• Water Issues

    A.B. 747 - State Water Resources Control Board: Administrative Hearings Office

    Author: Caballero (A)
    Status: Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling
    Description: This bill, operative July 1, 2019, would create within the board an Administrative Hearings Office composed of attorneys qualified to act as hearing officers in adjudicative proceedings involving water rights matters. The bill would require the office to preside over hearings on the following matters: a complaint subjecting a violator of certain water use and diversion provisions to administrative civil liability, a proposed cease and desist order for violating, or threatening to violate, certain requirements relating to water use, and a revocation of a permit or license to appropriate water.
    Link to Bill Text

    A.B. 1739 - Groundwater Management

    Author: Dickinson (A)
    Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 347, Statutes of 2014
    Description: Requires sustainable groundwater management in all groundwater subbasins determined by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) to be at medium to high risk of significant economic, social and environmental impacts due to an unsustainable and chronic pattern of groundwater extractions exceeding the ability of the surface water supplies to replenish the subbasin.
    Link to Bill Text


    S.B. 1319 - Groundwater

    Author: Pavley (S)
    Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 346, Statutes of 2014
    Description: An act to amend Sections 10735.2 and 10735.8 of the Water Code relating to groundwater.
    Link to Bill Text


    S.B. 1168 - Groundwater Management

    Author: Pavley (S)
    Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 346, Statutes of 2014
    Description: An act to amend Sections 10927, 10933, and 12924 of, to add Sections 113 and 10750.1 to, and to add Part 2.74 (commencing with Section 10720) to Division 6 of, the Water Code, relating to groundwater.
    Link to Bill Text

  • Immigration, Labor & Housing

    DRAFT: Revisions to Welfare Commission Wage Order 14-2001

    Status: Draft
    Description: UnitedAg has just received a draft copy of the revisions to Industrial Welfare Commission Wage Order 14-2001 that were required by AB 1066. These changes become effective January 1, 2019, except as otherwise noted in the revised Wage Order for smaller employers of 25 employees or less. The proposed revisions were submitted to the Office of Administrative Law (“OAL”) on November 9, 2018, for legal review prior to implementation. Revisions Draft Text (Link)

    UnitedAg Position: Watch


    S.B. 530 - Employee Housing: Agricultural Employees

    Author: Andy Vidak, R-CA
    Status: Failed deadline pursuant to rule 61(b)(1)
    Description: Would require that certain agricultural worker housing be deemed an agricultural land use for purposes of the general plan of a local agency and, except as provided, would prohibit the local agency from requiring a conditional use permit or other discretionary permit, zoning variance, or other zoning clearance for that housing that is not required for any other agricultural use within the same zone. The bill would define “local agency” for these purposes as a city, county, or city and county, including a charter city, charter county, or charter city and county. Bill Text (Link)

    UnitedAg Position: Watch


    S.B. 3 - Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018

    Author: Jim Beall, D-CA
    Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 365, Statutes of 2017.
    Description: Would enact the Veterans and Affordable Housing Bond Act of 2018, which, if adopted, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,000,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law. Of the proceeds from the sale of these bonds, $3,000,000,000 would be used to finance various existing housing programs, as well as infill infrastructure financing and affordable housing matching grant programs, as provided, and $1,000,000,000 would be used to provide additional funding for the above-described program for farm, home, and mobilehome purchase assistance for veterans, as provided. Bill Text (Link)

    UnitedAg Position: Support


    A.B. 1513 - Employment: Workers’ Compensation and Piece-Rate Compensation (2015-2016)

    Author: Williams (A)
    Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 754, Statutes of 2015.
    Description: AB 1513 adds section 226.2 to the California Labor Code, which applies “for employees who are compensated on a piece-rate basis for any work performed during a pay period.”

