Capitol Alert

Issue Date: August 19, 2015

Your Guide to Legislation that Impacts California Family Farmers and Ranchers

Farm Bureau SUPPORTS this legislation that would help family farms and ranches:

Assembly Bill 20 (Alejo, D-Salinas) - Undocumented Workers: California Agricultural Act

AB 20 addresses the need for a reliable workforce in agriculture by urging congressional action on immigration reform, and by identifying required actions by the California Employment Development Department and the California Department of Food and Agriculture to facilitate the operation in California of a program authorized by Congress to allow the present agricultural workforce to work legally.

AB 515 (Eggman, D-Stockton) - Income Tax Credit: Food Bank Donations

AB 515 broadens the state income tax credit for donations of food to food banks and extends the sunset date from 2017 to 2024.

AB 1390 (Alejo, D-Salinas) - Groundwater: Adjudication

AB 1390 addresses key time elements, making the groundwater rights adjudication process more efficient and providing stability to farmers and ranchers.

AB 1506 (Hernandez, D-West Covina) - Labor Code: Wage Statements

AB 1506 provides employers with a limited opportunity to cure technical Labor Code violations in an itemized wage statement before being subjected to costly litigation.

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

Senate Bill 3 (Leno, D-San Francisco) - Minimum Wage

SB 3 increases the California minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2016 and $13 per hour in 2017, and indexes it for inflation thereafter.

SB 32 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) - Climate Change Mandate

SB 32 extends the state's mandatory greenhouse gas emissions reduction program to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

SB 226 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) - Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

SB 226 makes additional changes to the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act that authorize the state to intervene in an adjudication if it claims an interest on behalf of the environment.

SB 350 (de Leon, D-Los Angeles) - Energy Efficiency Mandate

SB 350 imposes arbitrary and unrealistic mandates for energy and efficiency standards, to be achieved by 2030: a 50 percent reduction of petroleum use; a 50 percent increase in the current Renewable Portfolio Standard; and a 50 percent energy efficiency increase in buildings.

SB 406 (Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) - Employment: Leave

SB 406 expands the California Family Rights Act to cover employers with 25 employees within a 75-mile radius of the employee's worksite. Current law applies the right to take family leave under CFRA to employees of employers with 50 employees within a 75-mile radius of the employee's worksite.

AB 465 (Hernandez, D-West Covina) - Employment: Anti-Arbitration Clause

AB 465 prohibits employers from having job applicants sign a pre-employment agreement where an employee agrees to allow all employment-related disputes to be settled by an arbitrator.

AB 561 (Campos, D-San Jose) - Agricultural Labor Relations Board

AB 561 seeks to limit an employer's due process rights by requiring they first post a bond in the amount of the entire economic value of the order when seeking a writ of review of any Agricultural Labor Relations Board decision.

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