PHCC Webinar on 2016 Law Changes – December 1

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With recent changes in State law employers will need to be doing some things differently for 2016.  PHCC’s lobbyist will provide a brief overview of changes to the law that may have an impact on your business at a webinar on: December 1 2015 at 3:00 pm PST. He will cover new mandates for a “skilled and trained workforce,” prevailing …

Draft Strategy Proposes New Measures to Reduce The Emissions of Fluorinated Gases Including Refrigerants

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The Air Resources Board (ARB) has released, for public review, a draft Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy.  The Draft Strategy proposes possible new regulations to reduce the emissions of fluorinated gases including refrigerants. Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) include methane, black carbon, and fluorinated gases (including most refrigerant gases).  They are powerful climate forcers that remain in the atmosphere for a …

Year In Review 2015: Legislative Affairs Update by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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Governor Brown signed 808 bills and vetoed 133 bills, for a total of 941 bills that reached his Desk this year. That is a 14% veto rate. There were just over 2,300 bills introduced this year. So, about 41% of introduced bills got to the Governor’s Desk. Americans With Disabilities Act AB 1230 (Gomez) establishes the California Americans with Disabilities …

Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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Prevailing Wage – AB 251 Governor Brown vetoed AB 251 (Oppose) by Assembly Member Levine that would have triggered prevailing wages if a public subsidy was both less than $250,000 and less than 2% of the total project cost. He vetoed the same bill last year and cited the same concerns. Another prevailing wage expansion, AB 219 (Oppose) by Assembly …

CAPHCC Wins Utility Fight

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The California Public Utilities Commission rejected a plan advanced by Sempra Energy owned San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) to use its customers’ bills to provide Line Item Billing Service on a non-tariffed (or “nontariffed”) basis for non-utility services provided by non-utility providers. SDG&E needed the PUC’s authorization to establish a fee for this service that would be added …

Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, PHCC Lobbyist

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Governmental Affairs Drought Response Toilets and faucets sold in California starting next year will have to meet low-flow efficiency standards set by the state under emergency drought regulations approved in April. The California Energy Commission set the higher efficiency standards for toilets, urinals and faucets sold after Jan. 1, 2016. “In the face of California’s current drought, we must use …

CAPHCC Legislative Update, by Richard Markuson

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Water Submeters – SB 7 (WOLK) SB 7 requires, as of January 1, 2017, that individual water meters, also called submeters, be installed on all new multifamily residential units or mixed commercial and multifamily units and requires that landlords bill residents for their incremental water use. The California State Pipe Trades Council (plumbers union) and the Coalition of California Utility …

CAPHCC Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist

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The Senate Education Committee continued to advance legislation with State Building and Construction Trades Council “Union Favored” language. Wednesday the committee approved AB 1185 (Oppose) by Ridley-Thomas that gives LAUSD “best value” contracting authority (as opposed to lowest responsible bidder). The merit-shops opposed provisions in the bill that exempt union contractors from having a “safe workplace” and allows them to …

Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, CAPHCC Lobbyist

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May 15th brought the latest Legislative Deadline requiring all Non-Fiscal Bills to have passed out of their policy committees. Last year, 285 Non-Fiscal Bills were still in their policy committees when this Deadline occurred and were marked dead. This year, 326 Non-Fiscal Bills didn’t make it out of their policy committees in time. They can’t be heard again until next …