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August 10, 2012

Legislature Returns for Business

After a month-long recess in July, the Legislature returned this week for its final month of legislative activity. The deadling for meausres to pass fiscal committees in the Assembly and state Senate is August 17th, and the last day for each house to approve bills is August 13th.

With a legislative docket of several hundred bills pending, there is a high level of activity in the Capitol. While the legislative process is very fluid at this time, and outcomes are unknown, Ag Council remains engaged in key measures dealing with heat illness, climate change revenues, overtime wages, and bills relating to the Department of Fish and Game, as well as others. Ag Council will be sure to keep our members aware of significant developments.

New Assembly Leadership and Committee Chairs Appointed

Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) announced new Assembly leadership positions and committee chairs on Wednesday this week. The new leadership appointments are effective September 1st and the chair positions go into effect on August 10th.

Click HERE to read about the changes.

Pension Reform

At a meeting this week attended by Ag Council, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) indicated there is a push in the Legislature to pass comprehensive reform of public employee pensions before the conclusion of the legislative session this month.

Though the details are not clear, the effort may include a cap on benefits and an increase in the retirement age, among other provisions.

Read more about the status of pension reform HERE.

Co-Op Day at the Capitol

Ag Council members are invited to attend Co-Op Day at the Capitol on August 21, 2012 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The event is being held at 10th and L Streets in downtown Sacramento on the West Steps of the California State Capitol and will feature California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross among the key speakers.

The event is being held in conjunction with the International Year of the Cooperative, as designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the events is to increase awareness and understanding of cooperatives and their local and national impact. It will also provide a forum to educate legislators and staff about the importance of cooperatives.

Cooperatives interested in hosting an informational exhibit at the event can contact Kim Coontz at the California Center for Cooperative Development for information at: ekcoontz@cccd.coop.