2009 'Job Killer' Bills

Vote Record as of August 14

Job Killers Overview & Archive

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Barriers to Affordable Housing

AB 212 (Saldaña; D-San Diego) Construction Costs Increase.
Substantially increases the cost of new housing by mandating on-site or near-site energy generation for all new residential buildings. Stalled. 

Costly Workplace Mandates

AB 664 (Skinner; D-Berkeley) Increased Workers’ Compensation Costs.
Increases workers’ compensation costs by creating a legal presumption that neck and back injuries, and blood-borne and specific infections suffered by hospital employees are related to employment. Stalled.  

AB 842 (Swanson; D-Oakland) Hurts Struggling Businesses.
Expands mandates and increases liability for employers related to the state version of the federal Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act of 1988. Stalled.  

AB 943 (Mendoza; D-Artesia) Hampers Employment Decisions.
Unduly restricts the ability of businesses to use all legally available information in employment decisions, including consumer credit reports. Vetoed. 

AB 1000 (Ma; D-San Francisco) Paid Sick Days.
Unreasonably expands employers’ costs and liability for a new protected and paid sick leave for employees. Stalled.  

AB 1421 (Swanson; D-Oakland) Pay for Commuting.
Imposes new costs on employers that provide transportation to the worksite by requiring them to pay employees for time spent commuting from the parking lot to the workstation. Stalled. 

SB 145 (DeSaulnier; D-Concord) Workers’ Compensation Apportionment.
Erodes recent workers’ compensation reforms and leads to higher premiums for California employers by undercutting fair and reasonable provisions in current law that protect an employer from paying for disability that was not caused by a workplace accident. Stalled.

SB 227 (Alquist; D-Santa Clara) New Health Care Tax.
Increases health care premiums by establishing a new targeted tax and government bureaucracy to change California’s major risk medical insurance program (MRMIP). Stalled.

SB 773 (Florez; D-Shafter) Workers’ Compensation Cost Increase. Increases workers’ compensation costs significantly and makes it more expensive to employ Californians by arbitrarily increasing permanent disability benefits. Stalled.  

SB 789 (Steinberg; D-Sacramento) Increased Agricultural Costs.
Undermines the process that now guarantees, through secret-ballot elections, a fair vote and the expression of agricultural employees’ true sentiments on the selection of a collective bargaining representative. This act will hurt California’s businesses by driving up costs, making employers less competitive in a global market. Vetoed. 

SB 810 (Leno; D-San Francisco) Government-Run Health Care.
Creates a new government-run, multibillion-dollar socialized health care system based on a yet-to-be specified “premium structure”—in essence, a tax on all employers. Stalled.  

Economic Development Barriers

AB 89 (Torlakson; D-Antioch) Targeted Tax Increase/Flawed Budget Philosophy.
Exacerbates state budget problems and harms tobacco industry by unfairly targeting it for a new cigarette tax, a declining revenue source, to fund new government spending programs. Stalled. 

AB 231 (Huffman; D-San Rafael)/ AB 1405 (De León; D-Los Angeles)/ SB 31 (Pavley; D-Agoura Hills) Climate Change Tax Increase.
Increases costs and discourages job growth by granting the Air Resources Board broad authority to implement unlimited fees and taxes with little or no oversight. AB 231 amended to remove opposition (6/18/09). AB 1405 Stalled. SB 31 failed passage in Senate 6/3/09. Reconsideration granted. 

AB 656 (Torrico; D-Newark) Gas Price Increase.
Increases gas prices and dependence on foreign oil by targeting the oil industry for a tax on oil extracted only in California. Stalled.

AB 846 (Torrico; D-Newark) Anti-Business Cost Increases.
Could significantly increase the cost of doing business in California by increasing fines and penalties, while disregarding good faith efforts of California’s businesses to comply with complex regulations, and removing the incentive for agencies to work out settlements. Stalled.

AB 1404 (De León; D-Los Angeles) Discourages Emission Reductions.
Significantly increases business costs and threatens state jobs and businesses by severely limiting the amount of offsets California industries can use to meet their greenhouse gas emission goals. Vetoed. 

ACA 6 (C. Calderon; D-Montebello) Discourages Investments.
Discourages investments in jobs and operations by imposing an automatic sunset of seven years on any new or extended tax credit, exemption or deduction. Stalled. 

ACA 22 (Torlakson; D-Antioch) Targeted Tax Increase/Flawed Budget Philosophy.
Exacerbates state budget problems and harms tobacco industry by unfairly targeting it for a new cigarette tax, a declining revenue source, to fund new government spending programs. Stalled.

SB 96 (Ducheny; D-San Diego) Increased Tax Burden.
Imposes a new tax increase on personal income. Stalled. 

SB 222 (Ducheny; D-San Diego) Unemployment Insurance Tax Increase.
Creates a disincentive to hire new employees by tripling the already high unemployment insurance taxes on California employers without a proper analysis of what is needed to reform California's broken unemployment insurance system. Stalled. 

SB 600 (Padilla; D-Pacoima) Targeted Tax Increase/Flawed Budget Philosophy.
Exacerbates state budget problems and harms tobacco industry by unfairly targeting it for a new cigarette tax, a declining revenue source, to fund new government spending programs. Stalled. 

Expensive, Unnecessary Regulatory Burdens

AB 283 (Chesbro; D-Arcata) Expanded Waste Bureaucracy.
Leads to increased cost for consumers and businesses by requiring producers of select products sold in California to collect their products after use by the consumer and manage the recycling and/or disposal of those products. Stalled. 

AB 479 (Chesbro; D-Arcata) Expanded Waste Bureaucracy.
Gives the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) new and potentially broad authority to impose new mandates on California businesses to achieve a statewide solid waste diversion rate of 75 percent by 2020. Stalled. 

AB 737 (Chesbro; D-Arcata) Expanded Waste Bureaucracy.
Gives the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) new and potentially broad authority to impose new mandates on California businesses to achieve a statewide solid waste diversion rate of 75 percent by 2020. Stalled.

SB 601, SB 602, SB 603 (Padilla; D-Pacoima) Retail Restrictions.
Severely restricts retailers from growing their businesses in California by limiting the sale of a legal product in a legal venue. SB 601 Stalled. SB 602 Amended to deal with a different subject. SB 603 Stalled.  

Inflated Liability Costs

AB 2 (De La Torre; D-South Gate) Health Insurance Litigation.
Drives up the cost of health care premiums and increases the number of uninsured by establishing litigation as the only meaningful approach to resolving disputes over rescinding coverage. Vetoed

AB 793 (Jones; D-Sacramento) Unreasonable New Liability for Employers.
Imposes unfair and costly litigation burden on California employers by unreasonably expanding employer liability in workplace lawsuits far beyond the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009. Vetoed 

SB 95 (Corbett; D-San Leandro) Vehicle Price Increase.
Before amendments, would have imposed new surety costs on car dealers in an already-difficult economy by placing excessive restrictions on the sale of trade-in vehicles and unreasonably expanding dealer liability and damages. Amended to remove opposition.

SB 242 (Yee; D-San Francisco/San Mateo) New Lawsuits Against Small Business.
Could result in new shakedown lawsuits against business establishments by making it a strict liability violation of the Unruh Civil Rights Act, subject to minimum damages of $4,000, if a business limits the use of a customer’s language, even if unintentionally. Vetoed   



 
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