published on November 6, 2017 - 1:16 PM
Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.

The 2017 legislative year in Sacramento was busy — but mostly successful — when it comes to damage control for business in the Golden State, according to the California Chamber of Commerce.

The CalChamber stopped many harmful proposals, won amendments to mitigate damaging proposals and helped pass bills to invest in the state’s future this past year.

Altogether, the CalChamber tracked 214 California bills of interest to the business community. It helped stop 91 (including 25 so-called “job killers), secured amendments to 31 (16 of which were signed into law) and backed 16 bills that were signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

One of the more onerous bills that was stopped by the governor was AB 1209, which would have imposed a new data collection mandate on California employers, requiring firms with 500 more employees to post data on the difference in mean and median salaries paid to men and women in the same job title.

In his veto message, Brown correctly surmised that the bill “could be exploited to encourage more litigation than pay equity.”

The CalChamber is to be commended for shining a light on some of the ridiculous bills that were submitted that are completely tone deaf to the needs of California’s business community. And kudos to business allies for making their voices heard. Each CalChamber success is a win for the California economy.

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