Four Job Creator Bills Go to Governor

Four California Chamber of Commerce-supported job creator bills have been sent to the Governor for action as of the end of the legislative session on Friday, September 11.

In 2015, CalChamber identified 13 job creators; one has already been signed into law.

The following job creator bills now await action by the Governor:

  • AB 35 (Chiu; D-San Francisco) Creates Affordable Housing Opportunities. Promotes affordable housing by expanding the existing low-income housing tax credit program, making the state better able to leverage an estimated $100 million more in Federal Tax Credits.
  • AB 1506 (R. Hernández; D-West Covina) Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004. Seeks to limit frivolous and costly litigation against employers for technical violations on an itemized wage statement that does not create any injury to an employee, by allowing the employer a limited time period to fix the violation before any civil litigation is pursued, so that an employer can devote its financial resources to expanding its workforce.
  • SB 249 (Hueso; D-San Diego) Enhanced Driver’s License. Encourages international trade and tourism by authorizing the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue enhanced driver licenses to U.S. citizens to expedite legal traffic at the border.
  • SB 251 (Roth; D-Riverside) Incentivizing Disability Access and Education. Seeks to limit frivolous litigation and claims regarding construction-related accessibility claims by providing businesses that have proactively sought to become ADA compliant with an opportunity to resolve any identified violations as well as provide a tax credit for such improvements.

Action Needed

The CalChamber is urging businesses to contact the Governor and urge him to sign AB 35, AB 1506, SB 249 and SB 251.

Job Creator Bill Signed by Governor

A fifth job creator has already been signed into law: AB 323 (Olsen; R-Modesto) Expedites and Reduces Cost for Roadway Repair and Maintenance Projects. Streamlines infrastructure development by extending until January 1, 2020 the current California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemption for certain roadway repair and maintenance projects. Signed—Chapter 52, Statutes of 2015.

For more information on the remaining job creator bills, visit www.CalChamber.com/JobCreators

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