August 16, 2013

Issue #88

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End of Session Games Begin: Two Committees This Week Pass Bill that Silences Voice of Local Government

Cities Urged to Send Opposition Letters Immediately

The end of session efforts to rush through proposals backed by favored interests has begun now that both houses of the Legislature are back from their summer break. SB 594 (Hill) was recently transformed via “gut and amend” into a new bill that while veiled as a “transparency” measure, would have the effect of limiting the ability of organizations representing local government to take positions and advocate on ballot measures and candidate elections.

Administrative Services, Elections

SB 7 Moves to Assembly Appropriations Committee

The Assembly Labor and Employment Committee on Wednesday afternoon passed SB 7 (Steinberg) on a 6–1 vote despite heavy opposition.

Infrastructure, Revenue & Finance, Municipal Finance

Bills in Committee Aug. 19–23

The Legislature will pass a significant session milestone today — the legislative policy committee deadline. Absent any special urgency rule waivers, vote only sessions or conference committees, Friday’s deadline marked the last day legislative policy committees could meet to hear and consider bills for passage for the remainder of the year.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Meetings & Events, Legislative Hearings

Register Now for Affordable Care Act Webinar

The National League of Cities (NLC) is joining forces with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to offer a webinar on Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. PDT entitled, “The Affordable Care Act and Your City — Helping Residents Help Themselves.”


California Energy Commission Announces Availability of Grants for Alternative Fuel Readiness Plans

The California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program announces the availability of up to $2,100,000 in grant funds to help prepare California for the increased use of alternative transportation fuels.
Environmental Quality, Revenue & Finance, Grants and Funding, Transportation
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