Government Finance and Operations 01/14/2011
SB 106 (Blakeslee) – Support
As Introduced on January 13, 2011
SB 106, by Assembly Member Sam Blakeslee, would enact a statute stating that California is to reimburse counties for the costs of legislative vacancy special elections.
A statute to this effect has been in effect up through the end of 2008. From the beginning of 2009 through most of 2010, counties incurred more than $16 million of costs to administer fourteen of these elections these elections. Added to that total are the costs of the recent Senate District 1 election that twelve counties recently ran, plus upcoming elections to fill at least three more vacancies this year.
AB 33 (Jeffries) – Support
As Introduced on December 7, 2011
AB 33, by Assembly Member Kevin Jeffries, would give the Governor 90 days to appoint someone to fill a vacancy on a county board of supervisors. If the Governor fails to do so, the bill would allow the board to fill the vacancy. Failing that, the vacancy would remain open until the next regular election.
AB 33 is very similar to last Assembly Member Jeffries AB 1671 from last year, which CSAC supported. That bill was inspired by a situation in Riverside County where an extended vacancy and an illness required every vote to be unanimous among the three remaining supervisors. AB 1671 bill passed the Legislature, but Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed it.