Gino DiCaro

2011 session comes to a close

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, Sept. 15, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The 2011 session came to a close shortly after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. In the final hours, members were making tense partisan jabs at one another, inserting quirky phrases in to their otherwise formal speeches, and struggling to stay awake. A number of high profile measures were sent to the Governor and others met a brutal death.

Measures ranged from efforts to move ballot initiatives to November general elections; extend a utility surcharge to fund renewable energy projects; require economic alalysis of major regulations; and streamline complex and litigious California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) permitting procedures. For those measures that were passed by the Legislature, the Governor has until October 9th to act.

CMTA success stories:

Tax and Budget

  • AB 1x 40 (Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles) and SB 116 (Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles) – The Governor proposed to mandate Single Sales Factor and implement a one percent manufacturers’ sales tax exemption.  CMTA opposed this and the bill was defeated.  (CMTA's floor alert)

Regulatory Reform

  • SB 617 (Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello) – Will require a dynamic economic analysis on all new regulations with an economic impact of more than $50 million.  CMTA supported the bill and the bill has been sent to the Governor for his signature.  (CMTA's coalition support letter)

Corporate Counsel

  • AB 1062 (Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento) – Would have limited appeals of denial of arbitration until after a court decision.  CMTA opposed this and it failed on the Senate floor. (CMTA's opposition letter)

Energy and Climate Change

  • AB 724 (Steve Bradford, D-Inglewood) – Would have extended the Public Goods Charge with 1.5 percent on utility bills.  CMTA opposed this and the bill was defeated. (CMTA's opposition letter)
  • AB 1150 (Manuel Pérez, D-Coachella) – Extends the Self Generation Incentive program through 2014 to help fund onsite renewable power for manufacturers and others.  CMTA supported the bill and the bill has been sent to the Governor for his signature. (CMTA's opposition letter)
  • SB 535 (de León) – Would have dedicated 10 percent of cap and trade revenue from AB32 implementation for environmental justice purposes.  CMTA opposed this and it was held in Assembly Appropriations.  (CMTA's coalition floor alert)
  • AB 333 (Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield) – Would have allowed CARB to delay cap and trade regulation for a year.  CMTA supported this, the bill failed, but within days CARB announced a delay in cap and trade until January 1, 2013.  (CMTA's coalition floor alert)

Environmental

  • AB 553 (William Monning, D-Santa Cruz) – Would have required Cal-OSHA to implement the most stringent personal emission limits without even a hearing as to practicality, need or cost. CMTA opposed this and it died in Assembly Appropriations. (CMTA's opposition letter)
  • SB 515 (Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro) – Battery Extended Producer Responsibility Bill would have enacted a government-directed framework requiring that manufacturers establish a plan to take back all types of batteries, meet recycling rates and dates and foot the bill for public education. CMTA opposed this and it died in Senate Appropriations.
  • SB 568 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) – Would have prohibited the use of polystyrene foam food containers.  CMTA opposed and the author withdrew the bill at the eleventh hour when he realized he didn't have the votes.
  • Green Chemistry – A bill to change the rules for green chemistry regulations was stopped in its tracks due to overwhelming industry opposition.  The bill was never put into print. (CMTA's Coalition web site)

Education

  • SB 547 (Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento) – Replaces the K-12 Academic Performance Index (API) with Education Quality Index (EQI), which broadens the criteria against which our public schools are rated to include Career Technical Education and dropout rates.  This is the most significant CTE legislation in the last ten years.  CMTA supported the bill and it has been sent to the Governor for his signature.  CMTA president Jack Stewart also attended Sen. Steinberg's press conference this week urging the Gov. to sign the bill.   (CMTA's letter asking Gov. to sign & Sen. Steinberg's press release)
  • AB 1330 (Warren Furutani, D-Long Beach) – Allows a career and technical education course to satisfy an elective requirement.  CMTA supported this and it has been sent to the Governor for his signature. (CMTA's coalition support letter to the Gov.)

Labor and Employment

  • SB 734 (Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord)  – Requires local Workforce Investment Boards to spend at least 25 percent of federal workforce training funds on actual training.  CMTA supported the bill and it has been sent to the Governor for his signature.  (CMTA's coalition support letter)
  • AB 378 (Jose Solorio, D-Santa Ana) – Reduces pharmacy and drug costs in the workers’ compensation system.  CMTA supported this and it has been sent to the Governor for his signature.

For more information on bills important to manufacturers, go to CMTA's LegWatch

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