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Bills and Budget Face Looming Deadlines

May 30, 2019

Two major legislative deadlines are right around the corner, with proposals in flux that will have significant impacts on California counties. The most immediate deadline, the House of Origin deadline, is tomorrow, May 31. By midnight tomorrow, Senate bills and Assembly bills must be passed through the house where they originated or they are considered dead for the year.

To note, there are exceptions and caveats to this rule. Not subject to the House of Origin deadline are proposed constitutional amendments. Therefore, even though ACA 1, SCA 3, and others are still in their house of origin, they remain in play. Additionally, as it is the first year of a two-year legislative cycle, bills that die this week can potentially be resurrected, either next year or through a “gut and amend” in which the language from a dead bill is inserted into one that is still alive and moving through the legislative process.

Perhaps even more important than the legislative deadline, is the impending June 15 budget deadline. Appointees to the 2019 Budget Conference Committee were announced by Senate President Pro Tem Atkins, and Assembly Speaker Rendon this week. Senator Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, will serve as Chair. Assembly Member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Committee on Budget, will serve as Vice Chair. Other appointees are Assembly Members Chad Mayes, Kevin McCarty, Jay Obernolte, and Shirley Weber; and Senators John Moorlach, Jim Nielsen, Richard Roth, and Nancy Skinner.

Members of the budget conference committee will convene between now and June 15 to engage in the final budget negotiations, reconciling differences between budget bills passed by each of the respective houses, and the Governor’s May Revision. By June 15, the conference committee will need to recommend a final budget bill to the Legislature, who must send a budget to the Governor for approval or face losing their pay.

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