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Capitol Update
By Chris Wysocki

Capitol Update

By Chris Wysocki

SB 64 (LEYVA) – NOT MOVING FORWARD 

We are pleased to announce that SB 64 by Senator Connie Leyva (Democrat, Chino) is now a two-year bill and has been moved to the Senate inactive file.  SB 64 will not advance out of the Senate this year. WMA could not have accomplished this without the assistance of our members and their involvement with VoterVoice, and WMA’s legislative team, which discussed the bill’s deficiencies at length with legislative staff.

WMA MOUNTS GRASSROOTS EFFORTS TO DEFEAT SUBLEASING BILL, AB 861 (BENNETT)  

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear AB 861 (Bennett), the harmful subleasing bill, next Tuesday, June 8.

AB 861 would allow residents to sublease their unit and increases the potential for short-term vacation rentals. Should it become law, the bill poses numerous, untold consequences ranging from potential health and safety risks to management’s ability to enforce park rules and regulations. WMA believes that AB 861 will negatively impact the overall quality of life for residents, leaves many fundamental questions unanswered, and is poor public policy given the state’s current housing crisis.

WMA sent a follow-up VoterVoice campaign earlier this week and urges members, if they have not already done so, to message their state legislator via VoterVoice, which can be found on WMA’s website: https://www.wma.org/legislative-alert

In addition, prior to the June 8 hearing, we will be forwarding dial-in instructions for members who wish to call in and briefly voice their opposition to AB 861 during the public comment period.  We would encourage members to engage in this worthwhile opportunity.  The only information you will be required to provide is your name, the name of your park, and that you oppose AB 861.          

UPDATE REGARDING RENT CONTROL, WATER SUBMETER BILLS 

Assembly Bill 978 by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva (Democrat, Fullerton), Rent Control – Opposed by WMA, staff continues to lobby the rent control bill, AB 978 (Quirk-Silva). AB 978 is still awaiting referral in the State Senate.

Assembly Bill 1061 by Assemblymember Alex Lee (Democrat, San Jose), Water Utility Charges – The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to hear AB 1061 shortly. WMA continues to oppose AB 1061, which restricts park management from charging a ready to serve charge for submetered water.

WMA is once again asking members to help us stop AB 1061 via VoterVoice.  It only takes a moment but represents an extremely important part of our overall advocacy efforts.  A link to the campaign can be found on WMA’s website: https://www.wma.org/legislative-alert

JUNE 4 DEADLINE TO PASS BILLS OUT OF HOUSE OF ORIGIN ARRIVES

Tomorrow is the deadline to pass bills out of their original house, i.e., Assembly bills to Senate, Senate bills to Assembly, and marks a milestone for the 2021 legislative session. Bills that fail to meet this deadline are effectively dead for the year.

State legislators will now shift their attention to the June 15 budget deadline. Lawmakers must pass a budget by June 15 if they want to continue to receive their salary. Legislative leadership announced that they had reached a preliminary agreement on the state budget before the deadline.

Please click here to view a summary of the Legislature’s version of the 2021-2022 State Budget:

Legislatures-Version-of-2021-22-Budget-Summary.docx.pdf (capitolmr.com)

This year’s budget deadline also coincides with the state’s official “reopening” for business and an end to the color-coded tier system.   

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

 

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