According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, California is home to more than 3.5 million small businesses, which employ more than 37% of all workers in the state. These hard-working and dedicated individuals are the backbone of our local economy, and they face the brunt of challenges that affect the economic development of our community.
That’s why last January I organized my first Small Business Advisory Commission. I had the privilege of sitting down in a room with eight dedicated business owners from my district to discuss the challenges facing small businesses right here in our community. The result was momentous.
After hearing from Brett Schoenhals, a local coffee-shop owner, the commission voted unanimously to ask me to introduce AB 227, a bill which would reform Proposition 65 to protect small businesses from meritless lawsuits. To the relief of business owners here in our community and statewide, Gov. Brown signed AB 227 into law earlier this year, becoming only the second substantive amendment to Prop. 65 in its nearly 30-year history.