Budget Watch

In an effort to keep our stakeholders informed about the state of California budget, and how the budget will impact funding, as well as programs and services, we post news on “Budget Watch”. This page features updates from the Governor and Legislature, links to important news articles and various budget and advocacy related web sites, as well as important information about how you can get involved to make a difference. Visit this page regularly to keep current on budget issues.

CDCAN Reports on Budget Bills Reaching Governor by Deadline

 

CDCAN REPORT #128-2011: BREAKING NEWS - LEGISLATURE PASSES MAJORITY VOTE 2011-2012 STATE BUDGET - SENDS PACKAGE OF BUDGET BILLS TO GOVERNOR
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State Budget Crisis - Breaking News:
LEGISLATURE SENDS MAJORITY VOTE BUDGET BILLS TO GOVERNOR BY DEADLINE
Both Houses Complete Work on 2011-2012 State Budget - Budget Plan Does Not
Contain Extensions of 2009 Temporary Tax Increases - No New Additional Cuts
Beyond What Was Approved in Late May and March to Health & Human Services -
But On-Going Budget Deficit of Nearly $7 Billion Remains To Be Solved in
2012

SACRAMENTO, CALIF  (CDCAN)  [Last Updated 06/15/2011  04:20 PM] -  The
California Legislature passed and sent to Governor Brown a package of bills
making up the 2011-2012 State Budget passed on a majority vote without help
from legislative Republicans, by the June 15th State constitutional deadline
that avoided the "all cuts budget" scenario and left unresolved for now, an
ongoing budget deficit next year of nearly $7 billion.

The budget for 2011-2012  - when combined with the deep cuts made earlier in
March - is a spending plan that Democrats say they were forced to support
and Republicans say they were forced to oppose, with both sides agreeing
that it does not solve the ongoing budget deficit of nearly $7 billion next
year and the years beyond that remains to be solved.

Still, Democrats claimed that the budget plan, while not perfect and with
terrible cuts to health and human services and education, was a major step
in solving the State's dire budget crisis that began earlier in January at a
$26.6 billion deficit.  That budget hole - which follows years of immense
budget deficits, was closed, in part thanks to higher than expected revenues
this year and projected for next year, and approval in March of massive
permanent spending cuts to health, human services impacting in particular
children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, low
income workers and families; K-12 education and higher education.  Other
reductions were made in 2010 and 2009 impacting health and human services in
particular.

The final vote on the last budget related bill was taken in the Assembly at
4:17 PM.  The State Senate had completed its work about an hour earlier.

Without Republican support, the revised main budget bill does not contain
the Governor's proposal to extend for five years the 2009 temporary tax
increases that are set to expire June 30, 2011 - a proposal that would have
required voter approval under the Governor's plan.  Instead the budget
package relies on fund shifts, one-time accounting measures, some additional
cuts (but not to K-12 education or to health and human services) and some
increases in fees and sales tax that legislative Democrats say does not
require 2/3rds vote to approve.

It was one of the few times in recent modern State history that a
Legislature has met that deadline.  The deadline - nearly always ignored in
the last 40 years, was beefed up this year by Proposition 25 (passed by
voters last November) that allows for a budget passed by a majority vote
(unless there is tax increases which requires 2/3rds vote) and imposing
penalties on legislators for each day a budget is not passed and sent to the
Governor after June 15th).  The State Constitution imposes that June 15th
date to give a governor - and then the Legislature if any vetoes are made -
to review and act on the budget bills before the start of the State budget
year that begin July 1st.

Bill To Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies Passes - Most Controversial Issue
After the Main Budget Bill
*         The most controversial issue - after the main budget bill was
passed by both houses on a majority vote earlier - that was crucial to
keeping the budget plan balanced, was two bills dealing with the elimination
of redevelopment agencies - and another bill that would create a new
voluntary redevelopment program.
*         The issue was contentious - nearly causing a near confrontation in
the Assembly between Assemblymembers Wagner and others and only narrowly
passed in the State Senate, with several Democratic senators opposing the
bill or abstaining.
*         Advocates for affordable and accessible housing that are linked to
redevelopment agencies - were given assurances by Senate President Pro Tem
Darrell Steinberg (Democrat - Sacramento) before the final vote was taken.
*         Several wavering Democrats including Senators Alan Lowenthal and
Loni Hancock ended up supporting the two bills based on those assurances
made by Steinberg regarding redevelopment and the transition and reforms
that will follow, including addressing concerns in a follow-up "fix it"
legislation this year.

