AB 229, as amended, Chang. State employees: travel reimbursement.
Under existing law and bargaining agreements, the state reimburses employees for all necessary and actual expenses they incur when they travel on official state business.
begin delete wouldend delete prohibit a state agency from prohibiting state employees traveling on official state business from using transportation provided by a transportation network company or lodging in a short-term rental, as defined. The bill would require a state agency to reimburse the actual and necessary expenses of a state employee using a transportation network company or a short-term rental consistent with the agency’s standard reimbursement policies. The
bill would request and encourage the University of California to adopt travel reimbursement policies in accordance with that prohibition. The bill would define terms for those purposes.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 19822.4 is added to the Government
2Code, to read:
(a) As used in this section:
4(1) “Short-term rental” means a residential property that is rented
5to a visitor for fewer than 30 days through a centralized online
6platform whereby the rental is advertised and payments for the
7rental are securely processed. For purposes of travel
8reimbursement, a short-term rental shall be considered a
9commercial lodging establishment.
10(2) “Transportation network company” has the same meaning
11as defined in Section 5431 of the Public Utilities Code.
12(b) (1) A state agency shall not prohibit state
13traveling on official state business from using transportation
14provided by a transportation network company or lodging in a
16(2) Reimbursement shall be provided for necessary and actual
17expenses, consistent with the agency’s policies for reimbursement
18of other lodging establishments or other vehicles for hire.
19(c) The Legislature requests and encourages the University of
20California to adopt travel reimbursement policies in accordance
21with this section.