26 California Food Producer EDITION 2, 2018 The end of September 2018 marked the final signing period deadline for Governor Jerry Brown, when he decided the fate of hundreds of bills sent to him in August by the California Legislature. In 2018, Brown signed a total 1,016 bills and vetoed only 201. Many of these bills affect, directly and/or indirectly, the food processing industry in California, and CLFP actively advocated for the interests of food producers on these bills. CLFP was involved in some significant “wins” on behalf of the food processing industry and will work for the industry again when the Legislature returns to work in January. CLFP KEY LEGISLATIVE “WINS” ■ ■ AB 3080 (Gonzalez-Fletcher, D) – Bans settlement agreements for labor and employment claims, as well as arbitration agreements made as a condition of employ- ment. CLFP opposed this bill, and it was vetoed by Governor. ■ ■ SB 71 (Weiner, D) – Makes the collection of food processing by-products for animal feed and land application more difficult and costlier by granting private waste haulers more jurisdictional enforcement authority. CLFP opposed this bill, and it was vetoed by Governor. ■ ■ SB 1131 (Hertzberg, D) – Increases access to energy efficiency funds paid by industrial ratepayers for energy efficiency projects at industrial facilities by requiring the CPUC to create a standardized metric for project eligibility. CLFP supported this bill, and it was signed by Governor. CLFP KEY LEGISLATIVE “LOSSES” ■ ■ SB 100 (DeLeon, D) – Increases energy costs by mandating an ambiguous zero-carbon energy planning goal by 2045. CLFP opposed this bill, but it was signed by Governor. ■ ■ SB 901 (Dodd/Conference Committee) – Increases energy rates for California manufacturers by shifting cost burdens to ratepayers to cover wildfire caused by utilities. CLFP opposed this bill, but it was signed by Governor. ■ ■ SB 1300 (Jackson, D) – Lowers the standard for sexual harassment complaints and discourages summary adju- dication of meritless claims. CLFP opposed this bill, but it was signed by Governor. LEGISLATIVE ISSUES OUTLOOK FOR 2019 Three controversial legislative proposals that did not pass the legislature in 2018 will likely be revisited in 2019. CLFP was either closely monitoring or engaging on these issues as they have implications on water, energy and labor costs for food processors throughout the state. These issues include: ■ ■ Water Tax – Reintroduction of legislation to levy a tax Legislative By TRUDI HUGHES - CLFP Government Affairs Director Update