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2014 Summary of Legislation Effective January 1, 2015*

AB 1702 MAIENSCHEIN (CHAPTER 410, STATUTES OF 2014)

1. Professions and Vocations: Incarceration
This bill prohibits licensing boards and bureaus within the Department of Consumer Affairs from denying a license or delaying the processing of applications based solely on some or all of the licensure requirements having been completed while the applicant was incarcerated. (Add Business and Professions Code section 480.5)

AB 1711 COOLEY (CHAPTER 779, STATUTES OF 2014)

1. Administrative Procedures Act: Economic Impact Assessment
This bill requires state agencies to include an economic impact assessment of any proposed regulation in its published initial statement of reasons document. The bill also requires the Department of Finance to include and update instructions on how to prepare the economic impact assessment in the State Administrative Manual. (Amend Government Code sections 11346.2, 11346.3, and 11357)

AB 2396 BONTA (CHAPTER 737, STATUTES OF 2014)

1. Convictions: Expungement: Licenses
This bill prohibits a licensing authority under the Department of Consumer Affairs from denying a license based solely on a prior conviction if the conviction has been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code expungement procedures. (Amend Business and Professions Code section 480)

SB 1159 LARA (CHAPTER 752, STATUTES OF 2014)

1. Professions and Vocations: License Applicants: Federal Tax Identification Number
This bill requires all programs within the Department of Consumer Affairs to accept an individual taxpayer identification number from applicants in lieu of a social security number and explicitly directs the Departments licensing programs to issue licenses to individuals qualified for licensure, but not legally present in the United States. (Amend Business and Professions Code sections 30, 2103, 2111, 2112, 2113, 2115, 3624, and 6533; Amend Business and Professions Code section 135.5; Amend Family Code section 17520; and Amend Revenue and Taxation Code section 19528)

SB 1226 CORREA (CHAPTER 400, STATUTES OF 2014)

1. Veterans: Professional Licensing
This bill authorizes programs under the Department of Consumer Affairs to expedite and assist the licensure process for individuals honorably discharged from the United States Armed Forces who return to California and seek professional and occupational licensure. (Amend Business and Professions Code section 7574.18 and Add Business and Professions Code section 115.4)

SB 1291 NIELSEN (CHAPTER 276, STATUTES OF 2014)

1. Public Cemetery Districts: Halcumb Cemetery District
This bill allows a limited number of non-resident and non-property tax payer internments in the Halcumb Cemetery District in Shasta County with the payment of a non-resident fee. (Amend Health and Safety Code section 9063.9)

*Unless otherwise noted