Thursday, October 1, report from the State Capitol
Welcome to the October 1 newsletter edition of the NFIB California Main Street Minute from your legislative advocacy team in Sacramento. You can find MSMs every Monday on the www.nfib.com/CA website. Two special versions are included in the newsletter to all NFIB California members the first and third Thursdays of the month.
- Yesterday, September 30, was the deadline for Gov. Gavin Newsom to either sign or veto bills sent to him by the Legislature.
- Check out the 2020 Legislative Wrap-Up story on the NFIB California webpage for an update on what the governor did to bills of interest to small business.
- Also, yesterday, NFIB California State Director John Kabateck teamed up Assemblyman Jim Cooper and others for a Yes on Proposition 20 news conference. The ballot measure, among other things, would authorize felony charges for specified theft crimes currently chargeable only as misdemeanors.
- According to arguments in favor of Prop. 20 in the Official Voter Information Guide (Page 50) issued by the Secretary of State’s office, “California reduced penalties for theft in 2014. Since then, major theft has increased 25%, costing grocers, small business owners, retailers, homeowners, and consumers billions of dollars. Shoplifting has become so common it’s seldom reported.”
- The Kabateck/Cooper duet seems to be in high demand. Last week, both men teamed up with local Los Angeles law enforcement leaders for an editorial board meeting on Prop. 20 with the Los Angeles Times.
- What are NFIB’s positions on the other ballot initiatives? Click here or the answer and a brief description of the five measures it took a stance on.
- We’re podcasting now. We’ve just produced and posted NFIB Podcast Takes Aim at Proposition 15 with special guest Rex Hime. This follows the first one NFIB produced with special guest James Beckwith, president and CEO of Five Star Bank, who discusses Paycheck Protection Program loans with NFIB California State Director John Kabateck.
- “All California active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot for the November 3, 2020 election. Your county elections office will begin mailing ballots by October 5, 2020,” reports the California secretary of state’s office on a new website designed to bring all election-related information. “In-person voting locations will offer voter registration, replacement ballots, accessible voting machines, and language assistance to those who need it.”
- The new site also offers the enticing buttons of “Election Myth Busters” and “Office of Election Cybersecurity.”
- NFIB released its month Jobs Report today. Check it out on the national NFIB website.