Governor closes out 2014 legislative session

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Oct. 2, 2014 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Yesterday, September 30th, Governor Brown officially closed out the 2014 Legislative session having signed 930 of the 1074 bills sent to his desk by the Legislature, vetoing 143, and letting one measure become law without his signature.  Below is the outcome of CMTA’s important bills:

SIGNED BY THE GOVERNOR

CLIMATE CHANGE
Staff Contact: Dorothy Rothrock


AB 1447 (Waldron) Funds for Traffic Synchronization
Authorizes cap-and-trade revenues to be used for traffic synchronization.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 594

 

AB 2013 (Muratsuchi) HOV Stickers
Increases the cap on the number of Green High Occupancy Vehicle stickers to accommodate growing participation.
Position: Support                           Chapter 527

 

SB 1204 (Lara) Clean Truck, Bus & Off-Road Vehicles

Creates the California Clean Truck , Bus , and Off-Road Vehicle and Equipment Technology Program, to be funded from cap-and-trade revenues, to fund zero- and near-zero emission truck , bus , and off-road vehicle and equipment technology and related projects with preference to be given to projects in disadvantaged communities.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 524

 

CORPORATE COUNSEL
Staff Contact: Dorothy Rothrock, unless noted

 

AB 1792 (Gomez) Public Benefits – Report on Employers
Requires the Employment Development Department to collaborate with the Department of Health Care Services and the Department of Social Services to collect data on employed recipients of Medi-Cal and CalFresh benefits and provide that information to the Department of Finance, who will calculate the public cost then publish an annual report of California’s top 500 employers (private and public) with the most employees utilizing Medi-Cal benefits, ranked by the number of employees. The report will be used by the Legislature to develop “sound and reasonable policies” related to improving the employment opportunities of the working poor. “Employer” is defined as any company with more than 100 employees. Effective January 2016 with a sunset of January 1, 2020.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 889
Staff Contact: Nicole Rice

 

AB 1857 (Frazier) DOT Vehicle Procurement
Allows “best value” procurement of vehicles and equipment by the Department of Transportation.
Position: Support                           Chapter 381

 

AB 2494 (Cooley) Courts – Frivolous Actions
Current law allows recovery of reasonable expenses if court actions are for the sole purpose of harassment. Recasts the definition of "frivolous" as "for the purpose of harassing an opposing party."
Position: Support                           Chapter 425

 

AB 2617 (Weber) Civil Rights – Waiver of Rights
Prohibits the enforcement of an arbitration agreement for a civil lawsuit that is based on discriminatory behavior prohibited under the Ralph Civil Rights Act. It would prohibit enforcement of an arbitration agreement if someone is being sued for a hate crime.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 910

 

ENERGY
Staff Contact: Dorothy Rothrock

 

AB 2363 (Dahle) Electricity Procurement
Previously regarded CARB’s adoption of offset protocols. As amended, it improves the electricity procurement process by recognizing the integration costs of intermittent resources.
Position: Support                           Chapter 610

 

ENVIRONMENTAL
Staff Contact: Mike Rogge

 

SB 270 (Padilla) Solid Waste – Single-use Carryout Bags
Gut and amended. Now prohibits grocers of a specific size from providing single-use disposable plastic carryout bags to customers as of July 1, 2015. Paper bags could only be provided if the retailers charge the customer at least 10 cents per bag. The law would be expanded to include convenience stores and food marts effective July 1, 2016.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 850

 

SB 1019 (Leno) Upholstered Furniture – Flame Retardants
Requires that manufacturers of upholstered furniture that have been treated with flame retardants include a specific label that does not accurately describe a Center for Disease Control statement and unjustly negatively brands all retardants and ignores their attributes.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 862

 

SB 1261 (Jackson) CUPA Reform
This is the second stage of a two part reform of the way local agencies implement and regulate the Certified Unified Program (CUPA) within their jurisdictions. (The first part passed the legislature and was signed last year.) These changes have been actively negotiated by CEEB and a number of CMTA members on behalf of the business community.
Position: Support                           Chapter 715

 

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
Staff Contact: Nicole Rice

 

AB 1522 (Gonzalez) Paid Sick Days
Requires an employer as of July 1, 2015 to provide a minimum of three paid sick days to an employee working in California for 30 or more days in a calendar year at an accrual rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 317

 

