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Legislative Priorities

Building Owners and Managers Association of California (BOMA California) is a federation of all eight metropolitan BOMA local associations in California and serves as the collective membership’s legislative and regulatory advocate.

BOMA California preserves and promotes the interests of California commercial real estate professionals through legislative and regulatory advocacy in Sacramento.

Below is a list of some of BOMA California's 2019 Legislative Priorities. Click here to download the full list for 2019.

AB 1857- (Nazarian D) Building codes: earthquake safety: immediate occupancy standard.

Summary: Would require the California Building Standards Commission to assemble a functional recovery working group comprised of certain state entities and members of the construction and insurance industries, as specified. The bill would require the group, by July 1, 2020, to investigate and determine criteria for a “functional recovery” standard following a seismic event, for all or some building occupancy classifications and to direct the commission to propose the appropriate building standards, as specified. The bill would require the commission to produce a document providing guidance to, among others, building owners and local jurisdictions regarding function recovery after a seismic event, in the event that new building standards are not in place by January 1, 2023, as specified.

Position: OPPOSE

AB 1976 - (Limón D) Employment: lactation accommodation.

Summary: Current law requires every employer to provide a reasonable amount of break time to accommodate an employee desiring to express breast milk for the employee’s infant child and requires an employer to make reasonable efforts to provide the employee with the use of a room or other location, other than a toilet stall, in close proximity to the employee’s work area for the employee to express milk in private. This bill would instead require an employer to make reasonable efforts to provide an employee with use of a room or other location, other than a bathroom, for these purposes.

Position: OPPOSE

AB 2079 - (Gonzalez Fletcher D) Janitorial workers: sexual violence and harassment prevention training.

Summary: Current law, effective July 1, 2018, requires employers of employees who provide janitorial services, as specified, to register with the commissioner annually and prohibits them from conducting business without a registration. Current law requires an application for registration to be in a form prescribed by the commissioner and subscribed and sworn to by the employer, as specified. This bill would prohibit the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement from approving a registration, as described above, if the employer does not include in his or her written application the name of any subcontractor or franchise servicing contracts affiliated with a branch location and the number of subcontracted or franchise employees servicing each of those contracts, the total number of employees working out of a listed branch office, and the address of each work location serviced by a branch office.

Position: OPPOSE

AB 2173 - (Santiago D) Commercial real property: termination of tenancy: disposition of personal property.

Summary: Would change the calculation of the total resale value of the personal property, for purposes of these provisions, to either $2,500 or an amount equal to one month’s rent for the premises the tenant occupied, whichever is greater.

Position: SUPPORT

AB 2343 - (Chiu D) Real property: possession: unlawful detainer.

Summary: Current law prohibits a lessor who has retaliated against a lessee for exercising his or her rights from recovering possession of a dwelling, increasing the rent, or decreasing services within 180 days of the occurrence of specified events, provided that the lessee is not in default on his or her rent. This bill would provide that these protections apply to a lessee who is in default on his or her rent if he or she lawfully organized or participated in a lessees’ association or organization advocating lessees’ rights.

Position: OPPOSE

AB 2485 - (Chau D) Code enforcement: financially interested parties.

Summary: Would prohibit a local official, as defined, who inspects a commercial property or business for compliance with a state statute or regulation or local ordinance from being accompanied during the inspection by a person with a potential financial interest in the outcome of the inspection, as defined, unless the person is the owner of the property or business, is the agent or representative of the owner, or has an existing contract, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions.

Position: OPPOSE

AB 2731 - (Gipson D) Income taxes: investment management services interest.

Summary: The Personal Income Tax Law imposes taxes based upon taxable income of individuals, estates, and trusts at specified rates from 1% to 9.3%, as provided. This bill would impose a tax of 17% on that portion of an individual’s taxable income derived from an investment management services interest, as defined.

Position: OPPOSE