WMA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
By Chris Wysocki, WMA State Legislative Advocate
STATE LEGISLATURE ANNOUNCES BILL CALENDAR FOR REMAINING YEAR
State lawmakers have announced a revised calendar for the remainder of session. Both the Senate and the Assembly will be returning to work in the State Capitol on July 27, but this is certainly subject to change, as conditions remain fluid in Sacramento. There are approximately 700 bills left remaining (approximately 500 Assembly Bills remain and roughly 200 Senate Bills remain), and they must all be heard and voted on by August 31.
Here is the current schedule for the Assembly, but dates are subject to change – except for the August 31 deadline, which is a Constitutional deadline.
Aug. 7 Last day for policy committees to meet and report bills
Aug. 14 Last day for fiscal committees to meet and report bills
Aug. 17-31 Floor session only. No committee may meet for any purpose except Rules Committee, bills referred pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.2, and Conference Committees.
Aug. 21 Last day to amend bills on the floor
Aug. 31 Last day for each house to pass
Final Recess begins upon adjournment
The Senate has not yet released its detailed schedule other than committee meetings and times, but we expect that to be forthcoming by the end of the week.
In both the Assembly and the Senate, the goal is to have only one hearing per policy committee before the deadlines. This will likely result in a number of bills being denied a hearing which will reduce the bill load for both houses. Despite this, we anticipate all of the bills WMA is concerned with will be heard in the coming weeks.
SENATE BILLS 999, 915 SET FOR JULY 28 POLICY COMMITTEE HEARING
Senate Bills 999 (Umberg), the prohibitive long-term lease bill and 915 (Leyva), the rent repayment bill, are both set to be heard in the Assembly Housing Committee next Tuesday, July 28.
We reaffirmed our unwavering opposition to these bills with the policy consultant as well as members of the Assembly Housing Committee and enlisted the help of local parkowners they represent to better understand just how detrimental these measures are to the local economies.
Earlier this week, WMA launched a VoterVoice grassroots legislative alert regarding SB 999 (Umberg) and would encourage everyone to “take action” if you have not already done so. We also sent out an alert regarding SB 915 (Leyva) earlier today. Again, your participation plays a crucial role in our overall messaging campaign to your elected officials.
ASSEMBLY BILLS 2690 (LOW), 2782 (STONE), 2895 (QUIRK-SILVA) SET FOR AUGUST 6 HEARING
Assembly Bills 2690 (Low), 2782 (Stone), and 2895 (Quirk-Silva) will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 6. We will be mobilizing and calling upon the membership to engage and help us in our efforts to defeat these bills.
WMA PARTICIPATES IN MEETINGS REGARDING SB 1383 (JACKSON)
WMA is part of a broad-based coalition opposed to SB 1383 (Jackson), which, among other things, extends employee leave protections to childcare related or school closure due to a declared emergency. WMA joined the coalition this week in voicing concerns to key legislators. SB 1383 is currently housed in the Assembly and awaiting committee referral.
This legislative session has been nothing short of a political rollercoaster and become a frenetic race to the finish line. In these final weeks, we will be calling upon our greatest resource, our members, to help us illustrate the irreparable harm these measures will have on California’s manufactured home communities and businesses.