Updated October 7, 2015
Your Guide to Legislation that Impacts California Family Farmers and Ranchers
Gov. Brown has until midnight on Oct. 11 to place his signature or veto on pending legislation. Look for a full recap of what transpired at the signing deadline in next week's edition of Ag Alert®. Until then, please visit www.cfbf.com or www.agalert.com to read the online version of Capitol Alert for up-to-date information on bill signings and vetoes.
Farm Bureau SUPPORTS this legislation that would help family farms and ranches:
Assembly Bill 515 (Eggman, D-Stockton) - Income Tax Credit: Food Bank Donations
AB 515 broadens the state income tax credit for donations of food to food banks and extends the sunset date from 2017 to 2024.
AB 1390 (Alejo, D-Salinas) - Groundwater: Adjudication
AB 1390 addresses key time elements, making the groundwater rights adjudication process more efficient and providing stability to farmers and ranchers.
AB 1506 (Hernandez, D-West Covina) - Labor Code: Wage Statements
AB 1506 provides employers with a limited opportunity to cure technical Labor Code violations in an itemized wage statement before being subjected to costly litigation.
Senate Bill 226 (Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) - Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: Adjudication
SB 226 is a companion bill to AB 1390 (Alejo), making the groundwater adjudication process more efficient and providing stability to farmers and ranchers.
Farm Bureau OPPOSES this legislation that would harm family farms and ranches:
SB 406 (Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) - Employment: Leave
SB 406 expands the type of individuals for whom employees can take California Family Rights Act leave to include grandparent, grandchild, sibling or domestic partner. The bill originally expanded CFRA to cover employers with 25 employees within a 75-mile radius of the employee's worksite, as opposed to 50 employees, but that provision was removed.
AB 465 (Hernandez, D-West Covina) - Employment: Anti-Arbitration Clause
AB 465 prohibits employers from having job applicants sign a pre-employment agreement where an employee agrees to allow all employment-related disputes to be settled by an arbitrator. ACT NOW
AB 561 (Campos, D-San Jose) - Agricultural Labor Relations Board
AB 561 seeks to limit an employer's due-process rights by requiring the employer first post a bond in the amount of the entire economic value of the order when seeking a writ of review of any Agricultural Labor Relations Board decision.