Bill Text: CA AB560 | 2019-2020 | Regular Session | Amended

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Bill Title: Public utilities: unionization.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Passed) 2019-10-02 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 429, Statutes of 2019. [AB560 Detail]

Download: California-2019-AB560-Amended.html

Amended  IN  Senate  June 20, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 07, 2019


Assembly Bill No. 560

Introduced by Assembly Member Santiago
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Gloria)

February 13, 2019

An act to add Section 468 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to union organizing.


AB 560, as amended, Santiago. Public utilities: unionization.
Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime.
Because the provisions of this bill are within the act and require action by the commission to implement its requirements, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating the crime of violating that commission action.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


 Section 468 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

 (a) For purposes of this section, “expense incurred by a public utility in assisting or deterring union organizing” means costs incurred in communicating with employees, or employees of the public utility’s contractors, in an effort to persuade them to join or support, or to not join or support, a labor organization.
(b) Any expense incurred by a public utility in assisting or deterring union organizing shall not be recoverable either directly or indirectly in the public utility’s rates and shall be borne exclusively by the shareholders of the public utility.

SEC. 2.

  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.