Main Revised Budget Bill Without Tax Extensions Passed First
As reported earlier by CDCAN. the Assembly, following actions taken last
week and earlier this morning by the State Senate, passed the revised main
budget bill and budget related bills for the 2011-2012 State Budget year on
a majority vote with no support from Assembly Republicans.

All the other budget trailer bills dealing with developmental services,
Adult Day Health Care, human services (including In-Home Supportive Services
Public Authorities) passed without debate on majority votes.

CDCAN will issue a special report later this evening or tomorrow on what the
reductions and other changes cover - not only as revised in May and June -
but what was passed and approved in March that impacts children and adults
with disabilities, mental health needs, seniors, their families, low income
families and workers, community organizations and facilities and individuals
who provide supports and services.

Main Budget Bill Heads to Governor - Advocates Fear Line Item Vetoes
*         The main budget bills - SB 69 and AB 98 will be the first two
bills headed to Governor Brown's desk tonight - though he may take several
days - if not the full 12 days he has, to review it - and use the time to
try to win support for extending the 2009 temporary tax increases from
certain legislative Republicans.
*         The June 15th State constitutional deadline is for the Legislature
to pass a budget plan and send it to the Governor.  The Governor has 12 days
from that point to review it, sign it, use his line item veto power and then
sign it - or, veto both bills entirely, which is highly unlikely.
*         Advocates for people with disabilities and seniors especially fear
a possible line item veto in the main budget bill for Adult Day Health Care,
which the Legislature partially restored (half of its current funding) in
order to transition and continue a new model of Adult Day Health Care under
a yet to be developed federal Medicaid waiver.  Advocates also fear that the
Governor could veto the individual budget trailer bill dealing with that
issue - AB 96.
*         As a result, advocates have sent out action alerts to thousands of
people and families across the state urging the Governor to retain the
restored funding as approved by the Legislature for Adult Day Health Care
and to sign AB 96 [CDCAN has issued - and will issue another Action Alert
supporting this]

NEXT STEPS
*         Both the Assembly and State Senate adjourned immediately after
taking their final votes on the budget bills - and both houses will
reconvene in floor sessions on Thursday (June 16th) at 09:00 AM to take up
action on regular bills.  Senate committee hearings scheduled for Wednesday
afternoon today were cancelled due to the budget floor session and will be
rescheduled.
*         The main budget bills - AB 98 and SB 69 will head to the Governor
today - though he has up to 12 days to review it and then to approve it or
veto it (or use his line item veto power).
*         The budget trailer bills normally are sent to the governor several
days later - because it takes time to prepare each of the bills - called
"enrollment" for the governor to sign.  It can be weeks later before the
Governor takes action on trailer bills (the time clock of 12 days starts
when the bill actually is received by the governor - not when it is passed
by the Legislature).
*         The State budget year begins July 1st - and many of the reductions
passed and approved in March will take effect then or sometime during the
2011-2012 State budget year.

CDCAN SUMMARY OF MAIN BUDGET BILLS
The following is the latest CDCAN status and the latest links to the revised
main 2011-2012 State budget bill and the budget trailer bills approved by
the State Senate and the Assembly (and now head to the Governor for
approval) today by the June 15th State constitutional deadline.

AB 98 - REVISED MAIN BUDGET BILL
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:  Revised 2011-2012 main budget bill.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/14/2011:  Amended in State Senate.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED State Senate 23 to 15.  PASSED Assembly 51
to 23.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
CDCAN COMMENT:  Revises SB 69, the main budget bill that the Legislature
approved on a majority vote on March 17 but never sent to the Governor and
combined with that bill (and the budget trailer bills) makes up the
2011-2012 State Budget. The State Senate previously approved this on June
10th by a vote of 24 to 15, before it was amended again on June 14th and
then re-voted on by both houses.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL- HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_98_bill_2011061
4_amended_sen_v96.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_98_bill_2011061
4_amended_sen_v96.pdf

SB 69 - MAIN 2011-2012 BUDGET BILL
AUTHOR: Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY: Main 2011-2012 State budget bill - as revised by AB 98.
LATEST ACTION 03/17/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 25 to 15.  PASSED
Assembly by vote of 52 to 26.  [this bill was never sent to the Governor
until June]
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
CDCAN COMMENT:  This bill contains several of the reductions that did not
require budget related (trailer bill) language, including the reduction to
MSSP (Multipurpose Senior Services Program).
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_69_bill_2011031
8_enrolled.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_69_bill_2011031
8_enrolled.pdf

