SRBX created the Government Affairs/PAC Committee which is currently working to review legislation, policy and regulatory changes that affect the construction industry at the state level. We have tackled a number of issues, and some with great success.
The SRBX’s professional government relations staff work year-round to advocate for legislative measures that benefit our industry. We advocate for policies and regulatory reforms that positively impact the building industry and leverage our relationships to educate and work to defeat measures that would adversely impact the building industry.
Our staff continuously monitors regulatory changes and new rule postings. When changes are proposed, SRBX staff and members participate in the process by providing comments and testimony in an effort to keep the building industry free from excessive regulation and fees.
SRBX will continue to fight for the construction and building industry with one voice. Your contribution to the PAC will help our fight.
Priorities and Policy Areas
Below is a summary of some of the policy, regulatory and political issues SRBX and the SBE PAC have worked on (updated February 27, 2017).
AB 1 (Frazier): Transportation Funding. If passed, seeks to generate $6 billion in new revenue intended for transportation maintenance and construction by proposing to set the excise tax at 17 cents per gallon of gasoline; add 20 cents per gallon on diesel fuel; add $38 to the vehicle registration fee; and establishes a $165 zero-emission vehicle fee. The plan also shifts 15 percent of cap-and-trade revenue and earmarks $200 million annually to counties with voter-approved transportation taxes or fees.
Note: The state is conducting a study on the vehicle miles traveled (VMT) fee for consideration. It would simply charge the user an amount for each mile traveled for all non-commercial vehicles and treats that equally regardless of their fuel efficiencies.
AB 5 (Gonzales-Fletcher): Labor. The bill would require an employer with ten or more employees to offer additional hours of work to an existing nonexempt employee before hiring an additional employee or subcontractor.
AB 73 (Chiu and Caballero, Mullin, Santiago, and Ting): Housing. This measure would authorize establishment of housing sustainability districts and authorize the city, or county, to apply to the State for a zoning incentive payment. The bill would exempt from CEQA, housing projects undertaken in the housing sustainability districts that meet specified requirements.
AB 190 (Steinorth): Expedited Design Review. If passed, this measure seeks to ease the costly regulatory burden that strangles new housing construction by requiring no more than 30 days to review Design Review applications.
AB 199 (Chu): Public Works. Amends §1720 of the Labor Code to require private residential projects built on private property that are built pursuant to an agreement with the state or a political subdivision to meet the requirements for projects that are defined as “public works.” Under existing law §1720 applies to state agency, redevelopment agency, or local public housing authority.
AB 262 (Bonta): Bidding. If passed, would require awarding bodies to require a prospective bidder to complete a standard form that states the cumulative amount of greenhouse gas emissions that were produced in the manufacturing of materials to be used on the project.
AB 278 (Steinorth): Transportation. Would exempt existing roads and highways that have already been reviewed under the California Environmental Quality Act from additional such reviews before maintenance and repair work can be done.
AB 445 (Cunningham/O’Donnell): CTE Funding. This bill intends to increase Related & Supplemental Instruction (“RSI”) funding for apprenticeship by replacing the expiring K-12 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Grant program with a permanent $300 million CTE program. In addition, AB 445 would increase the existing RSI block grant by $10 million to offset the cost of providing Related and Supplemental Instruction for all student attendance hours at community colleges and local education agencies (LEA). This will allow apprenticeship programs to send apprentices to high-schools and community colleges for classroom-based learning. SRBX and the California Manufactures and Technology Association are co-sponsoring this measure.
AB 496 (Fong): Transportation Funding. If passed, promises to raise $7.7 billion without any new taxes by calling for the state to dedicate its share of sales tax dollars to transportation, helping to raise nearly $8 billion upon phase in. The new maintenance revenues will be split between state and local roads.
AB 849 (Acosta): Workforce Development Program Alignment. If approved, this measure would create a task force of industry representatives to improve alignment and integration of the state’s 30 workforce education and training programs, by developing standardized measures and a singular approach to data linking among state agencies that often struggle to meet disparate reporting requirements for their programs, negotiate cumbersome data–sharing agreements, and use labor–intensive surveys and other data collection strategies to compensate for lack of outcome data that could be available from other agencies. Taken together, we believe that AB 849 will result in better workforce education outcomes for participants and the state. SRBX is the sponsors this measure.
AB 862 (Maienschein): Workforce Development. Currently a spot bill, but is intended to create a pay for performance bond to administer $160 million in workforce develop programs in collaboration with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The initial funds are provided by private investment along with matching federal funds to provide resources to county non-profits to administer the programs that must reach predetermined performance outcomes of reduced recidivism to eligible parolees. SRBX is the sponsors this measure.
AB 996 (Brough/Cunningham): CSLB-Transparency. This measure seeks to adopt an enhancement to the CSLB’s contractor license check search function on its website to monitor the status and progress of a licensee’s renewal of a certificate of workers’ compensation insurance or certification of self-insurance that is pending before the board. SRBX is the sponsors this measure. Fact sheet available here.
AB 1066 (Aguiar-Curry): Tree Removal. Specifies that tree removal is “public works.”
AB 1223 (Caballero): Transparency. If passed, would require, within ten days of making a construction contract payment, a state or local agency to post to its website the names of each construction contractor paid and the date and amount of the payment.
AB 1628 (Grayson): Public Works. If passed, would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would prohibit the use of independent contractors on public works projects.
SB 1 (Beall): Transportation Funding. Beall’s proposal essentially mirrors that of Frazier’s AB 1 outlined above by seeking to generate new revenue that can boost funding for transportation fixes.
SB 3 (Beall): Affordable Housing Bond. If passed, would enact the Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, which, if adopted by voters, would authorize the issuance of $3,000,000,000 State General Obligation bonds to finance various existing housing programs, as well as infill infrastructure financing and affordable housing matching grant programs.
SB 35 (Wiener): Affordable Housing. Currently a spot bill to streamline and incentivize the creation of affordable housing projects, to remove local barriers to creating affordable housing in all communities, to streamline, incentivize, and remove local barriers to housing creation in jurisdictions failing to meet their regional housing needs contained in their housing element, and to ensure the payment of prevailing rate of wages in the creation of housing.
SB 418 (Hernandez): Prevailing Wage. This measure seeks to lower the trigger for Prevailing Wage mandates.
SB 486 (Monning): CSLB. Would authorize the CSLB to issue a written and detailed letter of admonishment to an applicant, licensee, or registrant instead of issuing a citation.
SB 584 (DeLeon): Clean Energy. If approved, 100% of the state’s electricity would need to come from clean sources such as solar and wind by 2045.
The measure would also accelerate the state’s goal of reaching 50% renewable energy. Legislation approved two years ago set a deadline of 2030 , but the new proposal would move that up to 2025.
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