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The CSAC Bulletin for June 2, 2016
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June 2, 2016

In this Issue


Top Headlines
 - State Budget Deadline Approaches
 - Election Looming!
 - Supervisor Cann Elected WIR Second VP


Policy Reports
 - CSAC Remains Opposed to CESA Permit Fees
 - CSAC Webinar: New Public Records Law Explained
 - Assembly Approves CSAC Vital Records Bill
 - CSAC Mandate Committee Sorts Budget Plans, Present and Future
 - Federal Issues Update: WOTUS, California Drought, TANF and More
 - New NACo Contract for Emergency and Specialty Vehicles
 - Technology Grants Available Via AG Settlement Fund
 - Cal OES: VOCA Training Grant Program RFP
 - Policy Briefs

 - Other Bills of Interest

CSAC News
 - CSAC Regional Meeting to Focus on Public Safety Changes
 - From Our Blog: Roads and Bridges-The Fix Is Not In

State Budget Deadline Approaches

The deadline for the Legislature to send Governor Brown a 2016-17 state budget is less than two weeks away and CSAC’s Legislative team is keenly focused on key priorities for counties as funding discussion move from the Budget Conference Committee to closed sessions with legislative leadership and the Governor. The following article highlights CSAC budget priorities to protect and grow critical funding streams for existing and new county programs totaling over $1 billion dollars.

CSAC is pleased to report early victories in the budget process thus far. First, $16.22 million is secured for elections administration will be available to counties to help fund duties associated with the June 7 primary as well as the November ballot initiative petition verification process. 
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Election Looming!

The June primary election is less than a week away and elections officials all over the state have been gearing up and getting ready. Some election-watchers are predicting a significantly larger voter turnout than we’ve seen recently, based on substantial new voter registration activity and the big ticket contests. County election officers have simultaneously begun spending time and resources validating signatures for initiatives trying to qualify for the November ballot.

This is the first year under a new law that moves petition-driven ballot initiatives to November—thus requiring the signature validation process to overlap the June primary date. The state has set aside an additional $16 million for counties to help defray the costs of doing all this work simultaneously. CSAC is working closely with the Secretary of State and making sure counties are aware of reporting deadlines and the time frame for when money will be in hand.

In the meantime, we thought we’d check in with Sacramento County Director of Voter Registration and Elections, Jill LaVine, to see how she’s been preparing for the primary.
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Supervisor Cann Elected WIR Second VP

Mariposa County Supervisor Kevin Cann was elected Second Vice President of NACo’s Western Interstate  Region (WIR) at its annual  conference in Teton County, Wyoming last week. Having Supervisor Cann  in a leadership position in WIR helps ensure that California will be in a  position to help shape regional and national priorities that impact our  western states, particularly our rural areas. Read more

CSAC Remains Opposed to CESA Permit Fees
Joint Letter Sent to Legislature
CSAC remains in opposition to the Administration’s Budget Trailer Bill that would establish of a new fee to cover costs associated with processing California Endangered Species Act (CESA) incidental take permits. These permits are required for projects that might result in the “take” of an endangered or threatened species, and are processed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW). 
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CSAC Webinar: New Public Records Law Explained

CSAC’s next webinar will explore how counties can make sure they comply with the newest Public Records Act requirement, put in place by last year’s SB 272 by Senator Hertzberg.

Counties face a July 1 deadline to comply with the new law, which requires counties and other public agencies to create a list of the “enterprise systems” maintained by every department, along with information such as what data is kept there, how often the data is updated, and who the system’s vendor is.
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Assembly Approves CSAC Vital Records Bill
Unanimous Vote re: Electronic Requests

