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Legislative Update

Monday, July 9, 2018  
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Legislative Update

The Legislature raced through its midway point, as the first house deadline was reached on June 1st. Bills needed to move out of their house of origin and onto the next if they had any hopes of surviving. As the week started, the Assembly had 459 Bills up for consideration; the Senate considered 280. In the Assembly, Moderate Democrats were unified in their ability to stop controversial legislation that the business community was opposed to. In the Senate, where there are fewer Moderates, controversial legislation had an easier time moving on to the Assembly. 
 
Here are some quick highlights of the Floor Action:
 
CALPASC Supported Bills
 
SB 1077-Wilk-R--PASSED.
 This bill would expand the residential disclosures and protections on Wrap-up/OCIP programs to commercial construction. 
 
AB 1743-O'Donnell-D--PASSED.
 Appropriates $500 Million annually for Career Technical Education.
 
AB 2046-Daly-D--PASSED.
Requires, instead of authorizes govt. agencies to release WC fraud info to other state agencies where requested.  Amended, adds provision that the Legislature is authorized instead of required to use leftover Fraud Assessment Commission money for the following year's fraud efforts. Also deletes the requirement for the State Auditor to assess Fraud fighting efforts.
 
AB 2596-Cooley-D, Kiley-R-- PASSED.
 Would commission GO-BIZ to study an Economic Development Plan for California.
 
AB 2705-Holden-D--PASSED.
 Would give jurisdiction for CSLB to enforce against unlicensed contractors, lack of WC coverage.
 
AB 2913-Wood-D--PASSED. This CBIA sponsored bill would allow for building permits to be activated up to 3 years from being filed, instead of the current 18 months.  

SB 966-Weiner-D--PASSED. Would require State Water Board and BSC to develop water quality standards for onsite treated nonpotable water systems.  

SB 1272-Galgiani-D--PASSED. This bill puts the TRaCe tax enforcement program under the DOJ.  
 
CALPASC Watched Bills
 
AB 2353-Frazier-D--PASSED.
This bill is a vehicle for SB 800 reform measures that are being reviewed now by Mr. Frazier's office and us.
 
CALPASC Opposed Bills
 
AB 2069-Bonta-D--FAILED
. This bill, had it passed, would have given protected status in employment to medical marijuana users. The business coalition opposed to the bill was able to raise enough concern amongst Moderates in the Assembly that it failed it garner enough support to move.
 
AB 2648-Friedman-D--FAILED. Would change the 10 year statute for defects in real property for personal injury resulting from water contamination; to 10 years from discovery of injury. Dead!

AB 2841-Gonzalez Fletcher-D--FAILED. Would increase sick leave accrual to 40 hours by 200th calendar day of employment, and the carryover provision to 40 hours or 5 days.

AB 2946-Kalra-D--FAILED. Would extend the period to file labor law complaints with the DLSE from 6 months to 3 years; and authorize a court to award reasonable attorney's fees to successful whistle blower civil actions.

AB 2334-Thurmond-D-- AMENDED TO REMOVE OPPOSITION. Spot bill, requires employers to submit forms 300A, to Cal/OSHA, only if Fed/OSHA drops their reporting requirements.

SB 1284-Jackson-D-- PASSED. Would require by 9-30-2019, and 9-30 every year thereafter, an employer with 100 or more employees to submit a pay data report to the DIR. The report will show by job category, the numbers by race, ethnicity, and sex. 

Other Failed Bills
AB 2379- Bloom-D-- FAILED. This bill would have required that new clothing made from fabric that is composed of more than 50% synthetic material bear a conspicuous label that is visible to the consumer at the point of sale, in the form of a sticker, hang tag, or any other label type, with specified information, including a statement that the garment sheds plastic microfibers when washed. It also would have extended liability onto retailers of these fabrics in the event that they are being sold without the label. The bill failed to garner the necessary 41 votes to move, and it failed.
 
The biggest highlight this week is the California Primary Election (Highlights below) although there is still action in the Capitol, including the Budget Conference Committee meetings.California's budget must be completed by June 15th, however, due to Proposition 54 restrictions of having a bill in print for 72 hours before a final vote, in reality the budget must be wrapped up on June 12th.  

Beyond the budget, now that the first house deadline has come and passed, committee hearings can now begin on the bills that have survived.  

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