December 7, 2012
On Nov. 13, via webinar, and on Nov. 14, in Riverside, the League held its Annual Legislative Briefings. The presentations focused on the state budget and key developments from the 2011-12 legislative year.
October 26, 2012
The Department of Industrial Relations' (DIR) Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) announced its newly developed web page including resources that will help answer questions about SB 863 (De León; 2012).
October 1, 2012
On Sept. 30 Gov. Jerry Brown completed action on bills for the 2011-12 legislative session. The Governor in the end was consistent with 72.4 percent of the League’s 29 signature and veto requests.
September 21, 2012
Gov. Jerry Brown has until Sept. 30 to take action on hundreds of bills passed by the Legislature and sent to his desk. On Sept. 4, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities and on Sept. 14 published subsequent actions taken by the Governor.
September 14, 2012
On Monday, Sept. 4, following the final night of the 2011-12 legislative session on Friday, Aug. 30, the League published a comprehensive list of bills of interest to cities which were passed by the Legislature and sent to Gov. Jerry Brown for action. City officials are still encouraged to immediately send request for signature or veto letters as indicated below, as the Governor could take action at any time before his Sept. 30 deadline.
August 31, 2012
This evening, the Legislature passed SB 863 (De León), the workers’ compensation bill that would both increase benefits to injured workers and is intended lower costs for employers. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed workers’ compensation legislation last year calling for more significant reform.
August 30, 2012
This year the League has been tracking a number of major bills which affect cities as reflected in its updated Aug. 10 Major Bills List. This week, the League also published a list of gut and amends that affect cities. The following actions have occurred for the bills the League is tracking.
August 28, 2012
On Monday, Aug. 27, the League reported on a number of gut and amend bills being analyzed by League staff for potential impacts to cities. Since then the following updates have occurred.
August 27, 2012
The last week of session is typically filled with last minute gut and amends. This year is no different. The following bills are still being analyzed by League staff for potential impacts to cities.
August 24, 2012
It was a big win for cities Thursday when League-opposed hot bill AB 1551 (Torres) was amended to address an unrelated housing issue. While AB 2451 (Pérez) another priority bill is still moving after being passed in the Senate this week.
August 22, 2012
Amendments taken to AB 2451 (Pérez) on Monday do not adequately address concerns over the new costs this bill would impose on public employers at a time when public agencies can least afford them. Consequently, the League remains opposed. AB 2451 is on third Senate reading and may be heard this week.
August 17, 2012
Don't miss these articles in the August issue of Western City magazine.
August 14, 2012
Despite discussions with the author’s staff and sponsors over the last several months, the League remains opposed to AB 2451 (Pérez) because it would dramatically increase workers’ compensation costs for local governments by removing the four-and-a-half year statute of limitations for presumptive death benefit claims for firefighters and peace officers.
August 14, 2012
Given the state’s budget problems it may be difficult to envision how a state tax credit bill might be enacted this year. Yet, AB 2037 has secured bi-partisan support and seems to still have a chance of moving this year because it proposes to reallocate some unused tax credits for another purpose.
August 3, 2012
Don’t miss these articles in this month’s issue of Western City.
July 20, 2012
Best Best & Krieger has announced it will host a free webinar to discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and requirements for employers.
July 13, 2012
On July 9, Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 1654 (Cook) into law.
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.
June 29, 2012
The League revised its major bills list this week. The following list represents the bills that League staff is following closely.
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.