2004 'Job Killer' Bills

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed all 10 "job killer" bills sent to him by the Legislature in 2004. See CalChamber comments on the vetoes in the press release archives for 2004. Click on the bill numbers below for more information.

  • AB 1032 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara):  Increases costs to the state by chilling business interest in contracting with the state by requiring those businesses to report unrelated legal information, opening the doors to more frivolous litigation against California employers. Died in Senate Governmental Organization Committee.
    AB 1468 (Kehoe; D-San Diego): Introduces a new mandate to cut gasoline use by 15 percent, which would likely lead to a gas tax causing higher gasoline prices, increased costs for consumer goods and thousands of lost jobs for California. Failed to get enough votes in the Senate on August 24; 18-15.
  • AB 1690 (Leno; D-San Francisco):  Gives local governments unprecedented authority to enact income tax assessed at local level with a simple majority of voters, adding complexity and uncertainty to California’s already complex and uncertain tax structure. Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • AB 1839 (Montañez; D-San Fernando):  Severely limits credit sources for the purchase of personal vehicles and harms many car dealers by curbing their ability to profit on certain types of sales. Vetoed.
  • AB 2042 (Lowenthal; D-Long Beach):  Increases the costs of goods movement and drives business and jobs from California ports by requiring the City of Los Angeles and the City of Long Beach to prohibit any growth at their respective ports unless that growth can be accomplished with no air pollution increases. Vetoed.
  • AB 2317 (Oropeza; D-Long Beach): Negatively distinguishes California from the rest of the nation by exposing every business to excessive litigation and increases the cost of doing business by mandating excessive damage awards and new civil penalties for gender pay equity violations. Vetoed.
  • AB 2832 (Lieber; D-Mountain View):  Increases the cost of doing business by increasing the state minimum wage to $7.25 in 2005 and to $7.75 in 2006, which would give California the highest minimum wage in the nation. Employer costs would rise by at least $2.08 billion annually, raising costs to consumers and driving employers to other states. Vetoed.
  • AB 2889 (Laird; D-Santa Cruz): Negatively distinguishes California from the rest of the nation by increasing insurance costs, exposing employers to attorneys’ fees, settlements and judgments, raising costs of products and making California employers less competitive by making employers liable for the harassment of a worker by a person over whom the employer has no control, such as customers or clients. Held in Senate Appropriations Committee.
  • SB 921 (Kuehl; D-Santa Monica):  Creates a government-run health care system funded by new taxes on all Californians and California business. Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
  • SB 1168 (Ortiz; D-Sacramento): Makes California unfriendly to business by establishing a biomonitoring program that could have led to the elimination or reduction of use of certain chemicals based on mere detection, but not scientifically proven to be harmful and without taking economic considerations into account. Failed to pass Assembly Health Committee June 22, 9-5. (One vote short of majority needed to pass).
  • SB 1334 (Kuehl; D-Santa Monica):  Originally increased the cost of housing and other development projects by imposing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements on oak woodland conversions. Significantly amended, returning authority to local counties for oakwood programs. Chamber neutral. Amended bill Chapter 732.
  • SB 1354 (Escutia; D-Norwalk): Increases taxes on California employers by reducing the amount of tax credits that a corporation may use to reduce its tax liabilities, making California less competitive for jobs. Placed on the Senate inactive file.
  • SB 1397 (Escutia; D-Norwalk):  Increases the cost of goods movement and discourages job creation by imposing a fee on railroad companies that operate in the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino. Failed to get enough votes in in the Assembly on August 28; 28-38.
  • SB 1477 (Sher; D-Stanford): Delays development projects and imposes new costs on agriculture by inappropriately expanding the State Water Board’s regulatory authority over wetlands. Failed to pass Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee June 22, 6-7.
  • SB 1569 (Dunn; D-Garden Grove):  Increases health care costs by allowing health care providers to sue a health plan for alleged violations of the Knox-Keene Act, even if the Department of Managed Health Care finds the plan has done nothing wrong. Vetoed.
  • SB 1903 (Florez; D-Shafter): Raises the cost of doing business in California by forcing California employers to subsidize a strike against their own company by providing unemployment insurance benefits to workers unemployed due to a labor dispute. Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.
  • AB 1829 (Liu; D-La Cañada/Flintridge) Vetoed;  AB 2715 (Reyes; D-Fresno) Vetoed.;  AB 3021 (Labor Committee) Vetoed.;  SB 888 (Dunn; D-Garden Grove) Vetoed;  and SB 1492 (Dunn; D-Garden Grove) Vetoed: Prohibits or restricts California businesses’ ability to conduct a portion of their operations abroad, which will invite retaliation from our trading partners that will have a negative impact, either directly or indirectly, on California jobs, 25 percent of which are tied to international trade. SB 1453 (Figueroa; D-Fremont) Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee. Chamber neutral on SB 1451 (Figueroa; D-Fremont),   which was amended to require conformity with all existing laws. Vetoed.

View the list of  "job killers" signed in 2003.