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.

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State Capitol Budget Update:

FINAL ROUND OF BUDGET SUBSCOMMITTEE HEARINGS MAY 7TH (SENATE) AND MAY 11TH & 13TH (ASSEMBLY)  BEFORE GOVERNOR’S BUDGET REVISIONS LIKELY RELEASE DATE OF MAY 14TH SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES RELEASES SCHEDULE OF FINAL SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS AFTER BUDGET REVISIONS

SACRAMENTO, CA [CDCAN LAST UPDATED 05/05/2015 – 9:40 PM] – Governor Edmund G. “Jerry” Brown, Jr. is expected to release on May 14th (Thursday) the highly anticipated revisions and updated numbers to his proposed 2015-2016 State Budget that he originally submitted to the Legislature on January 10th.  Most observers believe those budget revisions will likely not contain any additional major new on-going funding increases for restorations of previous reductions for a wide range of services and programs including those in health and human services impacting hundreds of thousands of children and adults with disabilities, mental health needs, the blind, low-income seniors, families and workers, beyond what he proposed in January. 

    While revenues have been pouring into the State’s treasury at a significantly higher rate than projected in the budget passed last June, nearly all of that new revenue is required under the State Constitution to go to the K-12 Education budget or the State’s “rainy day” fund.  In addition, concerns have been raised about whether some of the new revenues coming into the State is one-time new money rather than new on-going revenue. Those issues may or may not be clarified and addressed in the Governor’s budget revisions on May 14th, though certainly will be the focus of the full budget committees in both houses and the two Democratic legislative leaders as they begin the process of negotiating a budget deal with the Governor.

     The release late next week of the Governor’s budget revisions – known as the “May Revise” – will follow the end of the first round of legislative budget subcommittee hearings in the Senate this week on May 7th, and in the Assembly on May 11th and 13th. It also signals the start, on May 18th, of the second and final round of subcommittee hearings that will conclude before the end of May. 

     Passage of the main budget bill is all but certain to happen on or before June 15th – the deadline in the State Constitution for the Legislature to pass and send the spending plan to the Governor for approval.

    Proposition 25, passed by voters in November 2010, changed the threshold for passing a budget in California from the previous super-majority vote requirement (54 votes in the 80 member Assembly and 27 votes in the 40 member State Senate) to simple majority vote approval in both houses (41 votes in the Assembly and 21 in the State Senate).

    While making it easier to pass a budget, Proposition 25 also contained teeth to increase personal penalties on the Legislature if they failed to do so. Legislators in both houses permanently forfeit their pay for each day they fail to pass and send a budget bill to the Governor by June 15th. As a result, since 2011, the first year Proposition 25th went into effect, the Legislature has never failed to pass and send a budget to the Governor by the June 15th deadline.  The lower threshold to pass a budget also has had the impact of largely sidelining Republican legislative leaders from budget negotiations because the Democrats no longer need Republican votes to pass the spending plan, except in one rare instance.

 

BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS WITH GOVERNOR & DEMOCRATIC LEADERS LIKELY TO BEGIN SOMETIME AFTER MAY REVISE RELEASE INTO JUNE

    Some of the efforts pushing for new spending or funding restorations will be decided in budget negotiations with the Governor and the two Democratic legislative leaders – Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (Democrat – Los Angeles) and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (Democrat – San Diego) that will likely begin after the release of the “May Revise and continue into June.

    In previous years and most recently in January, the Democratic Governor, citing an uncertain and uneven economic recovery and concerns regarding growing spending and limits on revenues, has chosen a strategy that largely refrained from any across-the-board major on-going increases, which had the impact during budget negotiations of forcing the two Democratic legislative leaders and their caucuses to significantly scale back the long list of growing demands for increased spending for a wide range of programs and services covering several major budget areas, and come up with a much smaller list of new funding priorities.

    Already on that small list – at least from Assembly Democrats – is a proposal to implement overtime for home care workers (including those funded through the regional centers) as outlined in the 2014-2015 State Budget regardless of what happens at the federal level.  The other is restoration of the 7% across-the-board cut in service hours for all IHSS recipients that the Governor already proposed in January – but linked that restoration to approval of a new Managed Care Organization tax or assessment that would, if approved by the federal government, generate new federal dollars to cover the cost of the restoration. Assembly Democrats however, on March 11th, voted in the Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health & Human Services for that restoration to take place as scheduled July 1, 2015 regardless whether or not funding was available through the Managed Care Organization tax or from some other source.   

