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2015

Supreme Court Ruling Could Affect Congressional Districts in California​
In California, the state commission’s first effort at redistricting “resulted in the fairest and most competitive elections in California history,” Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, said in January. He joined former Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all Republicans, in a brief that urges the court to uphold the independent commissions. (Los Angeles Times 03/01/15)

U.S. Supreme Court Should Uphold Redistricting by Citizens’ Commission​
Now the Arizona State Legislature is suing to invalidate the congressional maps, arguing that “the people at large” had no authority to create an independent commission with the power to draw district lines. It posits the Constitution gives that power exclusively to the legislature. If this view is accepted by the court, there may be repercussions far beyond merely Arizona and California. That’s why we joined with three former governors of California and the California Chamber of Commerce in filing an amicus brief with the court in this case. (Bill Mundell and Charles T. Munger, Jr. in the Los Angeles Daily News 02/26/15)

Arizona Redistricting Fight has Big Implications for California
"It's more than a camel nose under the tent," says Allan Zaremberg, president of the California Chamber of Commerce, which also signed the brief. "No question, it would be an opportunity for someone to raise the issue of unconstitutionality and come after legislative redistricting." (Los Angeles Times 01/28/15)

A Gerrymandering Comeback in California … via Arizona?
Several months of quiet whispers have quickly turned into a resounding buzz — and a nervous buzz, no less — about a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that questions whether it’s constitutional for independent state commissions to have the sole power to draw political district maps. “The Arizona litigation,” said California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg, “jeopardizes the will of the California electorate and its embrace of fair redistricting and competitive elections.” (KQED 01/27/15)

3 Former California Governors Back Independent Redistricting
The brief asserts that the Constitution allows voters to use the initiative process -- as they did in California and Arizona -- to delegate the redistricting power to an independent panel. “The lines drawn by California's Citizens Redistricting Commission have resulted in the fairest and most competitive elections in California history,” said CalChamber President and CEO Allan Zaremberg in a statement. He added that the "Arizona litigation jeopardizes the will of the California electorate and its embrace of fair redistricting and competitive elections." (Los Angeles Times 01/26/15)​

Trade Groups Urge Longshore Workers, Bosses to Resolve Issues at Ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles
The California Chamber of Commerce was among the dozens of trade associations that signed Friday’s letter. “The ports are such a large economic driver in the state; it touches all sectors that affect job and revenue growth,” said Jeremy Merz, Cal Chamber’s policy advocate for transportation and infrastructure issues. “Making sure our ports operate at a high level is critical.” (Long Beach Press Telegram 01/16/15)​

New Workplace Laws: Employer Health Care Mandate, Rules for Contractors and a Medi-Cal 'List of Shame'
In its legislative roundup, the California Chamber of Commerce noted that of 27 major bills it opposed – which it dubbed “job-killers” – only two passed: the temp worker bill, sponsored by the Teamsters, and a measure making it easier for consumers to file lawsuits despite having signed arbitration agreements. (The Orange County Register 01/12/15)​

State Adds More Than 30 Employment Laws, Including Sick Leave
More than 30 state employment laws take effect this year, according to an annual list put out by the California Chamber of Commerce. (San Francisco Chronicle 01/13/15)​

 


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