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AM Alert: Two weeks’ scheduling bill faces first committee

Fast food workers and other low-wage service employees would get two weeks’ notice of their schedules under AB 357.
Fast food workers and other low-wage service employees would get two weeks’ notice of their schedules under AB 357. The Sacramento Bee file

Should workers in low-wage service jobs get two weeks’ notice about their schedules? It’s a priority for organized labor this year, which is sponsoring AB 357 to prohibit the last-minute shifts and cancellations common for retail and restaurant employees.

But a tough fit awaits the bill. Industry groups are firmly opposed, arguing that businesses need more flexibility to deal with sudden customer or worker demands. The California Chamber of Commerce has placed AB 357 on its influential list of “job killer” legislation, targeting it for defeat.

A first hearing before the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee is set for 1:30 p.m. in Room 447 of the Capitol.

TAKE IT TO THE VAX: It’s also a big day for SB 277, which faces a crucial vote before the Senate Education Committee, 9 a.m. in Room 4203 of the Capitol. The mandatory vaccine bill stalled last week over concerns that it would deny unvaccinated children their constitutional right to an education. Its fate now turns on an amendment allowing for multi-family home schools.

KEEPING IT REALTOR: It’s a powerful interest group that can get both Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins and Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen at the opening session of its annual lobby day. The California Association of Realtors, which spent more than $1.3 million lobbying and more than $10 million campaigning last year, kicks off its visit to the Capitol at the Sacramento Convention Center at 9 a.m.

OPEN WATERS: How does a lawmaker celebrate Earth Day? With environmental legislation, of course. Sen. Mike McGuire, D-Healdsburg, introduces SB 788, which would prohibit new offshore oil drilling in state waters, 10 a.m. on the east lawn of the Capitol.

HANDS ON, MOUTHS OFF: Before it heads to the Assembly Education Committee for its first hearing today, Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez will hold a press conference in support of AB 319, requiring “hands-only” CPR and first aid training in California high schools, 11 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol. The Pomona Democrat will be joined by representatives from the American Heart Association, which is in town for its lobby day.

CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Sen. Tony Mendoza, D-Artesia, who turns 44 today.

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