CDCAN SUMMARY OF BUDGET TRAILER BILLS
The following are all of the budget related (or budget trailer) bills acted
on by the State Senate  and Assembly including latest status and latest
links  [not included are the budget trailer bills passed by the Legislature
and approved by the Governor in March -  CDCAN will issue a full report
covering those bills and the bills below later this week.
Note: the "x1" after the AB or SB refers to "first special or extraordinary
session of the Legislature". It differs from a regular session bill in terms
of the legislative process it is required to go through - though because it
is a budget related bill (or budget trailer bill), there really is no
difference between a special session bill or the regular bills that are
designated budget trailer bills.
There are one or two budget trailer bills not included below that have no
direct impact to people with disabilities and seniors and due to space, were
not included below]:

For reference by budget or subject area:
*         Adult Day Health Care: See AB 96
*         CalWORKS: See AB 106
*         Developmental Services (regional centers and developmental
centers):  See AB 104
*         Education: See SB 85 (formerly AB 114)
*         Employment (Governor's Employment of People with Disabilities
Committee): See AB 119
*         In-Home Supportive Services: See AB 106
*         Health/Medi-Cal: See AB 102
*         Housing (Redevelopment): See ABx1 26 and ABx1 27
*         Mental Health: See AB 102
*         Multipurpose Senior Services Program (MSSP): See SB 69 (main
budget bill)
*         Nursing Facilities AB 1629 Quality Assurance Fee: See ABx1 19
*         Prevention Program for At-Risk Babies: See AB 104
*         Redevelopment Agencies: See ABx1 26 and ABx1 27
*         Revenues (vehicle registration fee, sales tax & forestry fees and
"Amazon use tax"): See ABx1 22, ABx1 23, ABx1 28 and ABx1 29
*         Senior and Disabled Citizens Property Tax Postponement: See ABx1
36
*         SSI/SSP Grants:  see March budget trailer bill, SB 72- there were
no new additional reductions in the June budget trailer bills.
*         Transportation: See AB 115

AB 96 - ADULT DAY HEALTH CARE ("KEEPING ADULTS FREE FROM INSTITUTIONS"
PROGRAM) BUDGET TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (Democrat - Van Nuys)
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Authorizes the Brown Administration (Department of Health Care Services)  to
develop  and draft and submit a waiver for the creation of a new adult day
health care-type benefit.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/10/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 24 to 15.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011:  PASSED Assembly by vote of 54 to 22.
NEXT STEPS:  Heads to Governor for approval
CDCAN NOTE: This is a standalone budget trailer bill, which makes it
possible for the Governor to veto completely (as opposed to being part of
the health budget trailer bill - which would have made it harder if not
impossible for the Governor to veto).  This bill is identical to budget
trailer bill by Sen. Mark DeSaulnier.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL -  HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_96_bill_2011060
8_amended_sen_v96.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_96_bill_2011060
8_amended_sen_v96.pdf

AB 102 - HEALTH OMNIBUS TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Makes various changes to existing State law to authorize transition
community mental health programs and activities of the California Medical
Assistance Commission to the Department of Heatlh Care Services.
Provides health care service in the Access to Infants and Mothers (AIM)
program to be
provided through fee-for-service Medi-Cal on a reimbursement basis. Makes
changes to pharmacy reimbursement for Medi-Cal.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/10/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 24 to 15.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED Assembly by vote of 52 to 25.
NEXT STEPS:  Heads to Governor for approval
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL -  HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_102_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v97.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_102_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v97.pdf

AB 104 - DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR:  Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Makes various changes in State law to developmental services programs
necessary to implement provisions of the revised 2011-12 budget.  This
details how the budget savings and reductions will be made in the 2011-2012
State budget year totaling $174 million in State general funds including
those impacting supported living services, parental fees and the prevention
program for at-risk babies.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/10/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 24 to 15.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED Assembly by vote of 51 to 25.
NEXT STEPS:  Heads to Governor for approval.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_104_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v97.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_104_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v97.pdf

