CSAC Bulletin Article

Bill to Quiet Counties’ Advocacy Now Dead

January 9, 2020

A bill that would have restricted, and in some cases outright prohibited, local government associations from performing many of the services provided on behalf of counties has been pulled from consideration. CSAC was planning to oppose the bill, AB 315 by Christina Garcia, in the Assembly Local Government Committee next week, but got news today that the bill is dead.

The restrictions would have prevented counties from spending money on matters important to them by limiting the work of local government advocacy associations to only certain lobbying and education activities. The bill specifically targeted local government associations, and would not have applied to trade, public interest, for-profit, or any other type of association or advocacy organization.

The bill ignored the fact that the long-term objective of associations like CSAC is to maintain and improve the well-being of all California counties so they can adequately meet the demand for vital public programs and services. Instead, it would have reduced the level of advocacy, education, and input from counties on important policy proposals.

CSAC and a number of affiliates sent a letter to the Assembly Local Governance Committee expressing these concerns and opposing the bill. The Committee was scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill next Wednesday, January 15th, at 1:30 p.m.

The author has indicated that she will author a new bill on the same general subject, which would need to be introduced before the deadline of February 21, so stay tuned for further developments.

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