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MEMBER NEWS
August 2013
Improving the Quality of Life for Aging Californians
CHAIR'S CORNER
By Don MacAllister

Hello CSL members,
  
Well you have heard the good news that CSL will stay on the CA Tax check off for next year. The FTB determined after seeing that there were so many late returns that they needed to change their estimates that they made on August 15th for all groups on the check off.  We must continue to push everyone on the Code 402 check off because we want all of the late filers to support us so we can make the $250,000 by calendar year end. Because CSL is a State Agency your JRC Board and office staff have been working closely with the various state offices to help in having the CSL stay on the check off for next year. At the moment we are still some $35,000 short that we need to bring in by the end of December.

 

 

We are getting close to our annual session. I hope everyone will attend and that you study all of the proposals before you get to Sacramento so that you are prepared to choose the top 10 for next year.

 

Your LEG Committee has been hard at work pushing through those proposals you approved at our last session. Thank you all for your hard work.

 

See all of you in about 60 days. Enjoy your summer.

 

 

Don MacAllister, Chair

Joint Rules Committee

 

CSL Member Activity
Senior Senator Lola Young

 

  On August 8, 2013 Senior Senator Lola Young spoke at Beth Shalom Temple to the Social Action Committee. Senior Senator Young told them about CSL and what we do, and stated they were very interested in what they could do to help. They were very receptive, and hope to be working with us as we move our proposals through the legislature next year. 

 Senior Senator Young also gave  presentation to the Adult and Aging Commission in July, and as a result on Monday August 12, while she was testifying on AB 247, a member from the commission also testified in support. 

 

Lola has been busy at the Capitol, testifying at 12 legislative hearings between Aug. 6-12!  Great job Senior Senator Young!

CSL Veterans needed for October Session Opening Ceremony

 

We have sent out a correspondence to poll members and see how many are Veterans and how many of our Veterans would be interested in participating in Opening Ceremonies this year?  Please reply to the CSL office by phone or email if you are a Veteran, would like to participate ,and let us know if you still have your uniform, hat or pins.

 

Email- kbowling@seniorleg.ca.gov
or call (916) 552-8056

 



Revised Agenda for 33rd Annual Legislative Session
October 2013

CSL Members:

 

 

Attached is a copy of the Revised Abbreviated Schedule for the session.  Please note that this schedule is still tentative, but we wanted to point out some recent changes.

  

On Monday, session activities will not begin until the afternoon.  We changed the schedule to allow members that are traveling a long distance the opportunity to travel the morning of the event instead of the day prior.  This change should eliminate many of the early arrivals and fees associated with so many members arriving early.  If this change permits you to arrive on Monday morning instead of Sunday, please contact the Hyatt and cancel your Sunday night reservation.  If you are flying and this change allows you to change your flight to Monday morning, please email Kristin at kbowling@seniorleg.ca.gov with your new flight request and she will revise your itinerary.

  

Also, please note that the CSL will not be providing lunch tickets or hosting a Welcome Dinner Banquet on Monday.  This is another measure to help cut cost.  Members will be "on their own" for lunch and dinner on Monday and may submit a travel expense claim for state allowed Per Diem of up to $12 for lunch and $20 for dinner for actual expenses incurred.

 

The New Members Update and Policy Committee Orientation will be training conducted by teleconference prior to the session. The dates and details for this training will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Please let us know if you have any questions.  We are looking forward to a successful 33rd Annual Session.

 

 

 

Don MacAllister

Chair, Joint Rules Committee

 

California Senior Legislature

1020 N Street; RM513

Sacramento, CA 95814

 

 
Reservation forms for the 33rd Annual Legislative Session were sent to all members in June.  If you have not yet reserved your room you can click here for the Hyatt Reservation Link to book your room, or you can do it over the phone by calling the Hyatt at (888) 421-1442.  Be sure to inform them that you are with the CSL in order for them to add you to our direct billing list and to obtain the state approved rate.

 

 
The Hyatt Hotel is currently working on our Fall menu.  Menu choices will be sent out later this summer.
 
**If you need business cards or a name badge please send forms to the CSL office by the end of July to ensure you receive your order in time for session. 
  


****************SESSION VOLUNTEERS*****************
  

A large support staff is needed to aid the attending California Senior Legislature (CSL) and members-elect that will be gathering in Sacramento to focus on proposed legislation.  The CSL office is seeking volunteers for tasks such as staff room attendant, messengers, resource secretaries, and sergeant-at-arms.  This will be a great opportunity to learn and watch the CSL members in action.

