CalChamber-Backed Job Creator Bills Survive Deadline

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JobCreatorFour job creator bills are still alive following the July 17 deadline for bills to pass policy committees and move to the floor.

The California Chamber of Commerce has identified 13 job creator bills to date.

The following job creator bills are still moving:

Creates Construction Jobs

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 $200 million more in Federal Tax Credits. Senate Appropriations Committee hearing August 17.

Improved Legal Climate

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. Senate Appropriations hearing August 17.

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 who have proactively sought to become Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant with an opportunity to resolve any identified violations as well as to provide a limited period in which to resolve technical violations that do not actually impede access. Assembly Appropriations Committee; no hearing date set.

Tourism

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. Assembly Appropriations; no hearing date set.

The next significant deadline for the job creator bills is August 28, the date by which fiscal committees must send the bills to the floor for consideration by the entire Senate or Assembly.

Governor Signs Job Creator

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 calchamber.com/jobcreators.

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