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This is where we post information about current legislative and regulatory proposals and provide tools for advocates. Check back regularly for updates.

AB 597 – Asbestos Industry Bill to Delay and Deny Asbestos Victims Their Right to Fair Compensation. We need your support to oppose this bill which undercuts the rights of asbestos victims. Your input matters!



SB 193 – Assisting Employers to Protect Employees Exposed to Toxic Materials. Join our efforts to assure that employers and employees are provided with vital information about hazards posed by toxic materials in the workplace and information about safe substitutes.

AB 1277 – Strengthening OSHA and Facilitating Appeals. We need your support!

AB 1165 – Increasing Worker Safety: Hazard Abatement. Take action now!

SB 829 – The OSHA Appeals Process: Strengthening Workers’ Voices and Assuring that the Appeals Board Process is Fair. SB 829, which originally focused on these issues, was used for another legislative proposal in 2012.

AB 1875Fair Time Limits for Civil Depositions. This bill limits the time allowed for depositions to one 7-hour day or, in complex cases where the person being questioned is dying as verified by a doctor, to two days of 14 hours.

AB 553Streamlining and Making Less Costly the Process for Setting Permissibile Exposure Limits (PELs) for Substances to which Workers are Exposed. This bill was held in the suspense file by the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Employer’s Duty to Pay for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) –  An advisory committee was convened in 2012 to discuss whether there would be exceptions to the longstanding requirement established by California legal cases that employers must provide and pay for personal protective equipment – without exception. Through the efforts of labor and its allies, no changes in the law or regulations occurred.

STOP Publicly Subsidized Asbestos Mining! – The government of Quebec provided a public subsidy to support re-opening the Jeffrey asbestos mine in Asbestos, Quebec. The mine will now be open for another 25 years. As a result, millions of tons of asbestos will be exported to the developing world where it will cause enormous harm to health for generations.

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