GF&A Committee Summary
May 20, 2016
The CSAC Government Finance and Administration Policy Committee met on May 19 at the CSAC Legislative Conference. Supervisor Perea of Fresno County and Supervisor Hannigan of Solano County presided as chair and vice-chair, respectively. The meeting packet is available here.
Committee takes action on ballot initiative. The Committee took action on the “Revenue Bonds by Statewide Voter Approval” measure, also known as “No Blank Checks.” This initiative will appear on the November ballot and would require voter approval for revenue bonds sold for projects exceeding $2 billion that are funded, owned, operated or managed by the state (including any JPA or similar body). The Committee heard arguments from both proponents and opponents, and engaged in a healthy debate before voting to take an “oppose” position on the measure. Per the CSAC Policies and Procedures manual, the committee recommendation to oppose will next go to the Executive Committee.
State budget update. Carolyn Chu of the Legislative Analyst’s Office provided an update on the state’s budget situation, and walked through the LAO website where many resources related to the state’s budget are available.
Planning for implementation of SB 272. This bill, passed last year, relates to open data and would require local agencies to catalog enterprise systems and make them publicly available online. Sacramento County CIO Rami Zakaria provided information about how his county’s IT department is working with other county departments to collect the required information.
Broadband update. California Emerging Technology Fund President Sunne Wright McPeak provided an update on the latest regulations and legislation related to broadband expansion. AB 1758 (Stone) was a key feature of this discussion.
Legislative update. CSAC staff discussed several key bills the team is working during legislative session, including sales tax exemption bills, vote by mail, and expansions of employee leave. Staff also highlighted AB 1853, a bill CSAC opposes that would allow any Board of Retirement in 1937 Act counties to become an independent district without resolution by the Board of Supervisors of that county.