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Summary of the state of California Assembly Bill 5:

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CA AB 5 passed 29-11 last night with two hours of debate.  It will go to the Assembly this week for concurrence and then to Governor Newsom’s desk.

Twelve motions by individual Senate Republicans added amendments for various exemptions, including:

  • Nonprofit organizations;
  • Physical Therapists;
  • Transportation Network Companies;
  • Franchisor/Franchisee relationships;
  • Interpreters/Translators;
  • Trucking Companies;
  • Health facilities and their contracting health professionals;
  • Timber Operators; Forester professionals; Geologists and Physicists; Land Surveyors; Licensed Contractors; Professional Engineers;
  • Design Professionals;
  • Newspaper Publishers for their carriers (which will now be in the other bill);
  • A different standard than Dynamex; and
  • A provision calling for a delay in the implementation date so as to give more time for exemptions and other “fixes” to the bill.

These were answered by a parliamentary motion by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-San Fernando) to “lay the amendments on the table.”  A 29-11 vote on every one of the amendments set them aside and led to debate on the bill.

The debate was partisan.  Some Democrats indicated there were further issues to be examined, but the bill passed, 29-11.  It now goes to the Assembly Floor for concurrence on the Senate amendments, then to Governor Newsom’s desk for signing.

Sen. Steve Bradford (D-Gardena) voted for the bill but said that he wants the discussion on the needs of the music industry to continue toward a solution. Sen. Atkins, the President Pro Tem (D-San Diego), indicated that this conversation will continue, but she supported the progress made thus far.

Please see the Billboard and Forbes articles for more information about how AB5 will affect your business.


About A2IM:
A2IM is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit trade organization headquartered in New York City that exists to support and strengthen the independent recorded music sector. Membership currently includes a broad coalition of more than 700 Independently-owned American music labels. A2IM represents these independently owned small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SMEs) interests in the marketplace, in the media, on Capitol Hill, and as part of the global music community. In doing so, it supports a key segment of America’s creative class that represents America’s diverse musical cultural heritage. Billboard Magazine identified the Independent music label sector as 37.32 percent of the music industry’s U.S. recorded music sales market in 2016 based on copyright ownership, making Independent labels collectively the largest music industry sector.

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