Job Killer bills moving forward in Sacramento as State Legislature nears the end of 2019 session
IRWINDALE - With less than two weeks left in the 2019 session, lawmakers in Sacramento will soon be voting on major pieces of legislation that will harm the state's economy and impede job creation in California.
Chief among these harmful bills is SB 1 (Atkins), a bill that creates major regulatory uncertainty by authorizing state agencies to adopt federal rules and regulations without having to follow the Administrative Procedures Act safeguards which requires all new rules to be subject to public comment and review. Moreover, this bill will create more hurdles for the conveyance of water to Southern California by derailing ongoing Voluntary Agreement negotiations. SB 1 is currently on the Assembly floor and could be brought up quickly for a vote.
Another key bill to oppose is AB 1066 (Gonzalez), which would allow striking employees to claim unemployment benefits after four weeks on strike. This bill is particularly odious as businesses pay into the unemployment insurance fund to assist those who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Striking workers have not been fired or laid off - they have employment which they are choosing not to fulfill. By allowing striking workers to draw unemployment insurance, California runs the risk of depleting that fund and not having assistance available during a major economic downturn.
Finally, AB 51 (Gonzalez) would ban arbitration agreements made as a condition of employment, thereby increasing costs for employers and employees and increasing the chance of litigation. Such a law, if it were to pass, would likely be preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act and would only delay the resolution of disputed employment claims. Governor Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, noting that it "plainly violates federal law."
For a detailed list of more key bills to watch at the close of session, visit the CalChamber's Action Alerts Web page for ways to contact and engage with your lawmakers.