    In general terms, Labor Code section 226.2 does two things:

    1. It establishes compensation and wage statement requirements for rest and recovery periods and “other nonproductive time” for piece-rate employees going forward from the effective date of the statute.
    2. It establishes, for certain employers and under certain circumstances, an “affirmative defense” to any claim or cause of action for damages or statutory penalties based on an employer’s alleged failure to pay compensation due for rest and recovery periods and other nonproductive time for time periods prior to the effective date of the statute.

    More information about AB 1513


    S.B. 295 - Farm Labor Contractors: Sexual Harassment Prevention

    Author: Monning (S)
    Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 424, Statutes of 2017.
    Description: Existing law requires farm labor contractors to be licensed by the Labor Commissioner and to comply with specified employment laws applicable to farm labor contractors. A violation of those laws is a crime.

    Existing law prohibits the issuance of a farm labor contractor license unless the applicant attests in writing that certain employees have received sexual harassment prevention and reporting training in accordance with prescribed requirements relating to the substance, administration, and record of the training.

    This bill would additionally require that training for each agricultural employee be in the language understood by that employee. The bill would require a licensee, as part of his or her application for license renewal, to provide the commissioner with a complete list of all materials or resources utilized to provide sexual harassment prevention training to his or her agricultural employees in the calendar year prior to the month the renewal application is submitted. The bill would also require a licensee, as part of that application for license renewal, to provide to the commissioner the total number of agricultural employees trained in sexual harassment prevention in the calendar year prior to the month the renewal application is submitted. The bill would require the commissioner to aggregate the data provided by licensees regarding the number of employees trained and publish on his or her Internet Web site the total number of agricultural employees trained in the previous calendar year.

    More Information

  • SB 901, Dodd. Wildfires

    (1) Existing law, the California Emergency Services Act, among other things, authorizes the Governor, with the advice of the Office of Emergency Services, to divide the state into mutual aid regions for the more effective application, administration, and coordination of mutual aid and other emergency-related activities. Existing law authorizes the Office of Emergency Services to coordinate response and recovery operations in the mutual aid regions. The Budget Act of 2018 appropriated $99,376,000 to the Office of Emergency Services for purposes of local assistance. Of those funds, $25,000,000 was made available, pursuant to a schedule, for equipment and technology that improves the mutual aid system. Existing law authorizes the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFire) to administer various programs, including grant programs, relating to forest health and wildfire protection.
    This bill would revise the Budget Act of 2018 to provide that the $25,000,000 described above shall be applied to support activities directly related to regional response and readiness. The bill would provide that these activities include predeployment of Office of Emergency Services fire and rescue and local government resources that are part of the California Fire and Rescue Mutual Aid System or additional resources upon the authority and approval of the Office of Emergency Services to meet the requirements for state resources called up for predisaster and disaster response. Bill Text
    Position - VETO
  • Technology Issues

    S.B. 807 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems

    Author: Gaines (S)
    Status: Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 834, Statutes of 2016.
    Description: An act to add Section 43.101 to the Civil Code, and to add Chapter 4.5 (commencing with Section 853) to Part 2 of Division 3.6 of Title 1 of the Government Code, relating to unmanned aircraft systems.

    Link to Bill Text

  • H.R. 2 - Federally Qualified Health Clinics: Rural Health Clinics

    Author: Eduardo Garcia, D-CA
    Status: Read 2nd time, amended, and referred to committee on health
    Description: Current law authorizes an FQHC or RHC to apply for an adjustment to its rate based on a change in the scope of services that it provides within 90 days following the beginning of the FQHC’s or RHC’s fiscal year. Current law provides that the department’s implementation of FQHC and RHC services is subject to federal approval and the availability of federal financial participation. This bill would require the methodology of the adjusted per-visit rate to exclude a per-visit payment limitation
    and provider productivity standard. The bill would authorize an FQHC or RHC to apply for a rate adjustment for the adoption, implementation, or upgrade of a certified electronic health record system as a change in the scope of services. Bill Text (link)

    UnitedAg's Position: Watch