Summary of Proposals of CSL 2009 Session
August 4, 2010
The purpose of the CSL is to develop proposals for legislation at both the state and federal levels. At its Annual Session the CSL holds hearings on the proposals that have been submitted by its members to determine which of those proposals should be carried forward. Finally, the proposals to be carried forward are prioritized to select the top ten state proposals and top four four federal proposals.
The results for the 2009 session are provided here. Within group the proposals are listed in order of proposal number. The complete text of the proposal may be obtained by clicking on the title.
For proposals that have been authored by State legislators, the bill summary is provided. Additional information including the full text of such bills is available through the Bill Information page of the California Legislature information web site.
Summary of the State Legislative Proposals
AP - Senior Assembly Proposal SP - Senior Senate Proposal
AP-1 Senior Assembly Member Richard L. Dahlgren: Senior Center Month.
|This proposal proclaims the month of February 2010 as Senior Center Month to recognize Senior Centers as centers for adult services.|
AP-2 Senior Assembly Member Lauren Rolfe: Use of IHSS in Declared Disaster Shelters.
This proposal funds IHSS program providers to assist evacuated seniors and disabled in emergency shelters.
AP-3 Senior Assembly Member Lola Young: Nursing Home End-of-Life Privacy.
This proposal requires nursing homes to provide privacy for a resident who has been diagnosed as terminal.
AP-4 Senior Assembly Member Richard Wolfe: Grading System for Long-Term Facilities.
This proposal requires the development of a letter-grading system for long-term facilities compliance with laws to provide more user-friendly information for placement decisions.
AP-5 Senior Assembly Member Richard Wolfe: Certification and Registration of All Supportive Services Caregivers.
This proposal requires the licensing and certification of all unlicensed or uncertified caregivers providing care in an unregulated environment.
AP-6 Senior Assembly Member Bernard Weintraub: Health Care Facility Event Reporting.
This proposal requires semi-annual reports to be posted on the Department of Public Health website and in written form of adverse events in health care facilities, of inspection and investigation results, and of medical errors.
AP-7 Senior Assembly Member Bernard Weintraub: Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Training.
This proposal establishes a pilot project for training RN’s as Gerontological Nurse Practitioners.
AP-8 Senior Assembly Member Billie Taylor: Ombudsman Witness for Notarized Documents
This proposal requires an ombudsman or patient's rights advocate to witness documents executed by SNF patients that require a jurat or acknowledgement by a notary public.
AP-9 Senior Assembly Member Margaret Sowma: Adult Physical Education Programs.
This proposal requires school district adult education to include physical education programs for active seniors and prohibits cancellation due to budget problems.
AP-10 Senior Assembly Member Dorothy Sorensen: Restaurant Menus for Seniors.
This proposal would urge restaurants to offer a senior menu for patrons 55 and older.
AP-11 Senior Assembly Member Kenneth Ryan: Interstate Provision of Medicaid Services.
This proposal requires the Department of Health Care Services to initiate contact with border states regarding the establishment of a coordinated provision of Medicaid services to border residents and to report progress to the CSL.
AP-12 Senior Assembly Member Richard F. Shontz: Waiving Fees for Security Freeze on Senior's Credit Report.
This proposal prohibits Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies from charging seniors a fee for placing a security freeze.
AP-13 Senior Assembly Member Arthur J. Serrin: Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Awareness.
This proposal requires Social Services and County Welfare to contact senior centers with meals programs and advise them regarding SNAP and assist in implementation.
AP-14 Senior Assembly Member Herbert Schwartz: Community College Education for Older Adults.
This proposal requires the establishment of community college programs to provide education and training for older adults, such as those offered by Saddelback College.
AP-15 Senior Assembly Member Phyllis Purcell: Free Public Transportation for Seniors.
This proposal makes free public transportation available for seniors funded by a tax of $3 on driver’s licenses.
AP-16 Senior Assembly Member Phyllis Purcell: Availability and Dimensions of Disabled Parking Spaces.
This proposal requires the provision of more disabled parking spaces for baby boomers and veterans and requires a minimum of 10 foot width.
AP-17 Senior Assembly Member Phyllis Purcell: Medi-Cal Eligibility.
This proposal increases the income eligibility limitation for Medi-Cal and permits individuals with two vehicles to qualify.
AP-18 Senior Assembly Member Phyllis Purcell: Pharmaceutical Funding for Nutrition Services.
This proposal would encourage pharmaceutical companies to finance coupons for qualified seniors to participate in senior nutrition programs.
AP-19 Senior Assembly Member Charles Molnar: Adequate Affordable Senior Housing.
This proposal revises the affordable housing element of a general plan to provide for adequate and affordable senior housing.
AP-20 Senior Assembly Member Austin E. Lucero: Hearing Aid Availability and Cost.
This proposal requires that hearing aids be made available for over-the counter sales and vendors be encouraged to submit a plan to the Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau.