Legislation that would allow counties the option of providing an entirely electronic process for requesting one’s own vital records has made it to the Senate after a unanimous “Aye” vote from the California State Assembly.
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CSAC Mandate Committee Sorts Budget Plans, Present and Future
The CSAC Mandate Services Committee met last week for an update on all things mandate. The group meets regularly to determine potential reimbursement opportunities and to navigate the CSM process and includes county, city, and special district representatives.
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Federal Issues Update: Waters of the US, TANF, California Drought and More
There was a flurry of activity on Capitol Hill the week of May 23rd as lawmakers made progress on an array of issues in the lead-up to this week’s Memorial Day recess.  House and Senate appropriators, in particular, were busy shepherding a number of the fiscal year 2017 spending bills to various stages of the legislative process.  All told, nine of the 12 annual funding measures are in the play in the House while eight spending bills are active in the Senate.
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New NACo Contract for Emergency and Specialty Vehicles
NACo recently signed a new multi-year contract for Emergency and Specialty Vehicles with Farber Specialty Vehicles to provide services to U.S. Communities participants. The lead public agency for the competitive solicitation process for this contract was Port of Portland, Ore. The 3-year contract took effect on June 1, 2016, and includes the option to extend the contract to two additional one-year periods. 
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Technology Grants Available Via AG Settlement Fund
As a result of civil lawsuits settled by the California Attorney General, funds are available to support technology related projects and to purchase computer and technology equipment from the CRT Settlement Fund. The grant process will be administered by Harry M. Snyder, CRT Settlement Fund Administrator.
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Cal OES: VOCA Training Grant Program RFP
The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) announced the release of the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Training Grant (VG) Program for fiscal year 2016-2017. The VG Program is designed to provide one-time funding to provide training and technical assistance to Cal OES-funded victim service programs and others who work with crime victims.
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Policy Briefs
AOJ Policy Briefs

Report: Enrolling California’s “Justice-Involved” in Health Care Coverage

Law Enforcement Officers and Mental Wellness Report

Board of State and Community Corrections Meets June 9

Governor Brown Appoints Amy Miller to CDCR Post

CSAC Regional Meeting to Focus on Public Safety Changes
CSAC’s June Regional Meeting on Administration of Justice is rapidly approaching! The meeting is set for Thursday, June 16, from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at the Jackson Rancheria Hotel Conference Center in Amador County. Lunch will be provided.
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From Our Blog 
Roads and Bridges: The Fix Is Not In

By Will Kempton
Everyone seems to agree that our roads and bridges are in a sorry state, not to mention our rail and transit services.  As the State Legislature, Governor and transportation advocates continue to debate the best way to repair California’s failing transportation infrastructure, many continue to support approaches that do not include new revenue or taxes and fees. One argument against raising transportation levies is based on an apparent premise that since existing transportation revenues are being misspent and/or wasted, repairing our transportation infrastructure isn’t justified. 

While I fully agree that we need to make our transportation agencies more efficient and that we need to improve accountability and transparency, I question the logic of continuing to ignore the condition of our transportation system which is so important to the State’s economy and our quality of life.  So, in the midst of this debate, I feel compelled to build the case for a solution that includes reforms and new revenues. 
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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

Groundwater

SB 1317 (Wolk)Oppose
As Amended May 27, 2016
 
Water/Land Use
SB 1318 (Wolk)Request Comments
As Amended June 1, 2016
 
Coastal Commission
AB 2616 (Burke)Concerns
As Amended May 31, 2016
 
Household Hazardous Waste
AB 45 (Mullin)Oppose
As Amended January 21, 2016
 
AOJ Bills

Sexually Exploited Minors
SB 1064 (Hancock)Support
As Amended May 31, 2016

State Remote Piloted Aircraft Act
SB 868 (Jackson) Support
As Amended May 31, 2016

Construction Contracts: Indemnity
SB 885 (Wolk)Oppose
As Amended May 10, 2016.

Major Rural Telecommunications Outages: Notifications and Reporting
SB 1250 (McGuire)Support
As Amended March 28, 2016

California Disaster Assistance Act: Inland Regional Center
SB 1385 (Leyva) – Support
As Amended March 29, 2016 

Incarcerated Persons: Visitation
SB 1157 (Mitchell) Concerns/Pending
As Amended May 31, 2016

Proposition 47: Sentence Reduction      
AB 2765 (Weber)Support
As Amended May 19, 2016

County Jail Milestone Credits
AB 1597 (Stone, M) Support
As Amended May 17, 2016

Junk dealers and recyclers: nonferrous materials
AB 2059 (Garcia, E.) – Oppose
As Amended May 3, 2016

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