The first year of the 2017/2018 legislative session concluded on Friday, September 18, which was the deadline for regular session bills to make it out of the Legislature and to the Governor’s desk. The deadline for the Governor to either sign or veto bills is October 15th. This is the first year of a two year legislative session, so any tobacco-related bills introduced in regular session that did not pass out of the Legislature will still have another opportunity to do so next year.
Two tobacco-related bills were approved by both the Senate and Assembly and sent to the Governor for his action. The governor has three options, (1) he can sign the bill into law, which allows the bill to take effect, (2) he can veto the bill, which stops the bill from taking effect, or (3) he can do nothing, which allows the law to take effect. For the complete legislative update, please click here.
Bills are continuing to move through the legislature in advance of the July 21st deadline for all bills to be heard in policy committees. Four tobacco-related bills will continue to move forward in the legislative process, while two others will not. Because this is the first year in a two year legislative session, bills that fail to advance this year may be revisited in 2018. The legislature will begin summer recess on July 21st and will reconvene on Monday August 21st. For the complete legislative update, please click here.
The American Lung Association in California Center for Tobacco Policy and Organizing has released a new report from the Tobacco Money in California Politics series detailing the latest tobacco interest spending. The new report, Campaign Contributions and Lobbying Expenditures of Tobacco Interests in California: Report for the 2015-2016 Election Cycle, shows that during the 2015-2016 election cycle tobacco interests had already contributed over $70 million in campaign contributions and donations to political committees, and spent $2.4 million to lobby on tobacco-related issues.
To see contributions to your legislators check out our Database of Tobacco Money in California Politics. This database contains information about campaign contributions from tobacco interests to members of the California Legislature, both past and present. The database can also be searched by district, election cycles and county.
With multiple important deadlines, May is a busy month at the Capitol. May 26th was the deadline for all bills to be voted on in the fiscal committee in their house of origin. Next, by June 2nd, all bills must be voted on by the full floor in their house of origin. Click below for our full legislative update.
The American Lung Association in California has updated two resources detailing local smokefree multi-unit housing policies:
Matrix of Strong Local Smokefree Multi-Unit Housing – This document lists policy and enforcement provisions for the 51 communities across the state that have passed ordinances prohibiting smoking in at least 75% of new and existing multi-unit housing units.
Local California Smokefree Housing Policies Detailed Analysis – This document provides a detailed look at the 90 Californian communities that have passed any smokefree multi-unit housing policies, including those that only restrict smoking in common areas.
We have two brand new policy resources available to help local communities understand the interactions between local policies and these new state-level policies. Each document addresses frequently asked questions concerning local policy and the recently-passed state legislation, and provides several example scenarios that help illustrate how specific policies might play out. Click below to view each document:
Eight new tobacco-related bills have been introduced this legislative session. Committee hearings are currently underway and will continue over the next several months as they move forward in the legislative process. Click below for our full legislative update.
The deadline for introducing new bills for the 2017 session of the California Legislature was Friday, February 17. In total, seven tobacco-related bills were introduced. Click below for our full legislative update.
The Center is proud to share four updated organizing documents. Each of these documents are essential to your campaign, from figuring out your supporters to planning strategy and tactics.
Midwest Strategy Chart Guide – The Center FEB 2017: This strategy chart will take you step by step through all the various elements of a successful campaign. This document is the cornerstone of your campaign and should be regularly revised and updated.
Decision Maker Matrix – The Center FEB 2017: This document will guide your research for each of your decision makers. Find out what kind of groups your decision makers associate with, who their supporters are, and other important details.
Decision Maker Profile – The Center FEB 2017: Go deep into research for each of your decision makers. This document will guide your research and ask the major questions you should be able to answer for reach of your targets.
Circles of Influence – The Center FEB 2017: . This matrix will help you organize your relations with the various decision makers. Get a global view on your coalition’s resources and figure out how you can leverage that influence to convince key decision makers.
As always, The Center is here to help you with your campaign. If you have any questions or want an in-person training, just let us know! You can email John Yi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 15, 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a memo on the implementation of the smokefree public housing rule which took effect on February 3rd. Click below for our full federal policy update.