AB 106 - HUMAN SERVICES OMNIBUS TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Makes various changes to State law impacting CalWORKs and other human
services programs (including In-Home Supportive Services Public Authorities)
that are necessary to implement provisions of the revised 2011-12 budget.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/10/2011: PASSED State Senate by vote of 24 to 15.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED Assembly by vote of 51 to 25.
NEXT STEPS:  Heads to Governor for approval.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_106_bill_201106
09_amended_sen_v97.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_106_bill_201106
09_amended_sen_v97.pdf

AB 114 - EDUCATION FINANCE OMNIBUS BUDGET TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Makes various changes to existing State law to K-12 education, higher
education, and child care programs that are necessary to implement
provisions of the revised 2011-12 budget.
LATEST  ACTION 06/10/2011: PASSED State Senate by vote of 25 to 15.
NEXT STEPS:  Held in Senate
CDCAN COMMENT:  SB 85 (see below) replaced this bill.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_114_bill_201106
09_amended_sen_v98.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_114_bill_201106
09_amended_sen_v98.pdf

AB 115 - TRANSPORTATION OMNIBUS TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Makes various changes to existing State law dealing with
transportation-related programs that are necessary implement provisions of
the revised 2011-2012 State budget.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/10/2011: PASSED State Senate by vote of 24 to 15.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED Assembly by vote of 51 to 25.
NEXT STEPS:  Heads to Governor for approval.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_115_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v98.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_115_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v98.pdf

AB 119 - GENERAL GOVERNMENT OMNIBUS TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY
Makes various changes to existing State law  to various general government
and state admnistration-related programs that are necessary implement
provisions of the revised 2011-2012 State budget. Includes transfer of
Governor's Committee for Employment of People With Disabilities from
Employment Development Department to the Department of Rehabilitation (with
reduced level of over-all funding).
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/10/2011: PASSED State Senate by vote of 23 to 15.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED Assembly [did not record the vote]
NEXT STEPS:  Heads to Governor for approval.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_119_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v98.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_119_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v98.pdf

AB 122 - SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION BILL BUDGETG TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR:  Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (Democrat - Van Nuys)
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Would appropriate additional $1.2 billion in State general fundsfor
allocation by the State Controller to the Department of Corrections and
Rehabilitation ($1.15 billion), Department of Mental Health ($50 million),
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection ($12.6 million), Department of
Finance  ($145,000), and Mariposa, Modoc, and Shasta Counties ($1.1 million)
beyond what they were budgeted in either the 2009-2010 or 2010-2011 State
budget years.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/11/2011:  PASSED State Senate 26 to 4 (Senators Anderson,
Berryhill, Blakeslee and Gaines opposing).
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED Assembly by vote of 53 to 24.
NEXT STEPS:  Heads to Governor for approval.
CDCAN COMMENT:  This is known as a "deficiency bill" - meaning, allocating
State general funds for those budget items or departments that for various
reasons, went over their approved budgets. The money allocated is for money
by these departments (and also the three counties in this bill) that has
been already spent.
There was particular concern and criticism expressed by both Sen. Mark Leno
(Democrat - San Francisco) and Senate Republican Leader Bob Dutton on the
overspending - due to health care costs - in the Department of Corrections
and Rehabilitation, the agency that oversees the State's prison system.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_122_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v98.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0101-0150/ab_122_bill_201106
08_amended_sen_v98.pdf

SB 85 - EDUCATION FINANCE
AUTHOR: Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Makes various changes to existing State law to K-12 education, higher
education, and child care programs that are necessary to implement
provisions of the revised 2011-12 budget.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/14/2011:  In Assembly.  Amended.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011:  PASSED Assembly by vote of 52 to 25.  PASSED
State Senate by vote of 22 to 16.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_85_bill_2011061
4_amended_asm_v97.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0051-0100/sb_85_bill_2011061
4_amended_asm_v97.pdf

ABx1 19 - LONG TERM CARE (AB 1629 QUALITY ASSURANCE FEE EXTENSION)
AUTHOR: Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (Democrat - Van Nuys)
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Would extend to July 1, 2013 the existing Nursing Home Quality Assurance Fee
program that was originally established by AB 1629 (Chapter 875, Statutes of
2004) and set to expire July 1, 2012, and would put in place certain other
requirements.
PREVIOUS ACTION 06/11/2011: PASSED State Senate by vote of 32 to 2 (Anderson
and Gaines opposing).
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED Assembly by vote of 69 to 3.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
LINKS TO LATEST VERSION OF  BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/abx1_19_bill_20110
608_amended_sen_v98.html
LINKS TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/abx1_19_bill_20110
608_amended_sen_v98.pdf

