Corporate Counsel Bills Looking Ahead to August

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, July 23, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

August is the final month of the current 2-year legislative session. It typically involves a series of hearings by the Appropriations committees of each house and during the last two weeks legislators typically spend almost all of their time on the floors of each house dispensing with an enormous number of bills. The following corporate counsel bills will be in play during August.

Manufacturer Rebate Restrictions:
SB 1154 (Liz Figueroa, D-Fremont) regulates manufacturers' and retailers' rebates to consumers. Some CMTA members believe it would reduce the number of rebates offered by companies to California consumers. Concerns with the bill have related to weak proof of purchase standards, long time-lines mandated for consumers submitting their rebate requests and short time-lines for manufacturers fulfilling those requests, limitations on companies linking rebate offers with service or other contracts, and state-by-state restrictions that could cause conflicts for nationwide company rebate offers. Despite some improvements on these fronts, CMTA remains opposed to the bill.

Outsourcing Bans or Restrictions:
AB 1829 (Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge) prohibits a state agency or local government from contracting for services unless the contractor or subcontractor certifies that the service will be performed solely with workers within the United States. Exempted from the bill are the State Treasurer and any "seismic retrofit work." CMTA opposes this bill.

SB 888 (Joseph Dunn, D-Santa Ana) prohibits the performance of any work involving "information that is essential to homeland security" at a worksite located outside of the United States unless expertise or materials necessary to perform the work is not available in the United States. The bill defines "information essential to homeland security" as either (1) information necessary to enhance the capability of state and local jurisdictions to prepare for and respond to terrorist acts, including, but not limited to, acts of terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction and nuclear, radiological, incendiary, chemical, and explosive devices or (2) information relating to physical and information infrastructures, including, but not limited to, the telecommunications, energy, financial services, water, and transportation sectors. CMTA opposes this bill.
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