Whew! If you follow the #CALeg hashtag on Twitter, you probably saw the exhausted (yet exhilarated!) end-of-session photos shared by legislators in the wee hours of yesterday morning. The California State Legislature adjourned its 2021-2022 legislative session after a marathon of final floor votes.
But our work at BizFed isn’t done.
We need YOUR voices now more than ever!
We’re now targeting one person with our advocacy messaging to get smart solutions across the finish line – and to stop unsustainable proposals from becoming law. Governor Newsom has until September 30th to sign or veto bills sent to him by the Legislature. Here’s a quick rundown of our victories so far, the bills awaiting Newsom’s signature that are supported by BizFed members, and the bills heading to Newsom’s desk that BizFed members oppose.
These job-killing, economy-crushing, or unnecessary bills – all opposed by BizFed – failed to advance through the legislative process, thanks to YOUR efforts. Thank you for doing your part to amplify the collective voice of business!
- SB 12 (McGuire) would have established duplicative and costly fire hazard planning responsibilities for cities and counties.
- SB 260 (Weiner), the Climate Corporate Accountability Act, would have required businesses with annual revenues over $1 billion that do business in California to report all of their greenhouse gas emissions to the state.
- SB 953 (Min) would have required the State Lands Commission to terminate leases that authorize oil and gas production in state waters if voluntary relinquishment – including payment of fair compensation – could not be negotiated.
- SB 1097 (Pan) would have required additional health and safety warning labels on cannabis products.
- SB 1173 (Gonzalez) would have prohibited the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) from making investments or renewing existing investments in the 200 largest fossil fuel companies.
- SB 1391 (Kamlagar) would have requires the California Air Resources Board to review the cap-and-trade program every three years.
- AB 437 (Kalra) would have prohibited exclusivity in actor contracts.
- AB 983 (Kalra) would have limited damages that a recording company can recover from a music artist if the artist elects to terminate a recording contract with the company after seven years without rendering all of the services promised.
- AB 1001 (Garcia) would have amended the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to 1) require mitigation to compensate for adverse air or water quality impacts in a disadvantaged community to mitigate those impacts directly in the affected community and 2) require all public agencies implementing CEQA to give consideration to the principles of environmental justice by ensuring the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people of all races, cultures, incomes, and national origins.
- AB 1993 (Wicks) would have mandated that every employer require employees and independent contractors to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination unless the individual is ineligible for vaccination due to a medical condition, disability, or sincerely held religious belief.
- AB 2237 (Friedman) would have conditioned state and local transportation funding on a project’s consistency with the applicable Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) and state climate goals.
- AB 2793 (Muratsuchi) would have required the California Air Resources Board to evaluate the cap-and-trade program every three years, as specified, to determine the program’s effectiveness in meeting emissions reduction goals of AB 32 (Nuñez).
- AB 2840 (Reyes) would have required local governments within Riverside and San Bernardino counties to impose setbacks of 1,000 feet on most new individual development in relation to homes, schools, and other “sensitive receptors.”
We leaned in hard to help push the following bills through the Legislature. We need you to join the chorus of voices persuading Governor Newsom to sign them into law by September 30th.
BILLS SUPPORTED BY BIZFED
- SB 6 (Caballero) will enact the Middle Class Housing Act of 2022, which establishes housing as an allowable use on any parcel zoned for office or retail uses.
- SB 301 (Skinner) will tackle organized retail theft by shutting down the resale market for stolen goods.
- SB 717 (Dodd) will examine root causes of barriers to expanding broadband access and provide recommendations on how to accelerate deployment of broadband infrastructure to increase connectivity for all Californians.
- SB 887 (Becker) will require 15-year projections of energy resource portfolios and energy demand to inform transmission planning to achieve the state’s clean energy goals. This bill will also require the California Independent System Operator to consider approval for specified transmission projects as part of the 2022-23 transmission planning process.
- SB 922 (Wiener) will expand CEQA exemptions for transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects, and extend these exemptions from 2023 to 2030.
- SB 1047 (Limón) will extend the period of a family’s eligibility after establishing initial eligibility for state preschool and subsidized childcare and development programs from 12 to 24 months.
- SB 1187 (Kamlager) will establish a pilot program to study the feasibility of fabric recycling.
- SB 1226 (Durazo) will allow private, non-profit corporations that provide services for zero-emission transportation to enter into joint powers agreements with public agencies.
- SB 1309 (Durazo) will extend the authorization date for advertising displays for designated professional sports arenas with capacity of 15,000 or more seats to January 1, 2028.
- SB 1338 (Umberg) will establish the compassionate Community Assistance, Recovery, and Empowerment (CARE) Court framework to get Californians struggling with severe mental illness and substance use disorders the care they need.
- AB 1322 (R. Rivas) will require the California Air Resources Board to develop a plan to reduce aviation greenhouse gas emissions in consultation with specified agencies and stakeholders by July 1, 2024.
- AB 1845 (Calderon) will authorize the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) to use design-build, progressive design-build, and construction manager/general contractor project delivery methods for regional water recycling or drought response projects.
- AB 1951 (Grayson) will expand the partial sales and use tax (SUT) exemption for manufacturing and research and development (MR&D) by making it a full exemption for five years.
- AB 2011 (Wicks) will enact the “Affordable Housing and High Road Jobs Act of 2022” to create a ministerial, streamlined approval process for 100% affordable housing projects in commercial zones and for mixed-income housing projects along commercial corridors.
- AB 2097 (Friedman) will prohibit public agencies from imposing minimum automobile parking requirements on specified residential, commercial, and other developments located within one-half mile of public transit.
The following bills despite our sustained and targeted efforts to educate policymakers and the public about their consequences. The fight isn’t over. We need you to step it up and help persuade Governor Newsom to veto these bills by September 30th.
BILLS OPPOSED BY BIZFED
- SB 679 (Kamlagar) will establish the Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency (LACAHSA) to fund renter protections and the preservation and production of housing units affordable to households earning up to 80% of the area median income.
- SB 1137(Gonzalez, Limón) is a gut-and-amend bill that mandates a one-size-fits-all setback of 3,200 feet on new and certain existing wells statewide. It also imposes significant limitations on existing production, costing state and local governments billions in lost revenue.
- SB 1364 (Durazo) will interfere with how the University of California system contracts with vendors, resulting in extra costs and undue burden that disproportionately hurt small and minority-owned businesses.
- AB 257 (Holden) establishes a 13-member Fast Food Sector Council within the Department of Industrial Relations to establish new standards on wages, working hours, and other working conditions for fast food restaurant workers, increasing costs and making franchisors jointly liable for labor violations by its franchisees.
- AB 2106 (Garcia) will mandate duplicative stormwater discharge permits for all “commercial, industrial, and institutional” facilities, opening up numerous businesses to expensive and potentially onerous citizen lawsuits.
- AB 1279 (Muratsuchi) will mandate the California Air Resources Board to establish new climate goals to achieve 85% emission reductions by 2045, leading to massive reductions in new housing construction, agriculture production, energy, transportation, and all manufacturing. It’s estimated to cost Californians $4 trillion dollars over the next 25 years and will make building housing more expensive by at least $50,000 per home.
- SB 905 (Caballero/Skinner) is a gut-and-amend bill linked to AB 1279 (Muratsuchi) that offers slow action on deployment of Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Sequestration (CCUS) projects.