ABx1 22 - VEHICLE REGISTRATION FEE
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Relates to increasing vehicle registration fee.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 24 to 15.  PASSED
Assembly by vote of 52 to 25.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
LINKS TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL:  Not yet available

ABx1 23 - SALES TAX INCREASE
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Relates to increasing sales tax.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 23 to 16.  PASSED
Assembly by vote of 52 to 25.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
LINKS TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL:  Not yet available

ABx1 26  - REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES ELIMINATION (ONE OF TWO BILLS)
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Relates to elimination of redevelopment agencies - tied to second bill, ABx1
27.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 21 to 15.  PASSED
Assembly by vote of  51 to 23.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
LINKS TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL:  Not yet available

ABx1 27 - REDEVELOPMENT AGENCIES - NEW ENTITIES (SECOND OF TWO BILLS)
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Relates to voluntary creation of new redevelopment agency entities linked to
passage and approval of ABx1 26.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 21 to 16.  PASSED
Assembly by vote of 47 to 28.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
LINKS TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL:  Not yet available

ABx1 28 - TAXATION: ON-LINE COMPANIES ("AMAZON.COM" USE TAX)
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Relates to applying use tax on out of state businesses that have a
California presence as defined referred to as the "Amazon.com use tax" bill.

LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 24 to 15.  PASSED
Assembly by a vote of 53 to 22.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
LINKS TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL:  Not yet available

ABx1 29 - PUBLIC RESOURCES: FORESTRY FEES
AUTHOR: Assembly Budget Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Relates to fire prevention fees in state responsibility areas.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011:  PASSED State Senate by vote of 23 to 16.  PASSED
Assembly by vote of  52 to 25.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
LINKS TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL:  Not yet available

ABx1 34 - RE-ESTABLISH SENIOR CITIZENS & DISABLED CITIZENS PROPERTY TAX
POSTPONEMENT PROGRAM BUDGET TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR:  Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (Democrat - Van Nuys)
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Would re-establish the Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property Tax
Postponement Fund within the State Treasury and annually appropriates moneys
in the fund for the purposes of paying costs and disbursements related to
the postponement of property taxes of eligibe senior citizens and disabled
citizens.
PREVIOUSACTION 06/11/2011: PASSED by State Senate by vote of 33 to 0.
LATEST ACTION 06/15/2011: PASSED Assembly by vote of 75 to 0.
NEXT STEPS: Heads to Governor for approval.
CDCAN COMMENT:
*         The Senior Citizens and Disabled Citizens Property Tax
Postponement Program (program) was created in 1997 and was, as part of the
solutions to reduce the budget deficit, suspended in 2009.
*         Under the program, the state paid the property taxes owed to the
county by property owners enrolled in the program.
*         The state placed a lien on the property for which state funding
was used to pay the property taxes.  The lien was released when the property
was sold or transferred and the state was repaid.
*         To be eligible for the program, participants required to be at
least 62 years old, or disabled or blind. In addition, income restrictions
applied to property owner participants.
*         For the last effective date of the program prior to its
suspension, property owners with gross household incomes in excess of
$35,500 were ineligible for the program.
PRIORITY OF THIS BILL: VERY HIGH
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/abx1_34_bill_20110
609_amended_sen_v98.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0001-0050/abx1_34_bill_20110
609_amended_sen_v98.pdf

SBx1 23 - LOCAL TAXATION AUTHORITY - COUNTIES & SCHOOL DISTRICTS - BUDGET
TRAILER BILL
AUTHOR:  Senate Budget & Fiscal Review Committee
CDCAN SUMMARY:
Would authorize counties, cities, any school district, county offices of
education and community college districts to impose a local personal income
tax, vehicle license fee, transactions and use tax, extractive business
activities tax, oil severance tax, and excise tax, with voter approval.
LATEST ACTION 06/11/2011: PASSED by State Senate 21 to 16.
NEXT STEPS:  Held in State Senate.
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - HTML:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sbx1_23_bill_20110
602_amended_sen_v98.html
LINK TO LATEST VERSION OF BILL - PDF:
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0001-0050/sbx1_23_bill_20110
602_amended_sen_v98.pdf

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