Capitol Alert


Issue Date: October 8, 2014

Your Guide to Legislation that Impacts California Family Farms and Ranches  

The 2013-14 legislative session has come to an end, with Gov. Brown taking action on the many bills sent to his desk by the Legislature.

Below, you'll see the final disposition of 10 key bills we followed during the final days of the two-year session. During the past two years, Farm Bureau staff has advocated on behalf of farmers and ranchers on hundreds of bills that could have real and lasting impacts on farms and ranches.

Our coalition of grassroots FARM TEAM activists sent more than 5,000 emails and letters to their elected officials during the final months of the legislative session. No matter the final outcome of a particular bill, we appreciate it every time someone writes a letter or an email or makes a phone call to a legislator, as it takes everyone—your Farm Bureau staff and you—working together to impact the outcome of legislation.

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 SUPPORTS this legislation that would help family farms and ranches:

Signed by the governor:
Assembly Bill 2241 (Eggman, D-Stockton) Solar-Use Easements
Senate Bill 1353 (Nielsen, R-Gerber) Williamson Act

Farm Bureau OPPOSES this legislation that would harm family farms and ranches:

Vetoed by the governor:
SB 25 (Steinberg, D-Sacramento) Agricultural Labor Relations

Failed passage in the Legislature:
AB 2416
(Stone, D-Monterey Bay) Liens: Laborers and Employees

Amendments made to remove opposition:
AB 1634
(Skinner, D-Berkeley) Cal/OSHA Violations

Signed by the governor:
AB 1522 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego) Paid Sick Days
AB 1739 (Dickinson, D-Sacramento) Groundwater Management
AB 1897 (Hernandez, D-West Covina) Labor Contracting: Client Liability
SB 1168 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) Groundwater Management
SB 1319 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) Groundwater Management

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