Legislation for California's Innovation Economy
"Change is the law of life. And Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future." -JFK
AB 573 is a big leap forward into making California a more transparent and efficient state. Several states have already implemented an open data standard and have created numerous benefits for the community and government operations. By opening data in machine-readable formats, California can spark community engagement, fuel a civic-tech ecosystem and even encourage economic development. Currently this legislation is being reconsidered for introduction.
California's Innovation Agenda
2015-2016 Legislative Session
This bill would establish California AmeriCorps - STEM in the state government, to be administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and operate under existing federal AmeriCorps program guidelines. This bill would require that California AmeriCorps - STEM members be determined through an application process for eligible college graduates with student loan debt, as specified. This bill would allow a nonprofit corporation, as specified, to apply, individually or in partnership with a corporation or individual interested in the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, to CaliforniaVolunteers, through a competitive request for proposal process, to host one or more California AmeriCorps - STEM members. This bill was vetoed by the governor because of a lack of a funding source.
Would require the Governor to designate an independent chief policy adviser for the underground economy. The bill would prescribe the adviser's duties, which would include monitoring the state's existing underground economy task forces and interagency partnerships to ensure that they are organized efficiently and evaluating whether any task forces and partnerships should be eliminated or restructured to improve effectiveness. The bill would require the adviser, on or before January 1, 2017, to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature that summarizes the adviser's findings and recommendations, with a focus on recommended administrative or legislative changes.
Would require the Superintendent to convene, on or before September 1, 2017, a computer science strategic implementation advisory panel composed of 23 members, as specified, to develop and submit recommendations for a computer science strategic implementation plan to the State Department of Education, the state board, and the Legislature on or before July 1, 2018.
The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act authorizes the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority, until July 1, 2016, to grant financial assistance in the form of a sales and use tax exclusion for projects that promote the use of advanced manufacturing. This bill would extend the authorization to grant the above financial assistance to projects that promote the use of advanced manufacturing to January 1, 2021. Signed into law.
Would enact the Entrepreneur-in-Residence Act of 2016, which would establish the state entrepreneur-in-residence program within the Government Operations Agency for the purpose of utilizing the expertise of private-sector entrepreneurs to help make state governmental activities and practices more streamlined and accessible. The program would authorize the Secretary of Government Operations to appoint a maximum of 10 persons each year to serve within a state agency as an entrepreneur-in-residence, with duties as established in the bill, on a voluntary basis.
This would require each local agency, in implementing the California Public Records Act, to create a catalog of enterprise systems, as defined, to make the catalog publicly available upon request in the office of the clerk of the agency's legislative body, and to post the catalog on the local agency's Internet Web site. The bill would require the catalog to disclose a list of the enterprise systems utilized by the agency, and, among other things, the current system vendor and product. Because the bill would require local agencies to perform additional duties, it would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. Signed into Law.
This bill would modify conformity to a credit allowed under federal law, allow a credit against taxes imposed by those laws for increasing research expenses, as defined. Current law allows a taxpayer to carryover any excess amounts of that credit to succeeding taxable years, until the credit is exhausted. This bill would, beginning January 1, 2016, and ending January 1, 2022, establish the Research and Development-Small Business Grant Program, which would provide qualified small businesses, as defined, grants in amounts equal to either 10% or 15% of any excess credit amount attributable to the small business for specified years under the credit described above. Vetoed by the Governor.
This bill would establish a financial grant and professional development funding program, which would authorize the governing board of a community college district to apply to the chancellor for, and would require the chancellor to distribute, multiyear financial grants and professional development funding upon appropriation of funds for that purpose, not later than 180 days after the chancellor's receipt of the appropriation, for community colleges within the district to adopt or expand the use of evidence-based models of academic assessment and placement, remediation, and student support that accelerate the progress of underprepared students toward achieving postsecondary educational and career goals.