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Got Badges? SB 556 (Padilla) Contract Employee Disclaimer Bill Moves to Senate

August 26, 2014
The League of California Cities urges its members to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to veto Senate Bill 556, which would prohibit contracted employees from displaying a public agency’s logo without a disclaimer.
SB 556, authored by Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Los Angeles, initially failed to garner the 41 votes needed to pass off the Assembly floor on Monday afternoon -- receiving 34 “aye” votes and 21 “no” votes.  About 90 minutes later, however, the measure passed, 43-24. 
The second tally coincided with a vote on a separate Padilla bill, SB 270: a controversial statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. That bill fell three votes short of passing, 38-33, but remains eligible for reconsideration before the end of the session.
The League opposes SB 556 because it would impose costly and unwarranted uniform and vehicle requirements.  It would require a disclaimer on the uniforms and vehicles clarifying that workers contracting with health and safety agencies are not employees of those agencies.
The League appreciates the stalwart efforts of lawmakers who did not waiver when pressured to support this unnecessary bill.
This bill has received a solid round of editorial criticism, available here.
The governor has vetoed similar legislation before. In 2012, Brown rejected AB 2389 (Lowenthal), explaining that changing uniform and logo requirements offered no solution and that “it may spawn confusion and some costs.”

The League strongly encourages city officials to act on this bill. Sample letters are available on the League’s website.

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