- Created on Tuesday, 26 June 2012 16:35
- Written by Imperial Valley News
Sacramento, California - Three economic recovery bills by V. Manuel Pérez (D-Coachella) made progress this week moving through Senate Committees.
“Small and medium sized businesses, as our primary job creators, are poised to lead us out of this recession,” said Pérez, who serves as chair of the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and the Economy. “In this tough economy, we need to do all we can to encourage conditions that enable them to succeed and grow.”
AB 1409 Small Business Regulatory Reform – Consistent with President Obama’s January 2011 executive order to reduce regulatory burdens on small business, this bill removes statutory barriers that inhibit the full consideration of the impacts of state rules and regulations on the economy and the small business sector. The bill passed on a vote of 8-0 in the Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development and will next be heard in Senate Appropriations.
AB 2672 Enterprise Zone Reporting: Small Business Procurement – This bill increases transparency and reporting related to state procurement activities in Enterprise Zones (EZs) in order to understand and track the extent to which these preferences are awarded and used by zone-based small businesses. The bill passed on a vote of 9-3 in the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization and now heads to Senate Appropriations.
AB 232 Community Development Block Grant Streamlining – This bill enables the state's ability to more quickly award grant funding to local economic development projects in the small cities portion of the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Earlier this week, this non-fiscal bill bypassed Senate Appropriations according to Senate Rule 28.8 and heads directly to the Senate Floor. It passed the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing on a vote of 9-0 in early June.