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.
2018 is the second year of the 2017-2018 legislative session. Many bills that were not vetoed or signed by the governor, carried over from 2017 into the 2018 legislative session as 2-year bills. Some of these measures failed passage early this year, and are no longer moving forward. Almost 3,000 bills were introduced this year, and CALBO is currently tracking over 30 bills.