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Joint informational hearing of the Senate Select Committee on the Refugio Oil Spill, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee and the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee. To be held on the campus of UC Santa Barbara.
Tax Credit Opportunities for Current and Prospective Manufacturing Businesses
SANTA BARBARA—Assemblymember Das Williams (D – Carpinteria) partnered with the Board of Equalization (BOE) to host an event this morning aimed at helping manufacturing and research and development (R&D) businesses take advantage of newly created tax credits offered by the state.
A major topic of discussion at the event was the importance of advertising the availability of tax credits to businesses. Many business owners noted that the process of obtaining tax credits can be complex, and often with no guidance on how to navigate application. By connecting owners with representatives from the Board of Equalization, attendees had their questions answered and felt more confident about securing manufacturing or R&D tax credits.
Legislation Clarifies Method for Back Wage Payments and Future Compensation of Workers
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, was signed into law by Governor Brown. Assemblymember Williams worked with the Governor, labor groups, growers and other stakeholders to address major gaps in California’s labor laws relating to piece-rate worker compensation. By creating concrete regulations and timelines for repayment of back wages, the new law will provide workers an estimated $200 million dollars for rest and meal periods they had not previously been paid for. In addition, by clarifying requirements for future compensation and providing a method for businesses to voluntarily calculate and pay back wages, hundreds of businesses statewide will be able to avoid penalties or the possibility of going out of business.
Event Focuses on Emergency Preparedness for Various Natural Disasters
VENTURA — On Sunday, October 11 from 10AM-2PM in the parking lot of Lowe’s Home Improvement in Ventura, more than 20 agencies and community organizations led workshops and answered questions on how people can best prepare their homes, families, pets and workplaces in case of an emergency or disaster. As part of Assemblymember Das Williams’s (D – Carpinteria) Emergency Preparedness Fair, attendees were given invaluable resources and connected with various vendors who specialize in disaster readiness.
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 –Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria), Chair of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, announced today that Assembly Bill 802, a bill to eliminate barriers to improving energy efficiency in buildings has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.
“On the heels of the historic signing of SB 350, which will double the energy efficiency in California’s buildings by 2030, Governor Brown has signed my AB 802 which will help us meet those goals in smarter ways,” said Assemblymember Williams. “AB 802 increases transparency, implements benchmarking, and changes how energy savings incentives can be used to help us drastically increase energy efficiency in existing buildings.”