5/27/16 - The news we've all been waiting for is here: together, we stopped AB 2855. The bill was held in the Appropriations Committee today and will not advance.
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We extend our gratitude to Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee, and the other members of the Committee for taking into account the concerns of the nonprofit sector.
And a big shout out to our nonprofit community! In the last two months, more than 700 nonprofit organizations spoke up to oppose this bill, an unprecedented show of solidarity. Nonprofits of all types and sizes called, wrote and visited their legislators and it paid off. This was truly a team effort that showed the power of the nonprofit community.
As a reminder, AB 2855 would have required nonprofits to place unnecessary and burdensome notices on every document that includes a fundraising message -- not just California nonprofits but any nonprofit that attempts to raise funds in California. While we share the goals of transparency for nonprofits and prosecuting bad actors, this bill would have done nothing toward achieving those goals.
While this fight over, there’s more work our sector has to do to ensure that policymakers know who we are, how we operate, how regulated our sector already is, and how crucial we are to California’s economy and communities.