Cal Chamber Conference Call Recap 6/17/10

CAL CHAMBER CONFERENCE CALL RECAP FOR JUNE 17, 2010

OPPOSED

AB 2340 (Monning)
Expansion of Leave Requirements – Potentially makes the management of overlapping leave requests unfeasible or unfair and could create staffing shortages that temporarily halt operations by requiring every employer to provide every employee with up to 3 days of unpaid bereavement leave per year. (To be heard 6/23)

AB 2578 (Jones)
Inappropriate Price Control – Reduces health care choices, access and quality by creating additional bureaucracy to impose price controls on health insurance policies while failing to address the major cost drivers of rising medical costs. (To be heard 6/23)

SB 1304 (DeSaulnier)
Expansion of Leave Requirements – Potentially makes the management of overlapping leave requests unfeasible or unfair and creates staffing shortages that temporarily halt operations by requiring employers to provide paid leave of up to 30 days for organ donations and 5 days for bone marrow donations. Employee must first exhaust all time earned (To be heard 6/23)

SB 1200 (Leno)
Increases premiums by requiring health plans to provide reimbursement for school-based medical care. (A new concept in bills, asking the insurance companies to pay for the school nurses, to be heard 6/22)

AB 846 (Torrico)
Anti-Business Cost Increases – Significantly increases the cost of doing business in California by placing an automatic increase on fines and penalties without legislative review and encourages state agencies to levy the highest fine and penalty allowed. (To be heard 6/22)

SB 1275 (Leno)
Delays Residential Construction Industry Recovery – Hinders recovery of the residential construction industry by reducing the availability of credit due to delays in resolving delinquent loans by requiring lenders to determine a borrower’s eligibility for a loan modification prior to the filing of a notice of default. (To be heard 6/21)

AB 933 (Fong)
Utilization Review – Increases the cost of performing utilization review (UR) on medical treatment requests by requiring all doctors who make UR decisions to be licensed in California. (To be heard 6/23)

SUPPORTED

AB 1846 (V. Manuel Perez)
Expedited Environmental Review – Streamlines the CEQA approval process for certain projects by allowing industries subject to compliance with greenhouse gas regulations under AB 32 to go through an expedited environmental review through a focused environmental impact report.

Budget Update:
The constitutional deadline (June 15) has passed for the budget to be approved
All bills left over in the policy committee house will be dismissed at end of month
Cannot borrow from other revenues to close budget
Candidates for Gov would like cuts made before they get in office