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MARCH 2012

CODE 402 Promotion
New CSL Staff 
Proposals are Bills! 
Members in Action
2012 Proposal Form
Important Meeting Dates
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The members of the Legislative Committee will meet on Wednesday April 11, and Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Sacramento. 


The members of the Joint Rules Committee will meet in Sacramento on Monday afternoon, April 17, and Tuesday, April 18, 2012. 


Agendas and the meeting minutes from the February meetings will soon be posted at www.4csl.org.



OCTOBER 29 through NOVEMBER 1, 2012. The Citizen Hotel has been reserved in Sacramento. This year, CSL members and staff are  working with the State of California Meeting Management Program (MMP) for all planning and meeting arrangements. The MMP staff are experts working to ensure a successful and exciting event.

Greetings CSL Members:  


As I settle into my position as Chair of the Joint Rules Committee, I am energized and look forward to the work ahead. The Joint Rules Committee has met three times since the October meeting and is addressing a variety of important tasks. Sub-committees are organized to address policy and procedures (updating the Resource Manual), Session Planning (The Citizen Hotel is reserved for October 29 - November 1, 2012, and updating the session planning task list), Public Relations (promoting Code 402 and the California Fund for Senior Citizen's), and Budget & Finance (working closely with the Department of Finance to access funds and apply where needed.) 



We have distributed the 30 and 60 -second Public Service Announcements (PSA's) to 100 radio stations with listening audiences comprised of older adults. This is a strategic placement effort to promote the opportunity for Californians to contribute to the California Fund for Senior Citizen's (Code 402) using the Form 540 tax return. You can use these PSA's also by sending to local stations and partner community-based organizations and request that they post on their web sites, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter accounts. Click below to access Code 402 promotional material:


30-second PSA 

60-second PSA

Press Release -English

Press Release -Spanish

Code 402 Postcard

Code 402 YouTube Video



It is that time again! Arrange to meet with local community members, listen and learn about issues raised during these discussions, and start developing your proposals ideas. The 2012 Proposal Information Form is available here and also on the web site at www.4csl.org. In the next two months, we will be promoting timely resources for members to use in their proposal development research. A good place to start is a review of the February 2012 "Demographic and Economic Characteristics of Aging Californians" available on The SCAN Foundation website. 


All members must get their proposals in - using the proposal information form- by the deadline of May 1, 2012. 


Thank you all for your help as we embrace the challenges before us and work diligently to improve the quality of life for Aging Californians and their families.

-Don MacAllister Chair 
Joint Rules Committee
Welcome Janice Bailey!!                              Janice Bailey at Work


Janice Bailey started as Office Technician with the California Senior Legislature (CSL) on February 13, 2012. Janice brings years of administrative experience and skills to her position, as well as a wonderful positive attitude. Janice is in the office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. 


Janice will be publishing the newsletter (monthly member and quarterly partner news), handling requests from members (such as travel, lodging, materials/distribution needs, etc.), actively engaging in and supporting all committee work, assisting with the Annual Session planning, and managing day-to-day operations in the CSL office. 




Janice Bailey, Office Technician

California Senior Legislature

1020 N Street, Room 513

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 552-8056

FAX (916) 552-8013


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The following 2012 California Senior Legislature proposals are now in legislative bill form (brief summaries are provided):




SB 1047 (Senator Elaine Alquist)

Establishes a missing person advisory called "Silver Alert" to protect persons suffering from dementia-related conditions and who as a result, might wander away from home. 

SP-10 Senior Senator Joe Murphy (Tracy)




AB 2010 (Assemblymember Susan Bonilla)

Reverse Mortgage Transparency Act 

Requires reverse mortgages to allow the borrower to determine the consequences of the mortgage based on their personal situation, financial circumstances, or health, short and long-term care needs.

AP-32  Senior Assembly Member Shirley Krohn (Walnut Creek)


SB 1198 (Senator Ron Calderon)

Homeless Senior Veterans: Increased Benefits

Creates the State Cal-Vet Program to raise awareness of senior homeless veterans' programs and to provide rental housing benefits for them.  

