End of Legislative Session Looming
The end of session approaches, several bills with significant impact to counties are still active and moving quickly. Follow @csac_employment for up-to-date information about high priority bills.
SB 331 (Mendoza) establishes specific procedures for the negotiation and approval of contracts valued at $250,000 or more for goods or services by local units of government that have adopted a Civic Openness in Negotiations (COIN) ordinance. CSAC, along with the League of California Cities and the Rural Counties Representative of California, is opposed to this bill. While we are dedicated to transparency and openness in local government, a one-size-fits-all approach is unworkable, and also creates barriers to providing important services to residents in an effective, timely, and economical way. Additionally, the issue of whether certain elements of a COIN ordinance are violations of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) should remain under the purview of the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).
CSAC is also opposed to AB 219 (Daly), which would expand the definition of “public works” for the purpose of prevailing wage payment to include the hauling and delivery of ready-mix concrete. Current law requires the payment of prevailing wages to subcontractors who haul material to public works sites. Longstanding precedent has determined that concrete entities are material supplies are not subcontractors, and are therefore not subject to prevailing wage law. This expansion would have significant cost to counties: the proposed changes could double the labor cost per hour of ready-mix delivery on public works contracts. Counties would also experience costs related to liability and monitoring because of the expanded scope of responsibility.