Legislation

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A primary function of the Latin Business Association is to serve as an advocate for business by speaking out either in support of legislation that is conducive to business growth and its interests, or by opposing that which hinders it. Since its founding in 1976, the LBA has become a powerful advocate for business, widely recognized statewide and nationally through such efforts as

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LBA LEGISLATIVE DAY in Sacramento,

the annual pilgrimage to the state capitol.

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2013-2014 Legislation:

The following is pending legislation that the LBA has taken a position on:

SUPPORT

AB 690– Improving California-Mexico Trade Relations
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Assembly Speaker pro Tem Nora Campos– (D- San Jose)- 27th District
Repeals and recasts statutory provisions within the Government Code relating to California and Mexico relations, including adding the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to the membership of the California-Mexico Border Relations Council (Border Relations Council) and designating him or her as Chair. This bill expands the membership of the Border Relations Council to include the Director of GO-Biz, and transfers the responsibility to chair the Border Relations Council from the Secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Director of GO-Biz and reorganizes the statutory placement of the Office of California-Mexico Affairs (Mexico Affairs Office) and the Border Relations Council from a general title within state government to a more specific title on foreign relations within the Government Code.

  • Increasing trade with Mexico will increase jobs for all Californians.
  • AB 690 seeks to formalize and coordinate the state’s approach to trade with Mexico so that California companies can increase their exports to Mexico.
  • Despite the current economic upturn, California continues to need job growth since there are still 1.6 million unemployed Californians.

SB 1280- Department of Business Oversight: unsecured consumer loans
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Senator Ben Hueso– (D- Chula Vista)- California’s 40th Senate District

This bill would require the Department of Business Oversight to establish a licensure program for the provision of unsecured consumer loans in an amount up to $1,000 and will empower the department to create a new regulated, unsecured consumer loan product that focuses on protecting the rights of consumers while allowing a fair rate of return for loan providers.

SB 994 – The Consumer Car Information and Choice Act
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Senator Bill Monning (D- Carmel)- California’s 17th Senate District

This bill would enact the Consumer Car Information and Choice Act. The bill would require a manufacturer of any new motor vehicle sold or leased in this state that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2016, that records, generates, stores, or collects vehicle information, as defined, to make certain disclosures to the registered owner regarding the recordation, generation, storage, and collection of that information. The bill would require the manufacturer to provide the registered owner of the vehicle access to the vehicle information and the ability to securely transmit that information to a 3rd party selected by the registered owner, as specified.

“Our cars are becoming mobile computers and while this technology provides benefits to consumers, it is imperative that there are basic safeguards in place to ensure consumers can decide who has access to their data,” said Monning. “The modern connected car can greatly improve safety and enhance convenience, but it can also collect a driver’s personal information. Senate Bill (SB) 994 will provide car owners with access, disclosure, and choice when it comes to their car’s personal information.”

AB 2201- Department of Motor Vehicles Selective Service Act
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Assemblymember Rocky J. Chávez – (R-Oceanside)- 76th Assembly District

This bill would require a person who is required to be registered with the federal act and who submits an application for an original or a renewal of a driver’s license to be deemed to have consented to registration with the federal Selective Service System, as provided. The bill would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to include specified notices on an application for an original or renewal of a driver’s license and would require the department to forward the necessary personal information required for registration to the federal Selective Service System in an electronic
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“California men are being disqualified for financial aid and school grants because they are unaware they have to register for the Selective Service. At a time when tuition is on the rise and student indebtedness is becoming a real problem, we must give them the tools they need to afford college and be successful.” Assemblymember. Col. Rocky J. Chávez

AB 1331- A Clean & Clear Water Bond for California SUPPORT IF AMENDED

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Assemblymember Anthony Rendon– (D- Lakewood)- Assembly District 63
Chair- State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee
This bill would replace the $11.14 B water bond that is currently on the November 2014 ballot with a new $8.0 B general obligation bond titled “The Clean, Safe, and Reliable Drinking Water Act of 2014.”

AB 2686- Clean, Safe and Reliable Water Supply Act of 2014

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Assemblymember Henry T. Perea– (D- Fresno)- 31st Assembly District
This bill would enact the Clean, Safe, and Reliable Water Supply Act of 2014, which, if adopted by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $9,250,000,000 an unspecified amount pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a clean, safe, and reliable water supply program. This bill would provide for the submission of the bond act to the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election.

