Governor Busy Signing, Vetoing as Deadline Looms
Governor Jerry Brown still has hundreds of bills passed by the Legislature on his desk with the October 15 deadline to sign or veto fast approaching. Rundowns of all of his actions on legislation to-date are available on the Governor’s press office website. While most of CSAC’s high-priority bills have already been signed or vetoed, a notable exception is SB 649, the so-called “small cell” bill.
“CSAC is advocating for a veto of SB 649,” said DeAnn Baker, CSAC’s Deputy Executive Director for Legislative Affairs. “This misguided bill would eliminate local government’s ability to negotiate fair leases for the use of public property and preclude counties from ensuring that disadvantaged communities also benefit when wireless services are deployed in the community.” CSAC’s letter requesting a veto is available on the CSAC website.
Among the other major legislative priorities for counties in 2017, CSAC was successful in stopping AB 1250 before it reached the Governor’s desk, and the Governor signed a transportation funding and reform package in late April. AB 1250 would have imposed a de facto ban on county contracts with private companies, community-based organizations, and local non-profits to provide vitally-important constituent services. The Governor’s signatures on SB 1 and ACA 5 in April fulfilled a long-term CSAC priority to provide a new source of ongoing funding to repair and maintain county roads.
CSAC’s advocacy team also worked effectively to mitigate the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) cost shift. The Governor’s January budget proposed shifting more than $600 million in IHSS costs back to counties. The maintenance of effort agreement with the Governor provides a two-year reprieve from almost all of the cost shift and was enacted as part of the final state budget.
“2017 has proven to be a successful year for county priorities at the state capitol,” said Baker. “We’re continuing to make our case for the Governor to veto SB 649 and hope to end the first half of session with a win on that bill.”