Early in the morning on September 1, 2022, the California State Legislature adjourned the final session of the 2021-2022 Legislative year. Hundreds upon hundreds of bills passed and now await action from the Governor. Below are some bills previously highlighted by CCM as priority issue areas and actively opposed throughout this session.
- AB-2183 (Stone): Sponsored by the United Farmworker Foundation (UFW) this bill denies farmworkers right to a secret ballot processand would require every agricultural employer the option to sign a “labor peace compact”. While those who do not sign, would be subject to card check (where a majority of employees sign forms, or “card” of their desire to form a union). Although the Governor maintains opposition to the bill as previously mentioned by a Fresno Bee article, the bill nonetheless sits on his desk with much pressure from various forces to sign the legislation into law.
- AB-2146 (Bauer-Kahan): This bill would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2024, the sale, possession, or use of neonicotinoid pesticides, as defined, for application to outdoor ornamental plants, trees, or turf, except for use on, or for the protection of, an agricultural commodity, as defined. The bill was recently amended to allow applications to take place by a “certified qualified applicator” and authorizes the Department of Food and Agriculture its use under valid environmental emergencies such as invasive pest pressures like the Asian Citrus Psyllid (ACP). This bill too sits on the Governor’s desk.
- AB-2201 (Bennett): This bill would’ve required counties to forwardgroundwater wells permits to Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) to verify that a proposed well abides by a GSA’s groundwater sustainability plan (GSP) and would not cause well interference prior to approving a permit application for the given well. The Author reportedly pulled the bill from the Assembly Floor’s consideration and is now inactive.
Governor Newsom has until September 30, 2022, at midnight to sign or veto legislation. For questions regarding these policy proposals please contact Jacob Villagomez at email@example.com.
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