AP-24 Senior Assembly Member Art Serrin (Carlsbad)


AB 1525 (Assemblymember Michael Allen)

Financial Elder Abuse: Money Transmitters

Requires that money wire transfer services be included in the definition of mandatory reporters of suspected financial elder abuse.

AP-15 Senior Assembly Member Charles Molnar (Santa Cruz)


AB 2141 (Assemblymember Jim Silva)

Requires that a two-year punishment enhancement be added for identity theft from a victim aged 65 years or older. 

AP-11 Senior Assembly Member Dieter Kammerer (Fountain Valley)


AB 1737 (Assemblymember Wilmer Carter)

Amends the Mello-Granlund Older Californian's Act to define disability.

SP-18 (2007 proposal) former Senior Senator Kitty Mesler (Fontana)


AB 2374 (Assemblymember Roger Hernandez)

Prohibits a consumer credit card reporting agency from charging a person who is 65 years old or older a fee placing a security freeze on his/her credit report.

AP-25 Senior Assembly Member Richard Shontz (West Hills)




AB 579 (Assemblymember Monning)

Mobile Home Loss of Equity

Permits the award of attorney's fees and, in some cases, other litigation expenses, to a local governmental entity in an action brought by the owner of a mobilehome park to challenge the validity or application of a local ordinance, rule, regulation, or initiative measure that regulates space rent or is intended to benefit or protect residents in a mobilehome park, if the local governmental entity is determined to be the prevailing party.

2011 CSL Proposal AP-23/Molnar (Santa Cruz)


SB 345 (Senator Lois Wolk)

Ensures that that the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program has the ability to act independently to fulfill Federal and State mandates on behalf of residents of California's long-term care facilities.

2011 CSL Proposal AP-32/Krohn (Walnut Creek)


Read more information about hearing dates and other issues related to these bills by visiting the CSL website at www.4csl.org.


Senior Senator Joseph Cox of Merced County (Planning and Service Area 31) was featured recently in two articles in the Los Banos Enterprise. The articles highlight Joe's life and celebrate his recent induction into the Los Banos High Historical Hall of Fame. Read the article here.


Senior Assembly Member Martin Tucker of Santa Barbara County (Planning and Service Area 17) developed  an article describing the CSL and the outlining the "Top Ten" proposals for Successful Aging, a publication of the Center for Successful Aging based in Santa Barbara. Read more about the Center here.


Senior Assembly Member Herb Schwartz of Orange County (Planing and Service Area 22)  is a featured speaker at a special event sponsored by the University of California Irvine (UCI) Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (MIND). The March 22, 2012 "Ask the Doc" event located in Buena Park will focus on memory loss, dementia, current and future research. Senior Assembly Member Schwartz is a UCI MIND Advisory Board  Member. Read more here.



Joint Rules Committee 

February 6-8, 2012                                 Sacramento
April 17-18, 2012                                     Sacramento

June 11-14, 2012                                    Southern Cal -Training Conference  

September 10-11, 2012                          Sacramento 

October 29- November 1, 2012           Sacramento -The Citizen Hotel


Legislative Committee 

February 7-8, 2012                                 Sacramento

April 11-12, 2012                                    Sacramento

May 22-23, 2012                                     Sacramento -Assign proposals to committees

June 11-14, 2012                                    Southern Cal -Training Conference

July 10-11, 2012                                     Sacramento

September 11-12, 2012                          Sacramento

October 29- November 1, 2012          Sacramento -The Citizen Hotel 


California Commission on Aging 

April 24 - 25, 2012                                   Elk Grove 

June 5-6 2012                                         San Diego          


Please complete the survey (click here) and help the Joint Rules Committee better serve you. Thanks to Evelyn Tom, Vice Chair of the JRC for designing this survey to determine skills and expertise among the CSL membership.
Please take few minutes to complete and send back to jbailey@seniorleg.ca.gov. THANK YOU!