On Monday, Governor Newsom and legislative leadership announced that they had reached agreement on a state budget.   As you know, the Legislature adopted its own version of a budget last Monday to meet its constitutional deadline to do so by June 15.  In adopting their “legislative budget,” the Legislature rejected the Governor’s proposed $14 billion…

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Due to industry and market circumstances, Reed Exhibitions, along with Premier Sponsor SIA (Security Industry Association), will be transforming ISC West 2020 into an all-virtual event October 5-7.   ISC West 2020 scheduled for October 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada – has been canceled due to industry and market circumstances. While we cannot convene in person…

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by Edelstein Gilbert Robson & Smith, LLC  This was a busy week in Sacramento. The Legislature passed a budget, acted on several high-profile bills, and the Assembly adjourned for a summer recess.  Oversight? When the Legislature returned several weeks ago despite the guidance of public health officials to keep nonessential workers home, we explained that…

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The Governor and the Legislature continue to negotiate on a budget that would resolve the state’s $54 billion deficit. The state Constitution requires the legislature to pass a balanced budget by June 15 or not get paid. Recognizing this leadership in the Assembly and Senate announced Wednesday that they would adopt their version of the…

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As we have reported previously, Governor Newsom released his May Revision to the Budget on May 14, announcing that the state is facing a $54 billion deficit.  The May Revise proposes to balance the budget with a mix of reserves, internal borrowing, federal funding, and short-term revenues.  However, the backbone of the Governor’s May Revise…

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Here is the latest update the legislative update from Sacramento from Edelstein Gilbert Robson & Sith, CAA’s lobbyist regarding activity in the Capitol. This week, Governor Newsom announced the opening of new testing facilities and the receipt of new testing supplies. The Governor has a goal of eventually being able to test 80,000 Californians per…

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Dear Board, Councils, Committees, and NFSA Staff, We have been very hopeful since our Board meeting last week that this would be isolated and not cause a total shutdown of our country. Well, I am afraid our governmental intel is telling us to prepare for two plus weeks of isolation and shutdown. It is highly…

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Dear Stakeholder, Industry Associations, Local Government Partners and Cooperating Agencies: As the COVID-19 emergency continues to evolve, fire departments and fire protection contractors must ensure fire prevention and life safety systems and equipment are in working order. These systems and products are essential functions in safeguarding the public, businesses and institutions. The CAL FIRE –…

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AB 5 is a bill the Governor signed into law in September 2019 addressing employment status when a hiring entity claims that the person it hired is an independent contractor. AB 5 requires the application of the “ABC test” to determine if workers in California are employees or independent contractors for purposes of the Labor…

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For the past two weeks we have been operating under conditions that no one would have imaged at the time of our Winter Meeting last December in San Francisco. Not since 1918/1919 has the world and the United States been under attack by a invisible operator. Over one-hundred years ago it was the Spanish Flu. …

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