The State Assembly early last Saturday passed AB 170, which would provide a one-year extension to comply with a new landmark labor measure, AB5, USA Today reported.

“The newspaper industry will try to figure out a model that works for distribution within the means the industry has, and to work with the legislature to try to use the intent expressed in AB 5,” said CNPA General Counsel Jim Ewert, who negotiated with legislators to secure the one-year reprieve.

The governor is expected to sign both bills into law. AB 5 is to take effect in January 2020, giving publishers until January 2021 to comply.

Thank you to CNPA Members that published op-eds and advertisements last week encouraging readers to push lawmakers for an “aye” vote.
Please watch your Legislative Bulletin for more on these and other bills.