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SB-730 Commission on Tech Equity and the Future of Work.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 05/17/2019 05:06 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  May 17, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  April 25, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 730


Introduced by Senator Stern
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Petrie-Norris)

February 22, 2019


An act to add and repeal Chapter 7.1 (commencing with Section 160) of Division 1 of the Labor Code, 3.7 (commencing with Section 8299) of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to employment development.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 730, as amended, Stern. Commission on Tech Equity and the Future of Work.
Existing law establishes various advisory boards and commissions in state government with specified duties and responsibilities.
Existing law requires the Governor to transmit to the Legislature, no later than April 15 of each year, an economic report to be designated as the “Economic Report of the Governor” setting forth, among other things, a review of economic developments during the preceding calendar year and forecasts of trends in employment, income, and investment for the coming year and trends in such major economic sectors as it is feasible to project.
This bill, until January 1, 2025, would establish in state government the Commission on Tech Equity and the Future of Work, which would consist of 8 6 appointed members, as specified. specified, and the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Department and the Controller servicing as ex officio members. The bill would require the commission to, among other things, commission research to understand the impact of innovation and technology on workers, employers, and the economy in the state, in certain key areas, develop recommendations on a policy framework to manage the development, deployment, regulation, taxation, and fair distribution of the benefits of technology used in the workplace that advances the interests of workers and the public, innovation and technology, as specified, and submit the recommendations to the Legislature and to the Governor no later than January 1, 2022, and annually on or before January 1, thereafter.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California has the fifth largest economy in the world and leads the country in innovation and diversity.

(a)

(b) California is committed to developing a plan to become the most competitive, durable, equitable, and sustainable economy in the world, where technology innovation shall strengthen, not erode, the middle class.

(b)

(c) Technology, when put to work for the benefit of human society, has fueled progress throughout history, unlocking the growth of high-quality goods and services coupled with overall price reductions, dramatic reductions in poverty, disease, and famine, as well as leaps in science and the arts.

(c)

(d) Exponential growth in technology innovation, including automation and artificial intelligence, as well as broader economic trends of wage stagnation, declining workforce participation, rising income inequality, and growth in part-time, lower-wage jobs, compel California to update its planning around education, employment, and the economy as a whole to better understand, anticipate, and shape the future of work in the short and long term.

(d)

(e) The Commission on Tech Equity and the Future of Work is necessary to prepare California residents for the future of work and to ensure advancements in technology serve the construction of a durable middle class and sustainable economy.
SEC. 2.Chapter 7.1 (commencing with Section 160) is added to Division 1 of the Labor Code, to read:
7.1.Commission on the Future of Work
160.

This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the California Future of Work Act.

160.1.

(a)There is established in state government the Commission on the Future of Work. The commission shall be comprised of eight members appointed in accordance with subdivision (c) and shall conduct its business in accordance with this chapter.

(b)Members of the commission shall be individuals with knowledge of, and expertise in, work, workforce development, labor, technology, robotics, or artificial intelligence, whether by experience or training.

(c)Commission membership shall consist of the following:

(1)Four members appointed by the Governor, including at least one representative from organized labor and one from the private sector.

(2)One member appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.

(3)One member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.

(4)The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and the Controller shall serve as ex-officio members of the commission.

160.2.

The Commission on the Future of Work shall do all of the following:

(a)Convene a public process to gather input and to understand the economic, social, workplace, and technological landscape from the public, academics, and stakeholders.

(b)Commission research to understand the impact of technology on workers, employers, and the economy in the state.

(c)Advise the Governor, the Legislature, and state agencies, departments, and commissions on the impact of technology and automation on workers, the workplace and state workforce, the state budget, economy, safety net, and other areas related to the public good.

(d)Develop recommendations on a policy framework to manage the development, deployment, regulation, taxation, and fair distribution of the benefits of technology used in the workplace that advances the interests of workers and the public.

(e)(1)Submit its recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor no later than January 1, 2022, and annually on or before January 1, thereafter.

(2)The report required to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

160.3.

The commission shall be advisory only, and there shall be no right or obligation on the part of the state, or the parties meeting and conferring, to implement the findings of the commission without further legislation that specifically authorizes that the evaluations, determinations, and findings of the commission be implemented.

160.4.

This chapter shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute that is enacted before January 1, 2025, deletes or extends that date.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 3.7 (commencing with Section 8299) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  3.7. Commission on Tech Equity and the Future of Work

8299.
 This chapter shall be known as the Tech Equity and Future of Work Act.

8299.1.
 (a) There is established in state government the Commission on Tech Equity and the Future of Work. The commission shall consist of six members appointed in accordance with subdivision (c) and shall conduct its business in accordance with this chapter.
(b) Members of the commission shall be individuals with knowledge of, and expertise in, work, workforce development, labor, civil rights, technology, and privacy, whether by experience or training.
(c) Commission membership shall consist of the following:
(1) Four members appointed by the Governor, including at least one representative from organized labor, one from a civil rights organization, one from academia, and one from the private sector.
(2) One member appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(3) One member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(4) The Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development and the Controller shall serve as ex officio members of the commission.

8299.2.
 The Commission on Tech Equity and the Future of Work shall do all of the following:
(a) (1) Convene a public process to gather input and to understand the economic, social, workplace, and technological landscape of innovation and technology in California from the public, academics, and stakeholders.
(2) Focus on key areas related to workers, the workplace and state workforce, the state budget, economy, safety net, and other areas related to the public good, which shall include:
(A) Privacy.
(B) Workforce.
(C) Media.
(D) Democracy.
(E) Competition.
(F) Inequality.
(b) Commission research to understand the impact of innovation and technology in key areas identified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).
(c) Advise the Governor, the Legislature, and state agencies, departments, and commissions on the impact of technology and innovation on workers, the workplace and state workforce, the state budget, economy, safety net, and other areas related to the public good identified in paragraph (2) of subdivision (a).
(d) Develop recommendations on a policy framework to manage the development, deployment, regulation, taxation, and fair distribution of the benefits of innovation and technology that advance the interests of workers and the public in key areas, as defined.
(e) (1) Submit its recommendations to the Legislature and to the Governor no later than January 1, 2022, and annually on or before January 1, thereafter.
(2) The report to be submitted to the Legislature pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.

8299.3.
 The commission shall be advisory only, and there shall be no right or obligation on the part of the state, or the parties meeting and conferring, to implement the findings of the commission without further legislation that specifically authorizes that the evaluations, determinations, and findings of the commission be impl