Broadband and Tax Penalty Bills to Be Heard in Second House
June 17, 2021
The deadline for bills to be voted out of their house of origin has passed and second house hearings are underway. SB 28 (Caballero) is a key broadband bill that would require the state to identify resources that can aid broadband deployment. It would reform the Digital Infrastructure Video Competition Act of 2006 (DIVCA) to require broadband providers to provide more detailed information and serve more residents in their service footprints. CSAC supports SB 28 and will continue to advocate for its passage when it is heard in the Assembly Communications and Conveyance Committee on June 23. Counties are encouraged to communicate their support to the committee.
SB 219 (McGuire) would codify the county tax collector’s ability to cancel late payment penalties and other charges for taxpayers who have experienced financial hardship due to a shelter-in-place order. CSAC supports SB 219 as a means to allow county tax collectors to assist those who suffered most during the COVID-19 crisis while maintaining important predictability of critical revenue support for local agencies. The bill is scheduled to be heard by the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee on June 21.