Legislation Year - 2019-2020
Much like a life insurance policy, Survivor Benefit Plans (SBP) are an optional benefit that many military service members opt to pay into. These plans collect a portion of the member’s paycheck and if the individual dies, the benefactor (spouse or child) receives up to 50% of the service member’s retirement income. California is 1 of only 2 states in the entire country that fully taxes SBP; providing the relief that the rest of the country recognizes as fair and right, is entirely just. These families and survivors have paid the highest price for our state and nation and this small voluntary benefit should be recognized as tax-free.
Like many other specialized market growth savings accounts, Health Savings Accounts (HSA) are designed to help offset or cover expensive unplanned medical costs that are not covered by insurance. While contributions to HSA’s are tax deductible under federal law, these contributions are not deductible under California law. With healthcare costs on the rise and insurance coverage expensive, the use of HSA is imperative and being promoted as a responsible means of financial planning. AB 2384 seeks to conform state tax law to federal tax law for the use of HSA and make contributions to these accounts tax deductible.
For the past eight years, a single company has owned and operated the flat screen monitors in 83 California DMV locations across the state. While generating upwards of $200k in advertising revenue, the company only pays the DMV $100 per month for each location, for the use of space for the monitors. With millions of Californians sitting as a captive audience for hours of advertisements, this company has made millions off this single contract. AB 2490 seeks to change the DMV contract to instead collect 15% of the revenue generated from advertisements on the monitors, instead of the $100 flat charge.
Chemical versus organic pesticide debates have gone back and forth for years, especially surrounding the use of the pesticides in public spaces. These debates have also triggered a number of schools to switch to organic pesticides, but many have failed to do so over the initial costs and the lack of funding. Under this pilot program, California establishes a four year pilot program where 11 school districts are given the opportunity to voluntarily participate. The schools are compensated for the difference in costs between chemical and organic pesticides and requires the school to conduct soil testing and provide annual reports to the state on the school impacts.