Capital Alert Update

Issue Date: September 5, 2012

Your Guide to Legislation that Impacts California Family Farms and Ranches

The Legislature worked early into the morning on Sept. 1 to complete the business of the 2011-12 legislative session.  This was the make-or-break deadline for bills advancing to Gov. Brown. Below you will find a full account of what transpired with key bills in the final days of the legislative session.

Thanks to the efforts of Farm Team members who made numerous phone calls and sent more than 8,500 letters on Assembly Bill 1313 regarding overtime for agricultural workers, the bill failed to get the 40 votes need to pass out of the Assembly, failing 35-33. 

While the Legislature has adjourned, there is still work to be done. Gov. Brown has until Sept. 30 to sign or veto remaining legislation. Check the Capitol Alert section at for up-to-date information.

Look for your next opportunity to weigh in on legislation by checking for FARM TEAM alerts in your email inbox or by looking for the Take Action buttons in future Capitol Alert columns. 

Farm Bureau SUPPORTS this legislation that would help family farms:

Signed by Gov. Brown
Assembly Bill 2174 (Alejo, D-Salinas) – Fertilizer Assessments Clarification

Awaiting action by Gov. Brown
AB 1492 (Budget Committee) – Forestry Reform
AB 1888 (Gatto, D-Burbank) – Commercial Drivers:  Traffic School
Senate Bill 594 (Wolk, D-Davis) – Net Energy Metering
SB 965 (Wright, D-Inglewood) – Water Resources Control Board                                            
SB 863 (DeLeón, D-Los Angeles) – Workers' Compensation Insurance Program

Failed to advance out of the Legislature
AB 403 (Alejo, D-Salinas) – Water Quality: Salinas Valley
AB 916 (Pérez, D-Coachella) – California Agricultural and Service Worker Act
AB 2238 (Perea, D-Fresno) – Drinking Water
SB 1455 (Kehoe, D-San Diego) – Carl Moyer Program

Amendments made to remove support
AB 2298 (Ma, D-San Francisco) – Metal Theft*

Farm Bureau OPPOSES this legislation that would harm family farms:

Awaiting action by Gov. Brown
AB 685 (Eng, D-Monterey Park) – Accessibility of Water                                              
AB 2346 (Butler, D-Los Angeles) – Heat Illness                                                                                            
AB 2676 (Calderon, D-Montebello) – Heat Illness
SB 1221 (Lieu, D-Torrance) – Hunting

Failed to advance out of the Legislature
AB 1313 (Allen, D-Santa Rosa) – Overtime in Agriculture                                                                             
AB 2179 (Allen, D-Santa Rosa) – Department of Fish & Game: Penalties                                                
SB 455 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) – Timber Mitigation Requirements

Amendments made to remove opposition
AB 2402 (Huffman, D-Marin) – Department of Fish and Game: California Endangered Species Act*
SB 1148 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) – Department of Fish and Game: Liability for Wildlife Violations*

*Passed out of the Legislature and awaiting action by Gov.Brown

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