AB 1250 Hearing Postponed
Activity Continues to Oppose the De Facto Ban on Contracting
The legislative hearing on AB 1250 has been postponed for a week, but CSAC and a growing coalition of almost 200 organizations and local governments continue all efforts to stop the bill. The measure creating a de facto ban on county service contracts was originally scheduled to be heard July 5, in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee. The bill was abruptly pulled Monday evening and AB 1250 is now due to go to the same committee on July 12 at 9:30 am (State Capitol Room 112). The date is firm since it is the last scheduled hearing prior to the policy committee deadline.
In the meantime, CSAC and the No On AB 1250 coalition continue educating legislators, the public and the media about this harmful measure. “This bill represents a real threat to county budgets, but more importantly to the programs counties provide to the most vulnerable people we serve,” said CSAC Executive Director Matt Cate. “Counties rely on contracts to provide everything from health and mental health services, to substance abuse treatment and even public safety. Those services are at risk because of this bill.”
In a recent editorial, the San Francisco Chronicle recently opined: “Government contracts certainly should be awarded with care, which is why they are subject to transparency, bidding and other standards. But handcuffing local officials and micromanaging government operations won’t serve the public interest so much as the special interests behind this bill.” All of the opposition material related to AB 1250 is available here.
The coalition in opposition, including 46 counties, continues to grow—with California associations representing Sheriffs, District Attorneys, Chief Probation Officers and many more joining the effort to stop this bill. The Santa Clara County Executive and County Counsel recently sent a letter to the committee hearing the bill. The letter says that without significant changes, they will have to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that they oppose the bill. It reads in part: “AB 1250 would undermine, and likely mortally wound the last public, county-run hospitals in California. These health and hospital systems are already facing severe threats at the federal level. Santa Clara County’s unique health and hospital system would be devastated, gravely threatening the health and wellbeing of our community.”