"Making California" 2019 Legislative Agenda and Alerts


California must maintain its global competitiveness. California manufacturers are responsible for over 86 percent of our state’s exports. The value of our production brings investment that builds strong communities, trains a skilled workforce, and makes jobs possible in every other sector. Manufacturers need strong partners and good policy to keep making California a place of opportunity. Protect California’s manufacturing industry with the following agenda.



“MANUFACTURING BREAKER” bills have industry-wide impact that significantly alter production and increase operational costs in a way that leads to lost revenue, job reduction or an inability to effectively compete. No other industries can exist without manufacturing! (#MakingCA #MFGBreaker)

Avoid creating operational challenges with inflexible mandates

AB 555 (Gonzalez) – Paid Sick Leave Expansion Without Reforms
Threatens manufacturers’ ability to effectively manage their operations, meet production schedules and prevent misuse by expanding paid sick leave without any reforms to prevent abuse.
TWEET AB 555

AB 628 (Bonta) – Leave Without Checks to Combat Misuse
Creates an incredibly low standard for alleging sexual harassment violations in the workplace that can result in an employee (and any family member) taking leave any time for any amount of time.
TWEET AB 628

SB 135 (Jackson) – Inconsistent Leaves of Absence
Requires virtually all manufacturers to provide 12 weeks of protected leave each year that will run inconsistent to federal leave policies and impact manufacturers’ ability to adjust and accommodate production schedules.



Protect products made in California

AB 1468 (McCarty) – Misdirected Tax on Opioid Manufacturers
Unfairly places the cost of solving public health problem of drug abuse and over-prescription on manufacturers by imposing an annual $100 million tax on the manufacturers of opioids sold or distributed in California.

SB 347 (Monning) – Warning Labels for Sweetened Beverages
Creates a California-only warning label for soda and beverages with added sugar, even where the sugar content is less than the sugar in naturally sweet beverages, increasing operating costs and hurting the competitiveness of California-made products.



Preserve the proper scope & purpose of existing laws

SB 54 (Allen) / AB 1080 (Gonzalez) – Oppose granting unfettered authority to regulating agency without clear legislative direction.
(added to list May 16, 2019)
Delegates broad authority to Cal Recycle to impose new mandates on hundreds of thousands of consumer products and packaging at their discretion and absent clear direction from, or subsequent review by, the Legislature.

AB 170 (Gonzalez) – Liability for Actions Outside Manufacturers’ Control
Exposes manufacturers to misplaced liability by making them responsible for harassment occurring between the employees of another company.

AB 1066 (Gonzalez) – Using Unemployment Insurance to Fund Strikes
Overreaches beyond the intended purpose of unemployment insurance by substantially extending benefits to workers on strike, depleting the funds available for workers facing an unexpected and involuntary job loss.



BREAKER SUCCESSES

Held in Appropriations Suspense SB 561 (Jackson) – Expanding the Liability in the CA Consumer Privacy Act
Places a private right of action in the CCPA while removing manufacturers “right to cure” potential violations, exacerbating existing problems in the CCPA that have yet to be fixed and creating significant liability for manufacturers creating and integrating connected devices.

Two Year Bill AB 1672 (Bloom) – Flushable Wipes Ban
Eliminates a popular and efficient California manufactured consumer product used nationwide, without scientific evidence that the ban is necessary.

“MANUFACTURING MAKER" bills directly improve manufacturing competitiveness by removing barriers to operational compliance, long term investment, and/or talent acquisition. This legislation will help keep California's manufacturing industry at the forefront of global leadership and innovation.


Invest in California's workforce

*AB 23 (Burke) – Creating a Deputy of Business and Workforce Coordination with GO-Biz
Creates a dedicated position within the Office of the Small Business Advocate to coordinate workforce development efforts that are crucial to California’s manufacturing industry.
TWEET AB 23

AB 48 (O’ Donnell) – Bond to Fund CTE Education
Provides necessary funding to build California’s pipeline of skilled workers.



Spearhead regional economic development plans

*AB 1248 (E. Garcia) – Incentive Program for Manufacturers Revitalizing Communities with their Investment
Establishes a program that allows local governments to enter into partnerships with small and mid-size manufacturers as part of their plans to revitalize and develop their communities.

SB 162 (Galgiani) – Extending Treasurer’s SUT Program for Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Manufacturing
Extends the CAEATFA program that has been vital to the development of many California-based manufacturers creating innovative and next generation technologies.

* indicates CMTA Sponsored bill