California lawmakers rejected a measure yesterday that would have created the nation’s strictest statewide regulations on single-use plastics. If passed, companion bills SB 54 (Allen) and AB 1080 (Gonzalez) would have phased out single-use plastics – including items such as plastic bags, film packaging and produce bags – which would have created extraordinary challenges for the agriculture industry.

After AB 1080 passed the Senate on Sunday, SB 54 fell four votes shy of passing the Assembly Monday night.

Gail Delihant

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) was passed rapidly by the House and Senate, and signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020. The Act contains an unprecedented response by the federal government to the national health emergency by mandating paid sick time and paid family medical leave to employees impacted by COVID-19. Employers with fewer than 500 employees will have to take immediate action to prepare to comply with the new law which goes into effect on April 1, 2020.

Jason Resnick

On March 20th, WG President and CEO Dave Puglia issued a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom requesting a formal pause on new regulations impacting the state’s agriculture industry amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the letter, Puglia requests that Governor Newsom initiate a formal pause “for all open public comment periods concerning both active rulemakings and non-rulemaking (e.g., informal stakeholder) processes that affect agriculture.”

Cory Lunde

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