Local Advocacy

What is advocacy?  The act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce is hard at work advocating on behalf of businesses to local, regional and national decision makers on policies that directly impact businesses.  We have a dedicated team who serve on our Government Relations Committee who are appointed by the Board to review proposed legislation or issues, which might have ramifications for local businesses.  This committee makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for the purposes of establishing official Chamber positions.

We are also a part of El Dorado County Joint Chambers Commission.  Joint Chambers of Commerce includes representatives from the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, the Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce.  In order for an action to move forward, all three Chambers must be in agreement.

Additionally, Debbie Manning, President & CEO, participates in weekly conference calls with the California Chamber of Commerce to focus on statewide policy.  She frequently attends  County Board of Supervisors meetings and meets regularly with the Supervisors on issues related to helping, keeping and attracting businesses to El Dorado Hills.

2016 Advocacy

Chamber opposes Assembly Bill 67 (Gonzalez) Double Pay on the Holiday Act of 2016
The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce opposes this bill through a coalition of Chambers established by the California Chamber of Commerce, as it unfairly targets two classifications of employers, increases their costs, and creates a competitive disadvantage by forcing them to recognize Thanksgiving as a “family holiday” and compensate all employees with double the regular rate of pay for work performed on that day.
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Chamber Opposes Measure E & G
The El Dorado Hills Chamber believes Measure E & Measure G are bad for business and will effectively stop all non-residential uses (agricultural, public facilities, Business Park research and development, commercial, CSD and government actions) that require discretionary approvals.
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Chamber Opposes Senate Bill 878 (Leyva) Work Hours: Scheduling
The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce opposes this bill through a coalition of Chambers established by the California Chamber of Commerce, which was identified as a job killer which would eliminate flexibility in the workplace for both employers and employees.
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Chamber Opposes Senate Bill 3 (Leno) Minimum Wage: Annual Adjustment
The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce opposes this bill through a coalition of Chambers established by the California Chamber of Commerce, which was labeled as a job killer and will potentially impose a 50% increase in the minimum wage over the next six years for employers with more than 256 employees.
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2015 Advocacy

2015 El Dorado Hills Chamber Voting Record
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2014 Advocacy

Chamber Opposes Measure M & Measure O – Bad for Business
The Chamber is very concerned for the future of our businesses, both commercial and retail if these Measures pass.  We believe these Measures are “job killers” for El Dorado Hills and El Dorado County.
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Chamber supports El Dorado Hills Apartments in Town Center
This project will support both existing retail in addition to providing the foundation for future commercial development.
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The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, through our Government Relations Committee, is keeping a close eye on these “job killer” bills.
The Chamber is on record as opposing SB935 which would raise the minimum wage to $13.00 per hour by 2017 and AB1522 which would mandate paid sick leave (3 days minimum) for all California employers except those with collective bargaining agreements.

AB1522 –Employment – paid sick days
SB935 – Minimum wage – annual adjustment

The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce OPPOSES SB 626 (Beall) because it would severely undercut the workers compensation reform deal agreed to by labor unions and employers in 2012 and would result in dramatic cost increases to California employers.
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2013 Advocacy

The Chamber Opposes AB10 (ALJEO) Minimum Wage-Annual Adjustment
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The Chamber Opposes SB 594-Use of Public Resouces
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Chamber Supports the Maketplace Fairness Act;  
This legislation will require online retailers to collect sales taxes on retail purchases in the same manner in which local merchants now do.
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Chamber Weighs in on LUPPU (Land Use Policy Programmatic Update) & Southeast Capital Connector;  
support for both with recommendations.
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Chamber signs on to OPPOSE SB626. 
SB626 would severely undercut the recent balanced workers' compensation reform deal agreed to by labor unions and employers and would result in dramatic cost increases to California employers.
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Chamber encourages Board of Supervisors vote in support of the Plan of Finance for the Capital SouthEast Connector.
In anticipation of the upcoming vote of the Capital SouthEast Connector Joint Powers Authority on the project's 2012 Initial Plan of Finance, on behalf of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce I wanted to convey our support for moving this project forward due primarily to its economic development benefits.
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