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California Legislative Update: July 2014

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a number of bills that will impact the employer community. A brief summary of these new laws, along with links to the bills, can be found below....more

CEQA Exemptions Granted for Certain State Agency Actions by Gov. Brown Proclamation

Proclamation of Continued State of Emergency Declared as Record Drought Continues - Gov. Jerry Brown has issued a Proclamation of a Continued State of Emergency in response to California’s record low water conditions...more

A Small Step Toward "Redevelopment 2.0"? Gov. Brown's Proposal to Expand the Use of Infrastructure Financing Districts

Over two years have passed since Gov. Jerry Brown and the California Legislature dissolved the 400-plus redevelopment agencies throughout the state and ordered them to wind down their operations and finances, with the goal of...more

LAO Recommends Additional Improvements to Governor’s Initiative to Expand Scope of Infrastructure Financing Districts

As part of California’s 2014-2015 budget, Governor Jerry Brown has proposed the expansion of infrastructure financing districts (IFDs), a funding mechanism for communitywide infrastructure and development projects that has...more

Weekly Recap – Election News and Trends March 3, 2014

Below is a recap of the last two weeks’ election law news and hot topics. The big news, which has been expected for several months now, is that Governor Jerry Brown will seek re-election. California Gov. Jerry Brown...more

More Changes to Prop. 65 in 2014?

Though his broader range of reforms did not make it out of the Legislature last year, California Gov. Jerry Brown is attempting to effect some reform of Proposition 65 (Prop. 65) through administrative action. The Office of...more

High Speed Rail Decision on Track for Review at Court of Appeal

Last Friday, Governor Brown’s administration (the “Petitioners”) filed a petition for extraordinary writ of mandate and application for temporary stay with the California Supreme Court, challenging Superior Court Judge...more

Redevelopment Wind-Down: A Few Random Thoughts

I saw a couple of California redevelopment-related stories over the past week that seemed worthy of at least a brief comment. First, a court decision involving a rather bold argument by a public agency. ...more

Governor's 2014-15 Budget Summary Proposes Expanding Tax Increment Financing

Proposed Changes to Infrastructure Financing District Law - This week Governor Brown released his 2014-15 Budget Summary. It contains a proposal to expand the tax increment financing used by Infrastructure Financing...more

New California Law Expands Protections for Whistleblowers

On October 12, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law SB 496, which, along with two other new laws (SB 666 and AB 263), expands protections for whistleblowers in California by significantly altering California...more

Judge Kenny Rejects Bond Sale to Fund California’s High-Speed Rail Line

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny overruled a request from the California High-Speed Rail Authority to sell $8 billion of the $10 billion in bonds approved by voters in 2008....more

Polanco Act 2.0 Set to Commence in 2014

When Governor Brown eliminated California’s redevelopment agencies with one swipe of his pen (OK, fine, he had a bit of help from the California Supreme Court as well), one of the things that got a bit lost in the ensuing...more

Governor Brown Vetoes California Biosimilar Bill

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a California bill (SB-598) that would have authorized a pharmacist to select a biosimilar when filling a prescription order for a prescribed biological product, provided that the...more

Assembly Bill 327 Removes Upper Limit From California's Renewables Portfolio Standard

On October 7, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 327, removing the current ceiling on California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS). ...more

Cities and Counties Must Provide Report Before Approving Economic Development Subsidies to Businesses

New Law Applies to Subsidies of $100,000 or More - Gov. Brown last week signed into law AB 562, legislation that will require all cities and counties to provide a report to the public before approving any economic...more

California Enacts New Website Disclosure Requirements

A new California law taking effect on January 1, 2014, will require any operator of a website or online service that collects personally identifiable information on state residents to include new do-not-track disclosures in...more

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bill Increasing California’s Minimum Wage

On September 25, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill (AB 10) that will raise California’s minimum wage to $10 per hour by January 1, 2016. The legislation will gradually raise the current minimum wage rate of $8...more

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

New California Law Requires Overtime Pay for Personal Attendants

On September 26, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill which entitles personal attendants in California to overtime pay. Previously, Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order 15 provided a complete overtime...more

Governor Brown Vetoes Eminent Domain Bill, But I'm Not Sure Why

Earlier this week, Governor Brown vetoed AB 374, a bill to amend Code of Civil Procedure section 1263.510, the statute governing recovery of loss of business goodwill in an eminent domain case. But it's not the veto that...more

California Enacts New Laws on Data Privacy and Security Issues

The state continues to lead the United States in the data privacy and security field by giving minors an Internet “delete” option and requiring disclosures about “do not track” practices. In September 2013, California...more

California Governor Jerry Brown Signs "Do Not Track" Disclosure Bill

Governor Jerry Brown signed California Assembly Bill 370 (“A.B. 370”), an amendment to the California Online Privacy Protection Act (“CalOPPA”), into law on Friday, September 27. As previously reported here, A.B. 370 requires...more

Leniency for California Miners -- And a Call for "Top to Bottom" Reform of California Surface Mining Law

California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 447 on Saturday, September 28, 2013, which modifies the Office of Mine Reclamation’s (OMR) authority to list or delist a mine from its list of “good mines” under Cal. Public Resources...more

California Enacts Children’s Online Privacy Legislation

On September 23, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 568, which prohibits an operator of a website, online service, online application, or mobile application from (i) marketing or advertising certain products or...more

California Increases Minimum Wage Next Year

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law a bill that will increase California’s minimum wage in two phases. Beginning July 1, 2014, the minimum wage for California employees will rise from the current $8 per hour to $9...more

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