2022 Priority Bill List

The California Association of Winegrape Growers is advocating in Sacramento during the deliberation on these proposed changes in law. As a strong voice for California winegrape growers, CAWG helps make lawmakers aware of the potential effects of the legislation they are considering. In many cases this includes unintended, but devastating, consequences.

CAWG sponsors and supports legislation that positively impacts grape growing in California and opposes legislation that can have a negative impact on the industry, our workers and our communities.

Below is a partial list of 2022 priority legislation for CAWG.


AB 2213 (Aguiar-Curry, D-Winters) would create a program within CDFA to do research  on measurement of smoke compounds in winegrapes and wine, methods to mitigate the damage to winegrapes and wine that can occur from exposure to smoke, and methods to prevent smoke damage to winegrapes and wine.

AB 2613 (R. Rivas, D-Salinas) would establish a pilot project within the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to provide grants to farmers and ranchers to clean up illegal solid waste disposal sites on farm and ranch property.

AB 2836 (E. Garcia, D-Coachella) would extend the sunset provisions of the Carl Moyer Program.

SB 856 (Dodd, D-Napa) would allow for better population control of wild pigs in ag land.  SUPPORT IF AMENDED to resolve various issues including notice requirements.


AB 2108 (R. Rivas, D-Salinas) would add substantive new requirements on existing waste discharge requirements and waivers, which would result in increased fees on all existing and future permit holders.

AB 2146 (Bauer-Kahan, D-Contra Costa) would prohibit neonicotinoid pesticides except for use on an agricultural commodity.  This could hamper urban and suburban efforts to knock down populations of glassy winged sharpshooters and other pests.

AB 2201 (Bennett, D-Ventura) would codify the Governor’s Executive Order requiring Groundwater Sustainability Agencies to approve new well permits. This would needlessly delay permits and potentially result in increased litigation.

AB 2243 (E. Garcia, D-Coachella) would expand regulatory requirements in the heat illness standard and the wildfire smoke standard which were adopted by the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board.

SB 1044 (Durazo, D-Los Angeles) would allow employees during wildfire situations to refuse to show up at work even though state and county officials have created a program whereby they determined the workplace is safe under certain conditions.

SB 1162 (Limon, D-Santa Barbara) would require employers of 100 or more workers hired through labor contractors to provide the Department of Fair Employment and Housing pay data about their workers. This would create double reporting as Farm Labor Contractors are already reporting the same information and would penalize growers for any errors in information provided to the grower by the FLC.

AB 2183 (Stone, D-Santa Cruz) is similar to AB 616 above, which was vetoed.  AB 2183 would create a system whereby the union would control the process by which an election is conducted for employees to choose whether to join a union.



AB 73 (R. Rivas, D-Hollister) provides N95 masks from the state stockpile to ag employees exposed to wildfire smoke (when N95s are otherwise unavailable).  STATUS: Signed into law.

AB 239 (Villapudua, D-Stockton) allows the reuse of wine bottles at wine tasting rooms. STATUS:  Signed into law.

AB 654 (Reyes, D-San Bernardino) clarifies the reporting requirements that employers must follow for workplace COVID-19 exposures. STATUS: Signed into law.

AB 1267 (Cunningham, R-Paso Robles) allows wineries to donate a portion of the purchase price of an alcoholic beverage to a nonprofit charitable organization.  STATUS:  Signed into law.

SB 11 (Rubio, D-Los Angeles) expands access to FAIR Plan for commercial structures on farm land. This is important for growers having difficulty getting insurance due to wildfire risks. STATUS:  Signed into law.

SB 19 (Glazer, D-Orinda) allows a licensed winegrower or brandy manufacturer to operate two off-site tasting rooms under its winegrower license. STATUS: Signed into law.



AB 1103 (Dahle, R-Bieber) creates a county livestock pass program allowing ranchers to get access to their land during wildfires. In early form, the bill would have unintentionally limited the ability of counties to do broader agricultural pass programs around the state.  STATUS: Signed into Law.



AB 616 (Stone, D-Santa Cruz) would have created a process whereby the union would control the process by which an election is conducted for employees to choose whether to join a union. STATUS:  Vetoed.

AB 364 (Rodriguez, D-Pomona) would create a new foreign labor contractor registration process with the California Labor Commissioner. This is in addition to and duplicative of existing state and federal processes already in place. STATUS:  Two Year Bill

AB 377 (R. Rivas, D-Hollister) would expand state and regional water board authority with respect to how they regulate discharges. This could substantially reduce water supplies for agriculture. STATUS:  Two year bill.

AB 548 (Carrillo, D-Los Angeles) would eliminate collection of penalties and interest for overpayment of unemployment benefits, even when the claim is fraudulent. This increases unemployment insurance rates for employers. STATUS:  Two year bill.

AB 857 (Kalra, D-San Jose) would create a new notice to agricultural employees that would provide a new right to compensation for travel time (which is provided by the employer for voluntary use). STATUS:  Two year bill.

AB 995 (Gonzalez, D-San Diego) would expand mandatory paid sick leave from three to five days annually. STATUS:  Two year bill.

SB 410 (Leyva, D-Chino) would eliminate fiscal review of proposed costly new workplace safety regulations. This would result in no consideration by regulators of less costly alternatives. STATUS:  Two year bill.