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Legislative Activities: What to Expect in the Coming Weeks

February 4, 2013

The next few weeks should be relatively busy for the League as it sorts through this year’s newly introduced bills and identifies those of interest to cities.


The League anticipates that bills on a number of topics including pension clean up, parking, CEQA reform, marijuana regulation, sidewalks, and continued efforts to replace redevelopment and create new economic development tools will be introduced this year.

Bill Deadlines

Jan. 25 marked the deadline for bill requests to be submitted to the Office of Legislative Counsel. Following this deadline, legislators must introduce their bills by Feb. 22 in order to move them forward through the Legislature.

City officials should be aware that “spot bills” with incomplete language are frequently introduced as place holders for legislation that is anticipated later in the year. The League will report as needed on bills which are generated in this manner.

Following the Feb. 22 introduction deadline, the Legislature will have until May 3 to hear fiscal bills and until May 10 to hear non-fiscal bills in committee.

State Budget Review

The Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee and the Assembly Budget Committee have held initial meetings to review Gov. Jerry Brown’s FY 2013-14 budget.

Budget committees in both the Senate and the Assembly are expected to meet numerous times before the June 15 budget deadline. While there is typically a general schedule for these hearings they can be called at any time.

Next Steps

In the coming weeks, the League will compile a list of initial bills of interest for cities and begin tracking their progress through policy committees and on the floor. As more bill information becomes available the League will report on issues of importance to cities.

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