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FY 2014-15 Budget Trailer Bills Making Way Through Legislature

August 20, 2014
The Assembly Budget Committee approved a package of budget cleanup bills last week that clarified and/or corrected various provisions in the FY 2014-15 Budget Act.
 
Passing multiple budget cleanup bills is customary legislative practice as the bills typically make statutory changes needed to implement the budget act. This year’s package contains bills making various fixes to education, health and human services, public safety and state resources.

The budget cleanup package is now pending before Assembly and easy passage is expected. It is anticipated that additional budget cleanup bills will emerge as the Legislature approaches the end of session Aug. 31 deadline.       
 
The following is a listing of budget cleanup bills that contain provisions of interest to local governments.
 
SB 872 (Budget & Fiscal Review Committee): Budget Act of 2014
 
This bill makes general corrections to the FY 2014-15 Budget Act in policy areas relating to K-12 and higher education, public safety grants, amongst others. Specifically this bill:
  • Makes various technical changes to several resource provisions related to CalEPA Environmental Justice Grants, SB 918 Recycled Water reversions, use of penalty revenues for marijuana enforcement, and CPUC’s California Teleconnect and Intervenor’s Compensations Funds.
  • Allows up to $500,000 (Waste Discharge Permit Fund civil penalties) to be used for developing an integrated plan addressing the drinking water and wastewater needs of disadvantaged communities in the Salinas Valley. While the appropriation is contained in the Budget Act, the Budget Bill language for this item was inadvertently left out.
  • Clarifies grant awarding criteria for cities with the highest rate of murder, rape and robbery.
  • Specifies that funds ($11.3 million) allocated to counties are to address the temporary increase in offenders serving a term on Post Release Community Supervision as a result of a Feb. 10, 2014 federal court order to increase credit earnings for certain offenders. 
SB 873 (Budget & Fiscal Review Committee): Human services.
 
This is the human services cleanup trailer bill for the FY 2014-15 budget. It contains necessary cleanup changes and technical corrections related to the Budget Act of 2014. This bill makes various statutory changes to implement the FY 2014-15 budget. Specifically, this bill:
  • Makes various technical changes regarding temporary managers and receiverships for facilities licensed by the Community Care Licensing (CCL) Division at the State Department of Social Services (DSS), amending law that was codified in Senate Bill 855 (Chapter 29, Statutes of 2014), hereafter referred to as Chapter 29. Among related changes, provides that if the revenues are insufficient to reimburse the department for the costs of the temporary manager, the salary of the receiver, or related expenses, the unreimbursed amount shall constitute grounds for a monetary judgment in civil court and subsequent lien upon the assets of the facility or the proceeds from the sale thereof. 
SB 874 (Budget & Fiscal Review Committee): Public resources.
 
This bill makes various technical adjustments to the resources, environmental protection, energy, and agriculture 2014 budget actions. Specifically, this bill:
  • Corrects various technical statutory references related to the drinking water program and provides appropriate liquidation periods as intended by the budget actions.
  • Clarifies that specified water and wastewater projects are eligible to receive funding from the State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund.
  • Clarifies that $10 million, previously appropriated to the Department of Housing and Community Development for housing-related drought relief, continues to be appropriated as provided in Chapter 3 of the Statutes of 2014.
  • Provides a subaccount for greenhouse gas emission funding through the State Energy Conservation Assistance Account for purposes of tracking and provides that the loans within this new subaccount may be used by state agencies, including the University of California and California State University.
  • Includes an appropriation to the Natural Resources Agency for the purpose of implementing elements of the scoping plan adopted by the State Air Resources Board that was inadvertently omitted from the budget act. 
SB 877 (Budget & Fiscal Review Committee): Correctional facilities: construction.
 
This bill makes various technical adjustments to the public safety 2014 budget actions. Specifically, this bill:
  • Repeals duplicative provision passed to authorize $500,000,000 in revenue bonds, notes, or bond anticipation notes to finance the acquisition, design, and construction of the approved adult local criminal justice facilities and establishes the procedures for approving and funding these projects.
  • Appropriates $5,000 from the General Fund to the Board of State and Community Corrections for purposes of administering the bond financing program for adult local criminal justice facilities.
  • Contains an appropriation allowing this bill to take effect immediately upon enactment.


 
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