WMA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
By Chris Wysocki, WMA State Legislative Advocate
SB 915 (LEYVA) PASSES SENATE FLOOR
Senator Connie Leyva presented SB 915 on the Senate floor yesterday. SB 915 passed by a vote of 29-11.
In anticipation of this vote coming up, we distributed a detailed floor alert to all Senators and launched a VoterVoice campaign to the membership. Our thanks to everyone who participated. We are pleased with the overall response that the campaign generated.
SB 915 allows residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic up to the end of 2021 to repay overdue rent, utilities, and other outstanding charges and up to one year to fix potential life-threatening health and safety violations.
SB 999 (UMBERG) PASSES SENATE FLOOR
SB 999 passed the Senate floor on Monday by a 25-11 vote and will head to the California State Assembly. WMA will continue to fight and urge legislators to vote “NO” on this bill, which prohibits the use of long-term leases between parkowners and residents, a practice that has proven mutually beneficial to both parties.
Thank you to all of our members who participated in reaching out to your state senators through our VoterVoice system. By keeping the vote total below 27, it will make it more difficult for an amendment adding an urgency clause to be adopted by the Assembly.
SENATE VOTES TO CONFIRM LOURDES CASTRO RAMIREZ AS BUSINESS, CONSUMER SERVICES AND HOUSING AGENCY SECRETARY
Before adjourning for their summer recess, the Senate unanimously confirmed Lourdes Castro Ramirez, as Secretary for the Business, Consumer Services and Housing (BCSH) Agency, which oversees the state’s Housing and Community Development (HCD) Department.
The Assembly will hold floor session today to vote on the budget trailer bills and the Senate will officially adjourn for its “Summer Recess.” While there will be a few committee hearings (not dealing with housing issues) in the Senate next week, the bulk of the legislative work has been concluded until both legislative houses reconvene on July 13. All legislative work needs to be concluded by August 31, so it will be a busy summer.
As a result of limited, legislative activity next week, we will resume our weekly committee and general membership updates upon the legislature’s return the week of July 13. The pace will quicken and bill movement will be swift. We will continue to thoroughly review bills to ensure that no legislative “surprises” emerge in the final weeks of the session.