Our Key Issues
CRA's advocacy program is focused on promoting, preserving and enhancing California's retail industry. CRA works with a top team of lobbyists who have advocated on retail issues for over 20 years. Their expertise, along with CRA's collaborations, allow CRA to effectively influence state public policy at the State Capitol and in major cities across California.
The legislative session began Jan. 11 (delayed from Jan. 4 due to COVID-19) and the CRA team continues to track a list of key issues provided below. Lawmakers have until February 19 to introduce bills, which have been limited to 50 per member in the Assembly and 40 per member in the Senate. There is a likelihood however, due to COVID, that the bill limit could be further reduced to 12 per member until the pandemic lifts.
- Reopening Retail at Full Capacity
- COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
- COVID-Related Labor Regulations
- Organized Retail Crime
- Online Marketplace
- Gender Neutral Children's Department
- Shopping Center Redevelopment
- CalOSHA Regulations
- Climate Issues
- Corporate Taxes
- Beverage Containers
- Hazardous Waste
- And More
To view CRA's latest bill tracker, visit CRA's member portal. *Must be a CRA member to access the portal.
Note- calendars do not yet reflect updated start date (moved from Jan. 4 to Jan. 11 due to COVID-19)
Consumer and Privacy Protection
Regulatory and Legislative Advocacy
CRA’s team of advocates are on the front lines of ensuring retail’s voice is heard in the State Capitol and in City Halls across the state. CRA collaborates with other likeminded organizations and associations and encourages our members to advocate for CRA priority issues including: Alcohol Beverage Control, CA Air Resources Board, CalRecycle, Cal/OSHA, COVID-19, Energy, Environmental Sustainability, Food Service/Grocery, Healthcare, Homelessness, Housing, Employee Issues, Local Government Issue, Packaging, Paid Leave Pharmacy/Chain Drug Privacy, Prop. 65, Taxes, On-line Marketplace Organized Retail Crime Workers Compensation.
The CRA team is currently engaged with representing our members’ concerns over the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) COVID-19 emergency temporary standard, which went into effect November 30. CRA is working with member companies to communicate priority concerns to the Department of Industrial Relations and will be submitting comments to the Advisory Committee established by the Board. The Board is expected to consider amendments to the regulation at its March board meeting. Visit the CRA member portal to read CRA’s letters submitted to OSHSB. Must be a member to access. CRA’s advocacy efforts have resulted in favorable modifications via subsequent guidelines and an Executive Order from the Governor. These post-adoption changes are becoming regular showing CRA’s collective efforts in educating the Administration on the unworkable and frequently counterproductive impact of these rules to workers, employers and public health are bearing real fruit. CRA will continue working for changes through the Advisory Committee process.
Retailers depend on their employees because retailers know they would not be successful without a robust workforce. Retail employees are working on the frontlines of the COVOD-19 pandemic and CRA is working hard to ensure employment policies benefit CRA member employees and their safety while not being overly burdensome to employers. Protecting employees, consumers and the economy are top priorities for the Association.
Organized Retail Crime
Organized retail crime is a multi-million-dollar loss to the retail industry in California and affects main street retailers, regional retailers and national brands. CRA is on the front lines advocating for retailers at the state and local level for polices that protect both consumers and retailers.
Environment/Sustainability and Packaging
CRA works with many associations and groups to ensure we protect two of retail's most important assets: environment and people. Retailers are on the cutting edge of environmental sustainability. Our team works to connect retail expertise and values on environmental issues with members of the State Legislature, the Administration and various regulatory boards to ensure our members are informed and have a voice when these important issues are being debated.