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CalChamber targets minimum wage increase, employee scheduling bills as ‘job killers’

Employees at retail and food service businesses like Starbucks would get two-weeks’ scheduling notice under AB 357.
Employees at retail and food service businesses like Starbucks would get two-weeks’ scheduling notice under AB 357. The New York Times

The California Chamber of Commerce released its annual list of “job killer” legislation this week, highlighting bills that the powerful business lobby argues will have a negative economic impact for the state.

Among the high-profile proposals CalChamber is targeting are SB 350 (Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, D-Los Angeles), a push to increase California’s use of renewable energy to 50 percent by 2030 that is backed by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer; AB 357 (Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco), requiring retail and food service businesses to provide employees at least two weeks’ notice of their schedules; and SB 3 (Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco), another effort to raise the minimum wage.

The list has become an increasingly influential signal to Republicans and moderate Democrats backed by business interests. Over the past decade, 357 bills have been named “job killers.” Only 73 made it to the governor’s desk and only 14 were signed, according to CalChamber.

This year’s preliminary agenda of 16 bills will likely grow as the session continues and new legislation sprouts up. It also includes:

  • SB 32 (Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills), which further raising California’s greenhouse gas emissions goals, to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.
  • SB 203 (Sen. Bill Monning, D-Carmel), which would put warning labels on sugary drinks.
  • SB 406 (Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara), which expands guaranteed family care and medical leave to small businesses and a wider range of family members.
  • SB 546 (Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco), which creates a state review process for health insurers to make large annual increases to their premiums.
  • SB 576 (Leno), which would require mobile apps to obtain consent before collecting or sharing a user’s geolocation information.
  • SB 684 (Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley), which raises the tax rate for publicly-held corporations and financial institutions.
  • AB 244 (Assemblywoman Susan Talamantes Eggman, D-Stockton), which expands who is covered by the state’s foreclosure protections.
  • AB 356 (Assemblyman Das Williams, D-Santa Barbara), which increases groundwater monitoring requirements for oil and gas drilling.
  • AB 359 (Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego), which mandates that grocery stores retain certain eligible employees during an ownership transition period.
  • AB 465 (Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-Baldwin Park), which prohibits employers from making the waiver of any labor rights a condition of hiring.
  • AB 1490 (Assemblyman Anthony Rendon, D-Lakewood), which would temporarily halt fracking and other oil and gas well stimulation following a nearby earthquake of magnitude 2.0 or higher
  • ACA 4 (Assemblyman Jim Frazier, D-Oakley) and SCA 5 (Hancock), which lower the voter threshold for local tax measures from two-thirds to 55 percent.

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