The Wine Institute released a press statement on the 'Sue the Farmer' legislation, which was vetoed by Gov. Brown:
We applaud Governor Brown for vetoing AB 2346 (Butler), the “Sue the Farmer” legislation. In his veto message, the Governor stated that revising the existing Cal/OSHA regulations – not additional legislation – is the way to improve heat illness prevention standards for farmworkers.
California vineyard owners care for and protect their employees by providing a safe and fair workplace and adhere to both the letter and spirit of all state regulations. AB 2346 was really about lawsuit abuse. The legislation would have exposed farmers to increased harassment and litigation. California already has the most stringent regulatory environment for farming in the nation. California’s Heat Illness Prevention Rule, which Wine Institute helped write, is the only one of its kind in the country and protects the state’s farm and other outdoor workers. Vineyard owners will continue to protect farmworkers through education programs and rigorous compliance with all laws.
Thanks to the winery members and regional associations that joined Wine Institute in urging the Governor’s veto.