2011 Summary of Legislation - Effective January 1, 2012*
AB 905 PAN (CHAPTER 321, STATUTES OF 2011)
1. Custody and duty of interment
Adds as a first priority the person authorized to direct disposition (PADD) named on a United Stated Department of Defense Record of Emergency Data (DD Form 93) as it exists on December 31, 2011, or its successor form, to establish an agent who has the right and duty of disposition for a decedent who died while on duty in any branch or component of the Armed Forces of the United States, as long as the service member can name their person of choice, regardless of relationship. (Amends Health and Safety Code Section 7100 in conjunction with SB 647).
SB 647 COMMITTEE ON JUDICIARY (CHAPTER 308, STATUTES OF 2011)
1. Custody and duty of interment
Adds the conservator of the person, followed by the conservator of the estate, appointed under Part 3 (commencing with Section 1800) of Division 4 of the Probate Code to the list of individuals with the right to make disposition arrangements. (Amends Health and Safety Code Section 7100 in conjunction with AB 905).
SB 658 NEGRETE MCLEOD (CHAPTER 386, STATUTES OF 2011 - EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2013)
1. Internet posting
As of January 1, 2013, a funeral establishment that maintains a Web site will be required to post the list of funeral goods and services that are required to be included in the establishment's General Price List (GPL), pursuant to federal rule, and a statement that the GPL is available upon request via a link from the home page, unless a phrase containing the word "price" links to the establishment's GPL. (Amends Business and Professions Code Section 7685).
AB 966 YAMADA (CHAPTER 111, STATUTES OF 2011)
1. Davis Cemetery District
Allows the Davis Cemetery District to inter up to a total of 500 non-residents/non-property taxpayers of the district if the board of trustees determines that the cemetery has adequate space, the district has an endowment care fund that requires at least the minimum payment set pursuant to Section 9065, and the district requires the payment of a nonresident fee set pursuant to Section 9068. (Adds Health & Safety Code Section 9063.7)
SB 154 WOLK (CHAPTER 120, STATUTES OF 2011)
1. Vital Record fees
Allows Solano County to retain maximum of $2 fee increase, and to annually increase fees on marriage licenses and certified copies of marriage, birth, fetal death, and death certificates on July 1 of every year by an amount equal to the increase in the Consumer Price Index for the San Francisco metropolitan area for the preceding calendar year, rounded to the nearest one-half dollar ($0.50) to assist with domestic violence efforts. (Amends Government Code Section 26840.11, Health and Safety Code Section 103628, and Welfare and Institutions Code Section 18309.5; fee provisions previously expired on January 1, 2012).
AB 1053 GORDON (CHAPTER 402, STATUTES OF 2011)
1. Vital records fees
Increases the base fee paid upon certified copies of a fetal death or death record from $3 to $12 to more accurately reflect the true cost of providing the documents. Allows the fee to be adjusted annually commencing January 1, 2014. (Amends Health and Safety Code Sections 100430 and103625, amends, repeals and adds Section 100425, and amends Welfare and Institutions Code Section 903.15).
AB 1424 PEREA (CHAPTER 455, STATUTES OF 2011)
1. Tax collection
Effective July 1, 2012, the State Board of Equalization and the Franchise Tax Board may share taxpayer information with the bureau. Applicants and licensees are obligated to pay state tax obligation and license(s) may be suspended if the state tax obligation is not paid. (Amends Business and Professions Code Section 31).
*Unless otherwise noted