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Capitol Update
By Chris Wysocki

STATE BUDGET BILL PASSES TO ALLOW LEGISLATORS TO KEEP GETTING PAID

On Monday, the State Legislature passed a placeholder state budget that allows lawmakers to keep getting paid.  The $267 Billion budget passed the Senate by a 30-8 vote, and the Assembly passed it on a vote of 58-18.  The Constitution requires a budget bill to be passed by the Legislature by June 15, and they accomplished this.  However, many issues remain unresolved and will be addressed with numerous “Budget Trailer Bills” that will deal with spending an anticipated $75 billion budget surplus in the coming weeks and months.

SUBLEASING BILL CLEARS POLICY COMMITTEE, HEADS TO SENATE FLOOR   

The Senate Judiciary Committee amended and passed AB 861 (Bennett), the harmful subleasing bill, yesterday by a vote of 8-1 with two members not voting.   

The committee adopted the author’s amendments to specify that “each park is entitled to own and rent out two park-owned mobilehomes, plus an additional mobilehome for every 200 mobilehomes in the park; and permit existing tenants in park-owned mobilehomes to remain in their homes through the end of their tenancies, including any extensions or renewal, even if the park has a rule against allowing resident mobilehome owners to rent out their mobilehomes”.

WMA staff testified in opposition, as did the California Mobilehome Parkowners Alliance (CMPA) and the California Association of Realtors (CAR). We would also like to thank everyone who urged a NO vote on AB 861 via VoterVoice and Northern California parkowner Keith Friedman and others who voiced opposition to AB 861 via teleconference.  

WMA will continue its lobbying efforts as it heads to the Senate Floor. Please be on the lookout for future VoterVoice campaigns aimed at defeating AB 861.

Please click here to view AB 861 (Bennett):

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB861

RENT CONTROL, WATER SUBMETER BILLS SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 22 SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING   

WMA continues its discussions and outreach with the Senate Judiciary Committee members. They will hear AB 978 (Quirk-Silva), the rent cap bill, AB 1061 (Lee), and the water submetering measure on Tuesday, June 22. Despite recent amendments, WMA remains opposed to both of these bills due to their punitive nature and their potential adverse impact on the industry.

To view AB 978 (Quirk-Silva), please click here:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB978

To view AB 1061 (Lee), please click here:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=202120220AB1061

STATE CAPITOL ANNOUNCES JUNE 15 REOPENING TO GENERAL PUBLIC      

The State Capitol will once again open its doors to the general public. Officials announced that beginning June 15, the Capitol will limit entry to the building to allow 500 members of the public at a time. The announcement marks a policy shift for the State Capitol, which was largely shuttered last March.  This closure forced lobbyists and individuals wishing to meet and conduct business with state legislators to resort to phone calls or Zoom meetings.  Expectations are that lobbyists and staff will still have to meet remotely, despite the so-called “opening.”

WMA COVID WEBSITE PAGE A HELPFUL RESOURCE FOR MEMBERS

As a reminder, WMA maintains a COVID-related page at www.wma.org and posts relevant information, including links to helpful websites, such as the State of California’s official COVID-19 website,  https://covid19.ca.gov/ and the California Department of Public Health, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/ncov2019.aspx

Cal/OSHA Regulations Update

California Gov. Gavin Newsom promised to sign an executive order to let vaccinated workers go mask free once the state’s workplace regulator votes on new rules Thursday.  Cal/OSHA has said it expects to adopt rules it released last week allowing vaccinated workers to remove face coverings while unvaccinated workers continue to wear masks. Those Cal/OSHA rules would align with the state’s guidelines for reopening Tuesday. “If they adopt the guidelines they published Friday,” Newsom said at a news conference Monday, “we’ll codify that with an executive order to make that clear on (Thursday).” Under current rules, all workers still must wear masks indoors — at least until Thursday. Without an executive order, Cal/OSHA’s rule wouldn’t go into effect until around June 28, creating a two-week period in which workplaces would operate under rules different from the state’s guidelines for most other indoor locations.

Newsom’s order, if it went into effect immediately, would slash what he called the “gap” to two days. Newsom also said he expected verification of workers’ vaccination status to be a matter of self-attestation. “You’ve got to believe people’s veracity. People, we hope, will be honest about that,” he said, adding that employers have the right to verify employees’ status if they wish. “At the end of the day that will be the process we hope is adopted formally … by OSHA,” Newsom said.

As the state reopens, WMA will continue to post announcements, including website links, and encourage members to utilize this valuable online resource.  

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

 

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