Legislative and Public Policy

California Government Affairs

With the largest economy in the country and one of the largest in the world, California is home to an extraordinarily active state legislature that routinely passes laws with significant and far-reaching impact in California and beyond. These laws are implemented by the state's vast array of regulatory agencies, many of which are trendsetters that impact the national policy agenda.

Our California Government Affairs team in Sacramento is on the forefront of these legislative and regulatory developments. We combine our substantive knowledge of complicated policy areas with our deep understanding of California's political landscape to provide strategic lobbying services to companies and organizations before the California Legislature, the Governor's Office, and regulatory agencies. We are also uniquely positioned to provide clients with advice regarding the legal implications of legislative and regulatory proposals, with the support of more than 1,000 attorneys specializing in dozens of practice areas across the globe.

Our California Government Affairs team advances its clients policy interests before the California Legislature by utilizing its close working relationships with members of the California Legislature and their staff, testifying regularly before legislative policy and fiscal committees, drafting legislation and legislative amendments, preparing position letters, working with other companies and organizations to build coalitions around key policy issues, and navigating clients through California's complex legislative process on a broad range of policy areas, including but not limited to the following:

  • Environment and Energy
  • Heath Care and Life Science
  • Consumer Product, Labeling and Chemicals
  • Labor and Employment
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Privacy
  • Water
  • Tax
  • Hazardous Waste Management
  • Litigation
  • Housing and Land Use
  • Transportation

In addition to providing clients with strategic lobbying services before the California Legislature, we frequently lobby key regulatory agencies on complex environmental, energy, and chemical issues, including the California Protection Agency (CalEPA), the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), the Water Resources Control Board (WRCB), the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Conservation (DOC), the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), the California Energy Commission (CEC), and others.

Our California regulatory lobbying practice collaborates extensively with the firm's premier Environmental, Chemicals, Energy, and Proposition 65 practice groups. The Environmental practice group, named Law360's "Environment Practice Group of the Year" in 2015, serves as primary or national environmental counsel to leading companies such as Honeywell, BP/ARCO, Whirlpool, Mosaic, and PPL, and serves as special outside counsel to many others such as General Electric, Chrysler Group, Texas Pacific, Western Digital, Solutia/Eastman Chemical, Clean Harbors, CSX, and SAIC.

In an environment in which clients face multiple challenges on various fronts, it is critical to have an experienced team equipped to handle all of the issues in an integrated and sophisticated fashion. Our California Government Affairs team in Sacramento is committed to an innovative, proactive, and multidisciplinary approach to solving whatever problems, in whatever forum, a client faces in the State of California.

Representative Matters

  • Procter & Gamble in advancing the company's legislative agenda before the California State Legislature.
  • Southern California Public Power Authority, a joint powers agency providing electricity to over two million customers in Southern California, in advancing its legislative agenda before the California Legislature.
  • California Chamber of Commerce in advancing the organization's legislative and regulatory agendas on environmental and consumer product issues before the California State Legislature, the California Air Resources Board, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
  • Daikin Americas, Inc. in providing counsel before the California Legislature regarding legislation that would require the regulation of perfluorinated chemicals in food packaging.
  • Barr Brands International in providing counsel before the California Department of Toxic Substances Control regarding a proposed regulation that would list paint strippers and varnishes containing methylene chloride as a Priority Product under California's Green Chemistry program.

  • Coalition of more than 250 trade associations and companies in substantially revising proposed overhaul of Proposition 65 warning regulations (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of approximately 100 industrial operators and manufacturers before the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to ensure that its forthcoming Risk Communication document under the AB 2588 Air Toxic Hot Spots Program accurately characterizes facility risk (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of real estate developers, renewable energy companies, and public agencies in successfully securing amendments to CEQA legislation regarding Native American sacred sites (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of dozens of trade associations in securing key concessions in negotiations regarding legislation that would have prevented the use of release clauses in settlement agreements pertaining to instances of undefined environmental disasters (through CalChamber).
  • Coalition of hazardous waste operators in opposing and ultimately defeating legislation that would have shut down certain hazardous waste facilities (through CalChamber).


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