22 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2017 The California League of Food Processors (CLFP) is a strong advocate for the food processing industry in the halls of the California Capitol. The CLFP Legislative Affairs Program focuses on both legislative outreach and advocacy on specific legislative proposals impacting the industry. LEGISLATIVE OUTREACH. Building and maintaining relationships with legislators is vitally important whether they represent CLFP member companies, hold influential leadership positions or represent urban districts. With a large class of new legislators this year, CLFP staff has been making the rounds to meet with all the new members. These“meet and greets”lay the groundwork for CLFP’s advo- cacy efforts in the future. Perhaps the biggest impact on legislators is when CLFP member company representatives come to the Capitol. This year CLFP will host its Ninth Annual CLFP Capitol Day on June 20, 2017. This event provides an excellent opportunity for CLFP member company representatives to meet with legislators and the Governor’s Office to discuss issues affect- ing the food processing industry. CLFP will also be organizing agricultural and processing tours with legislators. These tours prove to be highly effective in educating legislators and legislative staff about the industry and challenges it faces. ADVOCACY EFFORTS CLFP engages on a number of legislative proposals that impact the food processing industry. The 2017-2018 legisla- tive session is in full swing this spring with over 2,000 bills introduced and moving through the legislative process. CLFP is engaging on bills relating to labor, water, climate change, energy, food labeling, regulatory reform and taxes. The most pressing measures that CLFP opposes this leg- islative session include onerous new employer mandates, changes in air quality enforcement standards and food warning labels. CLFP advocates against any measure that places undue burden on the industry and creates a less favorable business climate in California. CLFP is supporting measures this legislative session relating to tax exemptions for manufacturing equipment, regulatory reform and Proposition 65 reform. These measures all create a more favorable business environment in California and help ensure that the food processing industry continues to thrive and provide jobs. Want to learn more? Contact the CLFP office at (916) 640-8150 to join the CLFP Legislative Affairs Committee. Legislative By TRUDI HUGHES - CLFP Government Affairs Director Update The 2017-2018 legislative session is in full swing this spring with over 2,000 bills introduced and moving through the legislative process. CLFP is engaging on bills relating to labor, water, climate change, energy, food labeling, regulatory reform and taxes.