41 Government Relations articles


Final two weeks of session hold big issues for manufacturers
 Sept. 5, 2017

The Legislature returned from the Labor Day weekend for the final two weeks of session in 2017 that concludes on September 15th. In the next nine work days, legislators will decide the fate of hundreds of bills, including many that impact ...
New republican leader will take the helm in September
 Aug. 25, 2017

Following a month-long battle over leadership of the Assembly Republican Caucus, Assemblymember Brian Dahle (Redding) was elected to take over as leader of the 25-member group from Assemblymember Chad Mayes (Rancho Mirage). The instigating factor ...
Will 2016 election results lead to changes in legislative dynamic?
 Nov. 10, 2016

Nationally this election held major surprises for political watchers and the nation as a whole. Following the election of President Donald Trump, CMTA joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) CEO Jay Timmons and ...
2016 CMTA Manufacturing Vote Record reveals champions in California legislature
 Oct. 14, 2016

Each year the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) tracks hundreds of bills and takes action to support more than 30,000 manufacturers in the state and their 1.2 million employees. The bills proposed and acted upon by ...
2016 Manufacturing Vote Record due out next week
 Oct. 9, 2016

Keep an eye out this week for CMTA's 2016 Manufacturing Vote Record. The Vote Record registers the actions of California's 120 legislators on key bills with significant impact on manufacturers in the state. 
Home stretch for legislation in 2015
 Aug. 13, 2015

August 17th will launch the last four-week stretch for this legislative year.  Major bills that will impact energy costs, transportation taxes and environmental regulations will be debated.  CMTA will be sending out Capitol Alerts urging ...
2015-16 Key California manufacturing bills
 June 4, 2015

As of June 4, 2015 Knowing how a particular piece of equipment is operating is necessary in determining how best to address any inefficiencies and improve the overall system. In a similar manner, California legislators must be educated on the ...
Are you managing your California risk?
 April 2, 2015

by CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock *** Please use the share tools above to distribute this to your suppliers and other manufacturers so they can join our fight! *** California is famous for being tough on manufacturers, with stringent labor and ...
Second Draft of CalEnviroScreen Released
 Jan. 10, 2013

On January 3rd, Cal /EPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announced the release of their second draft of CalEnviroScreen, a screening methodology to identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened ...
Amazon Opens New Distribution Center in San Bernardino
 Oct. 18, 2012

Amazon opened its first California distribution center this week in San Bernardino.  The 950,000 square-foot facility is located on the site of the former Norton Air Force Base and is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs in the area.  ...
PRESS RELEASE: Manufacturers take positions on eight 2010 initiatives
 March 19, 2010

Sacramento, CA -- The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) announced it's positions on eight initiatives scheduled for the 2010 elections in June and November.  Four are set for the June Primary election and four, still ...
Ana Matosantos named Finance Director
 Dec. 18, 2009

On Monday, December 14th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Ana Matosantos as director of the Department of Finance.  Matosantos succeeds outgoing director, Mike Genest, who announced his resignation earlier this fall. She will assume ...
Manufacturers win 14 of 17 battles with Legislature
 Oct. 15, 2009

The 2009 Legislative Session has come to a close with the Governor taking action on 1,108 bills of the 3,052 introduced this year.  More specifically, the Governor signed roughly 475 and vetoed 229 bills in the final hours leading up to the ...
Governor vetoes “card check”
 Sept. 4, 2009

SB 798 (Darrell Steinberg, President pro tempore, D-Sacramento) was sitting on the Governor’s desk for only a few days before it was vetoed.  It would have allowed unions to form by replacing the secret ballot process with a scheme called ...
Latest budget talks
 June 5, 2009

In addition to the marathon floor sessions to meet the legislative house of origin deadline this week, the Legislature also convened the joint Conference Committee on the Budget to address the state’s dire fiscal situation in the face of yet ...
Appropriations committee holds bills
 May 29, 2009

Yesterday, May 29th, the Appropriations Committees of both houses reviewed and acted on their "suspense file" and meted out the fate of more than 630 fiscally tagged bills. The "suspense file" is where Senate and Assembly ...
Budget deficit could reach $23 billion
 May 8, 2009

The Legislative Analyst’s Office released a report this morning detailing California’s continued cash flow deterioration in the face of the ongoing weakened economy and the potential failure of the May 19th special election. According to ...
AB 283 Extended Producer Responsibility: Request to sign CMTA's opposition letter
 May 8, 2009

CMTA's highest priority environmental quality bill, AB 283 (Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka), passed its policy committee (Natural Resources), was presented in Appropriations and now sits on the Suspense File. The goal of AB 283 is to force companies to ...
Department of industrial relations appointments
 Oct. 19, 2007

On October 12 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made several appointments to the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).  They reflect the Governor’s commitment to strengthening the DIR’s work and finding the appropriate balance ...
Outcome of important bills sent to the Governor
 Oct. 6, 2006

In 2006, the Legislature sent the Governor 1,172 bills. Meeting his end-of-session deadline of September 30th, he signed 910 and vetoed 262. Below is the outcome of some of the more important bills to manufacturers sent to the Governor in the last ...
CMTA Proposes Important Reforms
 April 1, 2005

CMTA staff will be busy sending letters, meeting with legislators and testifying before committees on hundreds of bills that affect manufacturers in the coming months. Stopping bills that would impose new taxes and regulatory burdens on ...
Campaign to Eliminate “Sinclair Fee” Abuses Ramps Up, but Needs Funds
 March 18, 2005

