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California’s Legislative Response to COVID-19

Governor Orders Californians to Stay Home Except for Essential Needs. Just prior to sending this update, Governor Gavin Newsom made a major announcement that he was issuing a statewide Executive Order requiring all individuals living in the State of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to follow the federal critical infrastructure sectors. The governor’s order will impact over 40 million residents and is deemed essential to protect public health, establish consistency across the state, and “bend the curve” to disrupt the spread of the virus. The order goes into effect tonight, March 19, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice.

California Legislative Update March 13, 2020

The deadline to introduce bills was February 21. Prior to the deadline, we saw 1,450 new bills introduced between the two houses during the week February 17, with 1,120 bills introduced during the final two days prior to the deadline, bringing the total number of active bills to 2,203.

California – Implementing New Business License Laws in 2020

The following summarizes the legislative and legal developments monitored by our government relations team as part of helping protect your City’s existing UUT revenues. This legislative and legal update covers a number of topics including.

California – Implementing New Business License Laws in 2020

Issues includes:  SB 234, related to family daycare homes;   AB 1607, gender discrimination notifications when issuing a license, SB 205 regarding verification by locals for stormwater discharge program enrollment; and others.  Read the full report here.

Economic News and Trends Report November, 2019 Edition

This edition reports on current national economic data, studies, and research.  The report includes recent retail trends and holiday forecasts.  We encourage you to share this non-confidential report with others in your agency.  Read the full report here.

CA – 2019 Legislative Recap of Recent Action by the Governor / Ready for Implementation

The October 13 deadline for Governor Newsom to sign bills has come and gone. Implementation begins. Avenu is positioned to assist local agencies in implementing the new laws, including business license measures, and SB 344 the one-year extension for AB 1717 (2014) that captures UUT revenues from prepaid. READ MORE HERE.

CA – Final Action by the Assembly and Senate Prior to Adjournment

This comprehensive guide covers selected measures – including many were considered the final weeks of session.  The report covers legislation impacting local revenue sources and issues surrounding local governance.   The Governor must act on measures by October 13, 2019. READ MORE HERE. 

Avenu Insights Joins Coalition Letter Requesting the Governor’s Signature on SB 5

Avenu joins its California client cities, transportation authorities, mayors, business leaders and other local government leaders requesting the Governor’s signature on SB 5.

CA – Preserving UUT Revenues / SB 344 (McGuire)

SB 344 provides a one-year sunset extension for the point-of-sale collection mechanism for Utility User Taxes imposed on prepaid wireless service.  Currently,  104 local agencies (101 cities and 3 counties) participate in the program set up under AB 1717 (2014).  SB 344 will preserve the revenues.   READ MORE HERE.

CA – Summer Recess Edition – Legislative Review and Recent Legal Decisions

This expanded edition covers viable revenue-related proposed measures that impact local governments.    Local agencies continue to seek bills allowing for the authorization for transaction and use taxes beyond the statutory cap level;  SB 344 would provide a one year sunset extension that will allow the continuation of utility user tax revenues from prepaid wireless,  several measures impact business license processes. READ MORE HERE.