CALBO’s Legislative Updates page is a
useful source for our membership to stay up to date on our
organization’s ongoing advocacy efforts. From the Capitol Corner
Update, Legislative Bills Reports, as well as a breakdown on how
the California Legislative process works, this page has
everything you need to know about our advocacy efforts. As you
start to navigate through the different sections of this webpage,
use the helpful guide below to assist with finding valuable
Capitol Corner Updates
This section of the website provides up-to-date articles included
in the CALBO News, CALBO’s bi-monthly newsletter. These
are important resources as they provide context for what is
happening in the State Capitol in real-time. CALBO is often
tracking dozens of bills as they move through the legislative
process and takes direct action on many of those bills. The
Capitol Corner Update can provide the status of bills, including
CALBO’s current position and CALBO’s future plans for advocacy.
Legislative Bill Reports
CALBO members and fellow stakeholders are often most interested
in this section of the Legislative Page. It contains live updates
on all of the bills CALBO is tracking. You can pull reports on:
- All active CALBO Bills
- The upcoming calendar for committee hearings
- Bills that were recently amended
- Bills CALBO supports
- Bills CALBO opposes
This is the most accurate and succinct way to gather information
about CALBO’s current legislative agenda.
Legislative Outreach Alerts
Legislative Outreach Alerts (LOAs) are a direct call to
membership for action. When CALBO needs help supporting or
opposing a current bill, we will call on our membership to help.
Often lawmakers would rather hear directly from their
constituents on a specific matter, and how it affects their
community. When CALBO contacts its members with an LOA, CALBO
staff provides you with a sample letter. This letter contains
CALBO’s mission, our position on the bill, the reasoning for
CALBO’s position, and the possible impacts of the bill. We
encourage local jurisdictions to use the letter and modify it to
fit their community’s views. This can then be sent to your local
legislator, who will vote on the measure as it moves through the
Guide to Changes in State Law
This portion of the Legislative page provides information about
what happens to bills after they are signed into state law.
Often, measures are heard in the California Building Standards
Commission before they are added to the State Building Code. This
page provides updates about bills going through this process, and
how CALBO is interacting with the Commission during the process.
Lastly, this section of the website reviews the lawmaking process
for those who might not be well versed on the subject. It gives a
brief description of the current Legislative Session and
important deadlines for the legislative process. There are also
links to the official legislative calendar, which provides more
details about important deadlines within the legislative process.
CALBO has also produced a short video that goes into greater
detail about the legislative process. We encourage members, who
are interested in advocacy, to watch it in order to gain a better
understanding of CALBO’s advocacy efforts.
The Legislative Updates page is a great source for our members to
stay up to date on all of CALBO’s legislative activities. In
addition to all of the resources discussed above, it also has
quick links to a live Bill Search, CALBO’s six-point-policy, and
current CALBO policy statements.