Michael Shaw

Climate Change debate heats up with arrival of summer

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, June 26, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The first hearing for a key piece of the Senate Democrats Climate Change Package is set for the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee on July 6th. SB 350 by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) proposes a series of targets to reduce petroleum fuel use by 50 percent, raise the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) from 33 percent to 50 percent and decrease energy use ... » More
Nicole Rice

Family Rights expansion bill update

By Nicole Rice, Lobbyist

Capitol Update, June 26, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The effort to expand the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) breezed through its first Assembly policy committee after having handily passed the State Senate earlier this month. SB 406 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D, Santa Barbara) subjects more businesses to the mandatory protective leave law by lowering the employee threshold from 50 to 25 and expanding the category of family members for whi ... » More
Mike Rogge

Bolstered funding and oversight panel in DTSC future

By Mike Rogge, Policy Director - Environmental Quality

Capitol Update, June 26, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has been blasted by environmental activists for years under a number of directors for what the Environmental Justice (EJ) community has viewed as poor management and collusion with corporate interests. DTSC on the other hand has pointed to statute, personnel, and funding limitations. There was a “package” of bil ... » More
Gino DiCaro

Fed Update: Fast-Track Trade Authority legislation is off to President Obama

By Gino DiCaro, Vice President, Communications

Capitol Update, June 25, 2015 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

After a week-long battle in both chambers of Congress, the Senate, by a 60-38 vote, passed the fast-track trade authority bill this week. The bill had already been approved by the House, and now makes its way  to President Obama for his signature. Congress’ approval of the fast-track authority was an important step in completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which ... » More

More Recent Capitol Updates


» Family Rights expansion bill update June 26, 2015
» Bolstered funding and oversight panel in DTSC future June 26, 2015
» Fed Update: Fast-Track Trade Authority legislation is off to President Obama June 25, 2015
» Some less-than-likeable environmental bills go inactive June 19, 2015
» New Cal/OSHA Chief June 19, 2015

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