May 27, 2022
Weideman Group Weekly

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Assembly Speakership Change

Assemblymember Robert Rivas, a Democrat representing Assembly District 30 in the rural Salinas area, has secured enough votes to be the next Speaker of the State Assembly. The Speaker determines what committees members sit on, oversees all business of the Assembly, sets the tone for the Assembly’s priorities and negotiates the budget with the Governor. Current Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon has been serving in this role since 2016 and is termed out in 2024. Rivas met with Speaker Rendon this morning to initiate discussions on what we expect to be a smooth transition of power.

House of Origin Deadline

Today marked the last day for each house to pass bills introduced in their respective chambers. After a weeklong marathon of floor sessions, the legislature voted and passed hundreds of bills that will now head to the second house. Noteworthy bills that will continue to move through the legislative process are AB 2632 (Holden) limiting the use of solitary confinement, AB 2322 (Wood) requiring new fire resistance building standards for critical infrastructure, AB 2080 (Wood) establishing the Health Care Consolidation and Contracting Fairness Act of 2022, SB 1109 (Caballero) extending critical biomass facilities, SB 1340 (Hertzberg) extending the solar property tax exclusion, SB 1469 (Bradford) empowering water utilities to institute aggressive conservation programs, and a Senate package of 12 bills designed to combat climate change. Bills that move on to the second house will begin to be heard in policy committees in June.

Water Restrictions

California’s drought conditions continue to worsen, which has led the State Water Resources Control Board to adopt and implement a statewide ban on watering of non-functional turf in the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors. Additionally, the regulations will require local agencies to implement water use restrictions. It is estimated that water supplies may deplete to 20% lower than expected due to the extreme heat. For water savings tips you can visit www.saveourwater.com

Gun Reform

Governor Newsom and legislative leaders are expediting a package of gun reform legislation following a recent surge in mass shootings. Some of the bills included in the package are AB 1621 (Gipson) restricting ghost guns and the parts and kits used to build them, AB 2572 (Bauer-Kahan) restricting the advertising of firearms to minors, SB 1327 (Hertzberg) creating a private right of action to limit spread of illegal assault weapons and ghost guns. The Governor has stated that he would like to see these bills on his desk in the next month.

Winds of Change

The Department of the Interior proposed offshore wind lease sales for two regions off the California coast, near Morro Bay and Humboldt County, which have the potential to deliver 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind energy. The announcement represents the first-ever offshore wind lease sale proposed on the country’s west coast and kicks off a public comment period that will inform the agency’s decision whether to finalize the lease sale. The announcement followed notice from the California Energy Commission that it would reconsider proposed planning goals of 3 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and 10-15 GW by 2045 after it received hundreds of public comments and new studies were released suggesting the goals should be higher.

Welcome to the Team

Weideman Group would like to welcome two new team members, Tim Sullivan (aka “Sully”) and Jake Keller. Sully will be serving as an account manager and Jake Keller, a law student, will be serving as our summer fellow.