From Allison Olson

End of Session Is Upon Us 

Yesterday was the deadline for all bills to be passed out of committees and on to the second and/or third readings in each house. Next week is the last time bills can be debated and amended on the floor before the end of session deadline on September 13th. At that point, if bills have not been passed to the Governor, they are dead this session. Some bills died yesterday with the deadline, so there is some good news here. Here are the bills with have been following and what you can do next to stop them. 

AB 5 (Gonzalez, D): Labled a "job killer" bill, this is a direct attack on the "gig economy", placing undue regulations and burdens on independent contractors. This week the senate included more exemptions to this list, including travel agents and fishermen, but this bills targets Uber, Lyft, and Door Dash by appyling the "ABC" test as stated in the labor code in order to determine if a worker is an employee or an independent contractor. This could effect tens of thousands of workers in California and once again drive business out of our state. 

AB 142 (Garcia, D): Places higher fees on manufacturers of lead batteries, raises the price per battery from $1 to $2, which ultimately passes the burden onto the consumer. This tax is indefinite and unnecessary. 

AB 891 (Burke, D): Allows people to live in their cars in cities with populations greater than 330,000, in certain, specified locations within the city. 

AB 1066 (Gonzalez, D): This bill would allow union employees to collect unemployment if trade disputes last longer than 4 weeks. This give the union no incentive to end negotiations and we'll see disputes last longer than 4 weeks with the passage of this bill. 

AB 1080 (Gonzalez, D): This is a GIANT regulation on our plastics manufacturers, requiring all single-use plastics be recyclable and compostable by 2024 and that the state collectively reduce single-use plastic waste by 75% by 2030. This means all plastic offered for sale, sold, distributed, and imported into the state. Not only does the state NOT have the recycling infrastructure to manage this mandate, CalRecycle is constantly embroiled in scandals. The deadline unrealistic given the amount of plastic used every-day in our state. 

AB 1505 (O'Donnell, D): This bill would prohibit charter school's rights to appeal a school district's decision regarding the approval or renewal of their charter petition. Current law allows the charter school to appeal to the county board of education, this bill would repeal that right. This is an attack on our charter schools and another unnecessary law. 


The above bills are all currently on the Senate floor. Call your SENATOR and let them know you OPPOSE the above bills! 

SB 1 (Atkins, D): A state water grab! Would give state water agencies control if they feel environmental standards are too low. This is opposed by virtually every farming organization, Cal Chamber, and agro-business. Legislative Democrats are lashing out against the Trump Administration's environmental policies and our farmers are going to pay the price. 

SB 310 (Skinner, D): This bill would allow felons to serve on juries, regardless of their felony conviction. Do we really want sex offenders sitting on jury panels? 

These two Senate bills are currently on the Assembly floor. Call your Assembly member and urge them to VOTE NO on SB 1 and SB 310!


Dead Bills 

Here are the bills that didn't make it past the committee deadline yesterday. See, the good news! 

AB 111 (Ting, D): The paper receipt ban! This bill would have required a business, as defined, that accepts payment through cash, credit, or debit transactions, subject to certain exceptions, to provide a proof of purchase to a consumer only at the consumer's option and would have prohibited a business from printing a paper proof of purchase if the consumer opts to not receive a proof of purchase, unless otherwise required by state or federal law.- FAILED!

SB 145 (Wiener, D): The Sex Offender Registration Act, requires a person convicted of one of certain crimes, as specified, to register with law enforcement as a sex offender while residing in California or while attending school or working in California, as specified. A willful failure to register, as required by the act, is a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the underlying offense.This bill would exempt from mandatory registration under the act a person convicted of certain offenses involving minors if the person is not more than 10 years older than the minor and if that offense is the only one requiring the person to register - FAILED! 

Allison Olson, CFRW Advocate


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