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Welcome to the Policy and Advocacy page for LeadingAge California. Advocacy is a key tenant of LeadingAge California's mission, and the policy staff is active and eager to represent our member’s needs in the state legislature and with members of Congress. We engage in a constant and determined fight to preserve and maintain services to California’s seniors and their providers.

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AFFORDABLE SENIOR HOUSING


AB 1804 (Berman) – CEQA Exemption – Would expand the existing categorical infill exemption in CEQA to include residential or mixed-use housing projects in unincorporated areas of a county that meet the existing conditions to qualify for the exemption. This bill seeks to promote residential or mixed-use housing projects within urbanized areas in our counties and help address California’s housing crisis.

LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status: Signed by Governor

 

AB 2562 (Mullin) – HCD Loans – Would grant HCD broad authority to adjust interest rates on Multifamily Housing Program loans that utilize LIHTCs in order to make affordable housing projects feasible.

LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status: Signed by Governor

 

AB 2753 (Friedman) – Density Bonus – Would create a consistent timeline for local government to utilize when processing density bonus applications, which will provide more certainty to developers and a more expeditious development process overall.

LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status: Signed by Governor

 

HEALTH SERVICES AND RESIDENTIAL CARE

AB 2400 (Kalra) – Alzheimer’s Disease Research Extends the sunset date for the existing voluntary contribution fund on the personal income tax return dedicated to researching Alzheimer’s and related disorders.

LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status: Signed by Governor.

 

AB 2430 (Arambula) – Medi-Cal Aged, Blind and Disabled Program Increases the income eligibility in the Aged, Blind and Disabled Federal Poverty Level Program from 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status: Died in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

 

AB 2850 (Rubio) – Certified Nursing Assistant Online Training Program Authorizes the 60 hours of required classroom training for certified nursing assistant to be offered through online or distance learning classes. Requires that online or distance learning classes be approved by the Department of Public Health. LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status: Signed by Governor.

 

AB 3088 (Chu) – Continuing Care Retirement Community Actuarial Study Mandate Requires all CCRCs to file an actuary’s opinion with the Department of Social Services at least every five years, and requires each CCRC to conduct a study of the facility at least once every five years for the purposes of estimating maintenance costs.

LeadingAge CA Position: Oppose. Status: Vetoed by Governor.

 

AB 3098 (Friedman) – Residential Care Facility Disaster Planning Requires Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs) to have an emergency and disaster plan that addresses specific issues, including: initial and annual training for all employees on the disaster plan, make the disaster plan available on-site for residents, hold quarterly drills on various disaster types (residents are not required to participate), and other various requirements on the content of the plan. LeadingAge CA Position: Co-Sponsored. Status: Signed by Governor.

 

AB 3200 (Kalra) – SSI/SSP Would reinstate, as of January 1, 2019, the annual cost of living adjustment for the State Supplementary Payment (SSP) subject to an appropriation in the annual Budget Act. LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status: Died in the Senate Appropriations Committee. SB 1280 (Roth) – Small House Skilled Nursing Facilities Would extend the operation of the small-house skilled nursing facility pilot program from 2020 to 2026.

LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status: Signed by Governor.

 

OTHER

SB 1292 (Hueso) -- Alzheimer’s Disease – Signed by Governor Directs the Department of Public Health to update the 2009 Alzheimer’s disease Facts and Figures in California to quantify the “burden of Alzheimer’s disease on at-risk and underrepresented populations…”

LeadingAge CA Position: Support. Status:  Signed by Governor

 

AB 2719 (Irwin) -- Aging & Social Isolation relating to LGBT Seniors – Signed by Governor Updates the Older Californian’s Act definition of “greatest social need” to include cultural or social isolation caused by sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

LeadingAge CA  Position: Support. Status: Signed by Governor