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SUPPORT FOR AED REFORM

April 2, 2012

Two bills have been introduced to update the statutory requirements relating to installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Although BOMA California was part of the group that negotiated the original law we have long pointed to the fact that the statute is unnecessarily restricting the promulgation of these life-saving devices and we fully More »

BILL SEEKS TO REDUCE HOW MUCH PEOPLE DRIVE USING BUILDING CODE

As if the CEC didn’t have enough to do just writing the Nation’s most progressive energy code, along comes AB 1627 (Dickinson; D-Sacramento), legislation that will drastically impact your operations by enacting regulations attempting to limit how much people drive through building codes. If enacted into law, AB 1627 will prohibit local governments More »

ENERGY CODE UPDATE STARTS FINAL STAGE

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has moved out of the informal process and has now started formal proceedings to update California’s energy efficiency building standards. The CEC kicked-off the formal proceeding by conducting two full days of hearings early last week. CEC staff covered each of the proposed changes to the standards for all new More »

GOVERNOR APPOINTMENTS TO BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION

March 8, 2012

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced the appointment of James Barthman and Richard Sierra to the California Building Standards Commission. Mr. Sierra has worked at the Laborers’ International Union Local 783 since 1977 and will fill the “organized labor” slot on the commission. Mr. Barthman has served on the Commission since 2000 and fills More »

CARRIED INTEREST INTRODUCED AGAIN IN CONGRESS

February 27, 2012

This week House Ways & Means Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) introduced the “Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2012.” “There is absolutely no reason why income earned for managing other people’s money shouldn’t be taxed in the same way as income earned teaching or working in a factory,” said Representative Levin in More »

BILLS TO ADDRESS REDEVELOPMENT ELIMINATION ISSUES

Three bills have been introduced containing technical fixes to AB1X 26, the bill that eliminated redevelopment agencies. This information comes from our friends at the California Redevelopment Agencies Association: Assembly Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1585 to help address some of the problems that have emerged with implementation More »

BUSINESS, LABOR, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS SUPPORT SB 1130

The L.A. Times was at the press conference announcing the BETER program. Click here to read the story and see a quote from our very own Rex Hime.  More »

ON BILL FINANCING AND LOAN PROGRAM BILL GARNERS SUPPORT

Two measures pertaining to “Energy Efficiency” that have already been identified received positive analysis from some of our industry experts come from a Senator who also chairs the Senate Select Committee on Energy Efficiency, Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles): SB 998 (de Leon; D-Los Angeles) would require the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to authorize More »

SO MANY GOOD GREEN IDEAS

Many of the bills introduced this year are once again focused on greenhouse gases, energy efficiency, and/or green buildings, in one way or another. The word “green” currently appears in 42 separate pieces of legislation. Forty-eight (48) bills pertain to the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”). Sixty-two (62) bills have the word More »

BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE TODAY

Today is a major milestone in the 2012 Legislative Session. Bill Introduction Deadline. Hundreds of bills will be submitted just yesterday and today. Your staff in Sacramento is already deep into the task of reading this mountain of legislation in order to identify policy items that will impact your business. Last year more than 2,600 legislative More »

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