Introduction Deadline Brings Over 2,500 Bills, CSAC Sponsorship Included
February 28, 2019
The 2019 legislative year is off to a sprinting start with over 2,500 bills in print as lawmakers rushed to meet the February 22 introduction deadline. That is approximately 20 bills per legislator, several of which are either non-substantive spot bills or reintroduced versions of bills that were previously vetoed by the Brown Administration. There are additionally some CSAC-sponsored bills in the mix that promote county priorities and that individual counties are encouraged to join in support.
CSAC is thankful to Senator (and former Napa County Supervisor) Bill Dodd for authoring SB 137 which reduces duplicative federal transportation permitting and environmental review. This will both decrease the cost of transportation projects and allow for more projects to be completed. Specifically, SB 137 expands the State’s Match Exchange Program to regions over 200,000 in population and to other federal surface transportation programs including the Transportation Alternatives Program, Highway Safety Improvement Program, and local bridge projects.
CSAC is partnering with Assemblymember Ken Cooley to clarify the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) which was signed into law quickly last year to avoid a costly battle at the ballot box. AB 1416 ensures counties and other government agencies can continue working with private partners and avoid any service interruptions under the CCPA.
Also in the crop of introduced bills, CSAC is pleased to support AB 132 by Assemblymember Jim Cooper which will help reimburse counties for the costs arising from the prosecution and defense of Joseph DeAngelo. The magnitude of this case exceeds any other case previously prosecuted in the state and is estimated to cost more than $20 million.
Aside from those mentioned above, there are hundreds of other bills that the Legislative Services team is currently analyzing for possible impacts. In terms of timing, bills must be in print for 30 days before they can be heard in policy committee (see the legislative calendar for key dates and deadlines).
Counties can find “live” status updates by policy area on the CSAC website along with letters and other informational resources as positions are taken. Please feel free to reach out to the CSAC Legislative Services Team with any questions.