SACRAMENTO – Today Senator Andreas Borgeas presented Senate Bill 1457 in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, which passed 14-0. The bill would require state agencies to work with small businesses and establish policies to waive or reduce penalties and fines for small businesses.
“Senate Bill 1457 will provide regulatory relief for small businesses impacted by the economic fallout as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Senator Borgeas. “Now more than ever, California should provide regulatory relief and allow state agencies to waive or reduce civil penalties for small businesses operating reasonably and in good faith.”
The United Chamber Advocacy Network (UCAN), a coalition of seven local chambers of commerce in Northern California representing over 4,000 members, testified in support of the bill.
As many small businesses struggle to survive due to recent closures and stay-at-home orders, California should consider reducing the financial burdens imposed on small businesses as a result of unintended mistakes corrected in good faith.