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Navigating a New Era of Manufacturing: Harnessing AI in the Industry

Webinar presented by Hitachi Digital Services and Dr. Chetan Gupta, head of AI research at Hitachi Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) hosted an exclusive webinar on the evolving landscape of the manufacturing...

Silicon Valley Solar Startup Tandem PV Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Tandem PV, an innovative solar energy startup, to the organization today. The Silicon Valley startup is leading the charge to develop and commercialize a more powerful and...

Digital Consultancy Firm Hitachi Digital Services Joins CMTA

Sacramento, Calif. – The California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) welcomed Hitachi Digital Services to the organization today. Hitachi Digital Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd., is an edge-to-core digital consultancy and...

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Government Relations Update: Two Bills That Could Impact California Manufacturers

Apr 24, 2024

This month’s Government Relations Update video delves into crucial legislative developments impacting California’s manufacturing sector.  

California legislation’s fiscal deadline is April 26th. All bills with a fiscal impact are due for consideration by the Appropriations Committees, signaling a critical phase for proposed policies.

Assemblymember Luiz Rivas’s AB 2400 takes center stage, proposing an extension of the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act (CAEATFA). This act, fostering partnerships to offer financing solutions, aims to slash greenhouse gas emissions and energize economic growth. Since the act’s establishment in 2010, the sales and use tax exclusion incentive program within CAEATFA for manufacturers of green technologies identifies a nexus between California’s economic and environmental goals. Since its inception, over 128,000 jobs have been created or retained, spurring investment that totals over $2.5 billion in fiscal benefits and $415 million in environmental benefits. AB 2400, a CMTA maker bill, stands to profoundly benefit California’s manufacturers.  

Assemblymember Diane Papan’s AB 2515 raises pivotal concerns for menstrual product manufacturers in California. The bill seeks to prohibit the sale of products containing any detectable PFAS, potentially exposing manufacturers to extensive liabilities and punitive penalties. While CMTA’s members are not intentionally adding PFAS chemicals to these products, the bill contains a private right of action and the ability to levy punitive financial penalties on manufacturers. Companies should not intentionally add these chemicals, but the legislation needs additional considerations before CMTA removes its opposition.   

Stay informed with the latest updates from the Government Relations Update video series, offering invaluable insights for manufacturers navigating California’s legislative environment. 

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