The Save Local Restaurants coalition issued the following statements after California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 1228 (Holden), the quick-service restaurant industry agreement. The bill passed the California State Legislature September 14.
The Save Local Restaurants coalition issued the following statements after the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 1228 (Holden), the quick-service restaurant industry agreement. The bill passed the Assembly on a 48-17 vote and the Senate on a 32-8 vote. Governor Newsom must still sign the bill by October 14, for it to become law.
“The Save Local Restaurants coalition today announced that a comprehensive legislative agreement has been reached regarding quick service restaurants and outstanding legislative and regulatory issues in California. The language of the agreement has been inserted in Assembly Bill 1228 (Holden) and this version of the bill must pass both houses of the state legislature by Thursday, September 14. “
“Today’s Court decision protects the rights of over one million California voters who demanded their say on this law before bearing its burden. We appreciate the Court upholding the state’s 100-year-old referendum process, as well as the well-established legal precedent that ensures California voters are able to consider the laws passed by their legislature.”
The director’s position fails to honor the People’s right to approve legislation before it becomes effective, and weakens their right to reject special-interest legislation. If the director won’t change her position, the courts should stand up for popular democracy and require her to do so.
Today, the Sacramento Superior Court issued a temporary hold on AB 257, the FAST Act, which prevents the law from being implemented until the Court has a chance to decide the merits of the case. A hearing is scheduled for January 13, 2023. This pause comes on the heels of a Save Local Restaurants coalition lawsuit against state officials following a declaration that they would move forward with the law despite more than one million California voters demanding a say on its implementation.
What you need to know About California’s Referendum Process and the Freezing of AB 257 as of December 9, 2022
The Save Local Restaurants coalition followed the constitutionally prescribed referendum process to ensure that voters have a say in the enactment of AB 257.
Save Local Restaurants Coalition Files Lawsuit to Prevent California’s Officials from Violating the State’s Constitution
Today, the Save Local Restaurants coalition filed a lawsuit to ensure the democratic process established by the California Constitution is respected. The state’s Constitution dictates that, as part of the referendum process, laws cannot go into effect until voters have an opportunity to exercise their voice and vote on the proposed legislation. To date, more than one million California voters have asked for the opportunity to do exactly that with AB 257.
Today, the Save Local Restaurants coalition released the following statement after submitting petition signatures to give voters the opportunity to protect Californians and local business owners from the damaging impacts of AB 257, or the FAST Act:
In response to today’s union protest activity, the Save Local Restaurants coalition released the following statement: