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HOT ISSUES for the Week of May 21, 2018

Monday, May 21

Industrial Safety and Health
OPPOSE AB 1761 (Muratsuchi; D-Torrance) Hotel Worker Panic Buttons — Creates unworkable requirements for paid leave, unlimited penalties, and allows for a patchwork of state and local rules in regards to providing protection for hotel employees working alone and the provision of panic buttons. Assembly Floor.

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Hazardous Waste
OPPOSE AB 2379 (Bloom; D-Santa Monica) Increases Costs On Microfiber Products — Prematurely imposes new costly and misinformed labeling requirements on polyester microfiber products when scientific and academic research on the root cause of emissions from non-apparel textile sources is uncertain.  It also places enormous liability on retailers who would be required under this bill to ensure that every piece of clothing sold into the California market that contains 50% synthetic material to have these California-only labels in two places. Assembly Floor.

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Recycling
OPPOSE AB 2779 (Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Burdensome Mandate on Beverage Containers — Drives up the cost of beverages, imposes impractical technology requirements, and reverses a decade-long trend of reducing the amount of plastic in PET bottles by requiring that the cap of any single-use plastic beverage container be tethered to the container. Assembly Floor.

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Product Regulation
SUPPORT AB 2901 (Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials) Clarifies Cleaning Product Right to Know Act — Provides greater clarity for implementation of the 2017 Cleaning Product Right to Know Act by making minor technical changes to certain terminology. Senate Floor; Consent Calendar.

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Tuesday, May 22

Housing and Land Use
SUPPORT SB 831 (Wieckowski; D-Fremont) Streamlines Permitting For New ADUs —  Promotes affordable housing by requiring local agencies to waive permitting fees typically charged for new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), also known as granny or in-law units, and streamlines the ADU permitting process by requiring local agencies to decide on any new ADU application within 60 days or else the application is automatically approved.  Senate Appropriations Committee.

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Wednesday, May 23

Health
OPPOSE AB 3087 (Kalra; D-San Jose) JOB KILLER: Health Care Price Controls — Jeopardizes employers negotiating power and access to care, ignores the drivers of health care costs, and adds another layer of bureaucracy by creating an appointed commission to impose price controls on health care providers and insurers. Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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Friday, May 25

Labor and Employment
OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED AB 1870 (Reyes; D-Grand Terrace) Extension of Statute of Limitations — Unnecessarily extends the statute of limitations from one year to three years for all discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims filed with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Assembly Appropriations Committee; suspense file.

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Marijuana
OPPOSE AB 2069 (Bonta; D-Oakland) JOB KILLER: Medical Marijuana in Employment — Undermines employer’s ability to provide a safe and drug-free workplace by requiring employers to provide a reasonable accommodation to employees who use marijuana for a disability or medical purposes, exposing employers to costly and unnecessary litigation under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) whenever the employer terminates an employee who has created a safety hazard in the workplace. Assembly Appropriations Committee; suspense file.

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Health
OPPOSE AB 2384 (Arambula; D-Kingsburg) JOB KILLER: Increases Health Care Premiums — Increases health care premiums by mandating medication-assisted treatment for substance disorders and by eliminating all quality control and cost containment mechanisms. Assembly Appropriations Committee; suspense file.

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Labor and Employment
OPPOSE AB 2613 (Reyes; D-Grand Terrace) JOB KILLER: Wage Statement Penalties — Imposes another layer of Labor Code penalties for wage and hour violations in addition to the penalties already available under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) and imposes personal liability onto employees who have no control over the actual payment of wages. Assembly Appropriations Committee; suspense file.

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Legal Reform and Protection
OPPOSE AB 3080 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D-San Diego) JOB KILLER: Ban on Settlement Agreements and Arbitration Agreements —  Significantly expands employment litigation and increases costs for employers and employees by banning settlement agreements for labor and employment claims as well as arbitration agreements made as a condition of employment, which is likely preempted under the Federal Arbitration Act and will only delay the resolution of claims. Banning such agreements benefits the trial attorneys, not the employer or employee. Assembly Appropriations Committee; suspense file.

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Labor and Employment
OPPOSE AB 3081 (Gonzalez Fletcher; D- San Diego) Sexual Harassment — Imposes additional and conflicting mandates on employers with regards to sexual harassment, creating another pathway for costly litigation against employers for issues that are already protected under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Assembly Appropriations Committee; suspense file.

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Privacy
OPPOSE SB 1121 (Dodd; D-Napa) JOB KILLER: Increased Consumer Litigation — Removes the requirement of economic injury for standing to bring a claim in California against a company for a data breach, undermining the intent of voters, and drastically increasing liability for companies without providing any corresponding benefit to California consumers. Senate Appropriations Committee; suspense file.

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