 

Please distribute the attached volunteer response form to any interested party. The RESPONSE DEADLINE is Friday, August 31, 2013.  Volunteer commitment MUST BE FOR THE ENTIRE FOUR-DAYS of this year's session.  The volunteers are here to assist CSL members in their proposal efforts.

Each day, as a volunteer completes its work schedule, a lunch voucher will be distributed.  

 

 Moira Jackson Award Nominations

 

This award is named for a 12-year member of the CSL, Senior Senator Moira Jackson, who passed away during her last year in office.  Senior Senator Jackson set an example of accomplishment and service to the CSL that has set a high standard for all CSL members.  This is the only award that honors a CSL member who has demonstrated the kind of exemplary service set by Senior Senator Jackson.

 

Only CSL members may nominate candidates for this award.  The Joint Rules Committee determines who is to receive this award, which is presented at either the Awards Banquet or Opening Session of the Annual CSL Session.

 

To nominate a fellow CSL member please completethe attached nomination form and send it into the office no later than September 1, 2013.              
Moira Jackson Award 2013 (Click this link to access the form)
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**If you have nominations for any of the other awards (Partnership Recognition, Henry Mello, or Volunteer Recognition) please submit the name to the office for consideration at the September Joint Rules Committee Meeting.** 

 

Increase in State Per Diem Rates 

 

As of July 1, 2013, the following rate increases are in effect for CSL Members:

 

Short-Term Lodging Rate Increases:

  • All Counties/Cities located in CA (except as noted below):

Actual lodging expense, supported by a receipt, up to $90 per night, plus tax.

  • Napa, Riverside and Sacramento Counties:

Actual lodging expense, supported by a receipt, up to $95 per night, plus tax.

  • Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties and Edwards AFB, excluding the city of Santa Monica:

Actual lodging expense, supported by a receipt, up to $120 night, plus tax.

  • Alameda, Monterey, San Diego, San Mateo, Santa Clara counties:

Actual lodging expense, supported by a receipt, up to $125 night, plus tax.

  • San Francisco County and City of Santa Monica:

Actual lodging expense, supported by a receipt, up to $150 per night, plus tax.

 

Per Diem Rate Increases for Meals*:

 

Breakfast         $ 8

Lunch               $12     

Dinner             $20

 

*Please note that members may claim only their actual expense for meals.  In the event of an audit, employees must be prepared to furnish receipts substantiating the amount claimed.

 

Incidentals are the same at $6 per 24 hour period.

 

These new rates are effective for travel on or after July 1, 2013.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the office.

 


CODE 402
Contributions to Code 402 on the California State Income Tax Check-Off are short approx. $34,000 from the $250,000 needed this year.  With the current situation we need each and every CSL member to  continue to promote code 402.  It is especially important to identify and reach individuals that have not yet filed their tax return.   To remain on the Tax Check-Off, the CSL must collect a minimum of $250,000 in contributions by the end of the year.  
 
As of July 31 2013, our report total was $216,888.
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Current Legislation Status of CSL Proposals

CA AB 247

AUTHOR:

Wagner [R]

 

TITLE:

Income Taxes: Voluntary Contribution: Senior Citizens

 

FISCAL COMMITTEE:

yes

 

URGENCY CLAUSE:

no

 

INTRODUCED:

02/06/2013

 

LAST AMEND:

04/17/2013

 

DISPOSITION:

Pending

 

COMMITTEE:

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

HEARING:

08/12/2013 10:00 am

 

SUMMARY:

 

 

Relates to the Person Income Tax Law that allows taxpayers to contribute amounts in excess of their tax liability for the support of the State Fund for Seniors Citizens until the year in which the minimum contribution is not received, or a specified date, whichever comes first. Extends that specified date.

 

STATUS:

 

 

06/26/2013

From SENATE Committee on GOVERNANCE AND FINANCE:  Do pass to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS. (7-0)

 

CSL_Member:

J.Levy

 

Position:

Sponsor

 

Proposal_Number:

SP-10

 

CA AB 477

AUTHOR:

Chau [D]

 

TITLE:

Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse: Reporting

 

FISCAL COMMITTEE:

yes

 

URGENCY CLAUSE:

no

 

INTRODUCED:

02/19/2013

 

LAST AMEND:

06/24/2013

 

DISPOSITION:

Pending

 

COMMITTEE:

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

HEARING:

08/12/2013 10:00 am

 

SUMMARY:

 

 

Includes notaries public in the definition of mandated reporters of suspected financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult. Requires a notary public to report known or suspected instances of financial abuse of an elder or dependent adult. Provides an exception. Prohibits services for elders or dependent adults under certain circumstances. Regards the confidentiality of such report. Authorizes claims by reporters for actions expenses. Requires providing related instructional materials to notaries public.

