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AB 1831 Held in Senate Governance and Finance Committee

June 29, 2012
On Thursday, the Senate Governance and Finance Committee held AB 1831, which would have required that cities and counties “ban the box” on any initial employment application that asks applicants to provide criminal history information.

League of California Cities’ 2012 Major Bill List – June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012
The League revised its major bills list this week. The following list represents the bills that League staff is following closely.  

League Removes Opposition to SB 1003

June 29, 2012
This week, the League removed its opposition to SB 1003 (Yee) after the sponsors, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and Californian’s Aware, agreed to put necessary protections into the bill for cities.

Legislation to Increase Bus Weights to be Heard Next Week

June 29, 2012
This week, AB 1706 (Eng), which would increase the weight limit for buses, was substantially amended. The bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee next Tuesday.

Early-Bird Rate for League’s Annual Conference & Expo Ends July 3

June 29, 2012
Register now to get the early-bird registration for the League’s Annual Conference & Expo in San Diego on Sept. 5 – 7.

EPA Announces Framework to Help Local Governments Manage Stormwater Runoff and Wastewater

June 29, 2012
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a new framework document, titled the Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework.

Submit Your Nomination for CalPERS’ Spotlight on Excellence Program

June 29, 2012
CalPERS has announced it is seeking nominations for its Spotlight on Excellence Program, which recognizes local contracting CalPERS agencies that exhibit excellence in public service.

New BOE eReg System to Help Cities by Making Tax Revenues Easier to Collect

June 29, 2012
The Board of Equalization (BOE) has launched a new electronic registration (eReg) system to make it easier and quicker for businesses to register online for permits and licenses and properly report sales and use taxes. 

Free Leadership Training for Elected Officials July 13 – 15

June 29, 2012
The California Latino Caucus Institute (CLCI), in collaboration with the Drucker Institute at Claremont University and the Institute for Local Government, is offering an Elected Officials Training Academy July, 13 – 15 in Orange County.

The July Issue of Western City Magazine is Online Today

June 29, 2012
Don’t miss these articles from the July issue of Western City magazine.

ILG Launches Beacon Award Communities Google Map

June 29, 2012
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) has a new online map of California cities and counties participating in the ILG’s Beacon Award recognition program.

Cities Recognized for Adopting Resolutions to Be Healthy and Active

June 29, 2012
Several Northern California cities have recently been recognized by Kaiser Permanente for adopting policies or a resolution, as part of the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Cities Campaign (http://healcitiescampaign.org), to provide residents with more active and healthy options.

Federal Transportation Authorization Deal Reached

June 29, 2012
The Conference Committee announced an agreement on a 27-month transportation authorization that would fund transportation at existing levels, adjusted for inflation.

Final Vote Count for Redevelopment Trailer Bill AB 1484

June 28, 2012
Yesterday, both the Senate and Assembly voted to pass AB 1484, the FY 2012-13 redevelopment trailer bill. The 73-page bill was not in print until Tuesday morning and the bill was voted on Wednesday.

Sidewalk Repair Bill Headed to Committee

June 28, 2012
On Monday, the Assembly passed AB 2231 (Fuentes), a sidewalk repair responsibilities bill. The bill is now scheduled to be heard in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on July 3.

SB 1002 Leaves Assembly Local Government Committee, Heads to Appropriations

June 28, 2012
Yesterday, SB 1002 (Yee), which would amend the Public Records Act (PRA) to require agencies to provide public records in open format standard, was passed out of the Assembly Local Government Committee with a 5-3 vote. The bill will now head to the Assembly Appropriations Committee where the cost of the measure on state and local agencies will be assessed. 

League of California Cities Reacts to AB 1484, the Redevelopment Budget Trailer Bill

June 27, 2012
Earlier this year, the California Supreme Court concluded the Legislature could not enact legislation exacting local redevelopment agency revenues in order to fund the state budget in violation of Proposition 22 (2010). Today — only six months later — the Legislature passed AB 1484, the 73-page budget “trailer bill,” containing unconstitutional sales and property tax clawback or garnishment provisions.

Legislature Sends Remaining Budget Trailer Bills to Gov. Jerry Brown

June 27, 2012
Today, both the Senate and the Assembly completed work on the remaining FY 2012-13 Budget Trailer bills, which will complete the budget package awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s review.

Medical Marijuana Bill AB 2312 Held in Committee

June 26, 2012
Yesterday, AB 2312 (Ammiano), which would have created a statewide regulatory and tax structure for medical marijuana, was held in Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee without a vote or testimony being taken.

Bills in Committee: June 25 – 29

June 25, 2012
The Senate and Assembly are both scheduled for floor sessions today at noon to resume work on the budget. The Sacramento Bee is reporting that budget votes are expected Wednesday.  
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