Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4410 News & Views Magazine EDITION 2, 2016 CLFP had a combination of wins and losses for the 2016 legislative year, stopping dozens of harmful bills and helping to pass some bills that will increase certainty and reduce competitive disadvantages for the California food processing industry. During this legislative season, CLFP tracked more than 120 bills – with 77 killed in the California Legislature, 36 signed and nine vetoed. Key legislative issues included groundwater, food waste, labor, a beverage tax and climate change. CLFP worked with other business organizations to stop several onerous bills introduced this year. Most of the bills were stopped during the legislative process, either in committee, killed on the floors of either house or amended to remove the worst provisions. Nonetheless, several CLFP-opposed bills made it to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk and were signed. The bills signed by Governor Brown will take effect on January1, 2017. LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Overall, this legislative session was a mixture of wins and losses for both the business community and labor. Governor Brown made an indexed minimum wage increase a top priority earlier this year, in part to stymie some labor-sponsored ballot initiatives. In addition, legislation was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor which removes the overtime pay exemption for agricultural workers (AB 1066; Gonzalez; D-San Diego). CLFP joined California agricultural producers in opposing this measure. The Governor also signed a measure which directs the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) to adopt a standard to protect the health and safety of indoor workers from heat-related illness and injury (SB 1167; Mendoza; D-Artesia). CLFP opposed this measure as it limits the discretion and authority of Cal/OSHA to determine the scope and application of the regulation. Despite these measures being signed, the business community enjoyed some significant successes as well. A number of harmful labor-related proposals were stopped, including mandated scheduling practices, limits on the use of arbitra- tion agreements, mandatory disclosure of Illness and Injury Prevention Plans to employees and random workplace investigations. TAXES CLFP worked hard to stop legislation that would have created a targeted tax on the beverage manufacturers (AB 2782; Bloom; D-Santa Monica).This legislation would have arbitrarily and unfairly targeted sugar sweetened beverages for a new tax in order to fund health programs designed to combat obesity in California. Legislative By TRUDI HUGHES AND JOHN LARREA - CLFP Government Affairs Directors Update