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Legislation Updates

***ACTION ALERT*** BILL TO BAN BIG RETAIL PROJECTS UP ON MONDAY

May 27, 2011

As we have reported on several time in the past, there is proposed legislation in Sacramento that will require additional economic and community impact analyses for retail developments that are 90,000 feet or larger and sell groceries. The commercial real estate industry is opposed to this measure because it adds more bureaucratic red tape to an already More »

***ACTION ALERT*** OPPOSE MEASURE TO MANDATE HIRING

Please help us oppose a bill, identified by the CalChamber as a 2011 JOB KILLER, carried on behalf of SEIU that poses a major threat to your business. AB 350 (Jose Solorio; D-Santa Ana), which creates a protected class of building services employees – employed with private sector companies. Should this bill become law, tenants and property managers More »

JOB KILLER BILLS 2011

Our friends at the California Chamber of Commerce (CalChamber) have released this year’s list of “job killers.” The list includes 28 proposed laws that threaten California employers with new costly workplace and employee benefit mandates, economic development barriers, regulatory burdens and inflated liability costs. We are happy to report that More »

FIRST HOUSE DEADLINE

Next week we face a major Constitutional Deadline of the legislative process, known as “First House Deadline.” All bills must be out of the house they were introduced in, or they are dead for the year. This is one of the busiest times of the year in the Legislature, and below you will see several opportunities for advocacy that we hope you engage More »

BILLS MOVE FROM SUSPENSE

This week, both Houses of the California State Legislature dealt with hundreds of bills on their fiscal committee’s “Suspense File.” Any bill that has a significant cost to the state’s General Fund, generally $150K or more, go to Suspense. This ostensibly allows the committee members to get a full picture of new costs to the state, prioritize More »

BILL MANDATING HIRES MOVES FORWARD

May 20, 2011

A bill carried on behalf of SEIU by Assemblymember Jose Solario (D-Santa Ana) that forces employers to hire certain employees when the ownership or management of a building changes hands, was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee on a party-line vote 5 to 1 vote (all Democrats in favor, one Republican in opposition). AB 350 (Solorio) expands the More »

FEDERAL BUILDING CODE PROPOSED FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) have introduced legislation that would greatly increase federal influence over state and local building codes concerning energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings. The bill, “S. 1000: The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2011,” would establish aggressive More »

BILL ELIMINATES INDEMNITY ELIMINATION FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

SB 474 (Evans; D-Santa Rosa) passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 3-2 vote and now heads for a Senate Floor Vote. The measure would eliminate a general contractor’s and property owner’s ability to seek indemnity and defense from subcontractors in non-residential construction. The bill applies to all public and private construction More »

BILL TO BAN BIG RETAIL PROJECTS UP ON MONDAY

Senate Bill 469 (Vargas; D-San Diego), a bill pushed by some unions to make it more difficult to build “big box” retail stores in California, will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday. The bill earlier passed a Senate committee on a strict party line vote with five Democrats supporting the measure and two Republicans opposing. Under More »

REGULATORY REFORM BILLS KILLED IN LEGISLATURE

May 13, 2011

The “Year of Regulatory Reform” has all but fizzled in the California State Legislature. Mirroring calls by the President and Congress to reform the regulatory process and thicket of rules governing every aspect of business, a large number of bills were introduced in California to make our own regulatory environment less cumbersome. California’s More »

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