The doldrums of summer arrived all over the United States and Sacramento did not escape the rush to the door by legislators seeking a quick vacation in cooler, or at least home, climates. The California Legislature recessed from July 21 to August 21, and this allowed us a chance to review and update ourselves as to the status of bills and other potential legislation which has the potential to influence our profession for years ahead.
As the legislature recessed, our APA representatives in Sacramento produced a very handy update and analysis of pending legislation. Please click below for a complete copy of this work. Of importance for housing issues is the presentation regarding the Governor’s Housing Package, a must watch for the future. Note also the paragraph entitled “How You Can Get Involved” which highlights the good old fashioned need to send letters and comments to your state legislators. Having watched many a public hearing process over my many decades of public service, I can say one thing for sure, if you are silent, you will have no impact, if you speak up you have a chance. If there are bills listed which you or your agency or company has interest in, do not remain silent—I guarantee you will have no impact. I have seen surprising things happen due to public input and comments.
To view a full list of bills as well as up to date status, as well as APA positions, go to the legislative page on the APA California website at www.apacalifornia.org.
For a quick read on APA California’s take on legislation, CLICK HERE.