Governor Brown’s pen is likely out of ink after a busy month of signing and vetoing the 1,059 bills the Legislature sent him, and now counties are left to figure out how their operations are affected.
Many of the bills counties were watching most closely affect county finances. For instance, AB 1618 and AB 1628 implement one of the most talked about issues of the year, the No Place Like Home Program, which leverages up to $2 billion to build or refurbish permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals living with a serious mental illness.
Another high-profile bill, SBX2 2, is the main piece of the MCO fix. The tiered tax proposal in this bill is the product of months of negotiation between the Brown Administration, county-run health plans, other health plans, and the Legislature. It restructures the MCO tax in a way that meets federal standards. It raises between $1.3 and $1.7 billion annually, and will be in effect for three years, until 2019.
Counties can find a complete rundown the Governor’s actions on bills of interest to counties at the links below.
Administration of Justice
Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources
Employee Relations and Administrative Services
Finance and Operations
Health and Human Services
Housing Land Use and Transportation