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CC/ASLA in support of AB 2723

CC/ASLA in support of AB 2723

by Chiye Azuma

AB 2723 (Medina) proposes to modify the state rulemaking process to require state agencies to consider the effect of major regulations on sole proprietorships and other small businesses when assessing the economic impact of a proposed major regulation on new business formation or elimination of existing businesses.

The California Council of ASLA has joined the AIA California Council, the Associated Builders and Contractors of California,  California Construction and Industrial Materials Association, and the California Chamber of Commerce, and many other industry groups to express its support of this legislation.  The current (as of 5/1/14)  text of AB 2723 can be found here.

Of particular interest to landscape architecture offices may be the following passage in the bill that clarifies the size of landscape architectural offices to be considered a small business:

Under existing law, a small business “small business” does not include, among others, a landscape architect, an architect, or a building designer or an entity organized as a nonprofit institution.

This bill would instead provide that a “small business” does not include a landscape architect, an architect, or a building designer with 50 or more employees or an entity organized as a nonprofit institution with more than 100 employees.

 

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