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October 12, 2015

Gov. Brown Decides Fate of Legislation Over the Weekend

State Capitol

State Capitol

With October 11 the last day for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto legislation this year, the fate of hundreds of bills pending on the governor’s desk was decided over the weekend. In the end, the governor vetoed about 14 percent of the measures before him in 2015. Bills acted upon over the past few days include the following:

Antibiotics Use in Livestock

The governor signed SB 27 by Senator Hill (D-San Mateo). SB 27 addresses antibiotic resistance in humans via changes in how medically important antibiotics are used in livestock and poultry. Ag Council participated in negotiations on behalf of our members and has a neutral position on the bill.


AB 1513 by Assemblyman Williams (D-Carpinteria) was signed into law. It creates a voluntary “safe harbor” for employers paying piece rate to affirmatively defend against claims for failure to pay employees for rest and recovery periods and non-productive time.

Climate Change

Governor Brown signed AB 1288 by Speaker Atkins (D-San Diego) into law. AB 1288 expands the current Air Resources Board (ARB) membership from 12 to 14 and requires the two new board members to be individuals who work directly with pollution burdened and vulnerable populations. Ag Council did not support this measure because, unlike other ARB members, AB 1288 does not require that the two new individuals have any experience, interest, and proven ability in the field of air pollution control.


Governor Brown vetoed SB 119 by Senator Hill (D-San Mateo). It dealt with the 811 – “Call Before You Dig” program in California relating to the safety of subsurface installations. Ag Council had a neutral position on the bill due to amendments treating agriculture as a unique industry with input from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).


Gov. Brown Vetoes Two Labor Bills Detrimental to Ag & Business

Ag Council thanks Governor Brown for his veto of SB 406 by Senator Jackson (D-Santa Barbara). SB 406 would have created an additional 12 weeks of protected family leave for employees. The bill would have increased costs, risk of litigation and was out of conformity with federal law by expanding the type of family members (in-laws, grandparents, grandchildren, siblings, and others) for whom leave may be taken. Ag Council and many other ag and business groups opposed this measure. Click HERE for a SacBee article.

Ag Council appreciates that the governor also vetoed AB 561 by Assemblywoman Campos (D-San Jose). The bill would have placed limits on due process at the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) by requiring an employer, seeking a review of an ALRB decision, to post a bond in the amount of the entire economic value of the order as determined by ALRB. Ag Council opposed AB 561.


Groundwater Adjudication Bills Signed into Law

On October 9, Governor Brown signed two groundwater adjudication bills into law: AB 1390 by Assemblyman Alejo (D-Watsonville) and SB 226 by Senator Pavley (D-Agoura Hills). Ag Council supported these measures and thanks the governor for his support.

AB 1390 improves the efficiency of groundwater adjudications during the court process and is a procedural bill that does not alter water rights. SB 226 ensures the adjudication process does not conflict with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, which was signed into law in 2014.

Click HERE to read Assemblyman Alejo’s statement on AB 1390.