    Many policymakers and advocates will likely make final pleas and make final efforts to push for increased new funding and restorations in a wide range of programs and services, including education services related to foster youth; major funding increases pushed for developmental services; increases for the State’s “welfare-to-work” program called CalWORKS; restoration of previous reductions and new funding for Medi-Cal including restoration of previously eliminated benefits; increases in funding for various child welfare services; restoration of previous grant cuts and restoration of the cost of living adjustment for the State portion of the SSI/SSP grants (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment) to the lowest income Californians with disabilities, the blind and seniors.

    Other areas outside of health and human services will also continue to push for new resources and funding including court funding; transportation and other State infrastructure needs; continued public employee pension reforms; higher education; continued changes and funding needs in K-12 education and community colleges.  Other related issues impacting the budget and resources include the impact of compliance of new federal Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services regulations, implementation of the new federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act; impact of the on-going drought; the end by the end of 2017 of the temporary tax increases put in place by voters in 2012; the impact of US Supreme Court ruling expected by June on key parts of the federal health care reform laws (Affordable Care Act sometimes referred to as “Obamacare”); and the impact of lawsuits dealing with President’s immigration reforms through executive order; and litigation dealing with federal requirements for previously exempted home care workers.

    

SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES HEARING ON THURSDAY MAY 7TH

    The Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services will hold a three part hearing on May 7th, Thursday morning as early as 09:30 AM or when the State Senate floor session adjourns, at the State Capitol in Room 4203 – the final hearing of this subcommittee before the release of the Governor’s budget revisions next week. 

    The first part of the hearing – called “Part A” will cover budget items and issues impacting the Developmental Centers under the Department of Developmental Services, including what next steps the Brown Administration will be proposing for the remaining three facilities, including addressing federal compliance issues.  While some major next steps, including a plan for closure of at least one of the remaining centers was rumored earlier this year, it does not appear likely that such an announcement will be made at the May 7th hearing by the Brown Administration.  However it is possible major next steps on the future of the remaining centers could be announced as part of the Governor’s budget revisions on May 14th, presumably linked to whenever an agreement with the State and federal government is reached toward resolving and addressing the major federal compliance issues impacting the facilities.   

   One non-Developmental Center issue will also be on the agenda as an informational item relating to existing and potential problems.   regarding whether or not regional center funded home care type services such as “supported living services” (SLS) and home care services funded through the Department of Social Services (In-Home Supportive Services or IHSS) are, for the purposes of calculating overtime and other related issues, “joint employers”.  

    The second part of the hearing – “Part B” will cover certain “open” human service budget items, and the third and final part – called “Part C” will focus on certain “open” health issues. 

 

LINKS TO MAY 7TH SENATE BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE #3 ON HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES AGENDAS:

    COPY OF AGENDA – PART A: The agenda for the First Part (“Part A”) was still being finalized and is expected to be released shortly [CDCAN will send out link as soon as it is available].

    COPY OF AGENDA – PART B – HUMAN SERVICES BUDGET ITEMS AND ISSUES (PDF Document Copy – 9 Pages):

    http://sbud.senate.ca.gov/sites/sbud.senate.ca.gov/files/SUB3/05072015Sub3PtBHearingAgenda.pdf

    COPY OF AGENDA - PART C – HEALTH BUDGET ITEMS AND ISSUES (PDF Document Copy – 23 Pages):

    http://sbud.senate.ca.gov/sites/sbud.senate.ca.gov/files/SUB3/05072015Sub3PtC.pdf

   

SUMMARY OF PART B AND C OF MAY 7TH AGENDAS:

    Following is taken from the summary page of the second part (Part B) of the May 7th agenda (the First Part or Part A is being finalized and will be released soon):

 

SECOND PART – PART B

MAY 7, 2015

9:30 A.M., OR UPON ADJOURNMENT OF SESSION

ROOM 4203, STATE CAPITOL

PART B

 

