Franchise grab

One of the consequences of the passage of AB 779 in 2013, which allowed beer manufacturers to make cider and perry, was the ripple effect in other sections of California's tied house statutes.  AB 816 (Hall), opposed by Family Winemakers, would extend the current beer wholesaler successor law to cider and perry.  Cider and perry are still defined as wine products by the U.S. Tax and Trade Bureau and California.  FWC opposes the bill because all privileges flow from the type of product and currently wine products are not subject to franchise laws in the state.

Assemblymember Hall has decided not to push the bill further this session due to opposition and has amended the bill into a different subject.

3rd party wage liability

Pressured by labor unions the California Legislature has sent AB 1897 (Hernandez) to Governor Brown for action.  The bill makes wineries that hire farm labor contractors for vineyard maintenance and harvesting liable for unpaid wages and lack of workers compensation insurance.  The bill includes a private right of action so labor advocates can pursue claims.  FWC has joined a broad agriculture coalition asking for a veto.

Family Policy Priorities

SB 1168: Groundwater regulation Neutral Chaptered
AB 1739: Groundwater regulation Neutral Chaptered
AB 1897: Labor contracting: client liability Oppose Gov. Desk
AB 2589: County sealer fees and inspection Oppose DEFEATED
SB 1021: School district parcel taxes Oppose DEFEATED