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The CALPASC Government Affairs Mission

Almost every day during the legislative session in Sacramento, legislative proposals that can directly affect how trade contractors do business, are conceived, debated and advanced. Some legislative proposals are good for the industry, yet unfortunately in many cases, special interest groups further proposals that could seriously hinder the industry and in some cases, threaten to put legitimate trade contractors in California out of business. That’s where CALPASC comes in. Through a multi-pronged lobbying effort, tireless board and committee work, membership growth, and strong relationships with legislators, CALPASC has become a prominent and effective voice for trade contractors in California. CALPASC has a proud history of effectuating change for this industry.

 

Our Core Issues

At the core of the foundation of the group has been the constant struggle to further the cause of equal and fair transfer of risk. Exorbitant defense obligations for non-negligence, and poorly designed, underfunded wrap insurance policies are just two examples of real threats to the livelihoods of trade contractors. This remains a vital mission of the Government Affairs Team. Today, the team also engages a whole array of issues including:  

CALPASC members are informed trade contractors and unlike others in the industry, have more than an opinion, they have a voice.

The Government Affairs Team

The Government Affairs Team is composed of CALPASC staff, Government Affairs Committee Members, and depending on the issue, contracted respected lobbying professionals. The key players are: 

  • Executive Director David Murillo. Based out of our Sacramento office just a few blocks away from the State Capitol, David serves as primary liaison between the association and the legislative community. He regularly attends hearings, is part of industry legislative visits and is prepared to weigh in on bills requiring CALPASC’s vocal support or opposition. 
  • Director of Risk Management Bruce Wick. With over a quarter century of industry experience, Bruce is the primary legislative analyst for CALPASC. In that capacity, he always up to date on the latest legislative initiatives and providing detailed analysis of what these mean to trade contractors, not only to the government affairs committee, but to our members as well every few weeks via our Trade Newsletter, Trade Memo. 
  • Government Affairs Committee. This Committee is composed of David and Bruce and an additional half dozen or so volunteer members of CALPASC. Combined industry experience of the committee members totals over a century and it is the workhorse of the government affairs mission. This committee is the vehicle by which legislative proposals are evaluated and where the decision is made whether to support, watch or oppose legislation. This committee also approves partnerships with other industry groups when there are areas of mutual interest.

How It Gets Done

  • Every year, CALPASC reviews some 150 bills that have been deemed to affect the industry. Generally, anywhere between 50 to 100 are more closely monitored and CALPASC will take positions on these. Taking a position can entail anything from adding our signature to a letter to the author or governor either supporting or opposing a bill, directly writing a letter, or even sending a representing to testify in support or opposition of a bill at a committee hearing.
  •  Legislative Day is an annual CALPASC event in which members from all over the state gather in Sacramento to directly communicate with legislators on the issues facing this industry. This is a vital part of the Government Affairs Mission in that it allows legislators to a face to the issues CALPASC advocates for.
  • CALPASC is also actively engaged in coalitions with other industry groups in an effort to better the business climate for our members. We regularly participate in other industry legislative visit days and attend meetings ensuring that trade contractors’ voices are heard.  

How Can Trade Contractors Help in the Effort?

There are many things you can do to make an impact: 

  • Continue membership with CALPASC and help attract new members. Growth equals power in Sacramento.
  • Contribute to our Political Action Committee (PAC) 
  • Inform yourself on the issues through this website, our e-mail newsletters and alerts seminars, etc. 
  • Participate on Legislative Day and meet with state legislators locally (staff-organized In-District Visits). 
  • Send letters to legislators. 
  • Become a leader within CALPASC by joining or chairing a committee or board. 

Please contact Dave Murillo our office to become involved.

 

Recent Key Legislation 

Senate Bill 863—2012

Sweeping revision of CA Worker’s Compensation laws. These revisions will bend the cost curve downward, and result in longer term savings and stabilization of WC rates.

Assembly Bill 2738--2008

This bill, which has been signed into law on September 27, 2008 by the Governor, restricts a trade contractor’s obligation to front the defense of a builder or general contractor to only those claims associated with that trade contractor’s scope of work, and it mandates that the trade contractor rather than the builder maintain control of any such defense. In addition, the bill provides the critically important mandate that a trade contractor may not be required to indemnify or defend a builder or general contractor for claims that should have been paid by a wrap insurance policy.

Assembly Bill 2303--2006

CALPASC has led the only legislation that changed any of the functionality standards of SB 800, since passage of that bill in 2003. AB 2303 allocates responsibility for waterproofing systems appropriately, instead of on the wrong party.

Assembly Bill 758--2005

Eliminated Type I indemnities in residential construction. Saves specialty contractors significant sums by reducing indemnity exposure to the contractors’ own negligence, and reducing defense obligations to allegations regarding the contractor’s scope of work.

 

Assemblyman Dave Jones, Chair of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, introduced AB 2738 last year. This bill, which has been signed into law on September 27, 2008 by the Governor, restricts a trade contractor’s obligation to front the defense of a builder or general contractor to only those claims associated with that trade contractor’s scope of work, and it mandates that the trade contractor rather than the builder maintain control of any such defense. In addition, the bill provides the critically important mandate that a trade contractor may not be required to indemnify or defend a builder or general contractor for claims that should have been paid by a wrap insurance policy. 

 

Legislative Links

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