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SACRAMENTO — One of the two Assemblymembers who introduced California’s fair franchising bill spent a few minutes on the phone with Blue MauMau shortly after Bill 2305 was passed by the Judiciary Committee Tuesday afternoon. Assemblymember Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) said franchise owners had a tremendous turnout yesterday at the hearing. He thinks it made a difference.
Assembly Bill 2305 will now go to the Business, Professions and Consumer Protections Committee. There will be another public hearing next Tuesday morning, April 24, at the state capitol in Sacramento. If approved, the bill will go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee for further consideration.
“I’m hoping for a good outcome in the next committee,” says Huffman. “Each one of these committees is an opportunity for the industry to line up opponents and kill the bill. It’s going to be one battle after another from here on out.”
Huffman realizes that some opponents may argue that working on a bill for a full two-year term period would better ensure a bill’s success. But in regard to this particular bill, he sees a different problem. “I think the main problem is the political and financial muscle of our opponents.”
When asked why the voting for fair franchising had been along such partisan lines, Democrats for and Republicans against, Huffman replied, “Support for small business ends at the point of lip service with Republican legislators. When it comes down to doing something to help small business, you see where their loyalties lie.” He then elaborated, “With big money.”
Despite the challenges ahead, Huffman was pleased with the passage by the Judiciary Committee. He thinks that the bill can be helped along if franchise owners also urge their community and municipal officials to write to state assemblymembers about the importance of voting for Assembly Bill 2305.
The next committee hearing is Tuesday, April 24 at 9:00 a.m. before the Consumer, Business and Professions Committee, in room 437 Rotunda side of the Capital Building.