....CONTINUED FROM PAGE 14 is a “clean-up” bill that provides that these funds will be allocated according to the Rural Crime Prevention Program schedule already detailed in the Penal Code, giving the State Controller’s Office the ability to properly distribute the funds. SB 950 (Jackson) – CEQA Revision Held in Senate Environmental Quality Committee • CCA Opposed SB 950 sought to make numerous revisions to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), including requiring public agencies to consider environmental justice within CEQA analyses. Many of the amendments—such as broad translation requirements and the addition of a second public comment period for environmental impact reports—would have provided project opponents additional opportunities to abuse CEQA’s administrative process or created new grounds for opponents to challenge projects in court. SB 1011 (Dahle) – Water Quality Held in the Senate • CCA Supported This bill would have provided that an “agency implementation plan” between a land management agency (such as the US Forest Service or Bureau of Land Management) and the State Water Resources Control Board
(SWRCB) satisfies waste discharge and waste discharge reporting requirements of the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. The bill would have potentially curtailed the SWRCB’s duplicative non-point source regulatory efforts on federal lands in the Lahontan and Central Valley regions. SB 1159 (Hill) – COVID-19 Workers’ Compensation Signed into law by Governor • CCA Opposed SB 1159 would codify the Governor’s Executive Order on COVID-19-related workers’ compensation. For employees that test positive for COVID-19 within 14 days of performing work at the place of employment at the employer’s direction, the bill would establish a rebuttable presumption that the employee contracted COVID-19 at the workplace if: (1) five or more employees test positive at a workplace with between 6-100 employees, or (2) 5% of employees test positive at a workplace with more than 100 employees. The employer would have 30 days to rebut the presumption. (No rebuttable presumption would attach to employers with five or fewer employees.) SB 1383 (Jackson) – Expanded Family Leave Signed into law by Governor • CCA Opposed SB 1383 would require any employer with five or more employees to grant an employee’s request for up to 12 workweeks of protected unpaid leave during any 12-month period to bond with a new child or to care for themselves or a family member.
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