CSAC Legislative Conference Next Week
May 12, 2016
Several hundred county supervisors and senior staff will gather in Sacramento for CSAC’s annual legislative conference—a chance to engage with state policymakers on issues that matter to counties and network with others in the county family.
“CSAC is both an advocate and a conduit for information between the state capitol and our 58 county members,” said Executive Director Matt Cate. “The legislative conference allows us the opportunity for county supervisors to talk face-to-face with state senators and assembly members that share their constituencies. We have some great discussions lined up on several major policy issues and the state budget.”
Transportation funding, or the lack thereof, will take center stage at a rally and press conference organized by CSAC and several partners in our transportation coalition. The rally will take place on the south steps of the state capitol Thursday morning. “This is an opportunity to show the Legislature how important transportation funding is to all of us, regardless of politics,” said DeAnn Baker, CSAC Deputy Executive Director for Legislative Affairs. “Rural and urban, coastal and inland, the lack of funding for basic infrastructure affects all of us.”
“We have been working on transportation funding for years now,” said Baker. “And while there has been some progress, it’s been very difficult to get the two-thirds votes needed to approve new revenue—even when accountability, streamlining and reforms are included in the legislation. So, our coalition of local government, business, and labor leaders are all going to gather to try to break the gridlock on this issue.” Read more about the transportation funding issue here.
In addition, the conference agenda includes a discussion of the state budget and other policy issues with four leading lawmakers, workshops on homelessness and likely November ballot measures, and a discussion with Journalist John Myers, Capitol Bureau Chief for the LA Times. CSAC policy committees will also hold meetings.
The full conference agenda is available here. While advanced registration is closed, you can still attend the conference just by showing up and registering on site. The conference runs Wednesday and Thursday May 18-19 at the Sacramento Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel.