2007 'Job Killer' Bill List

All 'Job Killers' Stopped in 2007

Following is the 2007 list of “job killer” proposals. The 30 proposals will have a negative impact on California’s economy and the competitiveness of employers here. Notes in red identify “job killers” that have been stopped for 2007 or amended to remove opposition from the California Chamber of Commerce. Stalled bills are eligible for consideration in 2008.


Barriers to Affordable Housing

AB 5  Wolk (D-Davis)  Housing Development Restrictions.
Renames the Reclamation Board and prohibits the Department of Water Resources from overturning a board action. Authorizes the board to acquire land for flood protection. Changes the board membership and requires it to produce a flood control system status report. Signed by Governor 10/10/07. Chapter 366. Amended to remove CalChamber opposition. 

AB 35  Ruskin (D-Redwood City)  Increased Construction Costs.
Establishes an isolated process by which a minimum level of green building standards are set by a private entity, thereby excluding any public review or input. The measure also creates conflicts and confusion with existing and proposed building codes. Vetoed. 

AB 70  Jones (D-Sacramento)  Housing Development Restrictions.
Slows development of housing by imposing joint liability on cities and counties for any flood damage, if they unreasonably permit housing in undeveloped areas that are protected by a state flood control project. Signed by Governor 10/10/07. Chapter 367. CalChamber Still Opposes. Former Job Killer.

AB 888  Lieu (D-Torrance)  Increased Construction Costs.
Makes it extremely difficult for small businesses to compete by establishing an arbitrary definition of "commercial." The bill also creates conflicts and confusion with existing and proposed building codes and establishes an isolated process by which a minimum level of green building standards are set by a private entity, thereby excluding any public review or input. Vetoed.

AB 1058  Laird (D-Santa Cruz) Increased Construction Costs.
Adds significant costs to housing purchase as well as rental affordability by requiring the Department of Housing and Community Development to use the most stringent provisions of five sets of national green building guidelines as a basis for developing Californias mandatory green building standards. The bill also causes confusion by establishing a multiple state agency quasi-regulatory authority for developing green building standards. Vetoed.

AB 1065  Lieber (D-Mountain View)  Construction Costs Increase.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Substantially increases the cost of housing and development in California by implementing tight energy efficiency measures for all new residential and commercial buildings without taking into account the additional costs that will be passed on to consumers. Stalled.

SB 464  Kuehl  (D-Santa Monica) Rental Property: Owner Restrictions.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Discourages construction and investment in rental housing by forcing rental property owners to stay in business, regardless of economic circumstances. Stalled.


Costly Workplace Mandates

AB 8  Nunez (D-Los Angeles)  Health Care Tax on Employers.
Imposes a tax on small employers who can`t afford to provide health care coverage, to fund health care coverage for those who don`t currently purchase it. Vetoed.

AB 338  Coto (D-San Jose)  Roll Back of Cost-Saving Workers' Compensation Reforms.
As amended to bring CalChamber in support, resolves a problem in current law in a way that maintains the cost savings created by the 2004 reforms (SB 899 - Poochigian; R-Fresno) by maintaining the current 104-week cap on temporary disability benefits, while allowing injured workers to receive those benefits within five years from the date of injury. Signed by Governor 10/13/07. Chapter 595. CalChamber Supports/Former Job Killer.

AB 437  Jones (D-Sacramento)  Increased Employer Liability Exposure.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Greatly expands employers' liability exposure and hampers their ability to defend themselves by effectively removing any statute of limitations for lawsuits challenging any employer decision that effects pay or benefits. Stalled.

AB 504  Swanson (D-Oakland)  Mandatory Payments for Striking Employees.
Forces employers to pay striking employees by creating a new definition of lockout that requires an employer to pay restitution to employees. Vetoed.

AB 1201  Leno (D-San Francisco)  Increased Health Care Costs.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Reduces access to health care due to increased labor costs resulting from unlawful altering of federal labor law governing union eligibility requirements and secret ballot union elections. Stalled.

SB 48  Alquist (D-Santa Clara)  Health Care Tax on Employers.
*Former Job Killer*
Before the June 25, 2007 amendments, would have imposed a tax on small employers who can`t afford to provide health care coverage, to fund health care coverage for those who don`t currently purchase it. Some provisions to be merged into AB 8. As amended, deals with community development: healthy food choices. Amended to deal with a different subject.

SB 180  Migden (D-San Francisco)  Increased Agricultural Costs.
Hurts competitiveness of California agriculture producers, driving businesses out of state, killing jobs and increasing loss of farmland, by artificially increasing labor costs for California producers who must compete in a global market with lower-than-average operating costs; removes secret ballot election requirement for union representation and prohibits employer communication with employees. Vetoed.

