Manufacturers Announce Critical Bills for Remaining few weeks of CA Legislative Session

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 5, 2020

The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) announced its updated version of its "Making California" legislative agenda, providing the Legislature with a list of the Association's "Maker and Breaker" bills. The seven bill positions provide a path for our state legislators to champion a growing California manufacturing economy.

"Consistently Legislators are asking us what they can do to help grow manufacturing in their districts," said CMTA President Lance Hastings. "There is no single legislative priority that will grow manufacturing jobs in California, but their votes on this package of good and bad bills will send a signal to local manufacturers that their representatives want them to stay, grow, and be able to compete."

By definition, Manufacturing "Maker" bills directly improve California manufacturing competitiveness, increase our production capacity, and help keep the State's manufacturing industry at the forefront of global leadership and innovation.

Manufacturing "Breaker" bills would result in significant negative impacts on the manufacturing sector, including increased operational costs, job reductions, and/or reductions in our ability to remain competitive in the national and global economy. These bills often disregard scientific evidence, underestimate economic impacts, or interfere with markets by picking technology winners and losers.

The current two "Maker" bills include proposals for liability protection during COVID-19 and incentives for manufacturers who are repurposing for disaster preparedness.

The current five "Breaker" bills are the most critical for policymakers to either amend or stop to support California's manufacturing industry. This year’s "Breaker" bills include new California-specific costs, a payroll tax increase, employee leave extension requirments, loss of protections for trade secrets, a workers‘ compensation presumption of liability, product bans, and new litigation channels, that if passed, will make it more difficult to make long term manufacturing investments in the state and grow high wage jobs.

Three bills have dropped off the active list since the last rollout of CMTA's "Maker" and "Breaker" bills in May.

  • "Maker" AB 1249, the Capital Investment Incentive Program, was amended and was no longer relevant to manufacturing.
  • "Maker" AB 3101, the California New Market Tax Credit, was held in Committee.
  • "Breaker" AB 1066, Unemployment Insurance Eligibility for striking workers, was changed dramatically and will remain on watch list.

Legislators' votes on CMTA’s "Making CA" legislative agenda are the foundation of CMTA's annual Champions Legislative Vote Record.


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