Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) Mid-year Update
The Southwest California Legislative Council (SWCLC) convened on July 27, 2023, and received an update from California State Senator Kelly Seyarto, covering critical issues such as housing demands, workforce, water storage, renewable energy, state budget deficit, and human trafficking bills. During the meeting, the SWCLC also reviewed the current legislative status, calendar, and budget trailer bills.
One of the critical updates shared during the SWCLC meeting was the Budget Trailer Bill Update. As per Chris Collier, Legislative Consultant, the update was consolidated into five bills, namely, SB 145, SB 146, SB 147, SB 149, and SB 150. The primary aim of these bills is to expedite construction procurement processes that usually drive delays and project costs. Moreover, the legislation seeks to expedite the legal review process, reducing the time-consuming and costly nature of legal challenges. These changes aim to offer a streamlined process for project delivery, reducing project timeframes and costs.
The bill also includes streamlining procedures around document collection and assembly for certain projects after they have already been approved. This move tackles the cumbersome California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) procedures, which often delay the progress of projects. Additionally, the bill seeks to establish a Green Bank Financing Program within the Climate Catalyst Fund, allowing the state to leverage federal dollars for climate projects that reduce pollution, emphasizing projects that benefit low-income and disadvantaged communities.
Throughout the year, the SWCLC has taken a position on 52 bills. As of July, there are still 34 active bills that the council has opposed.
Job Killer Bills: Still Active
- AB 524 (Wicks) Discrimination: family caregiver status.
- SB 399 (Durazo) Employer communications: intimidation.
- SB 525 (Durazo) Minimum wage: health care workers.
- SB 616 (Gonzalez) Sick days: paid sick days accrual and use: unpaid sick leave for railroad employees.
- SB 627 (Smallwood-Cuevas) Displaced workers: notice: opportunity to transfer.
The SWCLC remains committed to advancing legislation that benefits the communities it serves, with a particular focus on supporting businesses.
Founded in 2004, the Southwest California Legislative Council is an advocacy coalition of the Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta/Wildomar, Hemet/San Jacinto, and Temecula Valley Chambers of Commerce representing more than 3,500 employers dedicated to promoting job growth, economic expansion, and preserving the overall global competitiveness of California.