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AB-192 Zoning violation: hotel operation.(2013-2014)

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Assembly Bill
No. 192

Introduced by Assembly Member Hagman

January 28, 2013

An act to add Section 65863.15 to the Government Code, relating to zoning violations.


AB 192, as introduced, Hagman. Zoning violation: hotel operation.
Existing law authorizes the legislative body of any county or city to adopt ordinances that regulate the use of buildings, structures, and land as between industry, business, residences, open space, including agriculture, recreation, enjoyment of scenic beauty, use of natural resources, and other purposes.
This bill would make it a misdemeanor, punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both, for any person who violates such an ordinance by operating a hotel, as defined, in an area zoned for residences.
By creating a new crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 65863.15 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any person who violates the zoning ordinance of a city, county, or city and county by operating a hotel in an area zoned for residences is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred dollars ($500), and not more than five thousand dollars ($5,000), or by imprisonment of not less than 30 days nor exceeding six months, or by both that fine and imprisonment.
(b) For the purposes of this section, “hotel” means a building containing 6 or more guest rooms offering transient lodging accommodations to the general public.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.