Capitol Alert


Issue Date: October 10, 2012

Updated October 10, 2012

Your Guide to Legislation that Impacts California Family Farms and Ranches

The 2011-12 legislative session has come to an end, with Gov. Brown taking final action on the bills sent to his desk by the Legislature (see story).

Below, you'll see the final action on key bills we followed during the concluding days of the session. During the past two years, Farm Bureau staff has tracked hundreds of bills that would have real and lasting impacts on farms and ranches. This year ended with a number of successes for California family farmers and ranchers.

With the help of a large coalition of agricultural organizations, plus numerous phone calls and more than 19,000 letters written by Farm Bureau members, three key labor bills failed: A bill to change overtime rules for agricultural workers failed passage in the Legislature, and the governor vetoed two bills to create inflexible heat illness rules.

Farm Bureau will remain active in monitoring the political environment and laying the groundwork for next year's legislative session. With your help, we will continue our efforts to protect and promote California family farms and ranches in Sacramento.

Farm Bureau SUPPORTED this legislation that would help family farms:

Signed by Gov. Brown
Assembly Bill 1492
(Budget Committee) Forestry Reform
AB 1888
(Gatto, D-Burbank) Commercial Drivers: Traffic School
AB 1966
(Ma, D-San Francisco) Mineral Rights
AB 2174
(Alejo, D-Salinas) Fertilizer Assessments Clarification
Senate Bill 594
(Wolk, D-Davis) Net Energy Metering
SB 863
(DeLeón, D-Los Angeles) Workers' Compensation Insurance Program
SB 965
(Wright, D-Inglewood) Water Resources Control Board

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

Farm Bureau OPPOSED this legislation that would harm family farms:

Vetoed by Gov. Brown
AB 2346
(Butler, D-Los Angeles) Heat Illness
AB 2676
(Calderon, D-Montebello) Heat Illness
SB 1480
(Corbett, D-San Leandro) Trapping

Signed by Gov. Brown
AB 685
(Eng, D-Monterey Park) - Accessibility of Water
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

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