AP-21 Senior Assembly Member Austin E. Lucero: Food Package Safety Marking.
This proposal requires all packaged foods sold in California to be marked with a date after which it should not be consumed.
AP-23 Senior Assembly Member Foster Lopes: Home Sale Capital Gain Exclusion.
This proposal conforms California Tax Law to Federal Law extending the $500,000 capital gain exclusion for home sales for two
years after a spouse’s death for a widow(er) 60 or older.
AP-24 Senior Assembly Member Shirley Krohn: Elder Abuse Prevention.
This proposal removes the sunset date from the elder abuse prevention provisions of the Financial Elder Abuse Reporting ACT of 2005.
AP-25 Senior Assembly Member Eleanor Bloch: Disaster Emergency Transportation for Disabled and Seniors.
This proposal mobilizes paratransit, paramedics, and others to move disabled and seniors to safe places in the event of natural disasters.
AP-26 Senior Assembly Member Austin E. Lucero: Identity Theft Prevention.
This proposal prohibits businesses from using Senior’s Social Security Numbers as identifying numbers and holds those who violate responsible for damages.
AP-27 Senior Assembly Member Dorothy Sorensen: Care Facility Safety.
This proposal requires institutions that provide care for seniors to separate younger patients with mental illness from the elderly and frail patients.
AP-28 Senior Assembly Member Charles E. Mitchell: Marked Senior Crosswalks.
This proposal requires marked senior crosswalks on streets and highways near facilities providing care or services for seniors.
AP-29 Senior Assembly Member Elizabeth Payne: Tenant Emergency Contact.
This proposal requires landlords to retain current updated emergency contact information for each tenant.
SP-1 Senior Senator Bill Young: Expanded IHSS Services.
This proposal redefines IHSS to include support services for recipients involved in community activities within the assigned hours.
SP-2 Senior Senator John Sorensen: Criminal Public Official Remuneration.
This proposal requires any public official, who is convicted of a crime related to an abuse of office, to forfeit all public remuneration.
SP-3 Senior Senator Lynn Pankhurst: Consolidation and Integration of Senior Services.
This proposal requires the consolidation and integration of services for disabled seniors to conform to the ADA requirement that they be provided in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of qualified individuals with disabilities.
SP-4 Senior Senator Kathleen Mesler: Witnessing Seniors' Power of Attorney.
This proposal requires a member of a local governmental agency or community-based organization to witness when a senior signs a power of attorney before a notary public.
SP-5 Senior Senator Kathleen Mesler: Designated Payees of Care Facilities Benefits.
This proposal prohibits operators of care facilities from being designated payees to receive benefits on behalf of residents.
SP-6 Senior Senator Anne M. Mack: Sale of Senior Residence.
This proposal allows seniors 65 years and older to move anywhere in California without increased property taxes
under Prop 13.
SP-7 Senior Senator Richard Lundin: Abuse by Financial Institutions.
This proposal prevents financial institutions from targeting and abusing senior citizens by keeping seniors from entering into bad or marginal investments.
SP-8 Senior Senator Richard Lundin: Long-Term Care Facility Security and Surveillance.
This proposal increases security and surveillance at all long-term care facilities and provides security training.
SP-9 Senior Senator Richard Lundin: Exclusive Elder Protection Courts.
This proposal requires the establishment of courts to exclusively adjudicate cases associated with older Californians.
SP-10 Senior Senator Jim Levy: Community-Based Program Funding.
This proposal significantly expands funding for community-based programs.
SP-11 Senior Senator Joanna K. Kim-Selby: Automated Defibrillator Awareness.
This proposal creates a statewide symbol for automated external defibrillators and develops a public awareness campaign.
SP-12 Senior Senator Joanna K. Kim-Selby: Senior Volunteer Month.
This proposal proclaims the month of April to be Senior Volunteer Month to honor volunteers.
SP-13 Senior Senator Joanna K. Kim-Selby: Stroke Education Campaign.
This proposal implements a stroke education campaign to prevent the incidence of strokes.
SP-14 Senior Senator Lawrence I. Hartmann: Fall Prevention Education.
This proposal would declare the first week of Fall as Fall Prevention Week and recommends holding fall prevention educational programs.
SP-16 Senior Senator Marion Faustman: Universal Health Care.
This proposal requires the adoption of a premise that health care is a basic human right and the creation of a universal health care system.
SP-17 Senior Senator Clifford C. Erven: Enforced Disabled Persons Parking.
This proposal directs patrol officers of privately owned parking facilities to issue citations for disabled parking violations and provides training and materials to accomplish this.
SP-18 Senior Senator Clifford C. Erven: Condominium Fire Insurance.
This proposal requires condominium owners to carry sufficient fire insurance to cover loss to adjacent units.
SP-19 Senior Senator Connie Eaton: Zoning requirements for 2nd-Unit Construction.
This proposal minimizes and standardizes zoning requirements and permit and impact fees for 2nd unit construction in order to provide more affordable housing for seniors.
