It’s an annual rite of the legislative session – the California Chamber of Commerce designates its job-killer bills. This year, five bills by three local legislators made the list. which has 32 altogether. Here they are, along with the chamber’s descriptions:
AB 288 by Assemblyman Mar Levine, D-San Rafael: De Facto Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing — Imposes a de facto moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing in the state, driving up fuel and energy prices and harming the job market in these sectors, by basing approval of notices for well operations on a public health and safety standard that is impossible to meet.
SB 241 by state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa: Fuel Price Increase — Drives up fuel prices for businesses and consumers by imposing a severance tax at the 9.9 percent of the gross value of each barrel of oil severed, thereby discouraging production of such oil and gas in this state.
SB 365 by state Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis: Limitations on Tax Credits — Creates uncertainty for California employers making long-term investment decisions by requiring tax incentives end 10 years after its effective date.
SCA 7 by Wolk: Lowers Vote Requirement for Tax Increases — Adds complexity and uncertainty to the current tax structure and pressure to increase taxes on commercial, industrial and residential property owners to finance library construction by giving local government new authority to enact special taxes, including parcel taxes, by lowering the vote threshold from two-thirds to 55 percent.
SB 617 by Evans: Comprehensive CEQA Expansion — Inappropriately expands the California Environmental Quality Act, slowing development and growth in the state, by increasing CEQA notice filing and publication requirements, inviting more litigation over CEQA projects by overturning a recent court decision and allowing project opponents to challenge EIRs that don’t adequately evaluate and mitigate impacts related to conditions and physical features in the environment like sea-level rise and fault-lines, and eliminating several existing CEQA exemptions.
For the full list, click here.
In past years, the chamber has succeeded in defeating or securing vetoes for many of the bills given the “job killer” designation. With a new Democratic supermajority in place, will 2013 be different?
– Jim Sweeney