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Halftime Legislative Update
With Skip Daum
The Super Bowl Circus of all time was had on a full moon evening Friday the 13th in the State Capitol. With hours to go before the deadline to recess until January around 1,000 bills either moved ahead, were held over until January when session resumes, or were killed. Amidst the chaos were hundreds of lobbyists and a larger mob of anti-vaccine protestors who disrupted floor proceedings in both the Senate and Assembly. One tossed a bag of blood onto the Senate floor from the visitors gallery as she screamed something like "this is from the dead babies".
Senators evacuated the floor and resumed work in a large committee room until 3:15 a.m. Also among the throng of opponents to the vaccine bill were Uber and Lyft drivers protesting AB 5 which would make them employees instead of independent contractors. (That bill exempts licensed contractors, and several other "carve outs" were amended into the measure.) Other bills regard the environment, pushing back on President Trump's regulatory changes, police restraint, affordable housing and local housing density reforms, retentions, and dispute resolution.
ASAC's bill, AB 1736, was adroitly maneuvered amidst this frenzy and is now sitting on the Governor's desk; he'll act on it within the month. It requires local agencies to develop prompt notification processes so you can be promptly informed about whose bid was deemed lowest. (See attached letter to the governor.) More on all these measures in a week... time for a coffee break.
ASAC AB1736 letter to Governor
Legislative Bill Status Report
American Subcontractors Ass'n. - CA
BASA, ASAC & ASA National are a united voice dedicated to improving the business environment in the construction industry, representing subcontractors before all branches (executive, legislative, judicial) and levels (federal, state, local) of government, to organizations representing other parts of the construction industry, to the news media, and others.
Any person, firm or corporation that in the normal course of business furnishes subcontract labor and/or materials to the construction industry or provides a service to such subcontractors or material suppliers is eligible for regular membership in the association
BASA, in conjunction with ASAC (ASA of California) & ASA National, offer subcontractor-tailored events and education including Members-only educational resources ranging from model contract language to risk management and marketing tools. We also offer in-person and distance-learning educational events – open to members, some free and some for greatly reduced fee. Some events that have additional option for non-members to attend - at a higher fee.
BASA is working hard to offer a balanced calendar of events that serves as educational and social – to provide connection between like-minded individuals and companies that stimulate the subcontractor’s, supplier’s and contractor’s business community. Easy technology formats also link our members to better serve their current needs.