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SPEC Government Relations California

SPEC, California Spa and Pool Industry Education Council, serves as the statewide public policy representative for the pool and spa industry.

Website: http://www.calspec.org
Location: Sacramento, Calif.
Members: 10
Latest Activity: Jul 17, 2012

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SPEC Urges Letter Writing to Support SB 1254 Against Underground Economy ACT BY June 15th 9am

Started by Laurie Batter Jun 13, 2010. 0 Replies

Call to Action, sample letter, contact list found at this link or in attachment below.http://tiny.cc/u8boaJohn Norwood, President of SPEC, announced today that SB…Continue

Tags: CSLB, SB1254, Assembly, undergroundeconomy, SPEC

SPEC Bill to Protect Pools, Spas, Hot Tubs in CA from Closure Passes First Test

Started by Laurie Batter Apr 13, 2010. 0 Replies

A bill sponsored by SPEC to address serious problems associated with California’s Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO), now in effect throughout the state, is off to a good start. AB…Continue

Tags: SPEC, Bill, AB2409, Water, Government

SPEC Urges New Call to Action by 4/13!!! Bill to Resolve Water Feature Issue in California Set for Hearing Industry Members Urged to Send in Letters of Support before April 13, 2010

Started by Laurie Batter Apr 8, 2010. 0 Replies

John Norwood, President of SPEC, announced that AB 2409, a bill intended to separate pools and spas from the definition of water feature for purposes of the state’s Model Water Efficient Landscape…Continue

Tags: hottubs, drought, feature, AB2409, spas

Have you read about the legislative bills SPEC is watching and working on for 2010: Remember, what happens in California is often exported to other states.

Started by Laurie Batter Apr 6, 2010. 0 Replies

The deadline for legislators to introduce bills for the 2010 California Legislative Session was the end of February.  Legislators introduced 1,310 new bills for the 2010 Legislative Session.  These…Continue

Tags: workers, insurance, compensation, water, contractors

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Comment by Laurie Batter on February 12, 2010 at 2:44pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Laurie Batter
760-438-9304
batterup@batterupproductions.com

The Fight is Not Over, says SPEC
California Legislature Considering 3% Withholding of Fees Paid to Independent Contractors

“The spa and pool industry needs to actively engage and add its voice in opposition to this dangerous proposal or be hard pressed to complain about the costs and consequences,” says John Norwood

Sacramento, Calif. /February 12, 2010 –

The California State Legislature is considering a proposal that would mandate a 3% withholding of fees paid to independent contractors. The Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee met Thursday afternoon (Feb. 11th) to consider this proposal; however, the proposal was not voted upon after concerns were raised by opposition groups.

THIS FIGHT IS NOT OVER. Deliberations on this issue will continue next week as the Legislature considers all measures intended to help close the state’s budget gap.

We need to keep opposition up and the letters, emails and calls coming! Our grassroots efforts are starting to have an effect! “Small business organizations throughout California are now aware and are responding to this proposal and are beginning to flood the state capitol with phone calls, faxes and emails in opposition,” said John A. Norwood, President of SPEC. “The spa and pool industry needs to actively engage and add its voice in opposition to this dangerous proposal or be hard pressed to complain about the costs and consequences,” he emphasized.

SPEC is requesting that its members immediately contact their state legislators to voice opposition to this ill conceived proposal. The California Chamber of Commerce, along with some 600 organizations, is also implementing an all out campaign to oppose this flawed idea.

Such a proposal only robs working capital from law abiding independent contractors and further forces people into the underground economy. The pool and spa industry is in a perfect position to mount a campaign to oppose this proposal. Pool service professionals live and work in every legislative district in California.

Below is a sample letter SPEC has prepared for industry professionals that can be personalized and used to fax or e-mail immediately to their legislators in opposition to this proposal. DON’T WAIT – send it now! SPEC members can determine the Assembly member and Senator(s) representing their district by visiting http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html, and entering the zip code of your place of business or residence. From there, you will be presented with the link to each legislator’s website, where you can either cut and paste the personalized sample letter and e-mail, or obtain the fax or mailing address. Calls to both the legislator’s district office and Capitol offices are also strongly encouraged.

About SPEC
SPEC, the California Spa and Pool Industry Education Council, serves as the statewide public policy representative for the pool and spa industry. We advocate on behalf of industry interests before the California Legislature and state and local regulatory agencies, and for individual members dealing with enforcement issues. Working daily on the industry’s behalf, we have an unmatched track record in successfully negotiating and fighting against unreasonable and costly legislation and for enforcement of unlicensed contractor laws. SPEC promotes the highest standards of professional conduct in pool construction, service and repair, and seeks to educate the public on the proper maintenance and safe use of swimming pools and spas/hot tubs. For over 40 years, SPEC has been the only organization registered to lobby at the State Capitol on behalf of the pool and spa industry. SPEC is funded by membership donations. For more information on SPEC and legislation we are watching, visit www.calspec.org, or call 916-447-4113.


SAMPLE LETTER OPPOSING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR WITHHOLDING PROPOSAL



[DATE]
Dear Assembly Member / Senator _____:

I am a small business owner in your district. My company, _____, employs ____ persons. We have been in business in ______ since ____.

