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September 9, 2016

Photo of Gov. Jerry Brown courtesy of the governor's website: www.gov.ca.gov

Photo of Gov. Jerry Brown courtesy of the governor’s website: www.gov.ca.gov

Gov. Brown to Decide Fate of Over 700 Bills

With the California State Legislature in adjournment, the attention is now on Governor Jerry Brown given that he has until September 30 to decide the fate of over 700 bills pending before him, including the bill to change agricultural overtime requirements, AB 1066 (Gonzalez). Discussing the process underway this week to review bills, the governor told the Sacramento Bee, “I’m having a very good time reading it all. It is like a mini Ph.D. in government structure and policy.”

Last year, Governor Brown signed about 86 percent of the measures on his desk and vetoed approximately 14 percent.

Ag Overtime Measure Awaits Decision by Gov. Brown
Ag Council and many others in agriculture and business have weighed-in to strongly urge a veto of the bill to change overtime requirements for agricultural workers, AB 1066 (Gonzalez).

Join Ag Council in urging Governor Brown to VETO AB 1066 by clicking on the Learn More link below. If AB 1066 is signed into law, California’s farmers and producers will be subject to both a new overtime wage rule and the economic pressure and uncertainty of the minimum wage increase to $15.

Governor Brown has until September 30 to take action on the bill. However, please do not wait–ask Governor Brown to VETO AB 1066 today by clicking HERE. Ag Council encourages you to personalize the letter by telling him how the bill would impact you.

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Ag Council members are encouraged to click HERE to visit the “Veto AB 1066” website . A labor cost calculator is available on the website, created by friends and partners in agriculture, to help you calculate your potential labor costs in the future and assist you in understanding the impact of AB 1066 on your operation.

Please share the link with others.

Expansion of Climate Change Policies Signed into Law

This week, Governor Jerry Brown took action to sign major climate change measures into law, SB 32 (Pavley) and AB 197 (Garcia). The bills expand upon existing landmark climate change policies in California.

Currently, state law requires the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the state to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The newly signed law, SB 32, requires ARB to reduce statewide emissions of GHGs to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Ag Council opposed SB 32 because it gives unfettered regulatory authority to ARB to meet the new mandate.

Photo credit: Liz O. Baylen/ Los Angeles Times

Photo credit: Liz O. Baylen/ Los Angeles Times

AB 197, also signed into law this week, is intended to provide more legislative oversight over ARB. The bill adds two non-voting lawmakers to the board at ARB, creates six-year term limits for ARB members and establishes a new legislative oversight committee. AB 197 also directs ARB to consider the social costs of GHGs and requires a focus on climate change programs in disadvantaged communities. Ag Council opposed AB 197 because it undermines the cost effectiveness requirement under the current system and does not contain meaningful oversight of ARB going forward.

For more about the bills, and to read Governor Brown’s press statement, click HERE.