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          Date of Hearing:  May 13, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          229 (Chang) - As Amended April 22, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill prevents state agencies from prohibiting state  
          employees traveling on official state business from using  
          transportation network companies or lodging in a short-term  
          rental.  








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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Unknown, but likely minor, state costs. State agencies are not  
          currently prohibited from reimbursing these travel activities. 


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose. According to the author, this bill seeks to ensure  
          state employees can use "sharing economy" services like  
          ride-sharing or home-sharing while traveling on state business.   
          This bill would prevent agencies from prohibiting the  
          reimbursement to traveling state employees for the use of  
          transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft, in which  
          participating drivers transport passengers in their own  
          vehicles.  Additionally, this bill would not allow agencies to  
          ban the use of short-term rental arrangements like Airbnb, which  
          allow participants to rent out their homes or rooms in their  
          homes for a specified number of nights.


          Background. CalHR rules, as well as relevant memorandums of  
          understanding (MOUs) with employee bargaining units, are silent  
          on the use of transportation network companies or short-term  
          rentals for employees traveling on state business. Rules and  
          MOUs specify that to qualify for reimbursements, lodging must be  
          in commercial lodging establishments.  This bill specifies that  
          short-term rentals are considered commercial lodging  
          establishments for purposes of this bill.  CalHR rules and MOUs  
          do not specifically mention transportation networks companies.  
          Instead, they set requirements for taxi and similar  
          transportation. This bill defines a transportation network  
          company for purposes of reimbursement under this bill.










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          According to the author, "sharing economy" technology platforms  
          are growing in popularity and can provide economical options for  
          ground travel and lodging. This bill seeks to update the state's  
          policies to conform to the marketplace.





          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Swenson / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081