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  • CalChamber: 

    These bills all focus on harassment and discrimination. All three bills are essentially repeats from last year, so CalChamber's positions are the same. B
     
    • AB 9 is nearly verbatim of AB 1870 from last year. AB 9 extends the statute of limitations from one year to three years for all employment related discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). As you know, harassment is a very politically sensitive topic. That is why we decided last year to take an oppose unless amended position with the ask that the bill be limited to sexual harassment, since that was the impetus for the bill. Additionally, we requested that the bill explicitly address retroactivity. Those same concerns and requests are reflected in this letter. AB 9 - Employment discrimination: limitation of actions - Reyes
    • AB 3081 from last year was considered the author's omnibus sexual harassment bill. This year, the author basically took two of the three major provisions of AB 3081 and placed them into AB 170and AB 171. We opposed AB 3081. The letters provide the explicit detail for these decisions, but ultimately it comes down to duplication in the labor code for protections already provided in the Government Code to simply expand liability. 
       
    • Also, Assembly member Gonzalez has re-introduced the same, identical bill as AB 3080 last year, that sought to ban arbitration agreements for labor and employment disputes.  The bill, AB 51,  has been set for its first hearing on March 6th.  AB 51 - Employment discrimination: enforcement - Gonzalez
  • Assemblyman Jay Obernolte:
    Assembly Bill 21- Driver's licenses: veteran designation.
    Provides that all veterans are exempt from the fee to have a "veteran" designation placed on their driver's license or identification card. The veteran designation allows veterans to access veteran benefits as well as utilize veteran discounts without needing to carry their discharge papers (DD-214), an important official military document.
     
    Assembly Bill 28- High school diplomas: State Seal of STEM.
    Establishes a State Seal of STEM to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The bill would establish criteria for the receipt of the State Seal of STEM, would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to prepare and deliver to participating school districts an appropriate insignia to be affixed to pupil diplomas or transcripts, and would require participating school districts to maintain appropriate records and affix the appropriate insignia to diplomas or transcripts of recipient pupils.
     
    Assembly Bill 394 - Exemption Bill to Fast-Track Fire Safety Escape Routes
    California has seen record numbers of wildfires in the past few years, causing mass devastation to the residents of this state. According to census data, California leads the nation by large numbers when it comes to people living in high-risk fire areas with 2,044,800 households at high or extreme risk from wildfires. Assembly Bill 394 will exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) narrowly defined projects recommended by the Board of Forestry that improve safety in fire-prone subdivisions identified as lacking sufficient egress routes.
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    C-Me Promotions & Embroidery
    17198 Yuma Road #C, Victorville CA 92395
    760-241-3577  ​

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  • Governmental Affairs

  • In a effort to have information for our members to review regarding local, state and national issues we have developed this page as a resource for our businesses.  The Governmental Affairs Committee meets jointly with the Victor Valley Chamber of Commerce Legislation Action Committee on the last Tuesday of each month, 8 am at Spring Valley Lake Country Club.  Below you will find updates from various sources and short descriptions of the legislation.   If you have any questions, please reach out to our Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Shannon Shannon 760.220.6590.

  • Updates From Our Elected Officials

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    City of Hesperia: 
    • The City's Legislative Platform has been approved by City Council is available on the City's website at http://www.cityofhesperia.us/272/Legislative-Affairs.
    • SB 1383, the Short-Lived Climate Pollutants bill to reduce methane emissions.  As it pertains to Cities, SB 1383 establishes targets to reduce organic waste disposal by 50% by 2020 and by 75% by 2025.  The mandates included in the bill may require rate increases and new or enhanced programs as well as a need for infrastructure improvements to process organic waste as compost.  For more information, please visit https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Climate/SLCP/.
    • AB 1826, the Mandatory Commercial Organics Recycling bill, requires certain businesses to recycle organic waste based on the amount of waste generated per week. This law also requires that on and after January 1, 2016, local jurisdictions across the state implement an organic waste recycling program to divert organic waste generated by businesses, including multifamily residential dwellings that consist of five or more units (please note, however, that multifamily dwellings are not required to have a food waste diversion program).  For additional information, please visit https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Recycle/Commercial/Organics/.
  • CalChamber: 

    These bills all focus on harassment and discrimination. All three bills are essentially repeats from last year, so CalChamber's positions are the same. B
     
    • AB 9 is nearly verbatim of AB 1870 from last year. AB 9 extends the statute of limitations from one year to three years for all employment related discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). As you know, harassment is a very politically sensitive topic. That is why we decided last year to take an oppose unless amended position with the ask that the bill be limited to sexual harassment, since that was the impetus for the bill. Additionally, we requested that the bill explicitly address retroactivity. Those same concerns and requests are reflected in this letter. AB 9 - Employment discrimination: limitation of actions - Reyes
    • AB 3081 from last year was considered the author's omnibus sexual harassment bill. This year, the author basically took two of the three major provisions of AB 3081 and placed them into AB 170and AB 171. We opposed AB 3081. The letters provide the explicit detail for these decisions, but ultimately it comes down to duplication in the labor code for protections already provided in the Government Code to simply expand liability. 
       
