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Legislative Update

The following proposed bills have a potential impact on, or may be of special interest to the ETP program. Brief summaries are provided below.

ETP staff will update this page periodically. However, for the most recent versions, or to track the status of these bills, please visit the Official California Legislative Information website.

Senate Bill 69 (Senator Mark Leno) and Assembly Bill 103 (Assembly Member Shirley Wagner) - Budget Act of 2015

Both Senate Bill 69 and Assembly Bill 103 would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year. In terms of the Employment Training Panel's appropriation, both bills are identical.

As introduced, each bill would increase ETP's appropriation in Fiscal Year 2015-16 by $10 million over what was initially appropriated for Fiscal Year 2014-15, in order to address increasing demand for training contracts.

Both bills were introduced on January 9, 2015. Senate Bill 69 was read for the first time on January 12, 2015, and AB 103 was referred to the Assembly Committee on Budget on January 26, 2015.

Senate Bill 3 (Senator Mark Leno) – Minimum Wage: Adjustment

Existing law requires that, on and after July 1, 2014, the minimum wage for all industries be not less than $9 per hour. Existing law further increases the minimum wage, on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $10 per hour.

As amended on March 11, 2015, this bill would increase the minimum wage on and after January 1, 2016, to not less than $11 per hour, and on and after July 1, 2017, to not less than $13 per hour. The bill would require, commencing January 1, 2019, the annual automatic adjustment of the minimum wage to maintain employee purchasing power diminished by the rate of inflation during the previous year.

The adjustment would be calculated using the California Consumer Price Index, as specified. Further, the bill would prohibit the Industrial Welfare Commission from adjusting the minimum wage downward and from adjusting the minimum wage if the average percentage of inflation for the previous year was negative.

On April 8, 2015, SB 3 was read a third time in the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations. It passed out of Committee and was re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

Assembly Bill 1132 (Assemblymember Philip Ting) – Distributed Generation: Report: Green Workforce Training Programs

Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission, on or before January 1, 2010, and biennially thereafter, in consultation with the Independent System Operator and the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, to study and submit a report to the Legislature and the Governor on the impacts of distributed energy generation on the state's distribution and transmission grid.

As amended March 26, 2015, this bill would require the report to be submitted annually to the Legislature. This bill would require the commission, in consultation with the California Workforce Investment Board and the Employment Training Panel, to include in the report an evaluation of the current use of, and opportunities for, green workforce training programs relating to the deployment of distributed energy resources.

AB 1132 has been read twice in the Assembly. On April 6, 2015, AB 1132 it was re-referred to the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce.

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