Elevating business and economic priorities in the state Legislature was among the topics the Bay Area Council’s Government Relations Committee discussed this week (Oct. 13) with guest speaker state Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla (D-Concord), who chairs the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and is a member of the Health Committee and the Utilities and Commerce Committee.

Assemblymember Bonilla talked about several key bills that were signed into law this year, including the film and TV tax credit which the Council supported, the statewide ban on plastic bags, and new regulations on nuisance massage parlors. She also discussed the effort to attract the Tesla gigafactory and shared insights on the upcoming 2015 legislative session. Council members offered their input on issues they think the Legislature should prioritize in 2015, including funding for affordable housing, regulatory relief and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) reform.

Thank you to Assemblywoman Bonilla for joining us and to Government Relations Committee Co-Chairs Andrew Giacomini, Managing Partner of Hanson Bridgett, and Peter Brightbill, Wells Fargo Bank State Government Relations Director, for leading the discussion. To engage in our Government Relations Committee, please contact Policy Manager Cornelious Burke.

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