3 Job Killer Bills Stopped in Fiscal Committees

AB 2374 Removed From Job Killer List

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Three California Chamber of Commerce job killer bills missed last week’s deadline to pass out of their fiscal committees and are dead for the year.

Also stopped was a CalChamber-opposed bill that would have created a central repository of businesses that train artificial intelligence (AI).

Removed from Job Killer List

AB 2374 (Haney; D-San Francisco), was amended May 16 and the CalChamber is removing it from the Job Killer list. Before amendments, the bill imposed new statutory joint liability on business of any size that contracts for janitorial services if a contractor violates the Displaced Janitor Opportunity Act and placed new mandates on those businesses that should be assigned to the contractor.

The May 16 amendments removed the joint liability portion of the bill and made other changes. The CalChamber remains opposed unless amended to the bill due to the requirement that an awarding authority must provide certain notifications to a union representing another entity’s employees.

Job Killers Stopped

The following three bills are dead for the year:

AB 2200 (Kalra; D-San Jose): Forced all Californians into a new untested state government health plan, with no ability to opt out, while eliminating Medicare for California seniors and increased taxes at least $250 billion a year on workers, income, jobs, goods and services.

AB 2751 (Haney; D-San Francisco): Prohibited any employee working for an employer of any size from contacting another employee outside of their normal work hours except in very narrow circumstances and would have subjected employers to costly litigation for any dispute as to whether the communication was permissible.

SB 903 (Skinner; D-Berkeley): Prohibited the use of per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) in all commercial and consumer products by 2032 unless the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) was petitioned and made an affirmative determination that the PFAS in a particular product was an unavoidable use. Because of the breadth and scope of PFAS use, including in aerospace, lithium ion batteries, medical devices, automotive and semiconductors, to name a few, the regulatory program established was unworkable and ultimately would lead to a ban on critically important products or otherwise made certain products less safe.

Oppose Bill Stopped

Also dead for the year is AB 3204 (Bauer-Kahan; D-Orinda).

This bill would have created a central repository of businesses that train AI using personal data for 1,000 or more individuals or households. The bill was overbroad, burdensome, and unnecessary given the protections that already exist under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) that require entities training AI to respect privacy rights of the consumers to whom that information belongs.