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Gut-and-Amend Action Stifles Special Districts’ Voice

Dubbed by the Around the Capitol website as the "worst gut and amend" this year, Senate Bill 594 (Hill) would severely undermine the ability of non-profit associations with local government members to actively engage on statewide and local ballot measure campaigns, or simply take a support or oppose position.

In 2004, CSDA and other local government organizations strongly supported Proposition 1A, protecting property tax revenue from raids by state government. As a result, this June the state was required to repay the $1.9 billion it borrowed from local agencies in 2009. SB 594 would gag associations like CSDA from voicing the local government perspective on future measures like Prop 1A. Perhaps more disconcerting, this legislation is being advertised as a "transparency and disclosure" measure, when in fact it would limit productive dialogue and voter education by removing local government stakeholders from conversations about ballot measures impacting their core local services.

Please join CSDA in submitting opposition letters and making calls to your legislators. Download a sample letter here. Download talking points here.

The latest issue of CSDA's Legislative Hot Sheet outlining key bills impacting special districts is now available.

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