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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING


          AB  
          1522 (Committee on Judiciary)


          As Introduced  March 10, 2015


          Majority vote


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          |Committee       |Votes |Ayes                |Noes                    |
          |----------------+------+--------------------+------------------------|
          |Judiciary       |7-2   |Mark Stone, Alejo,  |Wagner, Gallagher       |
          |                |      |Chau, Chiu,         |                        |
          |                |      |Cristina Garcia,    |                        |
          |                |      |Holden, O'Donnell   |                        |
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          SUMMARY:  Provides an additional 30 days for the California  
          Research Bureau (CRB) to complete a pilot program evaluation  
          report.  Specifically, this bill requires the CRB to submit a  
          brief report to the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees once  
          on or before April 20, 2016, (instead of March 20, 2016) and once  
          on or before April 20, 2018, (instead of March 20, 2018)  
          evaluating the merits of the nuisance eviction programs  
          established under Civil Code Sections 3485 and 3486.5, and  
          summarizing the information reported to the CRB by cities  
          participating in those programs.


          EXISTING LAW:   


          1)Establishes a pilot program that, until January 1, 2019,  








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            authorizes city attorneys in participating jurisdictions to  
            bring eviction proceedings against tenants for committing  
            nuisance violations involving unlawful weapons and ammunition.  


          2)Establishes a pilot program that, until January 1, 2019,  
            authorizes city attorneys in participating jurisdictions to  
            bring eviction proceedings against tenants for committing  
            nuisance violations involving controlled substances.  


          3)Requires participating cities to annually report specified  
            information to the CRB on or before January 20 of each year.  


          4)Requires the CRB to submit a brief report to the Senate and  
            Assembly Judiciary Committees once on or before March 20, 2016,  
            and once on or before March 20, 2018, summarizing the  
            information reported to the CRB by participating cities and  
            evaluating the merits of the pilot programs. Further authorizes  
            the CRB to combine evaluation of both programs into a single  
            report.  


          FISCAL EFFECT:  None


          COMMENTS:  Under existing law, the CRB is required to submit a  
          report to the Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees once on or  
          before March 20, 2016, and once on or before March 20, 2018, that  
          evaluates the merits of the nuisance eviction pilot programs  
          established under Civil Code Sections 3485 and 3486.  The purpose  
          of the report is to assist the Legislature in determining whether  
          to continue those pilot programs past their current sunset date of  
          January 1, 2019.  


          As part of their evaluation, the report summarizes the information  
          reported to the CRB by the various cities participating in those  








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          programs.  Under existing law, the participant cities exercising  
          the authority granted to them under the pilot programs must report  
          program data to CRB for the previous calendar year by January 20  
          of the following year.  Civil Code Sections 3485 and 3486.5  
          specify over two dozen data items that must be reported to the  
          CRB, describing the characteristics of the tenants subject to  
          eviction as well as tracking the various actions taken by the city  
          attorney, landlord, court and tenants as they relate to notices  
          and evictions carried out pursuant to the program.


          Current law requires the CRB to complete the combined evaluation  
          report and submit it to the Senate and Assembly Judiciary  
          Committees on or before March 20 - just 60 days removed from the  
          deadline for reporting data from the cities.  If for some reason  
          the cities are late in reporting their data by that deadline, it  
          has the effect of reducing the amount of time that CRB actually  
          has the data that it needs to analyze and complete the evaluation  
          report.  


          This bill would extend the deadline that the CRB must submit its  
          2016 and 2018 reports to the Legislature by 30 days in each of  
          those years.  Instead of a March 20 due date in each of those  
          years, the CRB would have until April 20 to submit its report.   
          The Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees' staff believes that  
          an April 20 deadline still provides sufficient time for the Senate  
          and Assembly Judiciary Committees to consider the findings in the  
          report and act upon it during that Legislative session, if  
          desired.  In addition, the superb quality of past reports authored  
          by CRB signal their professionalism and commitment to producing a  
          thorough report, and suggest that a 30-day extension is deserved  
          and will only help improve the evaluation.




          Analysis Prepared by:                                               
          Anthony Lew / JUD. / (916) 319-2334  FN: 0000129








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