SB 622  Padilla (D-Pacoima)  Independent Contractors.
Creates a new excuse to sue employers and exposes them to excessive new penalties for "willful misclassification" of independent contractors without providing a clear roadmap for employers to comply. Vetoed.

SB 650  Migden (D-San Francisco)  Increased Agricultural Costs.
Hurts competitiveness of California agriculture producers, driving businesses out of state, killing jobs and increasing loss of farmland, by artificially increasing labor costs for California producers who must compete in a global market with lower-than-average operating costs; removes secret ballot election requirement for union representation and prohibits employer communication with employees. Sunsets after five years. Vetoed.

SB 840  Kuehl (D-Santa Monica)  Government-Run Health Care.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Creates new government-run, multi-billion-dollar socialized health care system built from a yet-to-be-specified tax increase.  Stalled.

SB 936  Perata (D-Oakland)  Roll Back of Cost-Saving Workers' Compensation Reforms.
Increases the cost of hiring and keeping employees by rolling back historic reforms and doubling permanent disability costs in California`s workers` compensation system. Vetoed.

SB 942  Migden (D-San Francisco)  Increased Workers' Compensation Costs.
Alters the rules for return-to-work and the provision of Supplemental Job Displacement Voucher benefits in workers' compensation to require that employers provide the injured worker with a job voucher before they know the amount of the benefit that is due to the injured worker, and provides no avenue to recoup costs if the benefit provided was more than that to which the injured worker was actually entitled. Vetoed.


Economic Development Barriers

AB 493  Ruskin (D-Redwood City)  New Vehicle Surcharge.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Assesses an unfair surcharge on new vehicles, which will increase costs for small businesses to transport their goods and services. Failed passage in Assembly.

SB 375  Steinberg (D-Sacramento) Growth Restrictions.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Limits increased transportation capacity and affordable housing, and thwarts intent of voters who approved broad-based transportation bonds, by blocking use of these funds except for narrowly defined "infill" development projects. Stalled.

SB 466  Steinberg (D-Sacramento)  Increased Costs for Timber and Wood Products.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Reduces the amount of timber available for harvest, resulting in lost job opportunities by requiring landowners to give up 2 acres of forestland for every acre converted away from timber production. Stalled.

SB 974  Lowenthal (D-Long Beach)  Tax on Freight Movement.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Increases the cost of shipping goods and makes California less competitive by imposing an illegal per-container tax in the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles and Oakland. Read story. Stalled.

Expensive, Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens

AB 904  Feuer (D-Los Angeles)  Food Packaging Cost Increase/Collection Mandate.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Increases costs on all businesses that sell food by imposing new mandates on food service packaging and creating a new requirement that food providers collect and recycle 25 percent of the food service packaging they sell. Stalled.

AB 1554  Jones (D-Sacramento)   New Government Bureaucracy for Rate Regulation.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Reduces health care choice, access and quality by creating additional bureaucracy to impose price controls on health insurance policies, while failing to address the major cost drivers of rising medical care costs. Failed passage in Senate Health Committee.

SB 201  Florez (D-Shafter)   Leafy Green Vegetable Cost Increases.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Threatens agricultural productivity, and increases the costs of leafy green vegetables, by mandating day-to-day growing practices in statute and requiring a state waiver for any deviations. Stalled.

SB 899  Simitian (D-Palo Alto)  Plastic Packaging Ban.
*Two Year Job Killer*
Pushes jobs out of California and increases costs for industries that use plastic packaging by banning the manufacturing and distribution of specified plastic packaging in California. Stalled.


Fuel Price Increases

SB 140  Kehoe (D-San Diego)   New Fuel Mandate.
*2 Year Job Killer*
Disadvantages California businesses and increases fuel prices by creating a fuel mandate that picks a winner in the alternative fuels market, preventing the research and development of additional viable options that may be cheaper and more efficient. Stalled.

SB 210  Kehoe (D-San Diego)   Restrictive Fuel Standard.
Interferes with the development of a competitive alternative fuels market and threatens job creation in California by creating a costly Low Carbon Fuel Standard that conflicts with the existing standard created by Governor`s Executive Order S-7-04. Vetoed.


Inflated Liability Costs

SB 93  Corbett (D-San Leandro)   Inflated Liability Costs
Artificially inflates medical damage awards in third party liability cases by not allowing judges to consider the actual cost of medical expenses as evidence, ultimately increasing, not only legal costs, but also rates for auto and general liability insurance. Vetoed.




 
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