job killerEvery year, California Chamber of Commerce releases a list of job killer bills to identify legislation that will decimate economic and job growth in California. The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce supports these efforts, and sees the importance in joining the state in educating the local community about the “business unfriendly” legislation that is out there.

“Even though California is already the most regulated business market in America, there never seems to be an end to new ideas in the legislature about how to make life even more difficult,” said Glenn Morris, president & CEO of the Chamber.

“We recognize that our voice alone won’t make much of an impact, so we’re proud to partner with the CalChamber and local chambers across the state to support legislation that brings relief from unneeded rules to our members and to fight back against the constant drumbeat of bad ideas that will ultimately make business more costly, less effective, and more likely to fail.”

The list of job-killing legislation, which was released March 29, continues to be updated with more bills as legislation is amended. It currently includes 19 proposed bills CalChamber officials believe would have an adverse impact on California’s job climate and economic recovery.

“These job killer bills represent the worst of the worst legislative proposals currently under consideration by lawmakers,” said Allan Zaremberg, President and CEO of the California Chamber of Commerce.

“As everyone knows, California has areas that are booming economically and other areas that are stagnating. Each part of California has unique problems and these job killers will negatively impact future economic growth. Whether they create barriers to providing affordable housing for workers, or increase costs for companies trying to grow or stay in business, these job killer bills should not become law.”

The Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce encourages our local community to stay informed about these potentially harmful bills.

Morris encourages all businesses to share their concerns about likely impacts of particular bills on their business with the Chamber.

“One of our key missions,” he said, “is to serve as the voice of our members with legislators and regulators. The more specific information we get from local businesses, the more effectively we can represent their views.”

Below are some of the legislation included on the list, and a full list of job killer bills can be found at

AB 2879 (Stone; D-Scotts Valley) Employment Arbitration Agreements Discrimination — Unfairly discriminates against arbitration agreements and is likely preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act, which will lead to confusion and litigation, by prohibiting an employer from requiring an individual who is a member of the military to sign a mandatory arbitration agreement as a condition of employment.

AB 2502 (Mullin; D-South San Francisco/Chiu; D-San Francisco) Erodes Housing Affordability — Increases the cost and reduces the supply of housing by authorizing local governments as condition of development to impose a costly and inflexible price-controlled inclusionary housing requirement and, in doing so, legislatively repeals an established court decision upholding developers’ ability to set initial rental rates for new dwelling units.

AB 1727 (Gonzalez; D–Sherman Heights) Price-Setting by Independent Contractors — Harms consumers and the California economy by essentially allowing independent contractors in almost every industry to collaborate and set prices for their services as well as other terms and conditions of their contracts, which will raise prices for consumers as well as subject them to costly litigation with the threat of triple damages if consumers terminate those contracts.

ACA 8 (Bloom; D-Santa Monica) Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners by giving local governments new authority to enact special taxes for storm and wastewater infrastructure, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to fifty-five percent.

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