Government Finance and Operations 02/17/2012
AB 1692 (Wieckowski) – Pending
As Introduced on February 15, 2012
AB 1692, by Assembly Member Bob Wieckowski, would add successor agencies to the list of local public entities allowed to file for bankruptcy protection.
During the redevelopment dissolution process, successor agencies are the local entities charged with making payments for enforceable obligations and adopting the Recognized Obligation Payment Schedule, among other important functions. However, all of these actions must be approved by the successor agency’s oversight board once the oversight board is formed. At this time, AB 1692 does not provide for any involvement of oversight boards.
AB 1644 (Carter) – Pending
As Introduced on February 13, 2012
AB 1644, by Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter, declares the intent of the Legislature to let areas affected by base closures choose their redevelopment agencies’ successor agencies, and to allow funds to be used solely for redeveloping the affected area. This bill is certain to be amended later to include more substantive language related to dealing with the special case that military base-related redevelopment activities pose.
AB 1413 (Fong) – Support
Chapter Number 3, Statutes of 2012
AB 1413, by Assembly Member Paul Fong, fixes several issues related to the statutory implementation of Proposition 14, making future elections less expensive for counties.
SB 6, the bill that implemented the statutory provisions of Proposition 14, 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 were wordier than necessary and at times specified extraordinary font sizes. Ballot real estate is valuable, and these provisions would have resulted in significant costs to counties.
AB 1413 shortens the party preference language next to each candidate’s name and removes font size requirements for instructions printed on the ballot, saving money without noticeably affecting a voter’s experience.
The Governor signed AB 1413 last Friday, February 10. An urgency statute, the bill is now in effect.