On Monday the State Legislature returned from their month-long Summer Recess with just 25 days remaining before their Adjournment of the two-year session on Friday, August 31.
It’s going to be a wild four weeks!
The State Assembly returns with 480 bills to process in August. Not to be outdone, the State Senate returns to Sacramento facing 890 bills to act on.
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is pushing hard on several bills we support or oppose. Three bills we strongly support have passed the State Senate and are in the Assembly Appropriations Committee:
• SB 905 – Extends last call for liquor sales in 7 cities including West Hollywood.
• SB 829 – Exempts cannabis for compassionate use patients from excise and cultivation taxes.
• SB 930 – Provides state-chartered banking services for cannabis businesses.
All three of these bills must move out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee by August 17 or they will die.
In May a delegation from the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce met with the Capitol Staff of Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego), Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, urging her support of the Chamber’s Legislative Priorities.
And just last Friday, WHCC Board of Directors Chair Keith Kaplan and Government Affairs Committee Co-Chair Ted Green met with Assemblymember Gonzalez Fletcher’s District Staff in San Diego to lobby for the three priority bills whose fates are in her hands.
Here’s how you can help:
Please call Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher’s Capitol Office at (916) 319-2080 and ask her “Please pass SB 905, SB 829 and SB 930 out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee.” Please call today – it will literally take less than 90 seconds.
Here’s a link to a story NBC4 ran on SB 905 on Monday.