Last Friday marked the deadline to get bills out of the house of origin for the California Legislature. More than 600 bills were voted on last week.

The good news is that the business community had some significant victories in defeating or stalling legislation that would have made it harder and more expensive to do business in California. Included were:  AB 5 (Fletcher-Gonzalez), an overly burdensome scheduling mandate on employers; SB 705 (Allen), a costly mandate prohibiting food establishments from using take-out containers made of polystyrene foam; SB 57 (Stern), which would threaten Southern California’s energy reliability by shuttering Aliso Canyon.

As legislation makes it way over to committee assignments in the next house, there are a number of bills we’ll be focused on defeating.

We’ll also be closely watching and discussing at our Health Care Council SB 562 (Lara), which would replace private health insurance with a single-payer plan that would include everyone living in the State. It comes with an estimated $400 billion price-tag. While the legislation itself is silent on how to pay for it, ideas have included a gross receipts tax of 2.3 percent and a sales tax of 2.3 percent.

There are many important issues that the legislature will continue working on this summer, including a myriad of bills to address our housing crisis, an extension of Cap and Trade and an L.A. Area Chamber-sponsored bill that would create an Emergency Child Care Bridge Program for foster children. But as is the case every year, there are many bills that California just doesn’t need.