SB 1139- Bill to Increase Geothermal Use

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Senator Ben Hueso– (D- Chula Vista)- California’s 40th Senate District

and principal coauthor
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Assemblymember V. Manuel Pérez– (D-Coachella)- 56th Assembly District
Assembly Majority Floor Leader

This bill requires retail sellers and all electric utilities, no later than December 31, 2024, to procure 500 megawatts of electricity from base load geothermal power plants.

AB 2043- Comprehensive Water Bond Legislation– SUPPORT IF AMENDED

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Assemblyman Frank Bigelow– (R- O’Neals)- 5th Assembly District
Vice Chair of the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife

Repeals the $11.14 billion bond for water-related projects and programs that was drafted in 2009 (2009 Water Bond) with a revised $7.935 billion water bond.

“Given the difficult task we all face to address the water needs of every region in California, I thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for moving our proposals forward. I look forward to continuing to work across party lines that will provide for the long-term needs of our state,”states Assemblymember Bigelow.

“For generations now, we have neglected our state’s primary water system. I don’t want to debate it for yet another generation while nothing gets done. Something must be presented to the voters this year. I believe our plan represents the realistic compromise that can be supported by both the Legislature and the voters.”

SB 1250- Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2014-SUPPORT IF AMENDED
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Senator Ben Hueso– (D- Chula Vista)- California’s 40th Senate District

This bill would replace the $11.14 B water bond that is currently on the November 2014 ballot with a new $9.45 B general obligation bond titled “The Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2014.”

“SB 1250 provides a framework of future investments to meet California’s water needs. It combines science and planning, and builds efficiencies that will bring a clean and reliable water supply to Californians,” said Senator Hueso. “The goal of this bill is to also create a clear and transparent process that will aid voters in making an informed decision regarding the use of their tax dollars at the ballot box.”

AB 2554- Clean, Safe, and Reliable Drinking Water Act of 2014– SUPPORT IF AMENDED
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Assemblymember Anthony Rendon– (D- Lakewood)- Assembly District 63
Chair- State Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee

Repeals the $11.14 billion bond for water-related projects and programs that was drafted in 2009 (2009 Water Bond) and replaces it with a revised $8.5 billion water bond.

OPPOSE

SB 935- Minimum Wage Increase and Indexing
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Sen. Mark Leno– (D- San Francisco)- CA Senate District 11 (San Francisco, Broadmoor, Colma, Daly City and portions of South San Francisco)

This bill would raise the state’s minimum wage, in three steps, starting at $11 an hour in 2015 and increasing an additional $1 per hour in both 2016 and 2017. Beginning in 2018, the minimum wage would be adjusted annually to the rate of inflation. Under current law, a California worker employed full time, year round, will earn $15,360 before taxes at the current rate of $8/hour.

  • Unfairly increases employer costs by increasing the minimum wage to $13 by 2017 and then increasing thereafter according to the Consumer Price Index.
  • AB 1897- Contractor Liability

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    Assemblymember Roger Hernández– (D- West Covina)- 48th Assembly District

    This Assembly Bill states it will provide protections to temporary workers when companies use staffing agencies and other labor contractors to supply workers.

  • Unfairly imposes liability on any contracting entity for the contractor’s wage and hour violations, lack of worker’s compensation coverage, and/or failure to remit employee contributions, despite the lack of any evidence that the contracting entity controlled the working conditions or wages of the contractor’s employees.
  • AB 2416- California Wage Theft Prevention Act
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    Assemblymember Mark Stone– (D- Monterey Bay)- 29th Assembly District

  • Creates a dangerous and unfair precedent in the wage and hour arena by allowing employees to file liens on an employer’s real or personal property, or property where work was performed, based upon alleged yet unproven wage claims.
  • SB 42- Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Flood Protection Act of 2014

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    Sen. Lois Wolk– (D- Davis)- CA Senate District 3
    This bill would enact the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality, and Flood Protection Act of 2014, which, if adopted by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $6,475,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance a safe drinking water, water quality, and flood protection program. The bill would provide for the submission of the bond act to the voters at the November 4, 2014, statewide general election.

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    Your Voice Matters

    The LBA urges the community, and especially our member business owners to become informed about the issues that are being proposed in the legislature. When bills are scheduled to be heard in committee, we encourage members to testify in person as to why they support, or oppose that bill. If they cannot testify in person, then we encourage them to send support or opposition letters to their representatives, either by mail or Email. Your voice matters and your letter counts in a bill’s consideration and vote.

    The LBA is also committed to encouraging our partners and mobilizing like-minded organizations to join us in the effort to support/oppose legislation.

    Learn more about Why Involvement in the Legislative Process is Important.

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