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The CSAC Bulletin for January 5, 2017
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January 5, 2017

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Top Headlines
California Legislature Back at Work in Sacramento

Policy Reports
Legal Roundup: Several Recent Rulings Impact Counties
Cannabis Clean-up Legislation Introduced
New Year, New Lower Statewide Sales Tax Rate
Administration of Justice News Briefs
Deadlines Looming for Inmate Medi-Cal Program
State Controller Needs Committee Members
Guidance Offered on New Debt Issuance Reporting Law


CSAC News
From our Blog: Solve the Transportation Funding Crisis Now!l
The CSAC Institute Has a Great January Lineup

California Legislature Back at Work in Sacramento
California’s 120 legislators returned to the State Capitol this week to begin the real work of a new two-year legislative session. There are several major issues pending that will affect counties, not the least of which is the state budget. Governor Jerry Brown is expected to issue his initial spending proposal on the constitutional deadline of January 10.​
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Legal Roundup: Several Recent Rulings Impact Counties
New Court Opinion Reinstates State Fiscal Responsibility for ‘Sexually Violent Predator’ Mandates

Outside Counsel Billing Records for Active Litigation Do Not Need to Be Disclosed

California Supreme Court Rules in On-Call Breaks Case, Increasing Employers’ Liability

 
Cannabis Clean-up Legislation Introduced
Assembly Bill 64 (Bonta, Cooley, Jones-Sawyer, Lackey, and Wood) may seem rather dry in its current form, but it will likely be a hot bill in the upcoming legislative session: it is expected to be the vehicle for cleanup legislation related to recreational and medical cannabis.​
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New Year, New Lower Statewide Sales Tax Rate
On January 1, 2017, the statewide sales tax rate dropped a quarter of a percent, back to its original rate before voters approved Proposition 30, The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012. Prop. 30 provided for an increase in both the personal income tax and statewide sales tax rate to bring more money to education and healthcare programs. In light of its expiration, the statewide sales tax rate has lowered from 7.5 percent back to its previous level of 7.25 percent.​
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Administration of Justice News Briefs
BSCC Releases RFP for Justice Facility Construction Grants 

Upcoming BSCC Committee Meetings

Attorney General Announces AB 953 Proposed Text of Regulations

COMIO Releases 2016 Annual Report
Deadlines Looming for Inmate Medi-Cal Program
A series of deadlines are looming for counties that choose to participate in the Medi-Cal County Inmate Program (MCIP). The MCIP is voluntary, but counties that do not participate in MCIP remain responsible for arranging for and paying for medical care for its inmates. Counties that do choose to participate can be reimbursed for a significant portion of those costs, but they must enter into an agreement with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).​
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State Controller Needs Committee Members
County supervisors and auditor-controllers have two new opportunities to serve on committees established under the State Controller’s Office (SCO) that help improve budgeting and tax regulations on behalf of local government.
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Guidance Offered on New Debt Issuance Reporting Law
California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission released guidance documentation to help local government agencies comply with a new law related to debt issuance reporting, established by Senate Bill 1029 (Hertzberg, 2016). ​
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From Our Blog: Solve the Transportation Funding Crisis Now!

By Matt Cate and Carolyn Coleman

Local governments spent the last two years sounding the alarm about our crumbling transportation network and educating policymakers about the poor condition of our streets and highways and the cost to fix them.

Unfortunately, California still does not have a solution to provide the funding needed to maintain our critical transportation network in the condition that residents, visitors, and businesses deserve and that moving goods and people throughout the state requires.
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This blog entry was originally printed as an Op-Ed in the Sacramento Bee.

The CSAC Institute Has a Great January Lineup

It’s a new year, and if your resolutions include learning what you need to know to put your career on the fast track, the CSAC institute may be just what you’re looking for. Our January schedule is chocked full of great courses taught by some of the best and most knowledgeable instructors anywhere. 
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Download the Course Schedule for information on all the classes offered by CSAC Institute and Register Now. Classes are open to all county staff and elected officials. They are an affordable $129 each and include class materials and lunch. Discounts for multiple registrations.

Register today for January Courses

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