Government Finance and Operations 02/03/2012
AB 1413 (Fong) – Support
As Amended on January 5, 2012
AB 1413, by Assembly Member Paul Fong, would fix several issues related to the statutory implementation of Proposition 14. In doing so it would make future elections less expensive for counties.
The bill that implemented the statutory provisions of Proposition 14, SB 6, went beyond the constitutional requirements by also requiring particular language to be printed on every ballot and next to each candidate’s name. The requirements are wordier than necessary and at times specify extraordinary font sizes. Ballot real estate is valuable, and these provisions will result in significant costs to counties. Because these costs are mandated by the state, the state would end up being responsible for reimbursing counties.
AB 1413 makes a number of changes that will significantly reduce these increased expenses. In particular, shortening the party preference language next to each candidate’s name and removing font size requirements for instructions printed on the ballot will save money without noticeably affecting a voter’s experience.
The Assembly passed AB 1413 on Monday, January 30. It now awaits the Governor’s consideration.
Vehicle License Fees
AB 869 (Davis) – Oppose
As Amended on January 12, 2012
AB 869, by Assembly Member Mike Davis, would have allowed owners of fleets to register their vehicles at multiyear intervals.
While such an arrangement would save some paperwork for companies that manage large fleets, it would have affected the complex formulas that allocate VLF revenue among the health, mental health, and human service programs realigned in 1991. Those formulas direct revenue growth differently from base revenue, and multiyear registration, especially involving large corporate fleets would tamper with that balance.
The author was receptive to these concerns from counties and chose not to pursue the bill.