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Legislative Hot Issues – Costly Bills Halted



Two bills opposed by CSDA imposed major new costs on special districts were shelved by the Legislature last week. Prior to the scheduled hearing in the Senate Environmental Quality Committee, Assembly Member Campos pulled from consideration AB 543 (Campos), a proposal that would have required a lead agency to translate certain CEQA documents into other languages. Although this legislation is defeated for this legislative year, it can be brought for re-consideration next year. Halted in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee, AB 1333 (Hernandez) would have created unwarranted requirements for annually renewable, or "evergreen," contracts with private contractors.

Support

AB 683 (Mullin): Local Community Health and Safety – Empowers local agencies to more effectively protect the health and safety of the communities they serve through an established mechanism that ensures fairness and due process. This measure authorizes agencies to specially assess delinquent fines or penalties against a parcel of real property if the fines or penalties are related to a violation of an ordinance occurring on the real property that constitutes a threat to public health or safety.
Location: Senate Floor

AB 850 (Nazarian): Rate Reduction Bonds – Allows joint powers authorities (JPAs) formed by municipal water utilities to issue rate reduction bonds to fund mandated water capital projects. This new tool could result in interest savings, lower debt service and lower local borrowing costs, which will reduce future utility rate increases.
Location: Senate Floor

AB 1080 (Alejo): Community Revitalization Investment Authorities – Offers a new tool to special districts and other local agencies to invest property tax increment and other available funding to improve infrastructure in disadvantaged communities, and clearly prohibits the shifting of revenue from local agencies without their consent.
Location: Senate Transportation & Housing Committee (July 9 hearing)

SB 1 (Steinberg): Sustainable Communities Investment Authorities – Provides a new mechanism for special districts and other local agencies to invest property tax increment and other available funding to improve infrastructure in a manner that promotes sustainability; clearly prohibits the shifting of revenue from local agencies without their consent.
Location: Assembly Local Government Committee

Oppose

AB 1149 (Campos): Identity Theft - Applies state breach notification mandates related to secure personal information to all local agencies, creating costly new redundancies with current federal law.
Location: Senate Appropriations Committee

SB 556 (Corbett): Contracting Liability –  Creates unnecessary new requirements for public agencies that contract for services related to uniforms and logos. This bill would prohibit an employee of an independent contractor from wearing a uniform or driving a vehicle with logos that look reasonably similar to that of a public agency unless the uniform or logo displays disclaimer language stating the individual is not a government employee.
Location: Senate Floor

OPPOSE UNLESS AMENDED

SB 731 (Steinberg): CEQA Reform – Makes various clarifications and revisions to CEQA, including requiring a lead agency to prepare an annual mitigation monitoring report, requiring a lead agency to circulate CEQA findings at least 15 days prior to approval of the proposed project and requiring the Office of Planning and Research to develop statewide thresholds of significance for noise, traffic and parking for certain infill projects, among many other provisions.
Location: Assembly Local Government Committee

CONCERNS

SCA 3 (Leno): Public Information – Would place before voters at the June 2014 statewide election a measure to preserve the entirety of the Brown Act and Public Records Act in the constitution and exempt the state mandates from reimbursement. Additionally creates a loophole within the critical local revenue protections of Proposition 4 (1979) and Proposition 1A (2004) by exempting all future changes or requirements to the open meeting and public records laws from reimbursement eligibility. If SCA 3 successfully earns the support of voters, it will permit the state to pass unlimited new mandates without the consequences of paying the price, so long as the proposals contain "findings demonstrating that the statutory enactment furthers the purposes" of the Brown Act and CPRA.
Location: Senate Floor

 

 

 

 

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