Voice Your Opinion in Sacramento This Final Week

Gary Toebben

September 12, 2017

The California State Legislature will complete its 2017 session this Friday. The Chamber is sending letters to legislators, making phone calls and providing testimony in committees. One bill we were particularly excited to support yesterday was AB 132 (Jones-Sawyer), which reaffirms the state’s support for our bid for the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

As Assembly and Senate leaders continue to negotiate legislation to address California’s housing crisis, the Chamber is supporting a core package of three bills:

  • SB 2 (Atkins): Would establish a funding source for affordable housing through a $75 fee on real estate transaction documents.
  • SB 3 (Beall): Would provide $4 billion through a statewide housing bond on the November 2018 ballot for affordable housing, of which $1 billion would go towards veterans’ housing programs.
  • SB 35 (Wiener): Would streamline qualified housing projects in cities that are not in compliance with their Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA). 

Another year has gone by without major fixes to CEQA and the Chamber is supporting two bills that would make small, but impactful tweaks:

  • AB 246 (Santiago) and SB 699 (Galgiani) are two-year extensions of the Environmental Leadership Development Program which requires that CEQA challenges against qualified projects be concluded within 270 days (9 months) of the certification of the administrative record. Qualified projects must still go through the standard CEQA review process and are still held to the highest environmental standards. 

The Chamber is opposing two bills that are particularly bad for L.A. County and for our business community:

  • AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer): Would place a de facto ban on counties’ abilities to contract with businesses, nonprofits, and economic development organizations to provide local services.
  • SCA 12 (Mendoza): Would allow voters throughout the State to force L.A. County (ONLY L.A. COUNTY) to expand its Board of Supervisors from five to seven members, and create a new elected county executive position.

There are many other bills that business organizations are weighing in on this week. For a report from the CalChamber, click here.

Join us in voicing your support or opposition to these bills and others that are up for final action in Sacramento this week. It’s important to your business, your future and our state. 

And that's The Business Perspective.



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