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Bill Threatening Local Contracting Authority Held in Committee

July 8, 2013
AB 1333 (Hernández) was held in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee last Wednesday and will likely not move forward this year.
The bill would have required local governments to annually review contracts with private entities of more than $250,000 that also contain an “evergreen” provision. The review process required the agency to adopt a resolution either keeping or terminating the contract under review.
Bill text and League opposition letters can be found on the League’s website. Please also see “Bill Threatening Local Contracting Authority Awaits Action on the Assembly Floor,” CA Cities Advocate, May 24, 2013.  
The League and several local government groups opposed AB 1333 as unnecessary and burdensome. Opponents argued that AB 1333 was redundant because local governments already perform contract reviews without the need for a state mandate. AB 1333 represented yet another attempt by the state to infringe on local government autonomy and enact burdensome and costly mandates on already cash-strapped cities and counties.    
It is highly likely the bill will remain held in committee for the rest of the year. That said, the League is watching carefully for any end of year attempts to move the bill. The League will update members should the status of AB 1333 change.

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