As a service to our member programs, we share the following information about California bills this session. Please feel free to share this information with your staff.
AB 1657 (Gomez) Courts: interpreters
Status: Approved by Governor and chaptered on September 28, 2014.
This bill would authorize the court to provide a court interpreter in any civil action at no cost to the parties. Senate Judiciary Analysis LAAC supports this bill as a potential source of additional funding for court interpretation services and has asked the Governor to sign. Read LAAC’s letter here.
AB 2746 (Wieckowski) Attorneys: annual membership fees
Status: Approved by Governor and chaptered on September 18, 2014.
This bill would increase the annual membership fee active members of the bar . It would also increase the optional donation to nonprofit legal services organizations from $30 to $40. Senate Judiciary Analysis LAAC supports this bill and has asked the Governor to sign. Read LAAC’s letter here.
AB 233 (Wieckowski) Wage Garnishment: Exempt Earnings
Status: Bill passed the Assembly and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee, but failed passage in the Senate. Senator Evans requested it be moved to the inactive file. The request was granted on September 25, 2013.
This bill would prohibit the issuance of an earnings withholding order for purposes of collecting debt on a student loan that is not made, insured, or guaranteed by the United States Government pursuant to the Federal Family Education Loan Program or the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. Fact Sheet LAAC’s letter Template Letter for you to use Analysis
The LAAC Advocacy Committee is watching these bills and tracking their progress.
AB2286 (Wagner) Process Servers
Status: Bill referred to the Committee on Judiciary on April 22, 2014; Hearing canceled at the request of the author on April 29, 2014.
This bill would transfer oversight of the registration of process servers from county clerks to the State Bar. Rather than registering with the county clerk in the county where he or she resides or has a principal place of business, process servers would register with the State Bar of California.
AB1515 (Gonzalez) Attorneys: Duty to Deposit Advance Fees
Status: Bill passed and ordered to Senate on May 23, 2014. Referred to Senate Judiciary Committee on June 5, 2014.
This bill would impose a duty on attorneys, in addition to other duties imposed by the State Bar Act, to deposit fees and expenses into a client trust account that have been paid in advance for legal services. The fees would be withdrawn by the attorney only as they are earned or expenses are incurred.
None at this time.