LANCASTER – Legislation requiring state agencies to keep economic statistics on the Antelope Valley, providing a tool to lure businesses, was signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Senate Bill 143, authored by Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, requires the Employment Development Department to provide Antelope Valley statistics on wages in general, prevailing wage, occupational wages, consumer price index, unemployment and median income. The bill also requires the Department of Finance to provide separate Antelope Valley statistics when information is available to do so. “This new law will start to distinguish the Antelope Valley as a separate economic region,” Runner said. “This will help attract more businesses to our region, as the data will demonstrate that we are more affordable and business-friendly than other parts of Southern California.” The governor signed the bill, but did so with the understanding that Runner would introduce follow-up legislation in January to address concerns about increased burdens on the departments and about confidentiality. Runner said there is some concern about accidental release of proprietary information. For example, if the Finance Department provided information on a particular industry in a ZIP code area with only one company in that industry, then confidential information would effectively be disclosed. Runner said he will follow through with legislation to address those concerns. SB 143 will become law Jan. 1. The bill was sponsored by the Greater Antelope Valley Economic Alliance and the Antelope Valley Board of Trade. Supporters included the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, county Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and city officials in Lancaster and Palmdale. The data would help in regional planning for transportation, land use, education and economic development, supporters said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!