The bill deadline came and passed and we have 2,495 bills introduced for the legislative session. Last Friday alone, there were over 800 bills introduced.
Without a doubt, the worst bill of all 2,495 is AB 1506, by Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard Bloom that would repeal Costa-Hawkins. This weekly report is not the place to list out the obvious issues with Asm. Bloom’s bill. We would run out of time and space. This is a direct attack on the rental property industry. It would be fatal to our members and our industry if signed into law. Your AAGLA lobbyists have already started laying the groundwork to ensure it doesn’t pass the Legislature.
As stated before, we expected many proposals trying to address the housing affordability crisis in California. A few have listened to the overwhelming number of studies and experts arguing the only way to get out of the crisis is to build more. The Governor has a proposal to build more and build faster. SB 35, by Senator Scott Weiner (D-S.F.), focuses on streamlining the permit process to build new housing units. Whether or not we agree with all the requirements in the proposal, it’s nice to have leaders in the Capitol focused on building more housing units. We need the conversation in the Legislature to focus on jurisdictions’ unwillingness to approve new housing units that they desperately need, not to further regulate. Your AAGLA lobbyists will be engaged with SB 35 as it moves through the process.
Although no other bill will have the opposition AB 1506 will, there are several other bills that would be problematic in their current form. A couple examples – SB 277, by Sen. Steven Bradford, is this year’s iteration of inclusionary zoning. There is also an Assembly version of inclusionary zoning, AB 1505, by Asm. Bloom. Starting next week, we will provide a list of bills that would impact our industry.
Even with the deadline passing last week, there may be bills that would affect our industry that we haven’t seen yet. There are several “spot” bills. This happens when Legislators introduce a bill in a code section with no details. They will change the location of a comma or delete a single word. Then Legislators can amend the bill later with substantial changes in that code section. For example, several bills currently do nothing, but are in the code sections of property taxation and change of ownership. If there is any attack on Proposition 13, one of these “spot” bills could be the vehicle. We will be closely monitoring these bills for any substantive change.