July 18, 2017
Issue #56

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Legislature Delays Vote on Housing Package Until After Summer Recess

League sponsored SB 540 (Roth) Remains in Play

Late Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative leaders issued a joint statement announcing that the vote on a package of housing bills will be delayed. The Legislature’s annual recess runs July 21 – Aug. 21 and action will occur once the Legislature reconvenes from its summer recess in mid-August.

Housing, Affordable Housing, Legislation, Hot Bills

Legislature Passes Cap-and-Trade Extension

Bills Advance to the Governor

After weeks of negotiations, lawmakers in both houses voted on Monday to extend the Cap-and-Trade program. This action represents a compromise among stakeholders advocating for environmental, business, agricultural, and other interests. The three-bill package extends Cap-and-Trade through 2030, requires a two-thirds vote in 2024 on how to spend Cap-and-Trade revenues, and implements a new air quality program.

Cap-and-Trade, Environmental Quality, Legislation, Hot Bills

Summer Recess/End of Session Legislative Briefing Scheduled for July 20

Join the League’s Legislative team for a briefing on major bills that cities need to advocate for and against when the Legislature returns from its summer recess (July 21 – Aug. 21). The webinar is scheduled for July 20 from 1:30–3 p.m.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Meetings and Events

Cities Encouraged to Review the List of Suspended State Mandates for Possible Savings

Most city officials do not relish complying with state mandates, but what they may not know is each year in the annual budget process the Legislature and Governor agree to “suspend” many. This is done so that the state does not have to reimburse local agencies for the costs. The Department of Finance (DOF) has released its annual letter notifying the League that 56 mandates have been suspended for FY 2017-18.

Revenue and Taxation, Municipal Finance

Upcoming Public Engagement Workshop Scheduled Aug. 29

Join the Institute for Local Government for a public engagement workshop in Oroville on Aug. 29.

Institute for Local Government, Meetings and Events

Apply Now for Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants

Applications due Aug. 4

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has received the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) announcement for the 2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. This includes $90 million nationwide for PDM and $160 million nationwide for FMA.

Grants and Funding, Environmental Quality
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