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California League of Food Processors 21

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.

Energy:

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

the economy.

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