

 

AB 1250: COUNTIES AND CITIES – CONTRACTS

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Authored by Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-59-Los Angeles), Assembly Bill 1250 originally established requirements for the use of personal service contracts by cities and counties.  The bill was amended on June 21, 2017 to only impact counties.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on June 13, 2017.

 

AB 1350: LAND USE – REGIONAL HOUSING NEED ASSESSMENT

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Authored by Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-43-Glendale), Assembly Bill 1350 proposes to require a city or county, that has not met at least one-third of its share of the regional housing need assessment for low-income and very low income housing, to pay a penalty to the Department of Housing and Community Development. 

The City Council opposed Assembly Bill 1350 at the regular meeting on June 13, 2017.

  

AB 1408: CRIMES – SUPERVISED RELEASE

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Governor's Veto Message

Authored by Assembly Member Ian Calderon (D-57-Whittier), Assembly Bill 1408 requires the State Board of Parole Hearings to consider the entire criminal history of an inmate, including all current or past convicted offenses, in determining whether to grant parole.  Additionally, this bill allows for a county to petition the court to revoke, modify, or terminate a person’s parole if they are found to have violated their parole for a third time.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on August 22, 2017.

Vetoed by Governor Brown on October 15, 2017. 

 

SB 34: RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITIES

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Authored by Senator Patricia Bates (R-36-Laguna Niguel), Senate Bill 34 proposes to require the State Department of Health Care Services, no later than January 1, 2020, to submit a report to the Legislature regarding statewide capacity of residential alcoholism and drug abuse recovery or treatment facilities.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on April 25, 2017.

 

SB 35: PLANNING AND ZONING – STREAMLINED APPROVAL PROCESS

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Authored by Senator Scott Wiener (D-11-San Francisco), Senate Bill 35 proposes to require a city or county to submit to the State Legislature, the Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Office of Planning and Research, an annual report regarding a local agency’s general plan related to housing. This bill also proposes to streamline the approval process for specific multifamily residential developments by eliminating the requirement of a conditional use permit by a local agency.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on April 25, 2017.

Approved by Governor Brown and chaptered by the Secretary of State (Chapter 368, Statutes of 2017) on September 29, 2017.

 

SB 146: WATER RESOURCES – PROTECTED SPECIES

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Authored by Senator Scott Wilk (R-21-Antelope Valley), Senate Bill 146 originally proposed to require the State Water Resources Control Board to issue a notice and provide an opportunity for protests on any application to appropriate water that has not been rendered a final determination within 25 years from when the application is filed.  This bill was amended on March 20, 2017 to prohibit the State Water Resources Control Board from issuing a new permit to appropriate water from any river or stream that has a population of unarmored threespine stickleback.   

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on February 14, 2017.

 

SB 167: HOUSING ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

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Authored by Senator Nancy Skinner (D-9-Berkeley), Senate Bill 167 requires local agencies to publish an analysis of the requirements of the Housing Accountability Act as part of its review of each application for a residential development project and imposes a minimum fine of $10,000 per housing unit in the housing development project if a court finds that a local agency violated the Housing Accountability Act.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on August 22, 2017. 

 

SB 540: WORKFORCE HOUSING OPPORTUNITY ZONE

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Authored by Senator Richard Roth (D-31-Riverside), Senate Bill 540 would establish a voluntary process for a city or county to adopt a Workforce Housing Opportunity Zone, which would authorize a streamlined process for the approval of residential developments close to jobs and/or public transit.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on August 22, 2017. 

Approved by Governor Brown and chaptered by the Secretary of State (Chapter 369, Statutes of 2017) on September 29, 2017.

 

SB 634: SANTA CLARITA VALLEY WATER DISTRICT

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Authored by Senator Scott Wilk (R-21-Antelope Valley), Senate Bill 634 proposes to reorganize the Newhall County Water District and the Castaic Lake Water Agency into the Santa Clarita Valley Water District.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on March 28, 2017. 

Approved by Governor Brown and chaptered by the Secretary of State (Chapter 833, Statutes of 2017) on October 15, 2017.

 

SB 649: WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES

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Authored by Senator Ben Hueso (D-40-San Diego), Senate Bill 649 proposes to reduce local control and fees over small cell siting in the public right-of-way. For purposes of this summary, “small cell” is defined as wireless telecommunications equipment used by cell providers to provide cell service. This bill grants cell providers access to locally owned infrastructure within the public right-of-way and in commercial and industrial zones and prohibits local discretionary zoning review.

The City Council opposed this bill at the regular meeting on April 25, 2017.

Vetoed by Governor Brown on October 15, 2017.

 

 


 

 

Federal Legislation


HR 1557: SOLEDAD CANYON CONSISTENCY ACT

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Authored by Representative Steve Knight (R-25-CA), House Resolution 1557 proposes to withdraw, from mineral entry, approximately 640 acres of the Soledad Canyon Sand & Gravel Mining Project Site.  These lands were the subject of two cancelled mining contracts (CA-20139 and CA-22901) between the Bureau of Land Management and CEMEX.  Enactment of the legislation will prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from entering into new contracts, leases or other conveyance for purposes of mining at the site in Soledad Canyon, which was the subject of the two contracts.   

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on June 13, 2017.

 

HR 2116: PERCHLORATE RECLAMATION AND WATER REPLENISHMENT ACT

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Authored by Representative Steve Knight (R-25-CA), House Resolution 2116 proposes to amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to participate in a series of water reclamation projects to provide a new water supply to communities previously impacted by perchlorate contamination plumes.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on June 13, 2017.

 

HR 2156: SAINT FRANCIS DAM NATIONAL MEMORIAL AND MONUMENT

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Authored by Representative Steve Knight (R-25-CA), House Resolution 2156 proposes to establish a national memorial and national monument to commemorate the victims of the Saint Francis Dam collapse of March 12, 1928.

The City Council supported this bill at the regular meeting on June 13, 2017.