WMA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
By Chris Wysocki, WMA State Legislative Advocate
The month of August will cap off one of the most turbulent sessions this state legislature has seen and the political antics appear to be far from over.
WMA PREPARES FOR FLOOR FLIGHT REGARDING SENATE BILL 915 (LEYVA)
SB 915 (Leyva) will be brought up on the Assembly Floor soon once amendments are introduced by the author. During discussions with legislators and their staff, WMA’s lobbying team continues to point out the flaws in SB 915 (Leyva), including the potential liability that the uncorrected health and safety code violations could create. WMA has also outlined and shared these concerns with the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the state agency tasked with conducting mobilehome park inspections.
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE TO HEAR AB 2782 (STONE) AND AB 2895 (QUIRK-SILVA)
AB 2690 (Low) was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee but has not been set for a hearing yet and, by all accounts, appears to be dead for the session.
AB 2782 (Stone), the anti-closure measure, will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 12 followed by AB 2895 (Quirk-Silva), the statewide rent cap bill, which will be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee on August 18. Should this measure pass out of the Judiciary Committee, it will be heard by the Senate Appropriations Committee before advancing to the Senate Floor.
With regard to AB 2895 (Quirk-Silva), we continue to meet with various members of the Judiciary Committee to discuss the problems with this statewide rent control bill and will keep members apprised of the progress we are making.
Once again, we are asking for your help with our VoterVoice campaigns on AB 2782 (Stone) and AB 2895 (Quirk-Silva). These campaigns have proven invaluable in aiding our advocacy efforts. Please take a moment to participate.
NEW HCD DIRECTOR SET FOR CONFIRMATION BY FULL SENATE
On Wednesday, the Senate Rules Committee heard from Gustavo Velasquez, the appointee selected by Governor Newsom as the new Director of the Housing and Community Development Department. In the hearing, the Senate Rules Committee asked Mr. Velasquez a number of questions and voted 4-0 to send his nomination to the full Senate for ultimate confirmation. This confirmation will need to occur by August 31, 2020.
Unrest between the two legislative houses continues heading into the final three weeks of session. The shortened legislative calendar has forced leadership to ask members to pare down their bills and placed committee chairs into the untenable position of having to decide which bills “make the cut”.
There is still a lot of work to do, and the next three weeks will certainly see more bill amendments and more drama. In addition to the bills we are actively lobbying, we are also keeping close watch on other forbearance bills, including AB 1436 (Chiu) and SB 1410 (Caballero). It appears that the Governor is not prepared to announce a comprehensive housing package at this time, despite prior assertions.
We will continue to keep you updated on the status of our key bills, and we will be asking members for their continued help through tools such as VoterVoice and personal meetings (through phone calls) with key members of the Legislature.