ASAC Members take note: Our Assembly Bill 1705 passed just the Assembly and now goes to the Senate for a hearing in June. The bill closes a loophole in a recent law that allows public entities to declare any construction project as "substantially complex." If the agency does that it can then avoid (evade) the 5% cap on retention that we helped secure last year in SB 293. And that's exactly what some school districts did.
Note: This article about ASA-PAC refers to the ASA National PAC. ASA California has a separate Political Action Committee and does its own solicitations, (including the $50.00 voluntary line item on your membership invoice), under different rules.
The rules governing political action committees are extremely complicated. Who can be asked for contributions? Who can give? How much can one give? Add the differences between federal and state rules, and one’s head begins to spin. But there is one simple thing that can be done to help further ASA’s national political efforts — fill out a prior approval form for the ASA-Political Action Committee (ASA-PAC).
Access to bills, analyses, votes, districts, rosters:
State of California Website -http://www.ca.gov
California State Senate -http://www.sen.ca.gov/
California State Assembly - http://www.assembly.ca.gov/acs/defaulttext.asp
Official California Legislative Information -http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/
California Legislative Publications -http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/legpubs.html
California WWW Sites -http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/legsite.html
Find your US and State Representatives- http://mygov.governmentguide.com/mygov/dbq/officials/
Compiled by McLennon Law Corporation
Special thanks to Skip Daum of Capitol Communications Group for his assistance in sifting through and summarizing bills.
Over 4,000 were introduced by the California Legislature in 2011-2012. Below are summaries of some of the more important bills affecting contractors in their roles as contractors. Many other bills will impact them in other roles, such as being businesses, taxpayers, and employers. Each of the summaries are brief, focusing on the gist of the bill, while most of the bills have additional provisions that are not mentioned. Links are provided to the full text of each of the bills for those wanting to know in detail the provisions of the new law. Lastly, reference is made to failed bills that are likely to be revisited next session.
by Greg Wright, RPW/United Agencies
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