Proposals for ADA Litigation Reform

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Despite several statutory changes enacted over the past several years, including one by the former Democratic Senate Leader, there continues to be numerous filings of state lawsuits for construction-related violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There has to be significant reforms to limit these lawsuits to only the legitimate ADA violations that actually […]

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Will punitive damages no longer be deductible in California?

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

The California State Senate passed Senate Bill 66, which would disallow a deduction for the payment of punitive damages. SB 66 was introduced on January 5 of this year and passed the Senate last week along party lines, garnering the bare minimum 2/3 vote of 27 senators, with all Democrats voting aye and all Republicans voting no. […]

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Prop. 56: California Voters Approve Major Increase in Tobacco Taxes

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Californians have voted to add $2 per pack on cigarettes by adopting Prop. 56 on November 8. This ballot measure increases the cigarette tax by $2.00 per pack, with equivalent increases on other tobacco products and electronic cigarettes containing nicotine. The ballot measure allocates revenues primarily to existing healthcare programs. In addition, funds generated by […]

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AB 889 Poses a Liability Threat to the Business Community

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Assembly Judiciary Committee Chairman Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz) has introduced AB 889, reigniting a debate that first began just over 25 years ago in this state. First proposed by then Senator Bill Lockyer in 1991, SB 711 would have banned the use of protective orders in civil litigation. Governor Wilson vetoed the measure. Other legislative […]

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SB 567 Represents a Massive Tax Increase and a Potential International Trade War

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Despite multiple tax increases being adopted by voters just last November, SB 567 (Lara) was introduced that, if enacted, will result in another multi-billion dollar tax increase on businesses and individuals. And, the bill could once again raise the ire of major international trading partners, including Great Britain and Japan. With the newly-acquired super-majority status […]

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California Legislators Will Face More Bills than Usual in the 2017 Legislative Session

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

The 2017 California Legislative Session, which began last December 5, is officially “off to the races” now that the bill introduction deadline of February 17 has passed. This year, there was an almost 25% increase in the number of bill introductions compared to last year’s total, although there are historically more bills introduced in the […]

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Will the California Business Community Get Hit with New Tax Increases?

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

As the 2017 California Legislative Session gets underway, and with the newly-acquired super-majority status of Democrats in both the State Assembly and State Senate, the business community is concerned about potential tax increases brewing in the Legislature, despite the massive tax increases adopted by voters in early November. Similar to when Democrats captured their super-majority […]

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An Additional Role for Legislators in Agency Rulemaking

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

California’s Legislature should give consideration to playing a greater role in regulations that are used to implement and interpret the statutes that the Assembly and Senate write. This would also be appropriate in light of their efforts to expand oversight of administrative agencies. The State of California has over 200 agencies, departments, boards, and commissions […]

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Another Minimum Wage Hike Takes Effect in January

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

Earlier this year, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 3 by State Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco). The bill is now Chapter 4 and it amends Sections 245.5, 246 and 1182.12 of the Labor Code. As a result of the enactment of this bill, California’s minimum wage is going up on January 1, 2017 […]

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Prop. 55: California Voters Extend Highest Income Tax Brackets to Fund Education and Healthcare

Chris Micheli
Attorney and Lobbyist at the Sacramento government relations firm of Aprea & Micheli, Inc.

California voters on November 8 passed Proposition 55, which is an initiative constitutional amendment which took effect on November 9. This ballot measure was the successful effort to extend the Prop. 30 highest marginal tax rates promoted by Governor Brown and others in 2012 as a “temporary tax” to help stabilize the state’s General Fund. […]

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