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SB 594 Substantially Amended to Remove Troublesome Provisions; Next Step is Assembly Floor

August 30, 2013
As a result of overwhelming opposition from the League, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), other statewide associations representing schools, public safety, and a growing coalition of local chambers of commerce and other groups, today the Assembly Appropriations Committee approved a substantially amended version of SB 594 (Hill).

Governor’s Prison Plan Supported by the League among Other Local Government and Public Safety Groups

August 30, 2013
League Executive Director Chris McKenzie joined a broad coalition of law enforcement, local government and a bipartisan group of legislators at a Capitol news conference on Tuesday where Gov. Jerry Brown presented details of his prison plan, alongside Speaker John Pérez (D-Los Angeles).

More Budget Trailer Bills Amended and Heard in Committee this Week

August 30, 2013
The Legislature amended multiple bills this week to clean up the 2013–14 Budget.

California Civic Leadership Institute® Brings Next Generation of State Leaders to Sacramento for High-Level Discussions on Capitol Politics and Policy Making

August 30, 2013
More than 30 members of the 2012–13 California Civic Leadership Institute® (CCLI) class and alumni traveled to Sacramento this week for two days of sessions with some of California’s top political experts.

Brady List Bill Now on Governor’s Desk, Veto Request Letters Needed

August 30, 2013
Now that SB 313 (De Léon) is on its way to Gov. Jerry Brown for action city officials are urged to submit a veto request letter immediately.

Governor Signs Legislation Severely Restricting Charter Cities’ Ability to Address Labor-Related Issues

August 30, 2013
League-opposed SB 311 (Padilla) will become law in January after Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure on Wednesday.

HEAL Cities Campaign Webinar Announcement

August 30, 2013
Across the country local elected officials are working to make their communities healthier places to live, work, learn, and play. In rural and small communities, elected officials are examining and implementing solutions to improve access to healthy food and make it easier for people to be physically active.

NLC Invites City Officials to Apply for Committee Membership

August 30, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) has announced the opening of the application period for 2014 NLC committees.

No on SB 594 Coalition Denounces Bill at Capitol News Conference Wednesday

August 28, 2013
A broad and growing coalition representing California’s school boards, school administrators, police chiefs, county sheriffs, fire districts, district attorneys, community colleges, cities, counties, special districts and business groups gathered today at a news conference outside the Capitol to denounce SB 594 (Hill) and to call on legislators to oppose SB 594 in Assembly Appropriations on Friday, Aug. 30.

Bills in Committee Aug. 26–30

August 26, 2013
This Friday, Aug. 30, marks the legislative fiscal committee deadline. In the meantime Legislators will be scrambling to ensure their legislation makes the cutoff or wait until the second half of the biennial session begins in January.

Organizations Rally to Oppose SB 594

August 23, 2013
The recent gut-and-amend measure is adamantly opposed by a growing number of coalition members. Today the coalition delivered an SB 594 (Hill) opposition letter to every legislator in the State Capitol. 

City Officials Urged to Take Action on Bill that Silences Political Voice of Local Governments

August 22, 2013
Opposition letters are urgently needed on SB 594 (Hill), a bill with broad language that vastly limits limit the ability of any nonprofit organization that receives any public funding from a local government from participating in state and local ballot campaigns.

League-Opposed SB 311 Now Before Gov. Jerry Brown

August 22, 2013
The measure, authored by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), limits labor related charter amendments and newly proposed charters to statewide general elections.

Help Shape the Future of the National League of Cities

August 22, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) helps city leaders from across the country build better communities by advocating for city issues at the federal level; providing applied research and local solutions; and fostering leadership development and peer connections.

New ILG Resource on Ethics for Local Agencies Available

August 22, 2013
It can often be difficult to keep track of the various California ethics laws and requirements for local agency officials and staff. Thankfully, the Institute for Local Government (ILG) has just released an updated e-version of the publication, Understanding the Basics of Public Service Ethics.

End of Session Games Begin: Two Committees This Week Pass Bill that Silences Voice of Local Government

August 16, 2013
The end of session efforts to rush through proposals backed by favored interests has begun now that both houses of the Legislature are back from their summer break.

Bills in Committee Aug. 19–23

August 16, 2013
The Legislature will pass a significant session milestone today — the legislative policy committee deadline.

Register Now for Affordable Care Act Webinar

August 16, 2013
The National League of Cities (NLC) is joining forces with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to offer a webinar on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. PDT.

California Energy Commission Announces Availability of Grants for Alternative Fuel Readiness Plans

August 16, 2013
The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program announces the availability of up to $2,100,000 in grant funds to help prepare California for the increased use of alternative transportation fuels.

SB 7 Moves to Assembly Appropriations Committee

August 15, 2013
The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on Wednesday afternoon passed SB 7 (Steinberg) on a 6–1 vote despite heavy opposition.
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