Comments Requested on Government Finance and Administration Bills
March 1, 2018
With policy committee hearings beginning to fill the calendar, the CSAC Government Finance and Administration (GFA) policy unit would appreciate feedback on the following bills, related to sidewalk vendors, mandatory sexual harassment training, and city incorporations.
SB 1343 (Mitchell) – Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
Would require all employees (of employers of 5 or more employees) to take a two-hour sexual harassment prevention training by January 1, 2020, and once every 2 years after that. The bill would require the Department of Fair Employment and Housing to develop a two-hour video training course on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace and to post it on the department’s Web site. This is an expansion of existing law requiring supervisors and elected officials to complete a similar training at a similar frequency.
SB 946 (Lara) – Sidewalk Vendor Licensing
Would create rules for cities and counties to regulate sidewalk vendors selling food or merchandise, requiring a licensing scheme to be developed locally but with significant restrictions on local authority to determine time, scope and manner of the permitted activity.
These two bills would restore the additional property tax revenue for cities that annex land or incorporate as a new city previously received before the 2011 VLF swap through SB 89. The property tax would be derived from the school share, which is backfilled by the State General Fund. Annexations and city incorporations would remain under the purview of LAFCO and no changes would be made to those processes for review and approval.