STAFF FOR HUMAN SERVICES (PART B): SAMANTHA LUI

ISSUES RECOMMENDED FOR VOTE-ONLY

 

BUDGET ITEM 4185 - CALIFORNIA SENIOR LEGISLATURE

1. TBL [Trailer Bill Language] 606: Successor Fund Designation

BUDGET ITEM 5160 - DEPARTMENT OF REHABILITATION

1. BCP [Budget Change Proposal] #1: Statewide Funding of Social Security Beneficiary Work Incentives Planners

BUDGET ITEM 5180 - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES – CHILD WELFARE SERVICES

1. TBL [Trailer Bill Language] 602: Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Options Program Clean-Up

2. BCP [Budget Change Proposal] #50: AB 1978 Child Welfare Social Worker Empowerment and Foster Child Protection Act

3. April Letter: Implementing Child Victims of Human Trafficking

BUDGET ITEM 5180 - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES – OTHER

1. TBL [Trailer Bill Language] 604: Employment Development Department Data Sharing

BUDGET ITEM 0530 – CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY, OFFICE OF SYSTEMS INTEGRATION

BUDGET ITEM 5180 - DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

1. Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) 3 Project – Transition to New EBT Services

 

ISSUES FOR DISCUSSION

Note: Public Comment Will Be Taken After This Item

 

MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS - PROPOSALS FOR INVESTMENT

STAFF COMMENT AND RECOMMENDATION: HOLD OPEN. Staff recommends holding open the above proposals for further discussion and review.

 

APPENDIX A

[Lists about 17 previously heard human service related proposals for investment by stakeholder including SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Payment grants) restoration of grants cuts and cost of living adjustment to State portion of the grants.] 

 

THIRD PART – PART C

 

May 7, 2015

9:30 a.m. or Upon Adjournment of Session

Room 4203, State Capitol

Agenda Part C

 

STAFF FOR HEALTH (PART C): Michelle Baass

FOR VOTE ONLY

BUDGET ITEM 4265 - DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

1. California Gambling Education and Treatment Services (CalGETS)

2. Biomonitoring Resources and April Finance Letter

3. Food Safety Inspection

4. Food Safety Stipulated Judgment Appropriation and Trailer Bill Language

5. USFDA Tobacco Retail Inspection Contract

6. Inspection of Public Beaches Resources (SB 1395, 2014)

7. Medical Waste Resources (AB 333, 2014)

8. Notification of Increases in Federal Grants – Budget Bill Language

BUDGET ITEM 4120 - EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES AUTHORITY

1. Document Imaging Workload and Efficiencies

2. Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response Resources for California

BUDGET ITEM 0530 - CALIFORNIA HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AGENCY

1. Office of the Patient Advocate

BUDGET ITEM 4140 - OFFICE OF STATEWIDE HEALTH PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT

1. Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Program Outcomes Reporting

2. Authority for Inter-Item Transfer of Funds – Budget Bill Language

4150 DEPARTMENT OF MANAGED HEALTH CARE

1. Federal Mental Health Parity Rules

2. Additional Enrollment in Individual Market

3. Large Group Claims Data Exposure (SB 1182, 2014)

4. Dental Plans Medical Loss Ratio (AB 1962, 2014)

 

ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION

BUDGET ITEM 4150 - DEPARTMENT OF MANAGED HEALTH CARE

1. Annual Health Care Service Plans Timeliness Standards (SB 964, Hernandez)

2. Health Premium Rate Review Federal Grant and Budget Bill Language

MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS -  HEALTH-RELATED PROPOSALS FOR GENERAL FUND INVESTMENT

SUBCOMMITTEE STAFF COMMENTS: At the May Revision the Legislature will have a better understanding of the state’s fiscal situation and can better evaluate proposals for investment.

APPENDIX A

[List of stakeholder proposals for investment previously heard by the subcommittee – all items kept “open”]

 

NEXT STEPS IN BUDGET PROCESS AFTER RELEASE OF GOVERNOR’S BUDGET REVISIONS

    FINAL SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS (LIKELY WEEK OF MAY 18th POSSIBLY WEEK OF MAY 25th):

    Both the State Senate and Assembly budget subcommittees will hold a final round of subcommittee hearings the week of May 18th and possibly the week of May 25th, taking final actions on many items heard earlier and also hearing (and taking brief public comments) on any new issues or proposals contained in the Governor’s budget revisions.

