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state capitol Report And That's a Wrap By Dominic DiMare, Legislative Advocate As of September 11, the California State Legislature adjourned for interim but before the winter break took place we had a few major events. Let's walk you through the end of session. During the final days of the legislative session, the Assembly elected Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood) to be the next Assembly Speaker. The Assembly Democratic Caucus chose Rendon to succeed Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), who is termed out of office next year. An official Assembly vote is scheduled for January, with the leadership change to take place at an as-yet undetermined date. Rendon, who chairs the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, is serving his second term representing the 63rd District, which includes Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount and South Gate. Prior to serving in the Assembly, he was an educator, nonprofit executive director and environmental activist. It is too early to tell what committee assignments changes we should expect, we will know more by early January. What is quite extraordinary is that both the Senate and Assembly will now be led by Democrats from Los Angeles. Both Speaker Rendon and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon are also members of the CA Legislative Latino Caucus, providing the Latino Caucus with unprecedented power and leverage. The Legislature adjourned at midnight Friday, September 11, sending 650 bills to the governor's desk. The Governor had until October 11, 2015, to take action on all bills on his desk. The topics grabbing the most attention during the end of session included marijuana regulation, climate change and groundwater. Overall, Brown vetoed 133 of the bills that landed on his desk during the legislative session that ended in September, making his veto rate for the year 14.1 percent. That's higher than each of the past two years and about the same as 2011, his first year in office, when he predicted lawmakers would be singing the "veto blues." Measures signed by the governor included increasing the state's use of renewable electricity to 50 percent by 2050, the nation's first law requiring equal pay for women, and two measures that provide for a streamlined adjudication process for groundwater basins. The governor also called special sessions to tackle both transportation funding shortfalls for the state and local systems, and despite some last minute negotiations, a compromise was not reached on either issue. Both special sessions are expected to remain open and conference committees were formed to allow for further discussions after the regular session ends. Many believe that a vote on these revenue issues must occur before the end of this year in order to occur at all because of the difficulty of securing tax votes during an election year (2016). As the Legislature gaveled to close, state revenues continue to surge, all three main state revenue sources, personal income tax, sales and use tax, and corporation tax revenue show strong returns that are 5 percent above anticipated revenues for this time of year. The administration is already working to develop the governor's 2016-17 budget proposal, which will be released by January 10, 2016. As we finished the session, AB 551 by Assemblymember Narazian bill dealing with rental property and bed bugs was waiting to be heard on the Senate Floor. The author and the sponsors of the bill decided to wait until next year to the move the bill. Their goal is to strengthen the legislation during www.pcoc.org / Winter 2015 23 the interim break. SB 328 by Senator Hueso which would require the landlord or the landlord's authorized agent, as defined, to provide a tenant, and any tenant of adjacent units, with specified notice of the use of pesticides at the dwelling unit if the landlord or authorized agent applies any pesticide without a licensed structural pest control operator was signed into law on September 8. One major bill we need to keep an eye on is, AB 1545 by Assembly member Irwin. Josh Adams from PCOC and a member of the DBHK team attended the meeting with California Association of Realtors and Assembly Member Irwin's staff. There were representatives from numerous trade associations present, including the banking and mortgage industry, credit unions, apartment owners, title and escrow companies, state workers, etc. It was well noted that there seemed to be concerns and likely opposition to the idea of creating a new agency, especially as many of the departments/agencies in question have regulatory oversight above and beyond affordable housing matters. In addition, there have been a lot of reorganizations of late, especially in the financial services sector, and there is little appetite for additional changes. We are working with Susan Saylor from DCA to provide alternative language and comments to the author's office before the beginning of the year, as of now the bill has a lot issues that need to be addressed with the different stakeholders. http://www.pcoc.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of PCOC - Winter 2015

President’s Message
Martyn’s Corner
Bird Management: Best Strategies and Biggest Challenges
Finding an SEO Company That Will Make — Not Break — Your Business in 2016
Federal Update
Insurance Complying with the Global Harmonized System Hazard Communication Standard of 2012
Membership Pays! Jim Steed, Neighborly Pest Management
State Capitol Report And That’s a Wrap
Building a Sales Culture in Your Business Everyone’s in Sales
Firm Profile The Hitmen Termite and Pest Control, Inc.
Index to Advertisers
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