PHCC of California Legislative Update by Richard Markuson, Lobbyist

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Assemblyman Luis Alejo who hopes to use his legislative carrier as an entrée to Monterey County Supervisor has amended his AB 1585 (OPPOSE). This bill appropriates $10 million from the state’s general fund to the Monterey County Water Resources Agency for construction of a water conveyance between Lake Nacimiento and Lake San Antonio in Monterey and San Luis Obispo Counties. PHCC opposes the PLA mandate. The Assembly sent the bill to the Senate with 17 Republicans voting AYE (Achadjian, Travis Allen, Brough, Chavez, Dahle, Grove, Hadley, Lackey, Linder, Maienschein, Mathis, Olsen, Patterson, Steinorth, Wagner, Waldron, and Wilk).

The Assembly passed 47-29, Assembly Member Campos’ bill to prohibit an employer, including state and local government employers, from seeking salary history information, including compensation and benefits, from an applicant for employment. Her AB 1676 (OPPOSE) heard in the Senate next week.

The Assembly passed AB 1793 (Holden D) (SUPPORT) on a 78-0 vote. This bill protects a contractor from disgorgement if their license is invalid for a period of time during a project for work performed while the license was current. The bill is awaiting a hearing in the Senate.

Also approved by the Assembly is AB 1890 (Dodd D) (Oppose) that creates the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act of 2016 to specify certain nondiscrimination policies in state contracting. It Requires an employer with 100 or more employees in California, and a state contract of 30 days or more, to submit a description of its nondiscrimination program to the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) and periodic reports (no more than annually) of its compliance with that program. Surprising no-one, the bill excludes an employee in the construction industry covered by a valid collective bargaining agreement from the calculation of the employer’s total number of employees for purposes of the nondiscrimination program requirement.

SB 1414 is in the Assembly. This bill directs the California Energy Commission (CEC) to develop a system to track central heating and air cooling equipment sales and installations to verify compliance with permitting and other requirements.  The bill also prohibits an investor-owned utility (IOU) from paying out a rebate or incentive for energy efficiency upgrades unless the recipient proves closure of regulatory permitting and compliance with any requirements of the state’s building standards for energy efficiency.