Assemblywoman Smith Highlights Efforts to Provide AB 5 Assistance

Monday, February 24, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CA — Assemblywoman Christy Smith (D-Santa Clarita) shared the following budget asks relating to Assembly Bill 5, legislation codifying the Dynamex Operations West, Inc. vs. Superior Court case, passed during the 2019 legislative cycle. Joining the bill’s original author, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), Assemblywoman Smith requested the following budget items’ implementation in the 2020-21 state budget:

  • One-year tax exemption of $800 for transitioning LLCs to help formalize small businesses and maintain existing business relationships
  • $20 million budget allocation to help small community non-profit arts groups comply with the law

“Relief for independent contractors, impacted small businesses and non-profits are essential as we implement AB 5 and address its challenges,” Assemblywoman Smith said. “These steps will help California workers’ futures and mitigate the pressures business face.

This is a priority for me this year, and I look forward to working with employers, workers and my colleagues on this issue. Members of the community affected by AB 5 are encouraged to share their stories with my office.”

Assemblywoman Christy Smith represents California’s 38th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Agua Dulce, Castaic, Santa Susana Knolls and North San Fernando Valley.