SACRAMENTO – Senate Bill 1457, which creates an opportunity for state agencies to provide financial relief for small businesses by allowing agencies to operate with discretion previously disallowed, when enforcing monetary penalties, passed the Senate on Thursday. Senator Andreas Borgeas (R-Fresno) issued the following statement on the passage of the bill:
“I am proud this important piece of legislation was passed by my colleagues today,” said Senator Borgeas. “Small businesses and employees throughout our state are struggling to recover from the pandemic-induced recession. California must do everything in its power to help them recover – including the waiver and reduction of civil penalties if they are trying to make a correction in good faith.”
The bill has received widespread support from several chambers of commerce and chamber coalitions. It was introduced by Senator Borgeas and is co-authored by Senators Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar), Brian Jones (R-Santee), Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) and Assemblyman Jay Obernolte (R-Hesperia).