 

STATUS:

 

 

07/02/2013

From SENATE Committee on JUDICIARY:  Do pass to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS. (4-2)

 

CSL_Member:

J.Glassmier

 

Position:

Sponsor

 

Proposal_Number:

AP-7

 

CA AB 663

AUTHOR:

Gomez [D]

 

TITLE:

Care Facilities: Training Requirements

 

FISCAL COMMITTEE:

yes

 

URGENCY CLAUSE:

no

 

INTRODUCED:

02/21/2013

 

LAST AMEND:

04/29/2013

 

DISPOSITION:

Pending

 

FILE:

18

 

LOCATION:

Senate Second Reading File

 

SUMMARY:

 

 

Relates to training for residential care facility administrators. Requires administrator and ombudsman training to include cultural competency and sensitivity in issues relating to the underserved aging lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

 

STATUS:

 

 

07/11/2013

From SENATE Committee on APPROPRIATIONS:  To second reading without further hearing pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8.

 

CSL_Member:

S.Krohn

 

Position:

Sponsor

 

Proposal_Number:

AP-19

 

CA AB 918

AUTHOR:

Cooley [D]

 

TITLE:

Emergency Services: Preparedness

 

FISCAL COMMITTEE:

yes

 

URGENCY CLAUSE:

no

 

INTRODUCED:

02/22/2013

 

LAST AMEND:

05/01/2013

 

DISPOSITION:

Pending

 

LOCATION:

Senate Appropriations Committee

 

SUMMARY:

 

 

Requires the Office of Emergency Services to update the State Emergency Plan to include proposed best practices for local governments and nongovernmental entities to use to mobilize and evacuate people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs during an emergency or natural disaster.

 

STATUS:

 

 

06/25/2013

From SENATE Committee on GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION:  Do pass to Committee on APPROPRIATIONS. (11-0)

 

CSL_Member:

E.Bloch

 

Position:

Sponsor

 

Proposal_Number:

AP-2

 

CA SB 129

AUTHOR:

Wright [D]

 

TITLE:

Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program

 

FISCAL COMMITTEE:

yes

 

URGENCY CLAUSE:

yes

 

INTRODUCED:

01/23/2013

 

LAST AMEND:

06/05/2013

 

DISPOSITION:

Pending

 

LOCATION:

Assembly Appropriations Committee

 

SUMMARY:

 

 

Relates to a surcharge uniformly applied to a subscriber's intrastate telephone service charges to allow providers of the equipment and service provided pursuant to the deaf and disabled programs to recover their costs. Extends the imposition of the surcharge. Requires a report to include an evaluation of program modifications that would control program costs of speech-generating devices and remove barriers to participation. Provides for assistance in purchasing specialized telecommunications equipment.

 

STATUS:

 

 

07/03/2013

In ASSEMBLY Committee on APPROPRIATIONS: To Suspense File.

 

CSL_Member:

D.Kammerer

 

Position:

Sponsor

 

Proposal_Number:

AP-13

 

CA SJR 4

AUTHOR:

Monning [D]

 

TITLE:

Older Americans Act of 1965 Reauthorization

 

INTRODUCED:

02/21/2013

 

ENACTED:

05/20/2013

 

DISPOSITION:

Adopted

 

LOCATION:

Chaptered

 

CHAPTER:

36

 

SUMMARY:

 

 

Memorializes the President and Congress of the United States to enact appropriate legislation reauthorizing the federal Older Americans Act of 1965.

 

STATUS:

 

 

05/20/2013

Chaptered by Secretary of State.

 

05/20/2013

Resolution Chapter No. 36

 

CSL_Member:

V.Agor

 

Position:

Sponsor

 

Proposal_Number:

AFP-1


 Joint Rules Committee Meetings

 

September 16-17, 2013                   Sacramento 

October 28, 2013                              Sacramento

 Joint Rules Committee

 

Don MacAllister, Chair

donmacalister@gmail.com

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Legislative Committee

 

Julia Rosenberg, Chair

jrosenberg@roadrunner.com

                                                                   

California Senior Legislature

1020 N Street, Room 513

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 552-8056 Office

(916) 552-8013 Fax

www.4csl.org

 

Janice Bailey, Operations Manager

jbailey@seniorleg.ca.gov

 

Kirstin Bowling, Office Technician

kbowling@seniorleg.ca.gov