SP-20 Senior Senator Connie Eaton: Property Tax Exemptions.
This proposal increases the homeowner’s property tax exemption from $7,000 to $27,000 for seniors.
SP-21 Senior Senator Erwin F. Fromm: Conservatee and Dependent Adult Abduction.
This proposal expands the definition of abduction to include removal or restraint within the State of incompetent non-consenting dependent adults or conservatee without conservator or court consent.
Summary of the Federal Legislative Proposals
AFP - Senior Assembly Proposal SFP - Senior Senate Proposal
AFP-1 Senior Assembly Member Sol Fingold: Grocery Scanner Recall Alerts.
This proposal recommends that grocery checkout scanners alert employees and customers when a product being purchased is subject to recall.
AFP-3 Senior Assembly Member Bernard Weintraub: Medicare Coverage of Dental Care and Hearing and Visual Aids.
This proposal expands Medicare coverage to include dental care and dental plates; hearing aids; and vision aids, including eyeglasses and contact lenses.
AFP-5 Senior Assembly Member Austin E. Lucero: Hearing Aid Availability and Cost.
This proposal requires that hearing aids for sale to California customers be made available for over-the counter sales and vendors be encouraged to submit a plan to the Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau.
AFP-6 Senior Assembly Member Austin E. Lucero: Food Package Safety Marking.
This proposal requires all packaged foods to be marked with a date after which it should not be consumed.
AFP-7 Senior Assembly Member Foster Lopes: Taxable Social Security Earnings .
This proposal would raise the maximum taxable earnings limit for Social Security to $250,000.
AFP-8 Senior Assembly Member Foster Lopes: Medical Expense Tax Deductions.
This proposal allows persons 65 and older to fully deduct all medical expenses.
AFP-9 Senior Assembly Member Fran J. Givens: Reverse Mortgages for Older Mobilehomes.
This proposal would expand Federal Reverse Mortgage regulations to remove the exclusion of mobilehomes constructed prior to June 15, 1976.
AFP-10 Senior Assembly Member Richard L. Dahlgren: Senior Center Month.
This proposal proclaims the month of February as Senior Center Month to recognize them as the center for adult services.
AFP-11 Senior Assembly Member Foster Lopes: Income Tax on Social; Security Benefits.
This proposal eliminates all income taxes on the total amount of Social Security Benefits for persons 65 or older.
SFP-1 Senior Senator George Winslow: Gender Discrimination.
This proposal memorializes Congress and the Administration to adopt the United Nations Convention on the elimination of discrimination against women (CEDAW).
SFP-3 Senior Senator Lynn Pankhurst: Medicaid Eligibility Expansion.
This proposal revises the Federal Medicaid Program to allow states to increase eligibility to allow currently unqualified uninsured seniors and low-income persons to obtain services.
SFP-4 Senior Senator Anne M. Mack: Capital Gains Tax on Sale of Senior Residence.
This proposal eliminates Capital Gains Tax on the sale of principle residences of seniors over 65.
SFP-5 Senior Senator Richard Lundin: Federal Annuitant Health Insurance Premiums.
This proposal permits federal annuitants to be eligible for “premium conversion” in order to pay their share of health insurance premiums with pretax dollars.
SFP-6 Senior Senator Marion Faustman: Financial Institution Integrity.
This proposal establishes law similar to the Federal Glass-Seagall Act to help restore the integrity of financial institutions.
SFP-7 Senior Senator Edward Woods: Medicare and Medicaid Minimum Hospital Stay Coverage.
This proposal requires Medicare and Medicaid to provide coverage for a minimum 24-hour hospital stay for senior citizens having invasive surgery.
SFP-8 Senior Senator Lawrence I. Hartmann: Tire Safety Identification.
This proposal requires tire manufacturers to clearly label tires with month and year of manufacture and include the info on sales receipts.
The following proposal from the 2008 CSL Session has been authored in the current session:
SP-23 Senior Senator Bill Young: Support for the Ombudsman Program and the Senior Legal Hotline.
This proposal requires the immediate reinstatement of State
core support of the Ombudsman Programs and the Senior Legal Hotline; and
assistance to restore and expand the Federal funding for California’s Senior Legal
AB2555 (Feuer) Ombudsman programs: appropriation.
Existing law establishes the State Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account into which moneys derived from civil penalties for violations of state law are deposited. Moneys in this account may be used, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for the protection of health or property of residents of long-term health care facilities, as specified.
Existing law, the Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act, establishes the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman in the California Department of Aging. Existing law requires the department to allocate all federal and state funds for local ombudsman programs according to a specified schedule.
This bill would appropriate the sum of $1,600,000 from the State Health Facilities Citation Penalties Account to the department to fund local ombudsman programs in accordance with the distribution schedule during the 2010-11 fiscal year.
This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.
6/17/10: In Senate Appropriations. to suspense file.