    • Also, Assembly member Gonzalez has re-introduced the same, identical bill as AB 3080 last year, that sought to ban arbitration agreements for labor and employment disputes.  The bill, AB 51,  has been set for its first hearing on March 6th.  AB 51 - Employment discrimination: enforcement - Gonzalez
  • Inland Empire Chamber Alliance

    Voted to Support:

    AB 1366 (Gonzalez),As Amended March 25, 2019, which would extend indefinitely the prohibition upon the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) or any other state department, agency, commission, or political subdivision of the state from regulating, or having the effect of regulating, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) unless authorized by the federal law and expressly authorized by statute. It would also exempt from the prohibition the commission’s authority relative to the safety of those lines and facilities.

    Voted to Oppose:

    AB 138 (Bloom),As Amended, March 25, 2019, which would impose on every distributor a $0.02 per ounce tax on sugary drinks that contains caloric sweeteners for the privilege of distributing bottled sugary drinks and concentrate in the state.  

    AB 764 (Bonta),As Amended, March 21, 2019, which would prohibit a beverage company from giving or offering incentives to compensate distributors or retailers for the cost of promotional offers to consumers for branded products of the beverage company and impose a penalty for a violation.

    AB 765 (Wicks),As Amended, April 10, 2019, which would, effective July 1, 2020, would prohibit sweetened beverages from being sold within 6 feet of checkout areas and impose a penalty for a violation.

    AB 766 (Chiu),As Amended, April 2, 2019, which would prohibit a retailer from selling or otherwise providing to a consumer an unsealed beverage container that is able to contain more than 16 fluid ounces and impose a penalty for a violation.

    SB 347 (Monning),As Introduced, February 19, 2019, which would, beginning in July 1, 2020, prohibit the sale of a sugar-sweetened beverage in a sealed beverage container unless it bears the following safety warning. “STATE OF CALIFORNIA SAFETY WARNING: Drinking beverages with added sugar(s) may contribute to obesity, type 2 diabetes, and tooth decay” and impose a penalty for a violation.

    AB 161 (Ting),As Amended April 2, 2019, which would, beginning January 1, 2022, prohibits stores from providing paper receipts to consumers except upon request.

    AB 40 (Ting),As Introduced December 3, 2018, which would require, no later than January 1, 2021, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to develop a comprehensive strategy to ensure that the sales of new motor vehicles and new light-duty trucks in the state have transitioned fully to zero-emission vehicles, as defined, by 2040.

    SB 246 (Wieckowski),As Introduced February 11, 2019, which would impose a severance tax on oil and natural gas production of 10% of the average price per barrel of oil or unit of gas.

  • Assemblyman Jay Obernolte:
    Assembly Bill 21- Driver's licenses: veteran designation.
    Provides that all veterans are exempt from the fee to have a "veteran" designation placed on their driver's license or identification card. The veteran designation allows veterans to access veteran benefits as well as utilize veteran discounts without needing to carry their discharge papers (DD-214), an important official military document.
     
    Assembly Bill 28- High school diplomas: State Seal of STEM.
    Establishes a State Seal of STEM to recognize high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. The bill would establish criteria for the receipt of the State Seal of STEM, would require the Superintendent of Public Instruction to prepare and deliver to participating school districts an appropriate insignia to be affixed to pupil diplomas or transcripts, and would require participating school districts to maintain appropriate records and affix the appropriate insignia to diplomas or transcripts of recipient pupils.
     
    Assembly Bill 394 - Exemption Bill to Fast-Track Fire Safety Escape Routes
    California has seen record numbers of wildfires in the past few years, causing mass devastation to the residents of this state. According to census data, California leads the nation by large numbers when it comes to people living in high-risk fire areas with 2,044,800 households at high or extreme risk from wildfires. Assembly Bill 394 will exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) narrowly defined projects recommended by the Board of Forestry that improve safety in fire-prone subdivisions identified as lacking sufficient egress routes.
  • County Supervisor Lovingood:

    President Trump recognizes Sheriff McMahon
    President Trump praised Sheriff John McMahon for his leadership during a national law enforcement conference in February.
    You can watch the video posted on the Sheriff's Department Facebook page. Scroll down to Feb. 13. http://wp.sbcounty.gov/sheriff/
     
    Mojave Narrows
    For the past two years, volunteers, San Bernardino County and local agencies have worked together to reduce the threat of wildfire along the Mojave Narrows. Non-native grasses and other plants have grown unchecked along the river bottom. We are making very good progress.
     
