AB 1250 Advances Despite Strong Opposition
July 12, 2017
Despite an impressive coalition of more than 200 organizations arrayed against it, AB 1250 continued advancing through the Legislature Wednesday, passing out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on a narrow one-vote margin. The bill would decimate county contracting by requiring a series of new and complex reporting obligations on counties and the agencies they contract with to provide services. The result would negatively impact a variety of services that people rely on including public safety, mental health services, substance use treatment and adoption and foster family services, to name just a few. This is why CSAC is joined by private and public hospitals, non-profits, food banks, the state sheriffs association and numerous other stakeholders that collectively serve Californians in various capacities.
Please click here to see Supervisor Perez’ Testimony on video.
Kern County Supervisor and CSAC First Vice President Leticia Perez testified against the bill stressing the difficulties this bill would create for counties that are pursuing new programs to reduce recidivism and ensure successful implementation of public safety reform. Counties remain perplexed by the true intent of the sponsors and the bill. Claims that the bill only extends current law to counties with respect to provisions that must be followed in order to contract out and the supposed narrow application of the bill are just unfounded.
“Counties will suffer, the people we serve will suffer, and there is no legitimate need for the additional red-tape this bill requires for county contracting,” said CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate. “Local governments should have the authority to respond to the needs of their communities effectively and efficiently. This bill takes away that authority and applies a blanket approach that isn’t workable for any of our 58 counties.”
Supervisor Perez also co-authored an Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee that ran Wednesday morning. She and Moira Kenney, the Executive Director of the First 5 Association of California wrote “The clear intent of AB 1250 is to prohibit contracting. It imposes severe restrictions and red tape on counties. It also requires community groups, nonprofits and local businesses to disclose personal information about employees and officers. This raises significant privacy concerns and will deter the private sector from providing services. There is no legitimate policy problem that AB 1250 seeks to address. This a political power play at the expense of essential services for our most vulnerable.”
CSAC is a leading member of the coalition that continues to oppose AB1250. The documents, letters and other background material can all be found here.