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  1. Legislative Update: June 24, 2019 - $24 Billion Plan For California Wildfires

    Governor’s $24 Billion Plan for Wildfires, PG&E Governor Gavin Newsom last week proposed creating a $21 billion fund to pay for future wildfire costs. The costs of the fund will be split evenly between ratepayers and shareholders of PG&E and California’s two other major uti...
  2. Legislative Update: June 14, 2019 - $213 Billion Budget Passed By Legislature

    Budget Bill Passes Legislature, Sent to Governor’s Desk The California Legislature passed the 2019-20 General Fund budget on Thursday, two days ahead of the Constitutional deadline. The budget for the upcoming year totals over $213 billion, benefitting from one of the longest periods of econo...
  3. Legislative Update: May 31, 2019 - Leaders Commit To Wildfire Mitigation

    California Leaders Respond to Report by Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Recovery Governor Gavin Newsom, Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon issued a joint statement after the release of the Commission on Catastrophic Wildfire Cost and Re...
  4. Legislative Update: May 28, 2019 - Wildfire Prevention Bills Pass Senatecemeal Healthcare Approach Looming

    State Senate Passes Wildfire Preparation and Prevention Bills On Thursday, the California Senate approved a pair of wildfire safety bills by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) that will help prevent and prepare for future blazes. These bills are designed to encourage people to clear brush around homes and to ...
  5. Legislative Update: May 20, 2019 - “ABC Test” Bill Moves Pass Assembly Appropriations Committee

    “ABC Test” Bill Moves Pass Assembly Appropriations Committee AB 5 (Gonzalez), the labor-backed bill to put the Dynamex decision in statute, cleared the Assembly Appropriations Committee this week and will soon be heard by the full Assembly. Amendments were added to the bill to provide...
  6. Legislative Update: April 19, 2019 - Lawmakers To Return To Work

    Legislature Returns to Work After Spring Recess   As the weeklong Legislative Spring Recess comes to an end, we prepare for the return to session and the many deadlines that lie ahead. On April 22, the Legislature reconvenes their work facing a deadline on April 26 for policy committees to he...
  7. Legislative Update: April 5, 2018 - Dynamex Legislation Advances

    California Legislature and Courts Act on Dynamex Issues   The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee this week gave its approval to AB 5 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego) to codify the “ABC test” for workers from the Dynamex decision by the California Supreme Court, which severely restrict...
  8. Legislative Update: March 29, 2019 - Wildfire Legislation Advances

    Senate Committees Advances Legislation in Response to Wildfires   California has seen the cost of fighting wildfires grow to record levels over the past decade. California spent $947 million in 2017-18 through the emergency fund for firefighting – nearly $450 million more than budgeted,...
  9. Legislative Update: March 25, 2019 - Gov Proclaims Wildfires Emergency

    Gov. Newsom Proclaims State of Emergency on Wildfires   Building on lessons learned from past catastrophic wildfires, Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday, March 22, proclaimed a state of emergency throughout California ahead of the coming fire season. The Governor is directing his administration ...
  10. Legislative Update: March 15, 2019 - Governor's Legislative Agenda

    Governor Announces Legislative Effort to Address Housing Costs and Access   As part of a $1.75 billion package to confront the housing cost crisis, Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday announced a major legislative proposal that sets higher short-term housing goals for cities and counties to meet....
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