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processors in California at a competitive disadvantage
relative to those in other states, and would ultimately
raise food prices for consumers.
CLFP strongly believes that nationally uniform labeling
policies are critical because uniform labeling minimizes
confusion, increases consumer confidence, and helps
control labeling and distribution costs to consumers.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the
labeling of all food, and is, in fact, currently engaged in
updating nutrition labels for the first time in 20 years.
It does not make sense for the California Legislature to
mandate an additional California labeling law when a
new, national effort is underway.
SB 350 (De Leon; D-Los Angeles)
Pesident pro Tem Kevin De Leon’s legislation, Senate Bill
350, will ratchet up energy restrictions in California if it
is approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor
Brown. SB 350 passed a Senate policy committee, despite
concerns from business representatives and Republican
legislators that it will drive up energy costs, cost jobs
and place too much power in the hands of unelected
bureaucrats in the California agencies.
Senate Bill 350 mandates that the state meet three clean-
energy goals by 2030:
• Fifty percent reduction in gasoline and diesel fuel
used in vehicles.
• Fifty percent of electricity generated from renewable
resources (an increase from the current 33 percent
mandate by 2020).
• Doubling of the energy efficiency of existing buildings.
The bill does not specify how those mandates will
be achieved. It leaves the details and the authority
to implement and enforce them to the California Air
Resources Board, the California Energy Commission and
the California Public Utilities Commission.
Senate President Pro Tem de León states the aim of
the bill is to make sure California keeps leading and
building the new economy of tomorrow by putting in
place standards that will spur innovation and power
and provide for a sustainable California future. De León
said the state’s experience with the implementation of
AB 32, the California Global Warming Solutions Act of
2006, shows that increased energy regulation can help
In addition to the 50 percent reduction in petroleum
use, SB 350 seeks to increase the current Renewable
Portfolio Standard from 33 percent to 50 percent. The
Legislature’s effort to increase renewable goals and to
mandate ever-higher renewable energy targets continues
to jeopardize affordability and reliability of California’s
energy supply. For instance, with respect to renewables,
California has yet to solve the ongoing and costly
problems of intermittency and costly over generation,
which continues to plague California’s energy system and
threaten the grid.
Currently, California’s energy price per kilowatt hour is
among the highest in the nation. California’s industrial
rates are now 80% higher than its neighboring states.
Mandating upgrades to meet increased energy efficiency
standards while increasing the cost of energy will make
California businesses less competitive.
CLFP strongly opposes SB 350.
SB 32 (Pavley; D-Agoura Hills)
Senator Fran Pavley is carrying a bill to deal with the
state’s climate change goals after 2020. Senate Bill 32
would amend part of the landmark California Global
Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (known as AB 32) to
require the State Air Resources Board to approve a
statewide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions limit that is
equivalent to 80 percent below California’s 1990 levels.
The bill also includes legislative intent language indicating
it is desired that the Legislature and appropriate state
agencies will adopt complementary policies that ensure
long-term emissions reductions.
However, at a recent Climate Summit in San Francisco,
Governor Jerry Brown proposed the adoption of near-
term climate goals for 2030 and 2050. Governor Brown
issued Executive Order B-30-15 committing California to
a 40% GHG emission reduction by 2030, based on 1990
levels. Brown's new target is a clear sign the governor
wants California to influence the international dialogue
between now and December, when world leaders will
gather in Paris to negotiate a global climate change treaty.
The 40% target is more aggressive than the climate goals
that President Obama announced last year.
Senator Pavley has announced that she will be amending
her SB 32 to incorporate the governor’s goals contained
in the executive order, thus giving them the force and
effect of law.
CLFP opposes the adoption of these interim climate goals
given the state has yet to show that the current goals
adopted under AB 32 have been achieved.
Labor and Employment Measures:
There are several labor and employment bills that CLFP
is actively engaged in defeating as part of the California
Employers Coalition. Two priority measures that would
significantly increase costs to employers include:
• SB 3 (Leno; D-San Francisco/ Leyva; D-Chino) which
would establish an automatic minimum wage increase of
$3.00 over the next two and a half years with automatic
increases tied to inflation.
• SB 406 (Jackson; D-Santa Barbara) which would
significantly expand the California Family Rights Act
reducing the employee threshold from 50 to less than 5
employees and expanding the family members for whom