Bills to the Governor

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 18, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On September 12th, California’s Legislature concluded its first year of session. Any bill not passed by the Legislature is generally a two-year bill which means it can be brought up again in 2014, but will have stricter deadlines than bills introduced in 2014. There are some exceptions to this rule, failing passage from a committee or floor, for example, but rule waivers are common. Some bills will never get another hearing, as authors may decide to not to try again.

Of the 2,540 bills introduced this year, CMTA tracked 508. We took positions on 160 of those bills. The remaining 348 were watched for significant amendments.

Here are the bills that made it to the Governor’s desk. He has until October 13 to sign or veto them. Bills not vetoed will automatically become law.

 

CLIMATE CHANGE

AB 527 (Gaines) Western Climate Initiative

Requires WCI to comply with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act, the California Public Records Act and annual reporting requirements. Support

 

ENERGY

AB 8 (Perea) Funding Programs for Alternate Fuel & Vehicle Technologies

Removes CARB authority to enforce clean fuels outlet regulation and extends Carl Moyer program and AB 118 funding beyond their current expiration dates in 2015 and 2016 to 2024. Urgency statute. Support

AB 327 (Perea) Net Energy Metering & Renewables Portfolio Standard

Would allow the CPUC to order utilities to purchase renewable electricity beyond the current RPS limit of 33% by 2020. Oppose

AB 628 (Gorell) Energy Plans for Ports

Provides the opportunity to develop “energy management plans” in Port districts.  Support

AB 1257 (Bocanegra) Natural Gas Act

Requires the Energy Commission to report identifying strategies to make the best use of natural gas as an energy source in the state.  Support

SB 43 (Wolk) Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program

Mandates utilities to procure from particular projects. Oppose

 

ENVIRONMENTAL

AB 227 (Gatto) Prop. 65 Chemical Listing Enforcement

Initially allowed a person who receives a notice that alleges a violation of the warning requirements of Proposition 65 to correct that violation within 14 days, proving correction, without penalty of law. As amended, the violator must also pay a $500 fine. This bill also requires that the person who brings the action includes specified information on the violation. This urgency bill, requiring a 2/3rds vote, was watered down to apply primarily to restaurant/bar-type businesses serving alcohol.  Support

SB 4 (Pavley) Oil and Gas – Hydraulic Fracturing

This bill imposes a cornucopia of requirements on oil companies doing extraction through fracking; however, it does not include a moratorium on fracking.  TBD

SB 54 (Hancock) Hazardous Material Management – Skilled and Trained Workforce

Mandates that oil refineries or petrochemical companies with a Risk Management Plan use only contractors who pay prevailing wages and utilize employees who have taken or are taking union-type apprentice training in dealing with hazardous substances, in the interest of public safety.  Oppose

SB 254 (Hancock) Recycling and Recovery of Used Mattresses

This bill was initially an Extended Producer Responsibility framework bill similar to one that Hancock carried last year, establishing a program through CalRecycle to oversee industry efforts to recover and recycle used mattresses. SB 245 language placed in this bill and SB 254 language removed. It is now an industry-sponsored bill to establish a program for the management of used mattresses. Retailers and manufacturers would take part in the process. 2/3 vote required.  Support

SB 465 (Correa) Fair Packaging and Labeling Act

An industry-sponsored bill to further clarify the difference between acceptable and deceptive packaging, thus avoiding litigation.  Support

SB 483 (Jackson) Hazardous Materials – Business and Area Plans

A number of industry and environmental groups are collaborating with the DTSC and the CUPA agencies to improve the CUPA program. This is the first installment of changes expected from the CUPA’s in the coming years.  It was amended to do very little beyond extending the sunset date.  Support

 

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

AB 10 (Alejo) Minimum Wage Increase

Increases the state minimum wage to $9/hr in July 2014 and to $10/hr in January 2016, resulting in a 25 percent increase over the next three years.  Oppose

AB 576 (V.M. Perez) Centralized Intelligence Partnership Act Pilot

Creates a pilot program known as the Revenue Recovery and Collaborative Enforcement Team to collaborate in combating criminal tax evasion associated with the underground economy.  Support

AB 729 (Roger Hernández) Union Agent-Represented Worker Privilege

Creates a new evidentiary privilege for confidential communications, as defined, between a union rep and a member employee.   Oppose

AB 1165 (Skinner) Cal-OSHA – Abatement of Violations

Requires employers to abate safety hazards for which they have been cited prior to resolution of the appeal.  Oppose

SB 54 (Hancock) Risk Management Plan Facilities – Use of Union Labor

Requires contractors employed at a facility operating under a Risk Management Plan (RMP) to be trained in a union-type apprenticeship program and paid a prevailing hourly wage.  Oppose

Also listed with environmental bills

SB 462 (Monning) Attorney’s Fees Awards

Provides that in an action for the recovery of wages or benefits, a prevailing employer can only recover its attorney’s fee if he or she can prove that the action was brought in bad faith.  Oppose

 

REGULATORY REFORM

AB 12 (Cooley) Standardized Regulatory Impact Analysis

Expands on the SB 617 (Ron Calderon, Chaptered in 2011) economic analysis for major regulations and the requirement for reports to the legislature. This bill would require OAL to include recommendations to improve performance, notify the legislature of any noncompliance and post the report and notice on the state’s internet website.  Support

 

TAXATION AND BUDGET

AB 483 (Ting) Local Taxes/Fees

Purports to only “clarify” the state Constitution but could be used to thwart Prop 26 (from 2010) that all local taxes must be approved by voters.  Oppose

AB 562 (Williams) Economic Development Subsidies

Requires local agencies to notice and hold a public hearing prior to authorizing any expenditure of local public funds of $100,000 or more; and requires that individually identifiable information be disclosed to the public and posted on the agency’s website.   Oppose

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

SB 118 (Lieu) Education and Workforce Development

Creates a framework to provide more workforce development dollars and services to those industries with the greatest growth potential and labor needs.   Support

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