Government Affairs

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

Thousands of California farmers today feel like the mythological Cassandra, daughter of the King of Troy. Her beauty caught the eye of Apollo, who felt compelled to give the princess a gift – the ability to see the future. However, when Apollo’s love for her was unrequited, the Greek god cursed Cassandra so that no one would believe her prophecies. Thus, she was forced to live the rest of her days knowing the tragedies to come, yet powerless to change the course of events.

Tom Nassif

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.

Earlier this afternoon, Chairman Larry Cox of Lawrence Cox Ranches [Brawley, Calif.] concluded the quarterly Western Growers Board of Directors meeting in Newport Beach, Calif. Following committee meetings on Wednesday, the full board convened this morning to address major policy items impacting the competitiveness and profitability of the Arizona, California and Colorado fresh produce industry.

Key points of discussion from each of the committee meetings include:

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Jeff Janas

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