?(March 28, 2012) The California Chamber of Commerce released yesterday its 2012 list of "job creator" legislation, identifying 31 bills that will help improve California’s job climate and our state’s economy.
“Lack of certainty and common sense regulation are among the key barriers to an improved job climate in California,” said Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce. “It behooves lawmakers to zero in on those bills that will provide solutions employers need to begin investing in our economy and hiring people again.”
The list of identified job creator bills supports CalChamber’s Renew California plan, first released in 2010 and updated in 2011 to provide policymakers with a framework for restoring California’s competitiveness and giving job creators the certainty and stability to make investment and hiring decisions. Renew California is based on five pillars for economic recovery which include:
- Reducing regulatory and litigation costs of hiring new employees and keeping them on the job;
- Ensuring certainty and stability of private investments in plants, equipment and technology;
- Enacting a fair and predictable tax structure;
- Investing in public and private works that provide the backbone for economic growth; and
- Providing a world-class education to prepare high school students for work or college, and supporting public colleges and universities to prepare students and innovate technologies.
Legislation included on the job creator list released on March 27 will change throughout the year as bills are amended or new language is introduced.
The 2012 CalChamber Job Creator list can be viewed at www.calchamber.com/jobcreators and includes the following proposed bills:
AB 890 (Olsen; R-Modesto) Reduces Regulatory Burdens — Improves safety and roadway conditions that expedite goods and people movement by exempting roadway projects from the California Environmental Quality Act process.
AB 1073 (Fuentes; D-Sylmar) Project Streamlining — Promotes the use of cost-efficient energy by allowing a solar facility to convert from solar thermal technology to photovoltaic technology without having to file a new application.
AB 1095 (B.Berryhill; R-Ceres) Reduces Regulatory Burdens — Ensures transparency and avoids costly litigation for business by creating a hearing board to resolve disagreements between businesses and the California Air Resources Board.
AB 1755 (Perea; D-Fresno) Reduces Energy Costs — Fairly allocates and reduces energy costs for business by authorizing a fixed per-customer charge among all rate payers.
AB 1771 (Valadao; R-Hanford) Reduces Energy Costs — Reduces energy costs and promotes renewable energy by including hydroelectric generation in the definition of a renewable energy resource.
AB 2577 (Galgiani; D-Livingston) Alleviates Unnecessary Delays — Reduces project delays by ensuring timely public comments in the California Environmental Quality Act process.
SB 971 (Cannella; R-Ceres) Reduces Energy Costs — Reduces energy costs and promotes renewable energy by eliminating the penalty on utilities that use clean, renewable hydroelectric as part of their energy generation mix.
SB 1139 (Rubio; D-East Bakersfield) Creates Regulatory Certainty — Advances the state’s environmental policies and promotes job creation by reducing the regulatory burdens for the permitting process of carbon capturing and storage projects.
SB 1402 (Lieu; D-Torrance) Better Workforce Development — Helps improve alignment of the state’s workforce needs and education resources by reauthorizing the Economic and Workforce Development program within the California Community College system.
AB 1804 (Valadao; R-Hanford) Project Labor Agreements — Promotes job and economic growth by freeing up local funds through elimination of penalties on local government that prohibit project labor agreements.
AB 2485 (Hueso; D-San Diego) Provides Development Opportunities — Promotes private-public partnerships by allowing the Department of Transportation to contract with private companies for the operation of rest areas in conjunction with the development of a retail establishment.
SB 1161 (Padilla; D-Pacoima) Internet-Based Services — Provides certainty and creates a level playing field for California business by assuring that Voice over Internet Protocol- and Internet Protocol-enabled services will not be regulated at the state level but rather at the federal level.
Labor and Employment
AB 2176 (Logue; R-Linda) Reduction of Frivolous Meal Period Litigation — Reduces costly litigation regarding meal periods for commercial drivers who transport hazardous materials.
SB 1114 (Dutton; R-Rancho Cucamonga) Reduces Wage-and-Hour Competitive Disadvantage for California Employers — Lowers costly daily overtime requirement for California employers by requiring payment of overtime only after 10 hours in a workday.
SB 1115 (Dutton; R-Rancho Cucamonga) Workplace Flexibility for Small Employers — Alleviates the burden of unnecessary regulations by allowing an employer with 10 or fewer employees to implement an alternative workweek schedule at the request of the employees.
SB 1362 (LaMalfa; R-Richvale) Reduction of Frivolous Meal Period Litigation — Reduces costly litigation regarding meal periods for commercial drivers who are regulated by federal law.
AB 2043 (Wagner; R-Irvine) Increases Class Action Fairness — Helps prevent meritless class actions by allowing defendants an equal right to appeal a court order granting certification of a class.
SB 1374 (Harman; R-Huntington Beach) Reliance on State Agencies’ Written Advice — Protects employers from inappropriate litigation by affirming they can rely upon the state government to provide them with information regarding how to comply with the law.
AB 1612 (Lara; D-Los Angeles) Administrative Practices — Promotes government accountability and a transparent process by requiring proposed new residential building standards to include the cost of compliance, potential benefits of the proposed standard and the underlying model used to achieve those estimates.
AB 1982 (Wagner; R-Irvine) Provides Accountability for Expensive Regulation — Provides certainty and flexibility for businesses by extending the time frame when they are required to comply with new regulations.
AB 2091 (B.Berryhill; R-Ceres) Increases Regulatory Certainty — Provides certainty and the ability for businesses to meet government mandates by requiring that new technology required to implement a new regulation is available and affordable.
SB 1099 (Wright; D-Inglewood) Creates Regulatory Certainty — Provides certainty for business by creating a predictable and easy- to-track implementation schedule for new regulations.
AB 1510 (Garrick; R-Carlsbad) Health Care Expenses Tax Deductions — Encourages job growth through freeing small businesses to invest in business growth instead of spending limited resources on health care expenses, by entitling individuals, including the self-employed, to a state tax deduction for contributions to a Health Savings Account (HSA) in conformity with federal tax law.
AB 1605 (Garrick; R-Carlsbad) Tax Break for Small Businesses — Reduces upfront costs for small businesses by eliminating the minimum franchise tax for the first year the business is in operation.
AB 1911 (Donnelly; R-Twin Peaks) More Manufacturing Jobs — Encourages employers to maintain and expand their manufacturing operations in California by providing a permanent, partial sales-and-use-tax exemption for purchases of manufacturing equipment.
AB 1972 (Huber; D-El Dorado Hills) More Manufacturing/R&D Jobs — Encourages employers to maintain and expand their manufacturing operations in California by providing a full sales-and-use-tax exemption for purchases of manufacturing and research and development equipment made through December 31, 2018.
AB 2026 (Fuentes; D-Sylmar) Film Credit Extension — Protects jobs in the film industry by extending the film tax credit for five years, until July 1, 2020.
SB 1167 (R. Calderon; D-Montebello) Film Credit Extension — Protects jobs in the film industry by extending the film tax credit for five years, until July 1, 2020.
AB 2113 (Hueso; D-San Diego) Enhanced Driver 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.
AB 2245 (Smyth; R-Santa Clarita) Reduces Regulatory Burdens — Maximizes state funding and promotes tourism by exempting bikeways from the California Environmental Quality Act process.
SB 973 (Vargas; D-San Diego) Reduces Regulatory Burdens — Supports tourism by exempting events with a park use or special events permit from the California Environmental Quality Act process.
Staff Contact: Denise Davis