1. A suspense bill CANNOT be brought to the floor in the current legislative session without a vote of the Appropriations Committee and does not carry over to the 2nd year of a legislative session while
2. A 2 year bill CAN BE INTRODUCED onto the floor by the speaker pro tem during the current legislative session and can be carried over into the second year without having to go back to any policy committees it has cleared. SB 50 could become a stealth bomber if we do not remain vigilant because (a) unlike a suspense bill, Senator Atkins can call for a floor vote at any time (including next week) or anytime before May 31 and (b) SB 50 can be heard in the Appropriations Committee at any time beginning January 6, 2020 and sent to the Senate Floor for approval anytime through January 31, 2020.
So, SB 50 stays in the Appropriations Committee during this first year of a legislative session which ends this year on September 13, 2019 unless Senator Atkins calls for a floor vote this month in which case it goes to the floor now. That is what the YIMBY groups are pushing. ***See YIMBY message at bottom of this page.
Continuing conversations do little good because I do not think a 2 year bill can be amended (other than technical amendments) without altering the critical benefit of a 2 year bill over suspense or defeat -- 2 year bills keep their policy committee clearances. So the suggestion that anything is going to happen to make the bill different as the result of "continuing conversations" is, I believe, wrong.
Also please contact her offices by phone or mail as follows:
State Capitol, Room 205
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-4039
Fax: (916) 651-4939
San Diego District Office
1350 Front Street, Suite 4061
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 645-3133
Fax: (619) 645-3144
Even if there is no floor vote this month, the bill can pass under the radar since in December and January, everyone's focus is on the new bills to be introduced. As a 2 year bill, SB 50 does not need to go back to any policy committee, retaining it's status as having passed Housing Committee.
Also note the bad news that SB 330 passed out of Appropriations to the Senate Floor. Bad enough on its own, SB 330 could be amended to include at least some of the parts of SB 50 before a floor vote. SB 330 already has some aspects similar to SB 50 and certainly at least the zoning provisions of SB 50 that relate to vacant land and the placement of transient and supportive housing could easily be incorporated into SB 330.