As the 2013 legislative session enters its final days, only five of the more than three dozen bills that the California Chamber of Commerce labeled as “job killers” remain active. These pieces of legislation were targeted as being harmful to business because they would because they would increase regulation or raise taxes.
The highest-profile survivor of the original 37 bills is Assembly Bill 10, carried by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, D-Watsonville, which would raise the state’s minimum wage by $2 per hour over the next five years. The measure was approved by the full Assembly and reached the Senate floor, awaiting another vote, after Alejo agreed to remove an automatic cost-of-living escalator.
The other four bills on the list that remain alive include:
- Senate Bill 404 by Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, which would extend the Fair Employment and Housing Act’s protections against discrimination to employees who are engaged in family care duties;
- Senate Bill 365 by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, which would place a 10-year time limit on business tax exemptions;
- Senate Bill 691 by Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, which would increase penalties for non-vehicular air quality violations; and
- Assembly Bill 769 by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, which …read more
Source: Fullerton Chamber of Commerce