|Appropriations Committees Act on Priority Bills|
Last week, the Senate and Assembly Appropriations Committees dispensed with their Suspense Files, and a number of bills, including Senate Bill 1156 (Steinberg) were substantially amended. Others, such as Assembly Bill 2418 (Gordon), were held in committee and will not be moving forward.
SB 1156 would have allowed the renewed diversion of property tax increment away from special districts. AB 2148 would have placed restrictions on how the locally elected boards of healthcare districts can utilize local property tax revenues.
CSDA’s Legislative Committee designated SB 1156 as a top priority in order to protect precious resources for core local services and provide accountability for economic development efforts. During Special District Legislative Days on May 16, over 100 CSDA members lobbied their legislators to oppose SB 1156 unless amended to require districts to consent to any new tax increment arrangements. The amendments taken in the Senate Appropriations Committee are intended to protect special districts and alleviate CSDA’s concerns.
AB 2418 would have established a troubling new precedent for special districts whereby an unelected countywide commission, without service specific expertise, would have been given the ability to make budgetary decisions for a local elected board. CSDA partnered closely with the Association of California Healthcare Districts in opposing AB 2418, testifying in both the Assembly Health Committee and Local Government Committee.
Additional bills of significance held in committee were AB 1506 (Jeffries) and AB 2474 (Chesbro). These bills were introduced in response to the state responsibility area (SRA) fire fee instituted in 2011. AB 1506 would have repealed the SRA fee entirely and AB 2474 would have required the Board of Forestry and Fire Protection to amend and recast the previously adopted emergency regulations.
To find the status, complete list of all CSDA tracked bills and more, please visit the Legislative Access Services (must be logged in to view).