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Legislation Updates

BILLS WE ARE WATCHING

August 27, 2010

Your Sacramento staff is still following almost one hundred bills wending their way through the process. However, here are some highlights: AB 2670 (J. Pérez; D – Los Angeles) Mandates certain state buildings be evaluated using a private green building program without recognizing the state’s own green building code, CALGreen. Oppose. SB 7 (Romero; More »

SESSION ALMOST OVER

The 2009-2010 Legislative Session ends on Tuesday. Hundreds of bills are being acted upon. “Gut-and-amends,” bills being completely changed at the last minute, are a natural hazard this time of year, and something we watch for very closely.  More »

STILL NO BUDGET – 58 DAYS LATE

Fifty eight days into the new fiscal year and still no budget. But have hope. There is a rampant rumor that “discussions” are being conducted and we could have a vote early next week. Exciting stuff, we know. We’ll let you know if we get anything more solid over the weekend and if details emerge.  More »

GOVERNOR SIGNS INDUSTRY-SPONSORED CODE-ADOPTION BILL

August 20, 2010

The Governor has signed AB 1693 (Ma), the industry-sponsored legislation that will reduce the frequency with which industry and local government have to deal with new changes to the state building code. For almost twenty years, California’s Health & Safety Code has required the Building Standards Commission and numerous other state agencies to More »

HISTORIC VOTE APPROVES USE OF PEX PLASTIC PIPE

The Building Standards Commission (BSC) on Monday unanimously adopted emergency regulations allowing the use of PEX Plastic Pipe on a statewide basis. Secretary Bill Leonard, who also serves as BSC chairman, indicated his support for this historic vote that appears to bring to an end to this legal and administrative battle that started in 1982. Unlike More »

CALCHAMBER SOUNDS ALARM ON IMPACT OF PROPOSITION 19

August 13, 2010

According to a recent legal analysis by the California Chamber of Commerce, Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, not only would legalize pot use in California, it also would create a legal quagmire for employers by compromising workplace safety and establishing a new class of protected workers in the state. Click here More »

BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION SET FOR HISTORIC VOTE ON PLASTIC PIPE

The California Building Standards Commission is set to vote this Monday on an emergency regulatory package that would effectively allow the use of PEX plastic pipe on a statewide basis. What separates this proceeding from all of the others is that all of the interested parties seem to be in agreement with the proposed settlement. If approved on Monday, More »

STILL NO BUDGET – 44 DAYS LATE – HO HUM

In an interview earlier in the week, the Governor stated that although there was “progress” on the budget a deal was still two or three weeks away. In Capitol-speak that means they are nowhere near a deal… In other news, the Governor has tried to reinstate furloughs, but a judge said “uh-uh.” Democrats want $4.5 billion in higher taxes, More »

ENHANCED DEPRECIATION PROPOSAL

July 30, 2010

Our friends at ICSC report that Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D-NV) introduced H.R. 5943, the Community Renewal and Enhancement (CRE) Act, legislation to allow a fifty percent (50%) depreciation for the portion of any equity investment used to buy down debt on commercial real property. This is something that is highly supported by our industry and More »

UNCOLLECTED SALES TAX HURTS RETAIL REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY

An op/ed penned by our very own Rex Hime, explains how what was once a useful and needed policy has become an anachronism that is hurting sales tax revenues in California. Thanks to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling issued years before Internet commerce was prevalent, online retailers do not collect state sales taxes, but instead place the burden of reporting More »