    The Assembly Budget subcommittees have not yet released a schedule of hearings that will be held following the release of the Governor budget revisions, though that schedule is expected very soon [CDCAN will issue a report on that schedule when it is released]

    The Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services released this afternoon (May 5th) a schedule of final hearings that will be held following the release of the Governor’s “May Revise” (see below).

    BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE HEARINGS (LIKELY FIRST WEEK OF JUNE):

    The final round of subcommittee hearings will then be followed by a joint special committee, called a “budget conference committee” composed of equal number of members from both houses, that will likely meet for a week in early June to resolve different actions taken by the two houses on the budget.  The chair of the budget conference committee alternates each year between the Assembly and State Senate and under that tradition the chair this year will be Senator Mark Leno (Democrat – San Francisco).  How long the budget conference committee hearings last depend on how many different actions were taken by the two houses, and how difficult or complex the issues are.  Hearings could last through the second week of June.  No public comments are taken at any of the budget conference committee hearings – though all the hearings are open to the public.   

    FINAL FLOOR VOTE ON BUDGET (LIKELY SECOND WEEK OF JUNE)

    Final votes to pass the main budget bill in both houses and send it to the Governor will likely occur by the middle or end of the second week of June, and no later than June 15th, Monday, the State Constitutional deadline to pass a budget. A series of other bills – called “budget trailer bills” because they follow or “trail” the main budget bill – normally are voted on immediately following passage of the main budget bill, though sometimes are acted on several days or even weeks later.  Budget trailer bills are important because the legislation contains the necessary changes or additions to State law to implement the main budget bill and often make major policy changes. 

     NEW BUDGET YEAR BEGINS JULY 1, 2015

    Governor has until the beginning of the new State Budget year – July 1st – to sign the main budget bill and make any “line-item vetoes” that lower or eliminate certain spending.  There is no specific penalty in the State Constitution if a governor fails to sign the main budget bill by July 1st (the forfeiture of pay only applies to legislators). 

    Governors often sign any budget trailer bills at the same time – or sometimes later.

 

CDCAN BUDGET & LEGISLATIVE SCHEDULE AS OF MAY 5TH MONDAY EVENING

    The following is, in date order, the latest calendar listing the schedule of budget and policy bill hearings and other related important events (such as court hearings).  This will be updated as new information becomes available, including release of the Assembly Budget subcommittee hearings to be held after release of the Governor’s budget revisions:

 

MAY 07 (THU)

    BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS:

    Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services final hearing before release of Governor’s budget revisions, scheduled for 09:30 AM or upon adjournment of the Senate floor session, at the State Capitol in Room 4203, with a three part agenda – First part – Agenda “A” focusing on developmental centers, and one informational item with an update on the community issues surrounding concerns of IHSS and Supported Living Services providers being a “joint employer”.  The Second Part or “Part B” will focus on certain “open” issues under human services, though on specific IHSS related budget items or issues are on the agenda; and the Third Part or “Part C” will focus on certain health related issues. 

    Senate Budget Subcommittee #1 on Education Finance at 09:30 AM or upon adjournment of the Senate floor session, at the State Capitol in Room 3191, covering Budget Item 6100, California Department of Education including April letters or notifications from the department or from the Department of Finance; Budget items or issues related to California Department of Education State Operations; Oversight of Special Education and State Special Schools; Oversight of Technology; and oversight of Assessments. No agenda has been released yet for this hearing.

    The Assembly Budget Subcommittee #6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation will meet upon adjournment of Assembly floor session focusing on legislation dealing with transportation funding (by Assemblymember Alejo), CalWORKS (by Assemblymember Brown) and one resolution and two proposed constitutional amendments dealing with the state budget process (by Assemblymember Shannon Grove). 

    FEDERAL APPEALS COURT HEARING:

    US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit hearing on federal home care worker overtime lawsuit (Homecare Association of American, et al. v. David Weil, et al)  [No ruling is expected until mid to late summer – and that ruling could be appealed by the losing party to the next highest court – the US Supreme Court]

MAY 11 (MON)

    BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS:

    Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1 on Health and Human Services at 1:30 PM focusing on California Health and Human Services Agency (a letter from the Department of Finance on the Office of Law Enforcement); Department of Health Care Services dealing with the Managed Care Organization Tax Proposal, various stakeholder proposals, and all remaining department “budget change proposals” not yet heard; Department of Public Health including stakeholder proposal related to Diabetes Program; Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) focusing on a technical letter from the Department of Finance; Department of Managed Health Care dealing with letters from Department of Finance related to timeliness standards, network adequacy and rate review; and Department of State Hospitals dealing with letters from the Department of Finance covering Capital Outlay regarding Metropolitan and Patton State Hospitals.  

MAY 13 (TUE)

    BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS:

    Final round of hearings before release of Governor’s budget revisions by the Assembly Budget Subcommittees on Education; Resources and Transportation; and Public Safety

MAY 14 (THU)

    MAY REVISE RELEASE:

    Likely release date (no time yet announced) of the Governor’s “May Revise”

    FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT (SACRAMENTO) HEARING:

    Federal District Court hearing at 2:00 PM in Sacramento to consider a motion filed April 15th by attorneys from California Attorney General’s office representing the Brown Administration for the court to “vacate” or set aside its previous ruling issued on February 13th striking down the mandatory “Uniform Holiday Schedule” and “Half Day Billing Rule” impacting regional center funded community site-based programs.  On March 12th at a Senate Budget Subcommittee hearing, officials with the Department of Developmental Services indicated that the State intended to fully comply with the court order and issued a letter to all 21 regional centers advising them of that action on March 17th

MAY 18 (MON)

    BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS RESUME:

    Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services on Governor’s May Revision proposals impacting health issues (another hearing that will continue health issues is set for May 21st, Thursday)

MAY 19 (TUE)

    BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS:

    Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services on Governor’s May Revision proposals dealing with developmental services and also issues impacting other human services issues. (another hearing covering developmental services will continue on May 21st, Thursday).

MAY 21 (THU)

    BUDGET SUBCOMMITTEE HEARINGS:

    Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services on Governor’s May Revision proposals dealing with health (continued from May 18th) and developmental services (continued from May 19th) and possibly and remaining human service issues (continued from May 19th).

MAY 25 (MON)

    MEMORIAL DAY

MAY 29 (FRI)

    APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE DEADLINE:

    Last day for Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees to hear and report out bills to their floors

JUN 01 (MON)

    BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE:

    This date is approximate and could begin a few days earlier or a day or so later. Could continue into the second week of June depending on how many issues are on the committee’s agenda. 

JUN 05 (FRI)

   FLOOR VOTE DEADLINE FOR POLICY BILLS:

    Last day for Assembly to pass out Assembly bills to Senate and for Senate to pass out Senate bills to the Assembly (exception to this rule are budget related bills and any “urgency” bills. Bills that fail to pass by this deadline cannot have further action – unless rules are waived – until next year, often referred to as a “two-year bill”.)

JUN 15 (MON)

    DEADLINE TO PASS & SEND BUDGET BILL TO GOVERNOR

JUL 01 (WED)

    START OF 2015-2016 STATE BUDGET YEAR

 

HOW TO WATCH HEARINGS ON CALCHANNEL OR ON ASSEMBLY/SENATE TELEVISION LIVE

    There are several different ways to watch nearly all of the scheduled policy and budget hearings at the State Capitol, either live or “on demand” (meaning sometime later after the hearing is held):

 

CDCAN INFO ON WATCHING A HEARING LIVE STREAMED ON INTERNET

    Go the CalChannel website tab under “Live Webcasts”:

    http://www.calchannel.com/live-webcast/

    Live broadcasts are listed by order of date and time – usually for that day only.  The streaming doesn’t begin usually until the actual scheduled time of the hearing or floor session (the time of the hearing to the right of committee name is where you click on to view the stream).  IF the hearing or floor session is not listed as one of the events to be streamed live, check below under “ASSEMBLY AND SENATE TELEVISION” for alternate way to watch the hearing or floor session. 