AB 1897 (Hernandez) Labor Contracting – Client Liability
Makes an employer (25+ employees) legally liable for the wage and hour violations, workers’ compensation coverage and workplace injuries of workers obtained through a third-party labor contractor. Applies to workers contracted to perform labor (defined as labor and services) within the employer’s "usual course of business." Excludes labor contracts that supply a maximum of five workers at any given time, workers who are exempt from overtime payments under existing exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees and public employers. Includes several industry exemptions that do not apply to manufacturing.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 728

 

SB 1034 (Monning) Healthcare Coverage – Waiting Periods
Deletes certain provisions of law related to waiting period limitations for large group healthcare coverage and clarifies that employees must be covered no later than the 91st day of employment.
Position: Support                           Chapter 195

 

REGULATORY REFORM
Staff Contact: Dorothy Rothrock

 

AB 1711 (Cooley) Economic Impact Statements
Requires economic impact assessment for regulatory acts that are not major to be included in the initial statement of reasons.
Position: Support                           Chapter 779

 

TAXATION AND BUDGET
Staff Contact: Dorothy Rothrock, unless noted

 

AB 1556 (Perea) Unemployment Insurance
Recommends changes to the state UI program in the wake of the Employment Development Department computer crisis that could jeopardize the state’s ability to obtain a waiver from an upcoming federal UI tax increase. California employers would owe an estimated $1.8 billion in additional federal UI taxes in 2015 if the waiver were to be denied.
Position: Oppose                           Chapter 377
Staff Contact: Nicole Rice

 

AB 1560 (Quirk-Silva) Tax Credits
Authorizes DOF to increase by $25 million the amount of economic development credits (CalCompetes program run by GoBIZ) that may be allocated to taxpayers each year.
Position: Support                           Chapter 378

 

AB 2109 (Daly) Parcel Taxes – Reports
Requires the State Board of Equalization to annually submit to the governor a report on locally-imposed parcel taxes.
Position: Support                           Chapter 781

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Staff Contact: Nicole Rice

 

AB 2148 (Mullin) Workforce Development Annual Report Card
Instructs the California Workforce Investment Board to develop an annual workforce metrics dashboard report card that measures the state’s human capital investments in workforce development.
Position: Support                           Chapter 385

 

ACR 119 (Muratsuchi) Community Colleges – CTE
Encourages the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to develop options to meet the long-term funding needs of the community college career technical training programs.
Position: Support                           Chapter 156 (Gov.’s signature not needed)

 

SB 1022 (Huff) Public Postsecondary Education – Labor Market Outcome
Provides labor market outcome information on graduates of California’s four-year higher education institutions.
Position: Support                           Chapter 394

 

SB 1028 (Jackson) Cal Grant C Awards
Makes substantive changes to the Cal Grant C program related to identifying and prioritizing the areas of occupational and technical training for which the grant award may be used.
Position: Support                           Chapter 692

 

VETOED

 

ENVIRONMENTAL
Staff Contact: Mike Rogge

 

SB 812 (De Leon) Hazardous Waste
Amended to require CalEPA’s Department of Toxic Substances control (DTSC) to act on a permit application or renewal within 3 years, otherwise the permit would be denied. DTSC was to adopt regulations establishing additional criteria to be used to determine whether to issue a permit (including CalEnviroScreen). The bill would have also created a citizen oversight committee to review DTSC decisions. DTSC was opposed to this measure.
Position: Oppose              

 

REGULATORY REFORM
Staff Contact: Dorothy Rothrock

 

AB 2221 (Campos) Business Filing Council
Would have established a new council comprised of existing agency leadership and uncompensated appointees to provide oversight of the new California Business Connect Project at the Secretary of State’s office. Would have provided ongoing and regular review of the business filing process and developed ideas for streamlining and modernizing the process. 
Position: Support              

 

AB 2723 (Medina) Admin. Procedure for Small Businesses
Would have modified the state rulemaking process to require state agencies to consider the effect of regulations on sole proprietorships and other small businesses when assessing the economic impact of a proposed regulation.
Position: Support              

 

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION
Staff Contact: Dorothy Rothrock

 

AB 2616 (Skinner) Hospital Employers Compensation
While limited in scope to hospitals and the MRSA virus, would have created legal presumptions for private sector employees for the first time, making it a higher burden of proof when attempting to contest a claim that is believed to be non-industrial.
Position: Oppose              

 

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
Staff Contact: Nicole Rice

 

AB 1910 (Gray) San Joaquin Valley Regional Planning and Preparedness
Would have created the San Joaquin Valley Regional Economic Planning and Preparedness Council, within the state Workforce Investment Board, to better align state workforce development resources with local industry needs and opportunities.
Position: Support               

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