The CSAC Bulletin for June 9, 2016
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June 9, 2016

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Top Headline
June Primary Runs Smoothly, November Next

Policy Reports
 - Housing Bills in Policy Committee Next Week
 - Ruling Sends Brown Act Case Back to Lower Court
 - Body-Worn Camera Bill Possibly Problematic
 - County Feedback Requested On Children’s Services Bill
 - Counties Convening on Continuum of Care Reform
 - Whole Person Care Pilot Program Apps Due Soon
 - Webinar Focuses on Planning a Healthier Future: Partnerships with Purpose
 - Three Things You Need to Know From CMS
 - BSCC To Meet Re: Proposition 47

 - Other Bills of Interest

 - Don’t Delay! Register for the NACo Annual Conference Today
 - From Our Blog: Working Toward Gender Equity in California Counties

June Primary Runs Smoothly, November Next

The June 7 primary election is now history—and while some votes are still being counted, and some close races will continue on in November, counties report that the election came off very smoothly even with last minute voter registrations and millions of vote by mail ballots pouring in this year.

“Overall, things went very well,” according to Neal Kelley, Orange County’s Registrar of Voters and President of the California Association of Clerks and Election Officials. “We know we can expect some issues to crop up in any statewide California election. (We have) 17 million voters and the volume we are dealing with is one of the things to consider. That being said, the stories today are about the contests and the candidates, which is what we like to see.  No systemic or major issues to report.”
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Housing Bills in Policy Committee Next Week
While the inclusion of the “by-right” multifamily housing development proposal and funding to build housing under the “No Place Like Home” initiative in the Governor’s May budget revision have attracted a lot of attention and staff time, CSAC continues to work with legislators on other proposals that aim to reduce barriers to the development of second units. Second units can include a new dwelling unit built on the same property as an existing home, or the conversion of part of an existing dwelling like a garage.
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Ruling Sends Brown Act Case Back to Lower Court
recent ruling from the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeals illustrates some potential pitfalls with litigation related to the Brown Act. The Brown Act “authorizes an interested person to commence a lawsuit…. to determine the applicability of the Brown Act to ongoing actions or threatened future actions of the legislative body.”
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Body-Worn Camera Bill Possibly Problematic
AB 1940 (Cooper) would require law enforcement agencies to develop a policy for using body-worn cameras; the policy would have to allow peace officers to review his or her body-worn camera recordings before making a report, giving an internal affairs statement, or before any criminal or civil proceeding. The bill contains many other specifications and requirements related to body-worn camera recordings.
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County Feedback Requested On Children’s Services Bill
CSAC staff would like to get some county feedback on SB 586 (Hernandez), a bill related to the California Children’s Services (CCS) program. The measure would allow contracts entered into under the Whole Child Model program to be incorporated into a Medi-Cal managed care contract. And it would also extend allowing CCS program-covered services to be  incorporated in a Medi-Cal manage care contract.
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Counties Convening on Continuum of Care Reform
On July 13, 2016, county leaders from human services and behavioral health agencies will have the opportunity to meet in Sacramento to participate in a statewide conversation to inform and help prepare counties for implementing Continuum of Care Reform (CCR), or AB 403 group home reform.
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Whole Person Care Pilot Program Apps Due Soon
Counties interested in participating in the Whole Person Care (WPC) Pilot Program need to submit their applications by July 1. WPC is a five-year program, authorized under the Medi-Cal 2020 wavier, that coordinates physical health, behavioral health, and social services in a patient-centered manner.
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Webinar Focuses on Planning a Healthier Future: Partnerships with Purpose
Local collaborations involving officials, staff, community groups, and health and planning professionals play a vital role in the wellness and health of children and families. This webinar will illustrate how working collaboratively leads to policy outcomes in the form of an updated general plan that supports healthy eating/active living goals.
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Three Things You Need to Know From 
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
1-CMS Overhauls Medicaid and CHIP Managed Care Regulations 
2-California's Managed Care Organization Tax Approved 
3-Upcoming Webinar on the First Uncompensated Care Report
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BSCC To Meet Re: Proposition 47
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) will hold its first Proposition 47 Executive Steering Committee (ESC) on June 23 and 24. These meetings will coincide with a regional meeting that will give the public an opportunity to provide ESC members input about grant-spending priorities being held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 p.m. on June 23.
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Don’t Delay! Register for the NACo Annual Conference Today
This year’s National Association of Counties Annual Conference and Exposition offers many opportunities to share best practices on the challenges facing your county — from public safety and justice to infrastructure financing and the opioid crisis. It is also your opportunity to help shape NACo’s federal policy priorities for the year ahead.
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From Our Blog: Working Toward Gender Equity in California Counties
You may have read recently that California counties are reportedly not doing enough to promote gender equality when it comes to compensating employees. As a Solano County Supervisor and one of the co-chairs for CSAC’s Women’s Leadership Forum, I take this very seriously. And I speak for CSAC when I say that we will work with our counties and the Legislature to address issues identified recently in a report by the California State Auditor. However, I think it’s also important to put the report in context and acknowledge the progress that women have made in the county workforce.
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Summer Food Programs Help Youth Stay On Track
School is over for the summer and many low-income youth not only lose out on learning opportunities, they also lose access to the nutrition provided by school lunch programs. However, a cooperative approach among state, local and federal partners can help stop the most vulnerable youth from slipping through the cracks during summer.
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Other Bills of Interest
A roundup of bills from all policy areas of interest to counties that are not included in this week's Bulletin articles.

AENR Bills

Water Conservation/Landscaping
SB 1340 (Wolk)Request Comments
As Amended April 5, 2016
Water/Land Use
 SB 1318 (Wolk) Oppose
As Amended June 1, 2016
Coastal Commission
 AB 2616 (Burke)Oppose Unless Amended
As Amended May 31, 2016
Pharmaceutical/Sharps Take-Back
 AB 45 (Mullin)Oppose
As Amended January 21, 2016
PACE Energy Programs
 AB 2693 (Dababneh)Oppose Unless Amended
As Amended June 6, 2016
AOJ Bills
Unmanned Aircraft Systems

SB 807 (Gaines)Support
As Amended May 27, 2016
County Jail Inmate Welfare Funds
AB 920 (Gipson) Support
As Amended September 3, 2015
Inmates Medical Treatment
AB 1703 (Santiago)Support
As Introduced January 25, 2016
Jail Searches
AB 1705 (Rodriguez)Support
As Introduced January 25, 2016
Forfeited Bail: Attorney’s Fees
AB 1854 (Bloom)Sponsor
As Introduced February 10, 2016
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