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Cities now Exempt from Onerous Contracting Measure

June 2, 2017
In the final hours leading to the legislative house of origin deadline, AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) was significantly amended to remove cities entirely from the bills requirements. 
The eleventh hour amendment was directly attributed to the sustained and intense opposition from the League of Cities and our membership. AB 1250 moved passed the Assembly on a 45-30 vote with five members abstaining after the amendment was taken. 

Retaining maximum flexibility in contracting for services allows cities to spend their limited General Fund dollars in the most efficient and financially responsible manner. Further, cities impacted by this bill (small and medium cities) often lack the infrastructure, major equipment or a place to store such equipment for a variety of services that would be impacted by this bill. Under this measure, small and medium sized cities would have been forced to meet a standard for contracting services that were unattainable and would have invited litigation at every turn.
Taken together, these requirements would have created a de facto ban on contracting services for cities, which is why the League of California Cities® the California Contract Cities Association and over 200 individual cities strongly voiced their opposition.
Timing of Amendment and its Scope
Statutory deadlines prohibited the bill from being amended last night on the Assembly Floor. However, Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), the measure’s author, as well as the Assembly Democratic Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier) and Assembly Rules Committee Chair Ken Cooley (D-Ranch Cordova) went on record assuring that the complete exemption of cities will be added in the Senate.
When the bill is amended (likely in its first policy hearing in the Senate or in Senate Rules) AB 1250 will simply be “An act relating to County contracting.” Cities, special districts, joint powers authorities or any other local government entity will be exempt from the bill.

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