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AB-1396 The Multifamily Housing Program.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/18/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1396


Introduced by Assembly Member Levine

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 2600 of the Public Contract Code, relating to public contracts. add Section 50675.15 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to housing.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1396, as amended, Levine. Skilled and trained workforce requirements. The Multifamily Housing Program.
Existing law establishes, among other housing programs administered by the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Multifamily Housing Program, pursuant to which the department provides assistance in the form of deferred payment loans to pay for specified eligible costs of development of specified housing projects.
This bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to convene a working group to advise it in its administration of the Multifamily Housing Program, as specified. The working group would be tasked with, among other things, developing and proposing consistent program requirements for determining eligibility for awarding financial resources to multifamily projects, and proposing alignment of application deadlines for multifamily housing projects.

Existing law establishes requirements that apply when a public entity is required by statute or regulation to obtain an enforceable commitment that a bidder, contractor, or other entity will use a skilled and trained workforce to complete a contract or project. Existing law also authorizes a public entity to require that a bidder, contractor, or other entity use a skilled and trained workforce to complete a contract or project, regardless of whether the public entity is required to do so by a statute or regulation.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to those provisions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 50675.15 is added to the Health and Safety Code, to read:

50675.15.
 (a) The Department of Housing and Community Development shall convene a working group to advise it in its administration of the Multifamily Housing Program.
(b) The membership of the working group shall include representatives of each of the following:
(1) The California Housing Finance Agency.
(2) The California Tax Credit Allocation Committee.
(3) Private industry, including but not limited to, private lenders and developers.
(c) The working group shall perform all of the following tasks:
(1) To the extent feasible, develop and propose consistent program requirements for determining eligibility for awarding financial resources to multifamily projects.
(2) Propose alignment of application deadlines for multifamily housing projects.
(3) Design the proposed requirements and deadlines to best accomplish the goals outlined in the state housing plan and addendum, with the intent to maximize the amount of affordable housing built and to remove administrative barriers.
(4) Approve suggestions and support adoption of regulations by each respective agency to reference the revised program requirements to the extent consistent with existing law or submit a report with suggestions to the Legislature pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code. Suggestions submitted to the Legislature would be subject to enactment by the Legislature.

SECTION 1.Section 2600 of the Public Contract Code is amended to read:
2600.

(a)This chapter applies when a public entity is required by statute or regulation to obtain an enforceable commitment that a bidder, contractor, or other entity will use a skilled and trained workforce to complete a contract or project.

(b)A public entity may require a bidder, contractor, or other entity to use a skilled and trained workforce to complete a contract or project, regardless of whether the public entity is required to do so by a statute or regulation.

(c)When the use of a skilled and trained workforce to complete a contract or project is required pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b), the public entity shall include in all bid documents and construction contracts a notice that the project is subject to the skilled and trained workforce requirement.