The Good, Bad, and Ugly Bills of 2022

Date: July 16, 2021

February 18 is the deadline for introducing new legislation

Good

  • Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. NFIB is working to have the Legislature adopt Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposal to put $3 billion toward the state’s outstanding loan of $19.4 billion with the federal government, to minimize spikes in unemployment insurance tax increases.

Bad

  • Assembly Bill 257 would effectively abolish the decades-old, job-creating fast food franchise model and replace it with a union-friendly Fast-Food Sector Council that would set wages and working conditions.

  • Assembly Bill 95 would have mandated 10 days of unpaid bereavement leave upon the death of a spouse, child, parent, parent-in-law, sibling, grandparent, grandchild or domestic partner. NFIB helped defeat the bill by pointing out California and employers themselves already offer 16 types of leave time.

  • Assembly Bill 1119, would have amended The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status to now include ‘family responsibilities.’ NFIB and its coalition partners stopped its passage.

Ugly

  • Assembly Bill 1400/Assembly Constitutional Amendment 11 would have abolished private health insurance and brought every health-care dollar and decision (including the federal Medicare, Medi-Cal, and Tri-Care programs) under the control of a new CalCare agency run by political appointees to the tune of $162 billion to $170 billion a year. NFIB and its business coalition partners lobbied heavily against this single-payer health care proposal, pointing out, among other things, that 94% of Californians already have health insurance. In the end there were not enough votes in the Assembly by the deadline for passing it on to the State Senate.

  • Assembly 1218 would have required all vehicles and light-duty trucks to be emission free by 2035 despite not having the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in place. NFIB argued against the proposal.

 

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