Michael Shaw

Votes to grow manufacturing

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Aug. 21, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Legislature returned today for the final month of session this year that concludes on September 15th. Over the next four weeks, legislators will decide the fate of hundreds of bills, including many that impact the costs and operations of California manufacturers. CMTA provides the list below in order to help you track some of the most significant bills pending before the Legislature. T ... » More
Michael Shaw

SB 520 proposes to pay certain ratepayer advocates through utility bill funds

By Michael Shaw, VP, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Aug. 11, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Current law requires the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to direct electric utilities to pay what is known as ‘intervenor compensation’ to eligible parties involved in proceedings at the Commission. The funds for intervenor compensation come out of utility bills paid by residential and nonresidential ratepayers. However, while advocates claiming to represent residenti ... » More
Nicole Rice

California manufacturers should prepare for changes in overtime rules

By Nicole Rice, Policy Director, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Aug. 11, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a Request for Information (RFI) on the 2016 Obama Administration's Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rule that would raise the current salary threshold for exempt employees from $23,660 to $47,476 and allow it to automatic increase according to the Consumer Price Index.  The RFI solicits feedback on six hotly debated questions: (1) t ... » More
Shaina Brown

Perfluorinated chemical ban bill to become two-year bill

By Shaina Brown, Policy Director

Capitol Update, Aug. 11, 2017 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last week, Assemblymember Ting informed CMTA that AB 958 will become a two-year bill. Originally, AB 958 banned perfluorinated chemicals (PFAS) in food service packaging. The bill was later amended, striking the ban, and instead did the following: 1) added PFAS chemistries used in food contact applications to DTSC’s 2018-2020 work plan; 2) allowed Department of Toxic Substanc ... » More
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