ACTION ALERT: Urge Newsom to sign & veto housing, wage, energy bills

Posted September 19th, 2023 | Status:

Our advocacy efforts are in full swing to secure Governor Gavin Newsom’s signature or veto on key bills after the legislative session ended Thursday. Here’s a quick rundown of legislative outcomes for the 50 bills we mobilized on. Legislators sent 13 bills supported or opposed by BizFed to Newsom’s desk, including hotly debated proposals to extend unemployment benefits to striking workers and retool emissions reporting standards for corporations


BizFed-supported bills to sign

  • AB 376 (Villapudua): Student financial aid for Cal Grant C driver training programs.
  • AB 965 (Carrillo): Local broadband batch permitting.
  • AB 1217 (Gabriel): Business pandemic relief. 
  • SB 4 (Wiener): “Yes in God’s backyard” housing production on religious and higher education land.

BizFed-opposed bills to veto

  • AB 316 (Aguiar-Curry): Human safety operators in self-driving vehicles.
  • AB 1048 (Wicks): Dental benefits and rate review. 
  • AB 1614 (Gabriel): Phaseout of gas stations.
  • SB 253 (Wiener): Corporate greenhouse gas emissions reporting.
  • SB 261 (Stern): Climate-related financial risk reporting. 
  • SB 389 (Allen): State Water Resources Control Board investigation of water rights.
  • SB 525 (Durazo): Health care minimum wage hike. 
  • SB 553 (Cortese): Workplace violence rules.
  • SB 799 (Portantino): Unemployment benefits for striking workers.

We’re keeping the drumbeat going on all fronts until Governor Newsom’s October 14 deadline to sign or veto. Submit your advocacy letters ASAP to Newsom prefers letters formatted in 12-point Century Gothic font due to his dyslexia.


These BizFed-opposed bills failed to advance

  • AB 6 (Friedman): Regional transportation plans for congested corridors.
  • AB 7 (Friedman): Project selection for transportation planning.
  • AB 9 (Muratsuchi): Market-baed compliance mechanism for emissions reduction. 
  • AB 68 (Ward): Streamlined housing approvals.
  • AB 236 (Holden): Provider directories for health care coverage. 
  • AB 460 (Bauer-Kahan): Interim relief procedures for water rights. 
  • AB 627 (Jackson): Operating requirements for heavy-duty trucks.
  • AB 650 (Arambula): San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District board.
  • AB 985 (Arambula): San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District emissions reduction credit system. 
  • AB 1000 (Reyes): Warehouse restrictions. 
  • AB 1333 (Ward): Residential real estate bundling.
  • AB 1337 (Wicks): Water diversion curtailment. 
  • ACA 6 (Haney): University of California labor standards.
  • SB 12 (Stern): Emissions limits. 
  • SB 220 (Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee): Minimum franchise tax – critical needs fund.
  • SB 252 (Gonzalez): Fossil fuels divestment.
  • SB 466 (Wahab): Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act rates.
  • SB 556 (Gonzalez): Civil liability for oil and gas wells.
  • SB 571 (Allen): Emergency preparedness for development sites. 
  • SB 584 (Limón): Short-Term Rental Tax Law for workforce housing.
  • SB 674 (Gonzalez): Fence-line monitoring systems for refineries.  
  • SB 849 (Stern): Ports emissions reduction. 
  • SCA 7 (Umberg): Workers’ rights to organize and negotiate. 


These BizFed-supported bills did not make it to Newsom’s desk

  • AB 52 (Grayson): Manufacturing income tax credit.
  • AB 717 (Villapudua): Living trust education.
  • AB 838 (Connolly): California Water Affordability and Infrastructure Transparency Act.
  • AB 914 (Friedman): CEQA streamlining for electrical infrastructure.
  • AB 1505 (Rodriguez): Seismic retrofitting.
  • AB 1708 (Muratsuchi): Proposition 47 amendment to prevent retail theft.
  • ACA 13 (Ward): Voting thresholds. 
  • SB 301 (Portantino): Vehicular air pollution.
  • SB 316 (Niello): Increased penalties for retail theft. 
  • SB 366 (Caballero): Long-term water supply targets. 
  • SB 430 (Dodd): Tied-house exceptions for advertising.
  • SB 581 (Caballero): Third-party litigation financing. 
  • SB 585 (Niello): Statutory damages for construction-related claims. 
  • SB 767 (Rubio): Mandatory kindergarten. 

Looking for targeted marching orders and more Action Alerts in the coming days. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Wiltfong, Director of Advocacy & Policy, at

Tracy Hernandez
BizFed Founding CEO


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