Maybe you've heard about the new bill proposed in Sacramento that would prevent you from checking the criminal record of a job applicant, or the one that would allow a fired employee to come back into your business to go through their personnel file. How about the one that would let unemployed people collect unemployment while not looking for work. The best way to find out about these and other legislative issues that will impact your business is to follow the Southwest California Legislative Council. The SWCLC currently represents over 2,500 local business members providing jobs for more than 25,000 people in Temecula, Murrieta, Lake Elsinore and Wildomar.
Want to find out about the newest bills in Sacramento or Washington DC that might help or harm you? Our meetings are attended by our legislative and Congressional representatives or their staff, providing insight into these bills and why we should support or oppose a measure. Curious about city issues? Our local cities attend the meetings and give updates on items they are working on. Concerned about the Bay Delta Conservation Plan, or just water issues in general? Metropolitan, Eastern, Western and Lake Elsinore water districts are always there to answer questions. Worried about the economy, healthcare, school districts or air quality? We have representatives from the building industry, banks, the League of Cities, economic development, real estate and more to provide perspective on those issues.
Three months into our new legislative year. the Legislative Council has debated and adopted positions on more than 30 state and federal bills. So far we have been supportive of 2/3 of the bills because they will benefit our members, bills like AB223 (Olsen) that would make it more difficult for nuisance attorneys to file frivolous lawsuits for ADA compliance, or SB235 (Wyland) which would exempt businesses from sales and use tax on new equipment purchased to increase manufacturing, processing or employment in the state, or AB1203 (Gorrell) that would prohibit the Franchise Tax Board from hitting you with retroactive taxes for a mistake they made.
The SWCLC has also opposed a number of bills that would make life more difficult for businesses to operate in the Golden State. There's a reason California has an abysmal record for attracting and retaining businesses and some legislators appear to have made it their goal to drive the last business across the border and put up a closed sign. Increasing rather than decreasing CEQA hoops to jump through (AB953-Ammiano), taking workers comp back to the bad old days (SB626-Beall), and increasing taxes, fees and regulations on just about everything you do are just some of the examples of bad business bills we are tracking.
We'd love to hear from you. The Council will do the heavy lifting - research, discussion and all the follow-up letters and contacts, but we would like to hear what concerns you and your business. Please join us the 3rd Monday of the month for a lively and enlightening time. This year's meetings are being held at the Ortega Adult School, 520 Chaney Street, in Lake Elsinore at noon. You can also follow us at www.southwestca.biz or join the facebook discussion at www.facebook.com/swclc. Ask you Chamber about membership and sponsorship opportunities.