THIS FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, IS "D-DAY" FOR 462 LEGISLATIVE BILLS SET FOR DISPOSITION IN THE SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE. ASAC'S AB 1736 (NOTIFICATION TO BIDDERS) IS AMONG THEM.
Our bill has survived opposition from numerous local public entities and, as of today, has no formal OPP. However, the Senate Approps Comm has reigned in hundreds of bills and put them on the "Suspense" calendar because they may cost the State more than $150,000 to implement. The Committee staff hypothecated more than 1,000 entities would bill the State for their costs to develop notification policies and post the names of the apparent lowest bidder to their websites. Hence... it's on suspense.
Leaving it where it is means it'll become a 2 year bill. That means no movement during the legislative recess between September and January. And, it also means that it must pass from the committee to the Senate floor on the very first hearing in January... or die.
We hope to move it out of committee on Friday to the floor for possible amendments, yet again, in order to lower the cost estimate by the staff, and the Governor's Department of Finance estimate of the bill costing $4.3,000,000 !! We'll have approximately 2 weeks to do so if we want to move it to the Governor before October; it can stay on the floor until January and this would avoid the rule requiring an 'up or down' vote in the Committee's January hearing. In this manner we'll have a couple months in 2020 to work the bill.
AGC, numerous trades, and unions have supported our bill. We have sent to you a request to call the Appropriations Committee Chairman's office urging support. As this is your bill, we trust you made the calls. Anthony Portantino (D) is the Chair.
Importantly, our author, Assembly Member Tom Daly (D), is meeting with the Chairman this week to determine if he will allow the bill to reach the floor on Friday.
ASAC, and hundreds of other organizations will be on hand to hear the verdict on these bills; no testimony will be allowed... just a reading of the list for the bills to "remain in committee" or pass to the floor.
If you haven't yet called Chairman Portantino's office... NOW IS THE TIME!
Phone Chairman Anthony Portantino's office and leave this message, even on after hours voice mail: (916) 651-4025. Leave your name, company, and phone number with the message below.
"I'm a construction contractor and I'd like the Senator to approve AB 1736 by Assembly Member Tom Daly. The bill provides me with a timely notification of my bid to start work on a local agency's project. Thank you!"
Thank you all for helping lobby in favor of this fair and important measure.