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AB-1444 Food delivery platforms.(2021-2022)

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Bill Status
AB-1444
Lee (A)
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Newman (S)
Food delivery platforms.
03/22/21
An act to amend Sections 22598 and 22599 of, and to add Sections 22599.4 and 22599.6 to, the Business and Professions Code, relating to food delivery.
Assembly
09/03/21
08/24/21

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Non-Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
01/03/22 Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
10/05/21 Vetoed by Governor.
09/09/21 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
09/01/21 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 61. Noes 8.).
09/01/21 Assembly Rule 77 suspended. (Ayes 54. Noes 16.)
Daily File Status
File File Date Item
Asm Governor's Vetoes 01-31-2022 15
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1444 without my signature.

This bill would impose requirements on the specific information included and formatting of agreements between a food delivery platform and a food facility entered into or modified after January 1, 2022, and prohibit food delivery platforms from charging a food facility for certain forwarded calls.

Third party apps and listing websites have created opportunities for consumers to find and support more of their local dining places. We have significantly increased oversight of food delivery companies in recent years. Last year I signed AB 2149 (Chapter 125, Statutes of 2020), which required a food delivery platform to first obtain an agreement with a food facility prior to taking orders or delivering meals on their behalf. It has been less than one year since these provisions took effect. AB 1444 would prescribe the specific content and format of these agreements, triggering companies to again modify their contracts without a clear, additional public benefit.

Further, companies have stated that call forwarding tracking numbers, a focus of AB 1444, are no longer used. I appreciate these companies voluntarily ceasing the practice of charging restaurants simply for connecting calls, as many small businesses, particularly restaurants, survive on small margins.


Sincerely,





Gavin Newsom