Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.
You could talk about business unfriendly, so-called “job killer” bills coming out of the state Legislature until you are blue in the face. For this blog, I’d like to focus on some of the “job creator” bills that have advanced after a key June 1 deadline.
As identified by the California Chamber of Commerce, these bills won approval in their respective houses — either the Senate or Assembly. June 1 was the deadline for legislation to pass out of the house the bills were introduced for consideration in the second house.
AB 1734 extends California’s current tax credit for motion picture and television productions — with a sunset date of July 1, 2020 — for another five years. The Central Valley has benefited from this, as a number of major productions have been filmed here, including HBO’s “True Detective” in Tulare County and, most recently, “Captain Marvel” in Fresno County’s Shaver Lake.
SB 951 also extends the motion picture and tax credit, though this measure passed the Senate while AB 1734 passed the Assembly.
AB 1743 reauthorizes and provides appropriations for the Career Technical Education Incentive Grant program, which provides training and education for a variety of career options for students. In a place where educational attainment is a challenge, it’s important that remember not all students can (or need) to attend college. They need options as well.
SB 1243 establishes the California State Pathways in Technology program, which assists selected schools in public-private partnership to prepare students for high-skilled, high-demand jobs in technology, manufacturing, health care and finance. This is the kind of pipeline that employers need these days.
The last job creator passed the Assembly in May and awaits a hearing on the Senate floor. AB 2770 would enable businesses to avoid hiring repeat sexual harassment offenders, giving employers the ability to warn other potential employers about an individual’s harassing conduct.