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"Making California" Legislative Agenda Records 14 Successes


 Sept. 16, 2019 

Sacramento, CA — As this year's Legislative session came to a close last Friday, the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA) recorded 14 "Making California" policy wins, including three substantial CMTA supported bills.

"Lawmakers are showing their awareness of manufacturing as a key driver of California's economy and they are signaling that the state's competitiveness is a priority of policy," said CMTA President Lance Hastings. "This is the type of policymaking that can help increase manufacturing investment in California. Some bad bills were held until next year and others failed passage, and our proactive agenda was underscored with the passage of three of our supported bills to drive career tech education and manufacturing incentives."

CMTA’s "Making California" agenda is specifically designed to improve the state's competitiveness for new manufacturing investment so we can grow high wage jobs. There were 19 bills this year that comprised the agenda and three of the supported "Maker" bills passed to the Governor's desk for signature, and 11 of the opposed “Breaker” bills failed to proceed off the floor.

Among the successful "Maker" bills are a workforce training coordination bill (AB 23 by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke and sponsored by CMTA), an extension of a tax credit for manufacturers using new and innovative technologies (AB 1583 by Assemblywoman Susan Eggman) and a school bond for new career technical education facilities (AB 48 by Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell).

Eleven "Breaker" bills were either shelved or failed passage because they were too onerous on California manufacturers and their competitiveness. Among them, a requirement that all single-use plastics and other packaging materials be recyclable or compostable, a mandated safety warning on soda beverages, and a requirement to provide unemployment benefits to striking employees.


List of Successes:

MFG Makers

  • AB 23 -- to GOV --  Workforce training coordination for small business
  • AB 48 -- to GOV --  School facilities bond that also suports CTE programs
  • AB 1583 -- to GOV --  CA recycling market development act

MFG Breakers

  • SB 135 -- HELD -- Inconsistent leaves of absences
  • AB 170 -- FAILED -- Joint liability for manufacturers and third party contractors  (*Failed as amended 8/20/19)
  • SB 347 -- HELD -- CA-only Warning labels for sweetened beverages
  • AB 555 -- HELD -- Paid sick leave expansion without reforms
  • SB 561 -- HELD -- Private right of action for CA Consumer Privacy Act
  • AB 628 -- HELD -- Leave without checks to combat misuse
  • SB 749 -- HELD -- Removes protections for manufacturers' trade secrets
  • AB 1066 -- FAILED -- Expansion of UI benefits for striking workers
  • AB 1080 / SB 54 -- HELD -- Mandates all plastics and other materials to be recyclable/compostable and recycled at 75% by 2030
  • AB 1468 -- HELD -- Misdirected tax on opiod manufacturers
  • AB 1672 -- HELD -- Defacto ban on flushable wipes

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View pdf of CMTA's Maker Breaker document with descriptions   


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