NFIB Reacts to Governor Brown Vetoing SB 654

Date: September 30, 2016 Last Edit: October 03, 2016

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This bill would have targeted small businesses with another mandate

National Federation of Independent Business/California
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NFIB Reacts to Governor Brown Vetoing SB 654
This bill would have targeted small businesses with another mandate
SACRAMENTO, Calif., September 30, 2016 – Following Governor Jerry Brown vetoing Senate Bill 654 (Jackson) today, NFIB California State Executive Director Tom Scott issued the following statement on behalf of our 22,000 small business members:
“SB 654 (Jackson) would have directly targeted small businesses at a time when California already mandates a long list of family-friendly leaves of absence on employers. NFIB opposed this bill because it would have created a significant hardship for small businesses with a limited number of employees who do not have the ability to operate with even one or two staff members on leave for over a month. It is also important to note that although the bill applied to employers with more than 20 employees—it aggregated the number of employees one has at multiple locations, creating challenges for small business owners with multiple locations which may only have a few employees at each site.
“We are grateful Governor Brown vetoed this bill since it would have added to the piling-on effect of additional costs, mandates and regulations from our aggressive legislature felt by small business owners across the state. This veto represents a glimmer of hope following what has been a long, painful legislative year for small business.”
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB has 350,000 dues-paying members nationally, with over 22,000 in California. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. To learn more visit

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