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Capitol Update
By Chris Wysocki

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES MAY REVISION TO STATE BUDGET

Last Friday, the Governor unveiled his May Revision to the State Budget. The budget proposal now includes paying 100% of rent to landlords that went unpaid due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The state anticipates a $75 billion surplus and an additional $26 billion in federal aid.  The full budget anticipates spending over $267 billion, including state and federal funds.

The proposal also includes spending more than $2 Billion from the General Fund to pay for water and utility bills that have gone unpaid by renters.

We will keep members updated on this significant development. Also, as a reminder, rental assistance information for landlords and tenants can be found on the state’s website: https://housing.ca.gov/

Please click on the link to view a related article in The Sacramento Bee:

https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article251295789.html

BILLS OF INTEREST ADVANCE TO STATE SENATE

The State Assembly recently passed the following key bills that WMA staunchly opposes.  June 4 is the deadline to pass bills out of their “House of Origin.” For now, these bills advance to the State Senate for its consideration:

AB 861 by Assemblymember Steve Bennett (Democrat, Ventura) – AB 861 prevents a parkowner from renting mobilehomes owned by management in a park by requiring park management to comply with any park rule or regulation prohibiting homeowners from renting or subleasing. AB 861 passed the Assembly floor by a bare majority of 41 votes.

AB 1061 by Assemblymember Alex Lee (Democrat, San Jose) – This water submetering bill amends Civil Code Section 780.40 and restricts park management from charging a ready to serve charge for submetered water.

AB 1061 passed the Assembly floor by a 48-4 vote with 26 members not voting.

VOTERVOICE CAMPAIGN – THANK YOU, MEMBERS

On behalf of the WMA staff, I would like to thank those members who took the opportunity to help us by engaging and urging a NO vote on AB 1061 via VoterVoice and reminding legislators that this bill ties the hands of parkowners and their ability to maintain their water infrastructure system properly.

MAY 20 DEADLINE TO PASS FISCAL BILLS ARRIVES

The Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees will meet tomorrow to determine which fiscal bills are sent to the full Senate and Assembly.

The fate of three bills is of particular interest to WMA. These bills were identified as having high costs to the state and were held in the Suspense Files of the Assembly and Senate: AB 71 (Luz Rivas) increases taxes in order to create the Bring California Home Act to address homeless funding, AB 1188 (Wicks), the online rental registry bill, and SB 64 (Leyva), a restrictive rent relief measure.        

STAY INFORMED

To view a list of legislation WMA is currently tracking and to learn of their status, please visit https://www.wma.org/bills-interest

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

 

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