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The Urban Counties Caucus is looking for Legal Services for a specific project. Please click here to see the RFQ. For more information contact Jolena Voorhis at (916)327-7531. Deadline for submittal is September 25, 2015.

July 1, 2015 - Governor Calls Two Special Sessions

As part of the Budget agreement, the Governor called two special sessions to address issues that were not included in the final budget agreement:

  • Fixing California Roads, Highways and other Infrastructure. The Governor proposes that the Legislature enact permanent and sustainable funding to:

    • Adequately and responsibly maintain and repair the state’s transportation and other critical infrastructure.

    • Improve the state’s key trade corridors.

    • Complement local efforts for repair and improvements of local transportation infrastructure.

Also to consider and act upon legislation necessary to:

  • Establish clear performance objectives measured by the percentage of pavement, bridges, and culverts in good condition.

  • Incorporate project development efficiencies to expedite project delivery or reduce project costs.

  • Shoring Up Health Care Financing. The Governor proposes that the Legislature enact permanent and sustainable funding to provide at least $1.1 billion annually to stabilize the General Fund costs for Medi-Cal, sufficient funding to continue the restoration of the 7 percent of IHSS hours beyond 2015-16; sufficient funding for additional rate increases for providers of Medi-Cal and developmental disability services.

Also requests that the Legislature enact legislation necessary to:

  • Establish mechanisms so that any additional rate increases expand access to services.

  • Increase oversight and the effective management of services provided to consumers with developmental disabilities through the regional center system.

  • Improve the efficiency and efficacy of the health care system, reduce the cost of providing health care services, and improve the health of Californians.

Attached please find the press releases for both houses.

June 23, 2015 - Budget Package Passed by the Legislature

Both houses passed the revised budget bill and several trailer bills on Friday, June 19, 2015. This version is the package deal agreed to among the Democratic Leadership and the Governor.

Major issues in this version are as follows:

  • Creation of the Earned Income Tax Credit.

  • Restorations to Adult Dental and the IHSS 7% reduction in hours.

  • Change to $15 million for CalWORKs Housing Support program (previous version was $30 million).

  • $20 million for City Law Enforcement Grants.

  • Funding for Incompetent to Stand Trial including funding for the Restoration of Competency program ($4 million).

Attached please find the list of the Trailer Bills and the UCC Summary of the Final Budget. There are some issues that are NOT in this package including changes to the redevelopment dissolution process, and the detailed cap and trade provisions.

May 14, 2015 - Today Governor Jerry Brown released the May Revision for 2015-16. Attached please find UCC's preliminary summary of the Governor’s May Revision, which includes a full repayment of the mandate reimbursements due to counties – a total of $765 million.

January 9, 2015 - Today the Governor released his proposed 2015-16 Budget. The Budget proposes a total budget of $113 billion that provides more funding for education and health care coverage, holds college tuition flat and delivers on Proposition 1 and 2 by investing in long overdue water projects. At the same time the Governor’s Budget proposes to continue to deal with states other long term liabilities – debt, infrastructure, retiree health care and climate change.

Key proposals include:

  • Paying local governments $533 million in mandate payments.

  • Investment in Medi-Cal of $150 million to help counties with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Restoration of the 7% across the board cut to IHSS, dependent on a new MCO tax.

  • Caution regarding the CCI program and the possibility of winding down in future years.

  • Continued funding of SB 678 for county probation.

  • Redevelopment dissolution changes.

  • $7 million for deferred maintenance at California fairs.

  • Addressing poverty and income equality through workforce investment.

For UCC's Summary of the budget please click here. To review the Realignment Funding Chart please click here.

January 5, 2015 - Today Edmund G. Brown Jr. was sworn into office for a record fourth time as the Governor of California. To read his Inaugural Address please click here.

September 4, 2014 - End of Legislative Session - It was a strange end of session with very little last minute bills or gut and amends moving through the Legislature. Many of the gut and amends were held in the Senate Rules Committee. Both houses adjourned early Saturday morning and will not reconvene until December.

Here are some of the bills UCC was following:

AB 39 (Skinner) – Public Hospitals
This bill would convert Doctor’s Medical Center to a Designated Public Hospital. The California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) are opposed to the bill due the concerns regarding the precedent to expand the number of Designated Public Hospitals without any rationale or analysis. In addition, AB 39 does not require a Section 17000 obligation or any commitment to serving vulnerable populations.
UCC Position: Concerns.
Status: Held in Senate Rules – see SB 883.

AB 1522 (Gonzalez) – Sick Leave
This bill would require employers to provide sick leave to their employees. Recent amendments exempted IHSS workers and any employee under collective bargaining agreements. For counties, this would still apply to temporary or contract employees.
UCC Position: Concerns.
Status: Enrolled.

AB 1582 (Mullin) – Redevelopment
This bill would modify the Redevelopment Dissolution Law’s provisions to allow for the restoration of “contracts or arrangements” between a former redevelopment agency and its sponsoring city. Current law only allows for the restoration of “loans.” In addition, this bill would increase the interest rate on restored loans.
UCC Position: Oppose.
Status: Held in Senate Rules.

AB 2493 (Bloom) – Redevelopment
This bill would allow specific successor agencies of dissolved redevelopment agencies to spend funds that were not under contract in 2011.
UCC Position: Oppose.
Status: Enrolled.

SB 556 (Padilla) – Providers of health and safety labor or services: identification
This bill would require local agencies to provide labeling on uniforms, vehicles and badges if we are contracting for those services.
UCC Position: Oppose.
Status: Enrolled.

SB 883 (Cmte on Budget) - West Contra Costa Healthcare District
This bill would provide $3 million to the West Contra Costa Healthcare District for Doctor’s Medical Center from the Major Risk Medical Insurance Fund.
UCC Position: Neutral.
Status: Enrolled.

August 12, 2014 - The UCC Board of Director’s voted to OPPOSE Proposition 46 on August 6, 2014. - Proposition 46, the Troy and Alana Pack Patient Safety Act of 2014, would make changes to the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) cap. Attached is the staff memo and background information on Proposition 46.

Under existing law, MICRA allows an injured patient to recover unlimited economic damages for past and future medical expenses; unlimited economic damages for lost wages and lifetime earning potential; unlimited punitive damages for willful misconduct; and up to $250,000 in non-economic damages.

Proposition 46 would make the following changes:

  • Raise the noneconomic damages cap for medical malpractice from $250,000 to approximately $1.1 million (based on CPI) and would also increase the award amount limits on a prospective basis as measured by the CPI.

  • Require hospitals to randomly test physicians for alcohol and drug use.

  • Require health professionals and pharmacists to consult the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System (CURES) maintained by the state Department of Justice prior to prescribing or dispensing controlled substances to a patient for the first time.

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