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NEWS OF INTEREST

 

We've wrapped up our May Consolidated Meeting, Work Zone Memorial, Private Tour of the State Capitol, and Golf Tournament In Sacramento and looking forward to planning November in Orange County. (August will be a board teleconference meeting).


NOVEMBER MEETING NOTICE AND GOLF REGISTRATION TO COME!

 

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Deadline for Bills to Move to Floor Fast Approaching

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- May 20, 2016

Also In This Update

  • Update on Skilled and Trained Workforce Laws
  • News Form the Air Resources Board
  • Governor Brown’s May Revise: No new spending
  • California voters will face dozens of local tax and bond measures
  • New Overtime Regulations About to be Published: Employers to Face Dramatic Increase in Minimum Salary Requirement for Major Exemptions
  • "High-Speed Rail” gets a four-year Delay 
  • Fix Our Roads Coalition Unveils Bipartisan Transportation Funding Solution

Deadline for Bills to Move to Floor Fast Approaching
Next Friday May 27th is the deadline for the two Appropriations Committees to pass bills out of their house of origin or they die.  Next Thursday May 26th is the day all bills placed on suspense in both houses’ Appropriations Committees will be reported on, meaning that they either are passed on to the floor or remain in committee (die).  The vast majority of bills placed on suspense die and that’s the end of them for the year (thankfully in most cases). 

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Governor to Hold Press Conference Friday to Announce ‘May Revise’

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- May 12, 2016

Also In This Update

  • Bills Up Next Week
  • OSHA Issues New Electronic Recordkeeping Requirements and Creates a New Cause of Action for Employees
  • IRS Announces 2017 Health Savings Account Limits
  • Here's why the state's shoddy roads won't get fixed any time soon

Tomorrow, Friday, May13th is the last day for policy committees to meet until June 6th.    This is so both houses can focus their attention on the remaining bills in the two appropriations committees; bills being heard on the floors of the two houses; and, to address the governor’s ‘May revise’ which will affect the final 2016/2017 state budget which must be completed by June 15th.   Besides this being the mandated date for the legislature to approve the budget (which you may recall used to never happen on time), the voters approved an initiative several years ago which links legislators pay to the budget – no budget by June 15th, no pay until it’s approved!  ‘Funny’ how things quickly changed!

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Final Week for Bills to Pass Out of Policy Committees

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- April 28, 2016

Also In This Update

  • Highlight of Key Bills Set Next Week for Hearing
  • Project cuts decimate state trasportation program says Transportation California; calls for funding and reform package
  • Background Materials Available for Upcoming CARB Hearing on Portable Fuel Containers
  • California Appeals Court Provides Guidance on the Use of Electronic  

Signatures by Employees

 Bills Set For Hearing Next Week
 Next Friday, May 6th is the deadline for all non-fiscal bills to pass out of their house of origins  
 Policy committee(s).  Following are bills set in various committees next week.

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BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- April 15, 2016

Public Works Contractors Can Renew Annual Registration Beginning May 1


Also In This Update

  • Last Week for Bills to Pass Out of Policy Committees with Cost to State
  • Breaking Heat Wave Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Outdoor Workers from Record-Heat
  • Contractors Arraigned on Tax and Insurance Fraud and Failure to Pay Prevailing Wages

Public Works Contractors Can Renew Annual Registration Beginning May 1
Beginning May 1, public works contractors who are registered with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) for the current fiscal year (ending June 30, 2016) may renew their registrations for the next fiscal year (starting July 1, 2016) using DIR’s online public works contractor registration system. Registered contractors who fail to renew by July 1 but continue working on public works after that date will be subject to late fees and potential penalties.

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Bills Set Next Week and Updates on New Burdens on Employers

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- April 7, 2016

Also In This Update

  • Private Retirement Plan a Cover for Bloated Public Pensions
  • DIR Publishes Latest Consumer Price Index Table
  • State High Court Rules on Suitable Seating
  • California Legislative Analyst reports on Governor’s transportation budget proposals

With the legislature in ‘full work mode,’ hundreds of bills have been set for hearing next week.  Following are a few of key importance/interest:

Bills Set Next Week

AB 1868   (Wagner R)   Regulations: legislative notice
Current law requires an agency to mail a notice of proposed action to specified entities at least 45 days prior to the hearing and close of the public comment period on the adoption, amendment, or repeal of a regulation.  This bill would require that the notice of proposed action also be submitted to the Legislature if it includes particular information relating to economic and cost impacts of the regulation on businesses and private persons.

