The measure, introduced by state Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, has already cleared the Senate. But as they prepare to seek passage by the California Assembly, they’ve had to overcome intense lobbying efforts and misinformation. “You have big industry. Candidly, this is just part of how they do business,” Leyva said. “They don’t care, they have no moral direction, and no integrity. They just want to make money, and they don’t care that people are being harmed and sometimes even killed.”
Some of the opposition isn’t “big” industry, though. The California Business and Industrial Alliance, which advocates for small businesses, says the constant development of new legal standards makes it hard for “the mom and pop shops” to keep up.
“They don’t have a chance at becoming compliant. And what’s happening is year, after year, after year, they’re adding to these laws, they’re changing these laws, and it makes it more and more complex and more and more difficult to understand,” said Tom Manzo, founder and president of CABIA.