Shaina Brown

Federal uncertainty spurs California legislation

By Shaina Brown

Capitol Update, March 10, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

November’s Presidential election has cast a shadow of uncertainty across the country on a variety of issues and topics. From women’s rights and immigration to health care and environmental policies, all eyes are on the Trump administration right now to see what changes may be coming.

Here in California, the legislature is preempting roll backs to air and water quality requirements and has responded with legislative proposals. Of interest is SB 49 (Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles/Henry Stern, D-Calabasas) which will establish the standards of federal law, that were in effect as of January 1, 2016, as the baseline for air and water quality requirements and standards in California.

This approach is problematic – it will complicate regulatory schemes and the potential impacts to the business community cannot be denied. Regulatory uncertainty stifles investment and discourages manufacturing growth.

SB 49 will be heard in the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on Tuesday, March 14 at 9:30 am. CMTA opposes SB 49 and will continue to monitor. 

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