IMPACT Newsletter
JULY 2022

We want to hear from you on laws and regulations which are IMPACTing your business. E-mail Jim Vigdor at, or attend the Legislative Advocacy Forum via Zoom on the 4th Wednesday of each month.

Jim Vigdor
Director of Government Affairs
Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce
A small delegation from the Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce traveled to Sacramento to attend the CalChamber Legislative Summit in June. This is our opportunity to meet face to face with the CalChamber lobbyists and discuss the issues impacting our business community.

We took the opportunity to have a long meeting with our State Assembly Woman Suzette Valladares, where we discussed the problems we are all facing including high gas prices and associated permit restrictions on oil production in the State. Failed legislative efforts to reduce the financial impact at the pump. Difficulty for our businesses to find and retain qualified employees, issues with the lack of water and possibilities of transporting or tapping into water basins below the surface, conveyance and storage.

We joined in with the Tri-County Chamber Alliance, which is a combined advocacy group of Chambers up the California Coast from Simi Valley to San Luis Obispo and met with State Legislators discussing topics such as State Budget, Child care, Education and skillset training, inflation and the economy. Discussing that the State needs to look at the new way business is being conducted post-pandemic and find new methods to achieve their goals without financially burdening businesses to do so.
2022 Legislative Tracker Online

The Simi Chamber of Commerce works with the United States Chamber of Commerce, CalChamber, the Tri County Chamber Alliance to monitor legislation that we feel has a great impact on the businesses of Simi Valley. In addition, from our conversations in our monthly Legislative Advocacy Forum (you're all welcome to attend) with our Legislators staff members from the Federal Government to the City as well as representatives from Education, Park District and Utilities we gather information on Bills they are working on or following. We also take input from business representatives who attend and advise us of legislation of concern to them.

We select Bills to follow, join coalition letters in support or opposition and at times testify to our position at a Senate or Assembly Committee hearing on a particular piece of legislation. We track the Bills we choose on our "Legislative Tracker." It includes information on the Bill, positions taken and the status of Bills as they move through the government process.

Our 2022 Legislative Tracker is now available for review on the Simi Valley Chamber website under our Legislative Advocacy Forum page.
LAF Legislative Advocacy Forum
The Simi Valley Chamber Legislative Advocacy Forum (LAF) meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss current legislation and its impact on businesses. Staff from the U.S. Congress, CA State Legislature, County of Ventura, City of Simi Valley, Education and Utilities attend these meetings. Join us for the next meeting on Wednesday, July 27th at 8:00 AM in the Chamber. Zoom link for meeting here.

Legislative Corner
Federal Legislation Tracker
S 2992 - American Innovation and Choice Online Act
Prohibits certain large online platforms from engaging in specified acts including giving preference to own products unfairly limiting competing products. Restricts use of non-public data generated on platform and prohibits restricting access to platform data by activity of competing business user.

S. 1260 - United States Innovation and Competition Act - CHIPS for America Act
Provides funding for FY2022-FY2026 to support U.S. semiconductor manufacturing, research and development, and supply chain security; provides funding for wireless supply chain innovation. Status: Passed the Senate 68-32. Feinstein/Padilla voted "Aye"

HR 4728 - 32 Hour Work Week Act
Reduces standard work week from 40 hours to 32 hours. Pay overtime passed 32 hour work week. Status: Introduced in the House

HR 963 - FAIR (Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal) Act of 2022
Prohibits a pre-dispute arbitration agreement from being valid or enforceable if it requires arbitration of an employment, consumer, antitrust, or civil rights dispute. Status: Passed House 222 Aye, 209 No, 1 NVR - Brownley Aye, Garcia No

CA Legislation Tracker
SB 1162 - Public Disclosure of Pay Data reports to DFEH on internet website. Requires employers with 15 or more employees to include pay scales on job postings. Maintain records of pay rate and job title for each employee & open to inspection by Labor Commissioner. Private employers with 100 or more employees must submit pay data to include median and mean hourly rate for each combination of race, ethnicity, and sex within each job category. Requires Dept of Fair Employment & Housing to publish pay data report on an internet website available to the public with 1000 or more employees. Financial fines for non-compliance. Status: Passed Senate; Referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

SB 1044 - New Worker's Compensation Presumptions for Health Care Workers. Establishes a Workers Compensation compensation presumption for cancer, musculoskeletal injuries, COVID, respiratory disease and other diseases for all healthcare workers. Status: Passed the Senate; referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee

AB 2611- State Defining Family-Owned Business for future Legislation. A business that meets the following requirements: 1) organized as a privately held business by one individual or 2 or more related persons. 2) Principal Executive office in CA. 3) In business for more than 10 continuous years. 4) Demonstrates an intent to operate as FOB in the future. Status: Passed the Assembly; in Senate Business & Professions Committee.

SB 1301 - Tax Credit for Manufacturing Costs. For taxable years 2023 thru 2032 this bill allows a credit against those taxes in an amount equal to 10% of the amount paid or incurred by a taxpayer for "elligible manufacturing costs" defined as the cost of newly installed tangible personal property used in green energy projects. Status: Passed the Senate; referred to Assembly Revenue & Tax Committee.

AB 1949 - Extended Bereavement Leave to 5 days within 3 months. Status: Passed the Assembly; Amended and referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee

AB 2026 - Prohibition of Online Retailer from using single use plastic pkg & require at-store recycling programs. This bill would prohibit an online retailer that ships purchased products in or into the state from using single-use plastic packaging on and after January 1, 2024 for large online retailers and on and after January 1, 2026 for small online retailers. The bill would prohibit a manufacturer, retailer, producer, or other distributor that ships purchased products in or into the state from using expanded or extruded polystyrene packaging to package or transport the products. The bill would require an operator of a store to establish an at-store recycling program that provides customers the opportunity to return clean plastic carryout bags and clean reusable bags to the store. Status: Passed the Assembly; referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee

EDUCATION Legislation Tracker
AB 2640 - CA Food Allergy Resource Internet Web Page. Requires the State Dept of Educ. to create the CA Food Allergy Resource Internet Web Page to provide voluntary use by guidance to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to help protect students with food allergies. Status: Passed the Assembly; Out of Senate Appropriations and ordered to 3rd reading.

AB 1893 - Emergency 30 Day Substitute Teaching Permit. Requires the Commission to waive the basic skills proficiency requirement for the issuance of an emergency 30-day substitute teaching permit until July 1, 2024. Status: Passed by both Houses; sent to the Governor.

SB 871 - Public Health: Immunization Requirement for Education. This bill removes the personal belief exemption from any additional immunization requirements deemed appropriate by the department. This bill removes exception relating to hepatitis B that full immunization against hepatitis B is not a condition by which the governing authority admits or advances a pupil to the 7th grade level of a public or private elementary or secondary school. The bill would additionally prohibit the governing authority of a school or other institution from unconditionally admitting any person as a pupil of any public or private elementary or secondary school, childcare center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center, unless prior to their admission to that institution they have been fully immunized against COVID-19. To the extent that the bill would create new duties for school districts, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. Status: Failed to Pass out of Assembly

MWD Legislation Tracker
SB 230 - Constituents of Emerging Concern in Drinking Water. Requires State Board to establish a dedicated program for 5 years to assess the state of information and recommend areas for further study on the occurrence of constituents of emerging concern (CEC) in drinking water. Requires the State Board to convene the Science Advisory Panel for 3 years to review and provide recommendations to the state board on CECs for further action. Status: Passed Senate; In Assembly referred to Assm Appropriations Committee.