    San Bernardino County welcomes entrepreneurs
    During the 2019 "State of the County" presentation, Supervisor Lovingood said the future belongs to companies that invest in their workforce. "If you're going to survive, if you're going to go to the next decade, the next two decades, you're going to have to invest in young folks and people with different skill sets and train them into your program to continue to grow," he said. "Because those who invest more today are going to win in 10 years.    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXAZMNMUwaU&feature=youtu.be
     
    "Made in the High Desert"
    Some 3,000 students from around the High Desert participated in the fourth annual "Made in the High Desert" event Feb. 21. The event connects high school students with local manufacturers offering careers in well-paying jobs. It's also an opportunity for manufacturers, teachers and school administrators to discuss how to link classroom lessons with job skills that are in high demand. Supervisor Lovingood started the event in 2015.
     
    Highway 395 safety
    Supervisor Lovingood has been working with Caltrans and the CHP to improve safety on Highway 395. Caltrans is adding passing lanes near Kramer Junction and "channelizer" poles to prevent illegal passing. In the near future California Highway Patrol stations in Victorville, Barstow and Mojave will be partnering to conduct heavy traffic enforcement on US Highway 395.
     
  • Senator Col. Paul Cook (Ret.):
    • S.47 - Natural Resources Management Act passed the Senate and House. Included three of Congressman Cook's bills, including the California Desert Protection and Recreation Act, the Santa Ana Wash Land Exchange Act, and the Helium Extraction Act. This will go to President Trump, who is expected to sign it.
    • Congressman Cook received new committee assignments: House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces and Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces) and House Natural Resources Committee (Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States).
  • California Small Business Association - PRIORITY BILLS FOR 2019

     

    #1        Tax and Budget including Pension Reform

                SB 349/AB 250 Support   Sliding Scale for Min. Franchise Tax (Sponsor)

                AB 186   Support Income tax credit – Apprentices

                AB 1296 Support Tax Recovery in the Underground Economy

                AB 1726 Support California Work Opportunity Tax Credit

                Proposition  Oppose  Close Prop 13 Corporate Loop Hole (Split Roll )

     

    #2        Regulation & Paperwork & Tort Reform

                AB 23 Support Deputy of Business & Workforce Coordination

                AB 161 Oppose Proof of Purchase by electronic form only

                SB 692 Oppose Tightens Prop 65

                SB 58 Support Alcohol Hours of Sale Pilot

               

    #3        Labor & Employee Benefits

                AB 5 Oppose Codifies Independent Contractor (Dynamex decision)

                AB 71 Support Reverses Dynamex decision

                AB 196 SB 135 Oppose expands Paid Family Leave time

                AB 555 Oppose Expands paid sick leave to 40 hours

                AB 1224 Oppose updated unpaid medical leave of 12 weeks

               AB 1812 Oppose –  Unemployment Insurance Penalties

     

    #4        Workers Comp Reform, Health  & Liability Insurance

                (Issue Committee meets 4-12-19)

               

    #5        Energy, Environment & Water

     AB 161 Oppose  Solid Waste Proof of Purchase by Electronic Form only

    AB 470 Oppose California Green Business Program

    AB 827 Watch  Solid Waste; commercial & organiz ; recycling bins

    SB 70, SB 584 Watch undergrounding of electrical distribution system

    AB 218 Watch  Safe drinking water for all

    ACA 3 Watch – Clean Water for all Act

     

    #6        Workforce Skills & Education

                AB  23  Support if amended Deputy of Business & Workforce Coordination

                AB 30, SB 586  Watch College & Career Access Pathways Partnership

                AB 1303 support CA Career Technical Ed Incentive Grant Program: Strong Workforce Program

                AB 1726 Support  California Work Opportunity Tax Credit

               

    #7        Access to Credit & Capital

    AB 474 Support Capital Access Loan Program Small business

    AB 539 Support CA Financing Laws – charges for consumer loans

     SB 528 Oppose CA Infrastructure & Economic Dev. Bank

     

    #8        Procurement

                AB 1808 Support –Small Business Contracting Advocate

                SB 588  Support - Public Contracts – Disabled Veterans Business Enterprise Program

     

    #9        Technology & Telecommunications

                CCPA California Privacy Act needs amendments to protect small business

                AB 20  Support California Computer Science Coordinator

                AB 1132 Support Caller Identification Fraud

                AB 1806  Watch GoBiz Information Technology           

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