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Hearings Begin In Earnest Next Week

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- March 30, 2016

Also In This Update

  • Governor Brown, Legislators and Labor Leaders Announce Landmark Agreement to Raise California's Minimum Wage
  • Lawmakers take step toward retirement fund for all Californians
  • New Rules to Promote Infill May further Tie Up New Housing 

Bills, Bills and More Bills!
Starting next Monday policy committees in the Capitol will start to hear lots of bills.  Following are just some of the many of interest that are set to be heard next week.

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Legislature Recesses for Easter Break

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- March 17, 2016

Also In This Update

  • DIR Posts Public Works Notice Advising That Certified Payroll Reporting Requirements Have Not Changed
  • California auditor: Caltrans road work open to waste, fraud, abuse
  • $17,000 door for the file room? Audit blasts California agency
  • State’s top cyber defender steps down after months of criticism over security lapses
  • Review of High-Speed Rail Draft 2016 Business Plan

Legislature 'Beats Feet'
The streets of Sacramento are safe to walk once again - the legislature 'bailed' out of the Capitol this afternoon faster than if someone had pulled the fire alarm!  Yes, it is Spring Recess once again meaning that nothing will be happening 'in the halls' until Monday, March 28th.   As I've mentioned before that upon their return hearings will start to 'ramp-up' which will reach a crescendo on April 22nd when all bills with a fiscal impact on the state must pass out of their house of origin's policy committee(s); and, May 6th for the remainder of the bills to pass out of their respective house's policy committee(s).

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With Two Weeks Remaining, Bill Intros Trickle In

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- February 5, 2016

Also In This Update

  • CARB Announces On-Road Verification Extension for the Johnson Matthey, Incorporated’s Catalyzed Continuously Regenerating Technology System 
  • Obama Proposes Oil Fee for Infrastructure 

With Two Weeks Remaining, Bill Intros Trickle In
Friday, February 19th is the deadline for new bill introductions for 2016.  As is customary, most bills will be introduced during the final week leading up to the February 19th deadline.  Typically, the final tally is close to 3,000 bills in total and I don't expect 2016 to be any different than in past years (although last year the number was lower than usual due to the large number of freshman legislators deciding to be more 'prudent than normal').

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Cal/OSHA Reminder to Employers: Post Annual
Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- January 28, 2016

Also In This Update

Last chance for floor votes on 2015 bills

  • Transportation officials warn of plunging road funding
  • Why Are UI Tax Rates Up?
  • Energy Commission Adopts Lighting Standards to Save Californians More Than $4 Billion in Electricity Costs

Cal/OSHA Reminder to Employers: Post Annual Work-Related Injury and Illness Summaries 
Cal/OSHA is reminding all employers in California of the yearly requirement to post their summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses from February 1 through April 30.
“These summaries help increase awareness and understanding of health and safety issues in the workplace,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “By addressing potential safety hazards now, employers can help make next year’s list shorter.”

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Important Update from DIR on Reporting for Public Works Contractors

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- January 22, 2016

Also In This Update

  • Jerry Brown urges fiscal restraint in State of the State address
  • Important Contractor Wage and Penalty Assessment Bill Moves
  • Bill to Limit Frivolous Lawsuits Passes Committee
  • Hearings Planned on High Speed Rail
  • Californians Are Still “Meh” About the Economic Recovery
  • League of California Cities Opens Transportation Website

Important Notice From the Department of Industrial Relations
On Electronic Certified Payroll (eCPR) Reporting On Public Works Projects

This notice is in response to the numerous inquiries DIR has received regarding the difficulty that many contractors and subcontractors are having with the eCPR requirements effective January 1, 2016. See Labor Code § 1771.4(a)(3).

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CARB Truck and Bus Reporting System Report Due by January 31

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- January 14, 2016

Also In This Update

  • Bill Introductions Slow this Week
  • Legislative Analyst calls Jerry Brown’s budget ‘prudent’
  • Solar Surges Past Wind, Hydro as California’s No. 1 Renewable Energy
  • Want to Volunteer to be a Part of Road Usage Charge Pilot Project?
  • Federal Unemployment Insurance Taxes: California Employers Paying More

Truck Regulation Upload, Compliance and Reporting System (TRUCRS) 


Reporting closes January 31, 2016

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The ‘Fun’ Begins Anew, Legislature Returns to Sacramento

BY: Phil Vermeulen, Legislative Advocate- January 7, 2016

Also In This Update

  • Bills Amended this Week
  • Public Works Contractor Registration Program – How do you De-Register?
  • Notice to Awarding Bodies and Contractors Regarding DIR's eCPR System
  • Fighting insurance fraud and curbing California's underground economy

Legislature Returns
Welcome to a new year of California politics!
2016 promises to be action-packed with political heavies already looking ahead to fresh fights on the ballot and in the building.

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