 

CDCAN INFO ON WATCHING A HEARING LATER (“ON DEMAND”)

    CalChannel.com keeps an archive of all the hearings held that can be viewed by anyone.  Viewing the live or recorded hearings from the CalChannel website is free.

    To view a recorded hearing, go to the CalChannel website and click the tab “Video on Demand” or click on this link:

    http://www.calchannel.com/video-on-demand/

    The page will list all the hearings recorded by date and committee name.  If you wish to download the entire hearing on your computer, click on the “MP4 Download” link next to the hearing you want.  If you wish to view the hearing from the website click the “video” link next to the hearing you want, under the “Watch” column. Both are free to the public.

 

CDCAN INFO ON LIVE CABLE TV BROADCAST

    People can also view the hearing via cable TV through CalChannel, though not all cable companies carry CalChannel.  To find what channel it may be on (if you cable company carries CalChannel) check this listing for your city or area and local cable company.

    The list is in alpha order by cable company:

    http://www.calchannel.com/local-listing/

    To find out what hearings will be televised live (different from live streaming on the internet) on your cable channel, go to the CalChannel.com website for the schedule of hearings that will be broadcast live (this is DIFFERENT from hearings that are streamed live) at:

    http://www.calchannel.com/tv-schedule/

 

CDCAN INFO ON FOR LIVE AUDIO ONLY VIA ASSEMBLY WEBPAGE

    For a live audio only (no video) of an Assembly hearing, click on the link below that will take you to the California State Assembly “Today’s Events”:

    http://assembly.ca.gov/todaysevents

    Scroll down past the title “Committee Hearings”.  Assembly Committee hearings (including budget subcommittee hearings) are listed in date order, and then by order of time.  When you find the desired committee hearing, click on “Listen To This Hearing” and a window should open up

    You can also find the audio link to a hearing not streamed live or broadcast live by CalChannel by going to California State Assembly “Room List” webpage, which lists all the rooms (including the chambers where floor sessions are conducted) where all hearings are held.

    http://assembly.ca.gov/listentorooms

    You have to know the room number the committee hearing is scheduled to be held in.  If you know, simply scroll down the page until the find the room number and then click on the link “Listen to this room”. 

 

CDCAN INFO - LIVE VIDEO STREAM (ASSEMBLY OR SENATE)

    If CalChannel is not streaming or broadcasting a specific hearing being held, often the Senate and Assembly may have a live video stream of the hearing, which can be accessed by clicking the link below.  The video stream, when it is provided,  is different from the CalChannel video stream, with the video camera in a fixed position and the quality not as good.  There is no archive of previous hearings held (unlike CalChannel).  Look for the hearing room or floor chambers you want to view live ( to below, find the room number, and then click on the Assembly website link:

   http://assembly.ca.gov/listentorooms

   After reaching that page, click on the room number (or chamber) where the hearing or floor session is located.  

   This is the same page where you can also click on the link for an audio only live stream of the hearing you want to listen to. As mentioned, the audio quality varies depending on the room and who is speaking.  (It doesn’t matter if the floor session or hearing is an Assembly or Senate floor session or hearing – you can access either through this site). 

    

CDCAN - MARTY OMOTO YOUTUBE CHANNEL

    A CDCAN (Marty Omoto) youtube channel was set up and has several videos dealing with current – and previous state budget issues, disability and senior rights, and advocacy.

    To see the current videos, including March 2014 San Andreas Regional Center Aptos Legislative Breakfast, January 2014 panel discussion on services for adults with autism spectrum and related disorders in Palo Alto, and older videos including video of April 2003 march of over 3,000 people with developmental disabilities, families, providers, regional centers and others from the Sacramento Convention Center to the State Capitol (to attend and testify at budget hearing on proposed massive permanent cuts to regional center funded services, go to the CDCAN (Marty Omoto) Channel at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEySEyhnr9LQRiCe-F7ELhg

    More videos – including new current videos (an interview with longtime advocate Maggie Dee Dowling is planned, among others) – plus archive videos of past events – will be posted soon. 

 

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