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New Law Works to Protect Environmentally and Ecologically Sensitive Areas Against Oil Spills
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, announced today that Governor Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 864, the measure he introduced in response to the recent Refugio oil spill.
“I am heartened to see Governor Brown’s commitment to keeping our precious and environmentally sensitive areas safe,” said Assemblymember Williams. “The risks of oil operations cannot be ignored, and AB 864 will set up more stringent requirements for pipeline operators so that we can work to avoid horrendous disasters like the Refugio spill.”
SACRAMENTO - Assembly Bill 3, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D -
Carpinteria), seeks to establish a Community Services District (CSD) within Isla Vista, a densely
populated unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County. The bill cleared both the Senate and
Assembly Floors today and now heads to the Governor's desk for signature.
Assemblymember Williams served as Principal-Coauthor of SB 350
SACRAMENTO – Less than one month after Senate Bill 350 passed out of the legislature, Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, joined Governor Brown, Senator Kevin De León, and other legislative leaders at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles for a signing ceremony of this landmark climate legislation.
Event Provides Presentations on Creating, Maintaining and Expanding a Business
SANTA BARBARA—Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) has partnered with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz) to host a luncheon featuring presentations about various tools that may be useful when creating, maintaining or expanding a business. During the two hour event held this afternoon, attendees were able to network with fellow business owners, community members, and local leaders while learning from Go-Biz representatives.
SACRAMENTO – AB 1513, authored by Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria), which sets regulations for compensation of piece-rate workers and provides employers the opportunity to fulfill back wage payments, has cleared the Assembly Floor on a 58-13 vote, after passing out of the Senate on a 30-8 vote. This legislation was crafted by Assemblymember Williams in order to address a major gap in California’s labor laws relating to piece-rate worker compensation, and incorporates the needs of both employee and employer in its execution.
This proposal is an outgrowth of recent court decisions in Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, 215 Cal.App.4th 36 (2013), and Bluford v. Safeway Stores, Inc., 216 Cal.App.4th 864 (2013), which found that piece-rate compensation only pays for productive time, and that mandated breaks and other unassociated work product must be separately compensated. While the holdings in the Gonzalez and Bluford cases remain in dispute, there is a desire among employee and employer representatives alike to resolve back wage claims and set compensation standards going forward without further litigation.
SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, announced today that Assembly Bill 802, a bill to improve energy efficiency in buildings passed out of the Assembly and now heads to the Governor’s desk for signature.
“AB 802 resolves two barriers to the Governor’s 2030 efficiency goals. Current policy leads to a large pool of stranded energy efficiency savings potential because, in nearly all cases, programs can only provide incentives for energy savings from the installation of equipment above current code levels,” said Assemblymember Williams. “AB 802 would allow these incentives to be used to help us drastically increase energy efficiency in existing buildings.”