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Capitol Update
By Chris Wysocki

GOVERNOR NEWSOM SIGNS LEGISLATION TO EXTEND EVICTION MORATORIUM UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, 2021   

On June 28, Governor Newsom signed AB 832 (Chiu) into law, which took effect immediately. The new law extends California’s statewide eviction moratorium until September 30, 2021. The moratorium was set to expire today, June 30. In her presentation, Senator Anna Caballero (Democrat, Salinas), one of the bill’s authors, offered her “strong support of state action to extend the eviction moratorium and to utilize federal funds to provide 100% paydown of past due rent. This is a very important next step to ensure that vulnerable California renters are protected from eviction and that landlords are made whole.” 

WMA is in the process of updating its forms to comply with the new requirements set forth under AB 832 and will notify members once they are available  on WMA’s website under Forms and through WMA’s forms online program. The COVID-19 section of WMA’s website, https://www.wma.org/, features a wealth of information and articles on this important development.      

The following CalMatters article provides an overview and explains the bill’s provisions for tenants and landlords:California eviction moratorium deal: What’s in it for tenants? | CalMatters

HARMFUL BILLS AWAIT ACTION ON SENATE FLOOR

The following harmful bills – AB 861 (Bennett) subleasing, AB 978 (Quirk-Silva) rent cap, and AB 1061 (Lee) water submetering, all await action on the Senate Floor. WMA remains vigilant in its efforts to stop these bills from becoming law and will update members on the outcome.  If these bills pass the Senate, they must still go back to the Assembly for concurrence since they were amended in the Senate.

WMA OPPOSES NEW BUSINESS REPORTING REQUIREMENT MEASURE, AB 889 (GIPSON)  

WMA recently moved to oppose Assembly bill 889 by Assemblymember Mike Gipson (Democrat, Carson), as amended. Recent amendments require corporate landlords to report the beneficial owners of the corporation or limited liability company that rents out property.

WMA believes that parkowners should be exempt from the bill’s provisions since they are currently subject to disclosure requirements under the Mobilehome Residency Law by a bill that the same author carried in 2017.

Signed into law, Assembly Bill 294 amended Civil Code Section 798.28 and created a 10-day timeframe in which park management must provide a resident with the owner’s contact information. Civil Code Section 798.28 states that “the management of a mobilehome park shall disclose, in writing, within 10 business days, the name, business address, and business telephone number of the mobilehome park owner upon the receipt of a written request of a homeowner.”

GOVERNOR, LAWMAKERS REACH TENTATIVE BUDGET AGREEMENT   

State lawmakers also approved and sent Governor Newsom the state’s proposed operating budget. Discussions remain ongoing, and the specific details on spending for childcare, public health, and wildfire prevention are still being finalized. 

Still, the historic $262 billion spending plan includes additional rebates for taxpayers based on their income and small businesses and significant funding for education. The proposal also restores numerous spending cuts implemented due to an anticipated budget shortfall that never materialized.

To view the CalMatters article, please click here: https://calmatters.org/politics/2021/06/california-newsom-budget-deal/

Earlier this week, the Department of Finance (DOF) released its financial bulletin. According to the DOF, revenues are $1.603 billion above projections for the fiscal year to date. To view the bulletin, please click here: March 2021 Finance Bulletin (ca.gov)

Wishing everyone a safe and happy 4th of July.

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

 

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