CALBO recognizes that there are unique areas in the State of California where problems are better solved on a local level. CALBO’s government affairs efforts are focused on advocating that the state should establish minimum standards of safety rather than develop codes, and believing in the concept of uniformity and that, in general, building regulations can best be enforced and administered at the local level. A six-point policy has been developed to guide CALBO’s advocacy efforts, find more information here.
When priority issues need membership feedback and support, CALBO will call on our membership to engage their own representatives to address local needs. When bills are heard in policy or fiscal committees, members of the Legislature will look to their own constituency and subject matter experts to provide concrete arguments. CALBO member letters and comments are always appreciated as they give valuable background and evidence, which help legislators during these critical hearings.
After legislation is passed and signed by the governor, it goes through the regulatory process. Along with the updating the codes on a triennial cycle, the California Building Standards Commission processes and implements these new laws. Here are some of the most recent issues the CBSC has been working on.
2020 is the second year of the 2019-2020 legislative session. Since it is the first year of the 2-year session, lawmakers will have to pass any remaining pieces of legislation by the end of August. Any bills that fail passage will die and not move forward. Legislators returned to the Capitol on January 6, and session will adjourn August 31. For more information about the legislative process please see the links below, or email Katie Little, CALBO’s Government Affairs Manager.