California State Legislature concludes 2019 session

Center for Business Advocacy

September 16, 2019
Last Friday was the deadline for the California State Senate and California State Assembly to pass bills out of their respective houses. Legislation now goes to the governor's desk for his signature or veto before the Oct. 13 deadline. Highlights in the last week include:
  • SB 150 - This Chamber-sponsored bill advanced to the governor's desk. It will improve access to the Chafee Grant program by providing up to a maximum of $5,000 in state financial aid for current and former foster youth who are enrolled in a postsecondary education or training program. Read the Chamber's letter to the governor asking him to sign the bill in order to ensure it makes it across the finish line. With the nation’s largest foster care system in Los Angeles County, it is vital that foster youth be able to complete postsecondary education. Lend your support today by preparing a letter using this template.
  • AB 5 - Though the bill advanced without a gig-economy compromise, the Chamber helped win inclusion of an exemption for AAA tow-truck drivers that will save a number of small businesses and allow members to continue to experience timely roadside service.
  • AB 1483 - Took a support position on this bill to improve data collection on housing.
  • SB 633 - This bill was substantially amended last minute to change existing Department of Toxic Substance Control cleanup standards that would result in less cleanup of contaminated sites and create uncertainty for all cleanup sites. The Chamber joined a coalition who quickly got the bill delayed to 2020.
  • SB 1 - This bill would freeze a number of federal environmental standards that were in place on Jan. 19, 2017. While this Chamber-opposed bill passed both houses, Gov. Newsom indicated his intention to veto it over the weekend.
CLICK HERE to view the Chamber's full Legislative Status Report.

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