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AB-2777 State employees: travel reimbursements.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/24/2018 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 24, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2777


Introduced by Assembly Member Daly

February 16, 2018


An act to amend Section 19822.4 of the Government Code, relating to public employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2777, as amended, Daly. State employees: travel reimbursements.
Existing law, until January 1, 2019, requires a state agency to permit state employees traveling on official state business to use transportation provided by a transportation network company, as defined, or lodging in a short-term rental, as defined. Existing law requires a state agency to reimburse the actual and necessary expenses of a state employee in this context consistently with the agency’s standard reimbursement policies. Existing law requests and encourages the University of California to adopt travel reimbursement policies in accordance with these provisions.
This bill would delete the repeal of these provisions, thereby providing for their operation in perpetuity. extend, until January 1, 2022, the requirement that a state agency permit state employees traveling on official state business to use transportation provided by a transportation network company or lodging in a short-term rental.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 19822.4 of the Government Code is amended to read:

19822.4.
 (a) As used in this section:
(1) “Short-term rental” means a residential property that is rented to a visitor for fewer than 30 days through a centralized online platform whereby the rental is advertised and payments for the rental are securely processed. For purposes of travel reimbursement, a short-term rental shall be considered a commercial lodging establishment.
(2) “Transportation network company” has the same meaning as defined in Section 5431 of the Public Utilities Code.
(b) (1) A state agency shall not prohibit state employees traveling on official state business from using transportation provided by a transportation network company or lodging in a short-term rental.
(2) Reimbursement shall be provided for necessary and actual expenses, consistent with the agency’s policies for reimbursement of other lodging establishments or other vehicles for hire.
(c) The Legislature requests and encourages the University of California to adopt travel reimbursement policies in accordance with this section.
(d) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2022, and as of that date is repealed.