Paper Shortage Bill Advances to Assembly Floor; Vital Records Bill Stalls
January 22, 2016
(For detailed summaries of these bills, please click here).
The Assembly Appropriations Committee met yesterday to hear bills
introduced last year that, to advance to the Assembly Floor, must
meet a January 22 deadline to hear and report bills introduced in
that house. Both AB 1546, which would ensure counties do not
endure another severe shortage of the securitized paper used for
printing vital records, and AB 1238, which would have allowed the
process of requesting one’s own vital records to be entirely
electronic, were heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee
and referred to the Suspense File. Counties will recall that the
Suspense File holds bills that pose costs to the State above a
It is yet unclear why AB 1238 was referred to the Suspense File, as the bill poses no costs to the state since it is completely permissive for both the State and counties. It is expected that the author will reintroduce the bill in the coming weeks (prior to the February 19 statutory deadline to introduce legislation). CSAC voiced strong support in the Appropriations Committee and worked closely with the author and stakeholders to ensure its passage.
AB 1546 carries minor, absorbable costs to the State and the bill was passed to the Assembly Floor with no opposition from the Committee.
CSAC will keep counties apprised of future actions on these two bills.