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California passed a number of bills this year that could impact park owners.

Editor’s Note: The California Outdoor Hospitality Association (CalOHA) emailed the following advocacy update to its members about new bills that recently passed. 

In a record-breaking California Legislative Session, 2,066 bills were introduced at the beginning of the year. Those bills made their way through two houses, untold committees and were whittled down to a mere 1,046 bills. Governor Gavin Newsome had until Saturday, Oct. 14 to ensure the decisions were finalized. With the due date looming, he ended up with 890 bills signed and 156 vetoed.

CalOHA, through our work with Cal Travel, has filtered through the bills left standing and we wanted to update you on the top four bills of note. Please read on for a breakdown of signed bills that will take effect in 2024.

SB 644 (Glazer) Hotel and private residence rental reservations: Cancellation: refunds.  

This bill would require a hotel, third-party booking service, hosting platform or short-term rental, as defined, to allow a reservation for a hotel accommodation or a short-term rental located in California to be canceled without penalty for at least 24 hours after the reservation is confirmed if the reservation is made 72 hours or more before the time of check-in. This bill was signed, it does not affect campgrounds and RV parks at this time.

SB 478 (Dodd): Consumers Legal Remedies Act: advertisements.

This bill would, beginning on July 1, 2024, with specified exceptions, additionally make unlawful advertising, displaying or offering a price for a good or service that does not include all mandatory fees or charges other than taxes or fees imposed by a government on the transaction, as specified. The bill is non-specific with regard to the industry it affects and could impact all industries, including RV parks and campgrounds.

AB 537 (Berman) Short-term lodging: advertising: rates.

This bill would prohibit a place of short-term lodging, as defined, from advertising or offering a room rate that does not include all fees or charges required to stay at the short-term lodging except taxes and fees imposed by a government on the stay, as specified. In this bill, “short-term lodging” means any hotel, motel, bed and breakfast inn, or other transient lodging. “Short-term lodging” also includes a short-term rental or a residential property that is rented to a visitor for 30 consecutive days or less through a centralized platform whereby the rental is advertised, displayed or offered and payments for the rental are processed. Meaning that it could technically apply to RV parks and campgrounds that provide lodging accommodations.

SB 616 (Gonzalez) Sick days: paid sick days accrual and use.

SB 616 is a notable bill as it would increase paid sick days from three to five days for your employees who qualify. This bill would modify the employer’s alternate sick leave accrual method to additionally require that an employee have no less than 40 hours of accrued sick leave or paid time off by the 200th calendar day of employment or each calendar year, or in each 12-month period.

For insights into other noteworthy legislation, check out the informative CalMatters by clicking here.

As always CalOHA is here to keep you up to date and help you navigate what these changes can mean for your parks. Give us a call in the office at 530-885-1624 or an email to info@caloha.org if you have any questions.