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HOT ISSUES for the Week of March 20, 2017


Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

SUPPORT AB 816 (Kiley; R-Granite Bay) Small Business Participation —  Encourages small business and farmers to participate in regulatory hearings through webcasts to provide input on proposals that affect them. Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee hearing March 22.

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SUPPORT AB 1326 (Cooper; D-Elk Grove) Prevents Thefts —  Saves retailers from being repeatedly robbed for merchandise amounting to less than $950 which a misdemeanor and rarely prosecuted. Changes law to aggregate thefts in a one year timeframe so that the $950 threshold is met and punishable by a stiffer penalty. Assembly Public Safety Committee hearing March 28.

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SUPPORT SB 346 (Glazer; D-Contra Costa) Increases Access to Computer Science — Promotes a coordinated effort by schools to offer computer science as part of their curriculum by requiring the California Department of Education to develop and the State Board of Education to consider adopting a plan to make the curriculum available in every school. Senate Education Committee hearing March 22.

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Housing and Land Use

OPPOSE AB 199 (Chu; D -San Jose) JOB KILLER: Prevailing Wage on All Development Projects — Increases housing costs and discourages development by imposing prevailing wage on all development projects (private and public). Assembly Appropriations Committee; no hearing date set.

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Increased Labor Costs

OPPOSE SB 63 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) JOB KILLER: Imposes New Maternity and Paternity Leave Mandate — Unduly burdens and increases costs of small employers with as few as 20 employees by requiring 12 weeks of protected employee leave for child bonding and exposes them to the threat of costly litigation. Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee hearing March 22.

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