June 12, 2015
Issue #57

Editor's Note

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Update on Medical Cannabis Legislation: Two Major Bills Merge into One

Last week the League-sponsored medical cannabis bill AB 266 (Cooley) merged with AB 34 (Bonta and Jones-Sawyer). The merger occurred as a result of conversations between Assembly Members Ken Cooley (D-Rancho Cordova), Rob Bonta (D-Alameda) and Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles). The negotiations began at the urging of the Assembly Democratic leadership, which had signaled that only one bill would reach the Assembly Floor. On June 4, the full Assembly approved the measure on a bipartisan vote of 62-8, sending AB 266 (Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer) to the Senate.

Marijuana Regulation, Legislation, Hot Bills, Public Safety

Bills in Committee: June 15-19

All eyes will be on the FY 2015-16 state budget early next week when the Legislature sends its funding proposal by midnight on June 15 to Gov. Jerry Brown for the fiscal year that begins on July 1. In addition, with last week’s house of origin deadline, legislative policy committees are already hearing bills that have crossed houses. Policy committees will continue to meet until the Legislature adjourns for its summer recess on July 17.

Legislation, Hot Bills, Assembly, Senate

DOF Issues Executive Order to Repay Balance of Unfunded Mandates

Reimbursements Expected June 22

The Department of Finance (DOF) issued an executive order on May 27 to the State Controller’s Office (SCO) for the reimbursement of costs incurred in complying with state unfunded mandates prior to 2004. The Controller’s office anticipates that payment for the principle owed will be made by June 22 and payment for the interest owed is expected by September 2015, after the Controller’s office recalculates and verifies amounts estimated by DOF.

Municipal Finance, State Budget

California City Solutions: Chula Vista’s Youth Leadership Academy Opens Eyes of High School Students to City Government

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring Helen Putnam Award entries. The 2014 entries are available on the League’s website as a resource for cities in a searchable database called California City Solutions. Chula Vista’s Citizens Youth Leadership Academy was submitted in 2014 for the Ruth Vreeland Award for Engaging Youth in City Government award category.

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