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Capitol Update
By Chris Wysocki

WMA SPONSORS PARK MODEL LEGISLATION

We are pleased to announce that Assemblymember Kelly Seyarto (Republican, Riverside) has introduced AB 606 on WMA’s behalf.  AB 606 allows individuals to place 400 square feet or less homes – also known as park models – on mobilehome park spaces.

AB 606 re-defines “park trailers” and is an important technical clarification that will require the Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) to allow these homes to be placed in currently regulated communities on a year-round basis.

This bill will allow for the installation of small park model homes designed to be placed in manufactured housing communities. HCD or the local enforcement agency will still issue approvals and permits. This legislation removes a statewide impediment that has prevented the placement of so-called “park models” in mobilehome parks on a year-round basis.  California needs more housing options, and AB 606 strives to meet that need. We sincerely appreciate the bill’s author and co-authors for their willingness to help us secure passage of this important measure.              

To view AB 606, please click here:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB606

WMA JOINS STRONGER CALIFORNIA COALITION

WMA joined the Stronger California Coalition, a group of stakeholders whose aim is to address the availability and affordability of homeowner’s insurance rates and coverage in wildfire-prone areas throughout the state.

To learn more about Stronger California, please click here: https://strongerca.com/

WMA JOINS COALITION IN SUPPORT OF SB 74, KEEP CALIFORNIA WORKING ACT

WMA also joined a coalition created by the California Chamber of Commerce supporting SB 74 (Borgeas and Caballero), which establishes the Keep California Working Act to stimulate the state’s economy and giving struggling businesses a much-needed lifeline.

As the coalition letter noted, “SB 74 would appropriate $2.6 billion dollars to the Office of Small Business Advocate in order to award grants to small businesses and non-profits that have experienced economic hardship resulting from COVID-19. The grant money could then be used by struggling businesses to pay for payroll costs, health care benefits, paid sick, medical, or family leave, costs reasonably associated with reopening business operations, costs reasonably associated with complying with COVID-19 federal, state, or local guidelines for reopening and required safety protocols, and insurance premiums…SB 74 would award grants to employers that range from $5,000 to $60,000 depending upon certain defined revenue levels. Priority would be given to certain qualified applicants depending upon geographic impacts of COVID-19, total financial impact caused by COVID-19, in addition to specified workforce and ownership sectors.”

BILL INTRODUCTION DEADLINE FAST APPROACHING 

The bill introduction deadline is Friday, February 19. WMA will thoroughly review and adopt formal positions on all legislation that directly impacts the industry.

We are also monitoring 145 budget trailer bills and any potential misuse of these bills to fast-track or expedite policy measures and bypass the legislative committee process altogether.   

Chris Wysocki is WMA’s State Legislative Advocate. He may be reached at chris@wma.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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