The Chamber also weighed in on multiple bills that did not make it to the Governor's desk:
AB 2439 – SUPPORT
Creates a pilot program directing the California Department of General Services, in conjunction with the Department of Motor Vehicles, to allow 100% affordable housing at three named DMV office locations, including the office in Santa Monica at Cloverfield and Colorado.
AB 2572 – SUPPORT
Expands access to financial aid by creating a new grant for adult learners seeking to attend a high-quality, non-profit online university.
SB 485 – SUPPORT
Extends California’s existing film tax credit program for another five years. Current law authorizes the California Film Commission to allocate $330 million annually in tax credits to qualified in-state productions. That authority is scheduled to sunset in 2025. This bill, if approved, extends the program to 2030. The author held this bill back to give lawmakers time to add amendments. He says he will reintroduce it next year and expressed confidence it will pass.
SB 980 – SUPPORT
Modernizes certain aspects of the liquor license application process. Removes state requirement to mail a notice of liquor license application to every address within 500 feet of the premises. Removes one-year waiting period to refile an application, if an applicant withdraws the application to address a complaint.
SB 1290 – SUPPORT
Updates to statewide sidewalk vending law. Allows a local authority to impose the full amount of fines for the fourth or subsequent violations of sidewalk vending ordinances without regard of the person’s ability to pay.
AB 983 – OPPOSE
Interferes with how music publishing companies and musical artists contract with each other. Specifically subverts a publisher’s right to collect damages if an artist fails to deliver contractually agreed upon music products, and applies this provision retroactively to existing record contracts.
AB 1603 – SUPPORT
Approved by the voters in 2014, Prop. 47 sought to reduce the state’s prison population through a variety of means, including redefining petty theft from anything under $400 to anything under $950. AB 1603, if approved, would place a new measure on the ballot for voters to consider. That measure would reset the threshold back to $400.
AB 1721 – SUPPORT
Creates a $400 million grant program, to be administered by the California Earthquake Authority, to support seismic retrofits of soft story, multifamily residential buildings in low-income areas or reserved for low-income families.