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    Jul 8

    SUMMER RECESS

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    The California State Legislature is currently in Summer Recess so now is a good time to review the 2016 Legislative Session so far. Representing the largest coalition of commercial real estate industry professional groups and individual companies, we are tracking over 400 pieces of legislation. We have taken positions on 184 bills (94 support and 90 oppose). This number is slightly higher than last year because we are in the second half of a two year session and quite a few “two-year bills” are still in the mix.  Those bills that we oppose we work hard to fix in order to remove concerns.

    Jul 8

    WEEKLY ON HIATUS

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    Due to the Summer Recess, this Weekly eNewsletter will be on hiatus, returning on Friday, August 12. But don’t worry; your Sacramento staff will be here keeping an eye on the Capitol and if anything exciting happens we will make sure you know about it.

    Jul 8

    CALIFORNIAN ELECTED CHAIR OF BOMA INTERNATIONAL

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    On behalf of the commercial, industrial, and retail real estate industry we want to congratulate Brian M. Harnetiaux on his election to Chair and Chief Elected Officer for Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International for 2016-2017.  Brian is Vice President for Asset Management, at Costa Mesa, CA based McCarthy Cook.  Brian is an active member with BOMA Orange County, is the immediate past president of BOMA California, and sits on the advisory board for CBPA.

    Brian is a knowledgeable resource for us here in Sacramento helping us understand how statewide policies will impact his buildings and is always available when needed to help advocate with policymakers.  CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN!  Click here for more information about Brian and his election to one of the top volunteer positions in the industry.

    Jul 8

    ADA BILL PASSES CONGRESSIONAL JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

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    We thank our friends at ICSC for providing the following report about the ADA Education and Reform Act”- of note, California has two Republicans on the Committee that supported the measure Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Mimi Walters.  There are four Democrats on the committee and our position was only supported by one of them, Rep. Scott Peters:

    After more than two hours of debate, a version of H.R. 3765, “The ADA Education and Reform Act of 2015” (with previously agreed upon changes), passed the House Judiciary Committee by a vote of 15-6 on July 7.

    Introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX-02), the bill protects the ability of individuals with a disability to file a lawsuit and ensures they have full and proper access to public spaces, shopping centers and retailers, while restoring the necessary balance to Title III litigation. The legislation contains a “notice and cure” provision that would create a temporary pause in litigation up to 120 days to allow property owners to correct identified barriers to access.

    Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) was among those in favor of the bill.

    “Unfortunately private sector enforcement of the ADA has led to the abuse of our legal system in many cases,” Goodlatte said. “One common tactic used by opportunistic attorneys is to file mass claims against small businesses and then settle for just less than what it would cost these mom and pop businesses to defend themselves in court.”