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Capitol Update
By Chris Wysocki

TRIO OF INDUSTRY BILLS SET FOR MAY 3 HEARING

Earlier this week, the Assembly noticed that there would be a hearing of the Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee on May 3. They will be hearing a trio of bills directly affecting the mobilehome park industry: Assembly Bill 861 (Bennett) dealing with subleasing, AB 978 (Quirk-Silva), the rent control bill, and the water submetering bill, AB 1061 (Lee).

We are in discussions with key legislators, staff, and policy consultants surrounding our respective position on these bills.

AB 861 (Bennett) and AB 978 (Quirk-Silva) were recently amended, and while these amendments in no way alter or change our opposition, we want to share the latest round of revisions. 

Please click on the link to view the latest version of AB 861 (Bennett):

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

Please click on the link to view the latest version of AB 978 (Quirk-Silva):  

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

With respect to AB 1061, discussions are still being held, and we are working with the author to address our concerns about potential amendments to the original language. WMA has provided suggested amendments, but it is unclear at this time whether or not these amendments will be adopted.

Please click on the link to view the latest version of AB 1061 (Lee):

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

WMA JOINS COALITION OPPOSED TO ACA 1 (AGUIAR-CURRY)

WMA joined a coalition led by the California Taxpayers Association to oppose ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry). The coalition noted that ACA 1 would “allow local governments to increase taxes (e.g., parcel taxes, sales/use taxes, Mello-Roos taxes) with a 55 percent vote of the electorate – instead of the two-thirds vote currently required under the California Constitution – if the tax proceeds are earmarked for public infrastructure or affordable housing…It is important to improve infrastructure and increase housing availability, but we are concerned that higher taxes on working Californians runs counter to the goal of making the state more affordable for all.”

ACA 1 (Aguiar-Curry) was referred to the Assembly Local Government Committee earlier this week.      

RECALL CAMPAIGN GATHERS SIGNATURES NEEDED TO QUALITY FOR STATEWIDE BALLOT       

The Secretary of State announced that enough signatures had been verified to trigger a recall campaign in October or November. 

To learn more about the recall process, please visit:  https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/recalls/current-recall-efforts

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

 

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