Today I attended the International Franchise Association's fourth annual California Franchising Day. During the course of the day, I had the opportunity to meet with Assembly Members (or their representatives) Hadley, Bigelow, Brough, Miller, Baker, and Gipson, and Senator Nguyen. My group talked with them about the many issues facing franchisees and franchisors in California, including concerns about rising minimum wages, high workers' compensation premiums, and other regulatory issues facing industry members in California.
We also talked to the Assembly members and Senator about Assembly Bills 1782 and 2637, and specifically about how those bills (if passed) will improve franchising and franchise regulations in California. I found all of the Assembly Members and Senators to be very receptive to the two pending bills and the reasons behind them, and willing to listen regarding the other issues that face members of the franchise industry in California.
I remain hopeful that ABs 1782 and 2637 will find support in the legislature, and that they will not be opposed by any major interest groups as they move forward. As promised, I will keep you posted on the progress of those bills here.