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HOT ISSUES for the Week of June 25, 2018

 

Monday, June 25

Recycling
OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED SB 1335 (Allen; D-Santa Monica) New Recycling/Composting Requirements — Forces food service facilities operating in California state agencies or facilities to stop using disposable food service ware by 2021 unless 75% or more of the packaging can be recycled or composted.  Since the mandated recycle/compost rate is not achievable within the time frame allotted, the bill serves as a “de-facto” ban on single-use cups, take-out containers, plates, trays and bowls in all state facilities. Assembly Natural Resources Committee.

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Tuesday, June 26

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). Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Product Regulation
OPPOSE SB 1249 (Galgiani; D-Stockton) Risks California Jobs and Limits Consumer Options — Creates an unworkable framework that could harm manufacturers and severely handicap American cosmetic exports and American jobs by going far beyond the initially proposed alignment of California law with current European regulations banning animal testing on cosmetic products or ingredients.  Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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Labor and Employment
OPPOSE SB 1284 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) JOB KILLER: Disclosure of Company Pay Data —  Unfairly requires California employers to submit pay data to the Department of Industrial Relations, creating a false impression of wage discrimination or unequal pay where none exists and, therefore, subjecting employers to unfair public criticism, enforcement measures, and significant litigation costs to defend against meritless claims. Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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OPPOSE SB 1300 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) JOB KILLER: Removes Legal Standing and Prohibits Release of Claims — Significantly increases litigation by removing the standing requirement for a plaintiff alleging failure to prevent harassment or discrimination when no harassment even occurs, limits the use of severance agreements, and prohibits the use of a general release or nondisparagement clause in employer/employee contracts. Assembly Judiciary Committee.

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Wednesday, June 27

Energy
OPPOSE AB 893 (E. Garcia; D-Coachella) Increased Costs.
 Will substantially increase rates to California ratepayers by requiring procurement of a large amount –3,500 megawatts—of additional geothermal power.  Favors one technology over all others in meeting renewable portfolio standard goals, threatening existing renewable jobs and creating a procurement process outside of the current “least-cost, best-fit” competitive procurement process.  Creates incentives for utilities to purchase out-of-state power to satisfy the 3,500 MW mandate, threatening even more California jobs. Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee.

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Education
OPPOSE AB 2361 (Weber; D-San Diego) Onerous Disclosure Requirements — Imposes onerous disclosure requirements on contractors of the University of California that will force public reporting of proprietary information as well as personal employee data, with the threat of barring the contractor from bidding on any contract for five years if the contractor makes a mistake or omission in any of the disclosure requirements. Senate Education Committee.

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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).  Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee.

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