By Chris Wysocki
APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEES AUTHORIZE BILLS THAT SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS
The Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees met last Thursday, and billions of dollars will be added to the State Budget. Given that the Governor has signaled a $75 Billion surplus, this is not entirely surprising but disappointing, nonetheless.
The Senate Appropriations Committee voted upon a total of 357 measures. Of those, only 55 were held in committee. Similarly, the Assembly Appropriations Committee voted upon 537 measures and only held 121.
These fiscal committees acted upon several bills that WMA continues to oppose:
AB 1188 by Assemblymember Buffy (Wicks (Democrat, Oakland) – We are pleased to announce that AB 1188 was held in committee and will not advance. AB 1188 would have required HCD to store statewide rental data in-house for ten years.
SB 64 by Senator Connie Leyva (Democrat, Chino) – Despite the fiscal concerns raised by WMA, the Senate Appropriations Committee amended and passed the bill by a 5-2 vote.
After careful review of the amendments, WMA still has significant concerns that warrant continued opposition. While the timeframe to correct violations by park residents has been reduced from one year to 6 months, WMA contends this is still too long. It is worth noting that this bill now has a sunset or expiration date of January 1, 2023. WMA is sending out a request for members to send their state senator an email opposing SB 64. You should receive this request very soon. We encourage all owners to oppose SB 64, which effectively eliminates 7 day notices for rule violations.
KEY SUBLEASING, RENT CONTROL, WATER SUBMETER BILLS ADVANCE TO SENATE
WMA will once again call upon its members to help us defeat the following threatening bills:
Assembly Bill 861 by Assemblymember Steve Bennett (Democrat, Ventura), Subleasing – AB 861 has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. A hearing date is not yet scheduled. WMA opposes AB 861
Assembly Bill 978 by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (Democrat, Fullerton), Rent Control – AB 978 passed the Assembly floor last Thursday by a vote of 50-19 with nine members not voting. The bill is awaiting referral in the State Senate. WMA opposes AB 978
Assembly Bill 1061 by Assemblymember Alex Lee (Democrat, San Jose), Water Utility Charges – AB 1061 restricts park management from charging a ready to serve charge for submetered water. The bill is awaiting referral in the State Senate. WMA opposes AB 1061
OUTREACH EFFORTS UNDERWAY TO OPPOSE EVICTION MORATORIUM EXTENSION
Tenant advocates are urging the legislature to extend the eviction moratorium until the end of 2021. WMA urges parkowners to reach out and let state lawmakers know how an extension of the eviction moratorium would negatively affect them. Please contact your legislators and urge them not to extend the eviction moratorium.
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LEGISLATORS LIMITED TO 12 BILLS FOR 2021 SESSION
Senate Pro Tem Toni Atkins recently announced that both legislative houses have jointly agreed to implement and enforce a 12-bill limit for each state lawmaker for the 2021 session, meaning that each Senator and Assemblymember will be allowed to pass only 12 bills to the opposite house.
Please click here to read the announcement: Twelve-bill-limit.pdf (calmatters.org)
JUNE 4 DEADLINE TO PASS BILLS OUT OF ORIGINAL HOUSE
June 4 is the next approaching deadline to pass bills out of their original house, i.e., Assembly bills to Senate, Senate bills to Assembly.
Chris Wysocki is WMA’s State Legislative Advocate. He can be reached at email@example.com.