Three more California counties have been added provisionally to the list of those most directly impacted by tree mortality. When confirmed, they will join six others to be eligible for more assistance from the state to deal with the massive die-off of trees. The drought and a bark beetle infestation have already devastated some forest watersheds, killing more than 29 million trees in the foothills and Sierra Nevada.
Governor Brown earmarked $161 million in the state budget for forest health tree mortality, and there is an additional $30 million in disaster assistance grants that could also go for this purpose. It is one of CSAC’s priorities to see that funding remains in the final budget proposal. Read more
Tree Mortality: 29 Million and Counting
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California Bills Face Fiscal Deadline
Friday, May 27, is the last day for bills with a fiscal impact to be passed out of the Appropriations Committee in their house of origin. Hundreds of bills have been referred to the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees’ so-called “suspense files.”
While the suspense process is designed to comprehensively consider the costs of all bills, it’s also widely viewed as a tool for the Legislature to prioritize its proposals and winnow the long list of bills each house must consider on the floor.
This article provides a summary of some of CSAC's highest-priority bills, organized by general topic. Read more
Implementation Oversight for Evidence-Based Programs
Policy-makers and other stakeholders want to use evidence-based practices that really work to produce the intended outcomes. However, the term ”evidenced-based practice” has become somewhat of a rubber-stamp. For many, the question is “Why do they not get the outcome intended with evidenced-based programs?” Read more
Important Deadline this Friday for Elections Funding
Counties seeking reimbursement for initiative signature verification costs must provide raw signature counts to the Secretary of State by this Friday, May 27. Read more
Law Enforcement and Community Relations Grant Committee Meets
The Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is holding their next Strengthening Law Enforcement and Community Relations Grant Executive Steering Committee Meeting on June 2ndin Sacramento. The Meeting will be held at 9:30 am at 2590 Venture Oaks Way, Room 101. Read more
Committee Passes Over Request for Workers’ Comp System Audit
Assembly Member Tom Daly's request for an audit of the system of preventing, detecting, and prosecuting fraud in the workers' compensation system was not considered by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, despite ample evidence that the system is experiencing major fraud and waste in connection with providing care and related services to injured workers. The issue might be taken up by the committee in August. Read more
Spring Training for Trial Court Revenue Distribution
The Judicial Council and State Controller’s Office have partnered to provide semi-annual training sessions on trial court revenue distribution. The sessions are being offered May 19 in San Diego and June 1 & 2 in Sacramento from 9:30 am-3:00 pm. These in-person trainings are free and open to all interested individuals. Read more
Upcoming NACo Virtual Town Halls on the Opioid Epidemic
Counties grappling with the opioid epidemic can learn more on how to address this crisis in an upcoming series of virtual town halls on the opioid epidemic from NACo this June. Read more
Marijuana, Medi-Cal Funding, and Plastic Bags Go Before Legislature
Three ballot initiatives vying for voter support this November were reviewed in legislative hearings this week as part of the required review for ballot initiatives that have reached the 25 percent signature threshold. Read more
CSAC Video: A Look Back at Our Legislative Conference
Did you miss the recent CSAC Legislative Conference? Or do you just want to take a look back at the event? Then click the image to spend the next 73 seconds watching this video by CSAC’s Michael Sweet.
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.