The following bills are now “dead”:
- AB 357 (Chiu-D) Restrictive Scheduling and Penalties: Would have forced “general retail and food establishments” with more than 500 employees in California and 10 or more locations nationwide to provide employees with a restrictive, two-week work schedule and imposes substantial penalties on the employer if changes are made.
- AB 820 (Stone-D) Seafood Menu Labeling: Required restaurants to stop using federal and state approved market names for seafood, and instead use the species names. Additionally, the bill requires restaurants to “identify at the point of sale” whether seafood was wild caught or farm raised.
- AB 1357 (Bloom-D) Sweetened Beverage Tax: Sought to place a two-cent per ounce tax on bottled sweetened beverages or sweetened beverages produced from concentrate.
Though the above-mentioned bills are “dead,” other members of the legislature may introduce bills with identical or similar language during this year’s legislative year. Members of the legislature have until February 19 to introduce newly proposed legislation and we expect up to 1,500 new proposed laws to emerge. The CRA advocacy team has been tracking and analyzing legislation introduced thus far and is evaluating which bills will have a positive or negative impact on the restaurant community.