California owes its emergence as one of the world’s major economic powers in part to the abundance of its natural resources. The future of the state’s economy depends upon a balanced and sensible approach to dealing with current and future water needs, the state’ resources and endangered species, while promoting the productivity and competitiveness of California's agricultural and allied industries.
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Provide agricultural employers with a conduit for communicating with lawmakers and advocating environmentally sound development and use of agricultural and natural resources in a manner that provides optimum economic benefits while protecting property rights.
- Stopped California-only new labeling requirements and increased litigation in 2014: “job killer” status removed when private right of action amended out of bill; new labeling, packaging, distribution and recordkeeping requirements failed to pass (SB 1381).
- Secured amendments to legislation before it was signed into law in 2012 to remove a provision creating a private right of action allowing citizens to sue as “trustees for fish and wildlife” for violations of the Fish and Game Code (SB 1148).
- Provided farmers and ranchers an additional tool to help prevent vertebrate pests from destroying valuable California agricultural products by allowing the use of carbon monoxide for vertebrate pest control purposes (SB 634; 2011).
- Prevented increased agricultural costs. Stopped attempt to limit employees’ ability to independently and privately vote for unionization in the workplace, by essentially eliminating a secret ballot election and replacing it with the submission of representation cards signed by over 50% of the employees, which leaves employees susceptible to coercion and manipulation by labor organizations (SB 104; 2011).
Position: The CalChamber supports reforms to state and federal laws that achieve a balanced approach between environmental protection and socioeconomic progress. Because of the challenges posed by endangered species listings, business, agriculture and transportation and water agencies must participate in stakeholder groups to provide comments to proposed state and federal rules. This involves providing expert testimony, refuting unsubstantiated proposals and filing amicus briefs to stem the tide of encroaching endangered species act provisions that further erode land use, restrict necessary public infrastructure and shut down economic development.
The CalChamber believes environmental regulations should be based on sound science, subject to peer review. Moreover, economic impacts should be evaluated to ensure that the benefits outweigh the social costs of imposing mitigation measures. Endangered Species
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