On Tuesday, the Assembly approved SB32—the climate change legislation that would increase and make permanent statewide greenhouse gas emission reductions mandates.

SB32 would set a new statewide goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The current climate law, AB32, required the state to reach 1990 levels by 2020. If passed, SB32 would have a direct impact on agriculture-related companies, including an increase in costs, reduced flexibility in operations and being mandated to utilize unproven or non-efficient technology.

Stephanie Metzinger

This afternoon, the California Senate passed AB 1066, the ag overtime bill by a vote of 21 to 14, with 4 abstentions. The bill now moves to the Assembly for consideration and could likely be voted on this week. Western Growers urges ALL members -- whether they have already done so or not -- to IMMEDIATELY contact their assembly member and express their opposition to this bill.

Jeff Janas

Today, the California Senate Appropriations Committee removed the agriculture overtime bill, AB 1066 (Gonzalez – D), from the Suspense File making it eligible for a Senate floor vote as early as next week. With just a couple of weeks left in this year’s legislative session, Western Growers continues to lobby legislators on the consequences farmworkers face if the bill is passed.

Yesterday, the California Senate Committee on Appropriations held a hearing on the agriculture overtime bill, AB 1066 (Gonzalez – D), moving the bill to the Suspense File. Senate rules allow for a bill to be moved to the Suspense File after it is deemed that implementation of the legislation would have a significant fiscal impact on the state. If AB 1066 passes off of the Suspense File next week, it will proceed to a Senate floor vote.

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