Mandates Working Group Report
August 3, 2017
The Mandates Working Group had yet another productive meeting last week, completing a robust agenda of mandate topics. Of particular note, the group discussed proposed regulations pending before the Commission on State Mandates that could result in serious problems down the road for local governments wishing to participate in the Commission’s processes. Additionally, the Working Group continued discussing possible test claims and encourages counties to take a close look at the opportunities identified in paragraph three.
As detailed in a prior Bulletin article, the Commission on State Mandates (Commission) is considering new regulations which would shorten the test claim filing period and create other hoops local agencies would have to jump through in order to obtain reimbursement. CSAC, with the California Special Districts Association and the League of California Cities, submitted written comment, outlining local government concerns and asking the Commission to consider other alternatives. The Commission delayed adoption of the regulations at its last hearing on Friday, July 28 to allow consideration of local government concerns and will revisit the item at its next meeting at the end of September.
The Working Group has also been focusing its attention on two potential test claims that are still viable based on the current statute of limitations. The first one, featured in a prior Bulletin article, involves youth offender parole hearings and cases getting remanded back to trial courts. The Working Group is currently seeking a county willing to file a test claim with the Commission on this issue. The second mandate in question was triggered by recently signed legislation requiring public employers to allow union representatives time to present during new employee orientations and access employee contact information. A summary of the new law and what might be eligible for reimbursement is available in the CSAC Webinar Library under “Explained: California’s New Employee Orientation Mandate.”
The Mandates Working Group will continue to follow-up on the aforementioned agenda items and invites any interested parties to participate in future meetings. Please contact Dorothy Johnson or Tracy Sullivan for more details on how to get involved.