I am writing to oppose the independent contractor withholding proposal. This is another budget gimmick that does not generate more revenue to the State of California. Instead, it merely accelerates monies that will already be paid to the State and imposes an onerous burden upon small businesses like my company.

Under this proposal, businesses in this state would be required to collect taxes from other businesses and we would serve as a collection agent for the State. The new expense of withholding and remitting these monies to the Franchise Tax Board would be a cost borne by small businesses, effectively providing interest-free loans to the state. Even if we, as independent contractor, owes no state taxes, 3% would still be withheld, affecting our cash flow and impacting our business.

In an already difficult time for many businesses, including the hard hit swimming pool and spa industry of which I am a member, this proposal adds one more burden that could push us over the edge.

I believe this proposal is unreasonable and should be rejected by the Legislature. I would appreciate hearing from you at your earliest convenience as to your position on this ill-conceived proposal.

Sincerely,
Comment by Laurie Batter on February 11, 2010 at 8:28am
URGENT NEED FOR CALL TO ACTION. Take action by 2/21 latest. Read below or check this link http://www.batterupproductions.com/SPEC/SPECthousands.pdf

If you are an independent contractor doing any kind of work in the industry, this is important to your business and livelihood.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact:
Laurie Batter
760-438-9304
batterup@batterupproductions.com

California Legislature Considering 3% Withholding of Fees Paid to Independent Contractors

Sacramento, Calif. /February 10, 2010 –

California legislators are reportedly considering adding language to a state budget bill that would mandate a 3% withholding of fees paid to independent contractors, possibly including fees paid to pool service professionals.

This proposal could be included in a budget bill to be sent to Governor Schwarzenegger within the next week or so as part of the 8th Special Legislative Session currently underway to address California’s budget deficit.

“Such a proposal only robs working capital from law abiding independent contractors and forces people into the underground economy,” said John Norwood, SPEC President. “The pool and spa industry, and the service industry in particular, is in a perfect position to mount a campaign to oppose this proposal. Service professionals live and work in every legislative district in California.”

SPEC is requesting that every member of the spa and pool industry, pool service technicians in particular, immediately contact their state Senator or Assembly Member to voice opposition to this ill-conceived proposal.

Attached is a sample letter SPEC has prepared for industry professionals that can be personalized and used to fax or e-mail immediately to their legislators in opposition to this proposal. DON’T WAIT – send it now! SPEC members can determine the Senator and Assembly Member(s) representing their district by visiting http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html, and entering the zip code of your place of business or residence. From there, you will be presented with the link to each legislator’s website, where you can either cut and paste the personalized sample letter and e-mail, or obtain the fax or mailing address.

The California Chamber of Commerce, along with some 100 associations and organizations, is implementing an all out campaign to oppose this flawed idea and the pool and spa industry must have their voice heard as well.

“This is an extremely important issue that SPEC members need to take seriously. A budget fix bill must be sent to the Governor within the next couple of weeks. If we jump on this issue now we can likely stop such a proposal from being considered this year,” Norwood concluded.






About SPEC
SPEC, the California Spa and Pool Industry Education Council, serves as the statewide public policy representative for the pool and spa industry. We advocate on behalf of industry interests before the California Legislature and state and local regulatory agencies, and for individual members dealing with enforcement issues. Working daily on the industry’s behalf, we have an unmatched track record in successfully negotiating and fighting against unreasonable and costly legislation and for enforcement of unlicensed contractor laws. SPEC promotes the highest standards of professional conduct in pool construction, service and repair, and seeks to educate the public on the proper maintenance and safe use of swimming pools and spas/hot tubs. For over 40 years, SPEC has been the only organization registered to lobby at the State Capitol on behalf of the pool and spa industry. SPEC is funded by membership donations. For more information on SPEC and legislation we are watching, visit www.calspec.org, or call 916-447-4113.


SAMPLE LETTER OPPOSING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR WITHHOLDING PROPOSAL



[DATE]
Dear Assembly Member / Senator _____:

I am a small business owner in your district. My company, _____, employs ____ persons. We have been in business in ______ since ____.

I am writing to oppose the independent contractor withholding proposal. This is another budget gimmick that does not generate more revenue to the State of California. Instead, it merely accelerates monies that will already be paid to the State and imposes an onerous burden upon small businesses like my company.

Under this proposal, businesses in this state would be required to collect taxes from other businesses and we would serve as a collection agent for the State. The new expense of withholding and remitting these monies to the Franchise Tax Board would be a cost borne by small businesses, effectively providing interest-free loans to the state. Even if we, as independent contractor, owes no state taxes, 3% would still be withheld, affecting our cash flow and impacting our business.

In an already difficult time for many businesses, including the hard hit swimming pool and spa industry of which I am a member, this proposal adds one more burden that could push us over the edge.

I believe this proposal is unreasonable and should be rejected by the Legislature. I would appreciate hearing from you at your earliest convenience as to your position on this ill-conceived proposal.

Sincerely,
 

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