New tax proposals disguised as fees have been passing for years with only a simple majority vote at the state and local levels in California. The abuse of these Sinclair-type fees is expected to get much worse very soon. Here are some examples of ...
CMTA Unveils Legislator Vote Records on Manufacturing
 Feb. 25, 2005

CMTA unveiled its legislator vote records on manufacturing this week. It comprises 11 bills from the 2003-04 legislative session and gives a percentage to each individual legislator to show how frequently they vote for manufacturing interests in ...
CMTA to Participate in Life Sciences Day at State Capitol
 Feb. 18, 2005

On March 16, 2005, CMTA will join with industry leaders in biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceuticals and biomedical research for California Life Sciences Day at the State Capitol to build support for the issues that matter most to ...
2005-06 Committee Leaders Named
 Dec. 10, 2004

December 6th marked the start of the 2005-06 Legislative Session. A festive and ceremonial day at the Capitol welcomed new and returning members. On adjournment of both houses, the Legislature recessed until January 3rd. The one day is used to ...
November 2nd Ballot Propositions
 Nov. 4, 2004

Prop. 1A. Local Government Revenues. (CMTA Position: None) Passes 83.6 to 16.4 percent Prop. 59. SCA 1, a proposal to broaden access to government information. (CMTA Position: None) Passes 83.1 to 16.9 percent Prop. 60. SCA 18, the ...
CMTA Positions on Ballot Measures
 Oct. 28, 2004

This Tuesday's election holds numerous ballot propositions for California. Noted below are the positions taken by CMTA's Board of Directors, polling numbers and website links for more information. Proposition 1A. Local government funding ...
California Performance Review
 Oct. 8, 2004

Early last February, newly-elected Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger issued an executive order creating the "California Performance Review" (CPR) to restructure, reorganize and reform state government. The CPR was comprised of a team of 200 ...
Introduction from CMTA President Jack Stewart
 Oct. 8, 2004

CMTA is pleased to offer these comments to the California Performance Review Commission on recommendations made by the CPR team that affect manufacturers in California. Our purpose is to highlight the importance of manufacturing in California and, ...
What's Next?
 Oct. 8, 2004

After the Administration reviews the report, Governor Schwarzenegger will be able to implement parts of the review by executive order. Others will be submitted to the Little Hoover Commission, a government efficiency panel. In a process similar to ...
Other Important CMTA Bills on the Governor's Desk
 Sept. 10, 2004

Energy AB 2006 (Nunez) Core-Noncore and Utility Procurement, Oppose Environmental Quality AB 2042 (Lowenthal) Air Pollution: Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, Oppose AB 2683 (Lieber) Air Pollution, Smog Checks, Support AB 2955 (McCarthy) ...
Governor Announces Support for Prop 64 & Opposition to Prop 72
 Sept. 10, 2004

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced his support for Proposition 64 and opposition to Proposition 72, November ballot measures he says will heavily impact California's ability to create jobs and more economic opportunity. "California ...
CMTA's Positions on November Ballot Measures
 Sept. 10, 2004

Proposition 63: New tax on million-dollar earners to pay for expansion of mental health care (Oppose) Proposition 64: New limits on lawsuits filed under Unfair Business Competition laws (Support) Proposition 67: Telephone tax to pay for emergency ...
CPR Hearing Schedule
 Aug. 13, 2004

The California Performance Review (CPR) task force will hold hearings statewide for the public and interested groups beginning on August 13th in Riverside. Time is short for employers to review the report and provide comments. Riverside, August ...
Overview: California Performance Review
 Aug. 9, 2004

The California Performance Review (CPR) task force was assembled five months ago by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who promised to "blow up the boxes" in an effort to generate savings, eliminate waste and "clean house" in Sacramento. ...
Blowing Up Boxes
 July 9, 2004

Following completion of the State budget, Governor Schwarzenegger’s California Performance Review (CPR) is due to be released. The report, which was the Governor's idea to "blow up boxes," is being circulated internally within the ...
CMTA Positions on Ballot Measures
 July 9, 2004

Secretary of State Kevin Shelley has numbered the 14 propositions that will appear on the November 2004 ballot. They are noted here, along with CMTA's position of either Support, Oppose, or None. Prop 59. SCA 1, a proposal to broaden access to ...
Report on Ca's Manufacturing Sector & Job Training
 May 14, 2004

Assemblyman Bob Pacheco (R-Walnut) released a California Research Bureau study commissioned at his request entitled, "The Manufacturing Sector and Job Training in California." The state's manufacturing industry's gains and losses were ...
California Performance Review: Update
 March 22, 2004

On February 10th, Governor Schwarzenegger through executive order created the "California Performance Review." The CPR mission is to root out waste, fraud and abuse and make our government more responsive, more efficient and more productive. The ...
After 100 Days, Governor Accomplishing Goals, Step-by-Step
 Feb. 20, 2004

On Tuesday, February 17th, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's communications director, Rob Stutzman briefed the capitol press corps on the current status and developments on the Governor's ambitious list of goals. As the 100th day of his ...
Schwarzenegger to Reform California Government
 Feb. 13, 2004

California's new governor wants the state to become “the first true 21st century government in America.” He says that the fiscal crisis demands that we eliminate old, failed approaches and create new and better ways to serve the state. His executive ...
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