Legislation backed by the California Chamber of Commerce continues to advance.

The California Legislature is currently considering a number of proposals that have received support from the California Chamber of Commerce. These bills aim to assist small businesses and address various issues such as family leave, permits, and skills needed for future workers.

Some of the bills that are still active and supported by the Chamber include:

• AB 2011 (Bauer-Kahan; D-Orinda) – This bill, sponsored by the CalChamber, seeks to make the Civil Rights Department’s small employer family leave mediation program permanent. This will benefit both workers and small employers.

• AB 2876 (Berman; D-Palo Alto) – Another CalChamber sponsored bill, this proposal aims to promote artificial intelligence (AI) literacy in schools. It requires the Instructional Quality Commission to consider adding media literacy and AI literacy standards to the English language arts/English language development curriculum framework.

• AB 2371 (Juan Carrillo; D-Palmdale) – This bill aims to streamline the local permitting process for electrified security fences, making it easier for businesses to install these devices for protection against loss.

• AB 2550 (Gabriel; D-Woodland Hills) – This bill seeks to modernize and streamline building standards, making it easier for small businesses to turn outdated locations into working businesses.

• AB 2179 (Davies; R-Laguna Nigel) – This bill aims to raise awareness of apprenticeship programs and other job opportunities for high school graduates in California.

• AB 1886 (Alvarez; D-San Diego) – This bill aims to preserve the Builder’s Remedy, a provision in the Housing Accountability Act that allows housing development projects to bypass local land use and zoning laws if the local jurisdiction is not in compliance with state housing element laws.

• SB 26 (Umberg; D-Santa Ana) – This bill seeks to fund additional mental health professionals to help Californians dealing with mental health issues and address issues of homelessness and public safety.

• SB 1152 (Limón; D-Goleta) – This bill aims to deploy the newest technology of backup generators to ensure that Californians can remain connected during emergencies.

• SB 1420 (Caballero; D-Salinas) – This bill creates a carbon-focused “qualified clean hydrogen” definition and sets a rigorous standard for hydrogen used in transportation. It also expands hydrogen production by including these facilities in the recently reauthorized Environmental Leadership Development Program.

• SB 1432 (Caballero D-Salinas) – This bill extends the deadline for hospitals to be capable of continued operations following a major earthquake until January 1, 2038. It also provides an abeyance for rural hospitals and critical access hospitals from this requirement until the same date.

These proposals are still being considered by the Legislature and have the potential to greatly benefit small businesses and the overall economy of California. 

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