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Upcoming Contractor and Industry Laws and Regulations

This partial list of pending legislation and regulations is meant to update contractors about potential changes to state law; a more complete list will appear in the fall CLC newsletter.

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The following bills, which were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown this summer and go into effect next year, may have an impact on home improvement contracting and the construction industry:

  • Assembly Bill 1091, sponsored by CSLB, requires CSLB notification within 90 days of a Responsible Managing Officer's or Employee's disassociation from the license. The bill also enables a 90-day extension in limited circumstances to replace the qualifier for the license.
  • Senate Bill 190 makes technical changes to the mechanic's lien overhaul legislation passed last year that is to take effect on January 1, 2012.
  • Senate Bill 424 enables a design professional lien to be converted to a mechanic's lien if the design professional lien expires and remains partially or fully unpaid. The converted lien is recorded and enforced as a mechanic's lien, except the design professional is not required to provide a preliminary notice to enforce the mechanic's lien and is done within 30 days of the design professional lien expiring.
  • Senate Bill 221 raises the small claims court jurisdiction from $7500 to $10,000.

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The Office of Administrative Law adopted Division of Occupational Safety and Health regulations effective June 19, 2011, adding procedures for denial, suspension, and revocation of contractors from the state's asbestos registry that includes an appeals process.

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  • CSLB is proposing regulatory changes to define blanket performance and payment bonds, as well as setting up processes for approval, certification, and reporting related to these bonds.
  • The Occupational Standards and Safety Board is considering various construction, electrical worker, and other safety orders at its August 18, 2011 meeting.

Learn more and participate in the process by signing up for emailed legislative updates or for notice of regulatory proposals with state agencies that might impact aspects of your business. Trade association websites and newsletters are another source of information about pending laws and regulations related to your license classification and contracting in general. CSLB's Twitter and Facebook pages frequently link video or audio for committee hearings when CSLB-sponsored legislation is being heard.    | previous    |    next