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  • LOTS OF BILLS STOPPED IN THE LEGISLATURE

    Posted: September 22, 2017 | Posted by Crystal Whitfield | No Comments

    Last Saturday the California State Legislature Adjourned for the year.  With a two-thirds vote Democrat party supermajority in both houses, many bills of concern and many we like, actually, were sent to the Governor, some with last minute changes, and we are working with our members to assess the good, the bad, and the hopefully vetoed.

    However, not to dwell on bad, dead bills, we do want to provide some information about some of the bills we, in coalition with our friends at the CalChamber leading the charge on behalf of business, and economic expansion, were able to stop:

    SB 100 (de Leon; D-Los Angeles) died on the Assembly Floor.  It would have created uncertainty for businesses in the state and potentially increases the cost for energy by creating an ambiguous zero-carbon energy planning goal and requirements for regulatory agencies in the state. Achieving our aggressive and ambitious 2030 goal of reducing our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 40% below 1990 levels will be very difficult, and we argued the state should do everything we can to minimize costs on business and disruptions to energy production and cost increases.   Ultimately this bill died because of an argument with some of the state’s public and private labor unions.

    AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer; D-Los Angeles) a de facto prohibition on contracted services originally for cities and counties, and eventually just focused on counties. The measure would hinder services provided by organizations in our 58 counties. AB 1250 created onerous new burdens on contracting firms that are defined as “a corporation, partnership, non-profit organization, or sole proprietorship.” The significant hurdles imposed by AB 1250, including paying for an annual audit, would deter or prevent non-profit organizations from entering into contracts with counties and limit service options and availability and was viewed by many as public employee unions trying to ban private businesses from being able to business with local Governments by making the rules to do so onerous and expensive.

    AB 127 (Committee on Budget) was identified as a job killer on September 13 when language was added to a budget bill that threatened energy reliability by mandating the closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility. CalChamber had identified AB 127 as a job killer because it would have eliminated jobs and placed regional energy reliability at risk. The bill was never taken up for a vote on the Senate Floor.

    SB 49 (de León; D-Los Angeles), which would have created uncertainty and increased potential litigation regarding environmental standards, was held in the Senate Rules Committee.  The bill would have given broad and sweeping discretion to state agencies to adopt rules and regulations more stringent than the federal rules. SB 49 would have increased the potential for costly litigation by creating private rights of action under California law, which may be triggered when a state agency takes the foregoing discretionary action.

    SB 774 (Leyva; D-Chino), was held on the Assembly Floor inactive file, just days after being amended with onerous provisions. It would established the California Toxic Substances Board within the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), requiring DTSC to adopt a new fee schedule by January 1, 2019 “at a rate sufficient to reimburse the department’s costs to implement” its statutory requirements.



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