March 3, 2014

Issue #17

Editor's Note

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Governor Signs Legislation Addressing Redevelopment Dissolution Issues

On Feb. 18, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation authored by Assembly Speaker-Elect Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) clarifying current law governing the dissolution of local redevelopment agencies (RDA). The bill, AB 471 (Atkins), represents a second attempt by the Speaker-Elect to address RDA dissolution issues after the Governor vetoed her previous bill, AB 662, last year. AB 471, which passed unanimously in its final form, makes several helpful changes affecting the dissolution process and clarifies that infrastructure finance districts (IFD) can be established on territory within a former RDA project area. The League appreciates the continued work and efforts of the Speaker-Elect to develop solutions that address issues affecting redevelopment dissolution.

Redevelopment, Infrastructure Financing District, Legislation, Assembly

NLC to Host Thousands of City Leaders During 2014 Congressional City Conference

The National League of Cities (NLC) will hold its annual Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 8–12 this year. During the conference, participants from across the nation will engage and meet with U.S. House of Representatives and Senate members to discuss federal policy issues of paramount importance to cities and local governments.

Federal, NLC

New League Hot Issues Webpage Focuses on SB 1262 (Correa), Medical Marijuana Regulation Proposal

The League is co-sponsoring medical marijuana regulation legislation SB 1262 (Correa) with the California Police Chiefs Association to improve the regulation of medical cannabis in a manner that protects local control, addresses important public safety concerns, and enhances health and safety standards.

Marijuana Regulation, Legislation, Senate

Reminder: Massage Industry Regulation Sunset Review Committee Scheduled for March 10

The Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and the Senate Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee will hold a joint hearing Monday, March 10 at 9:00 a.m. in the State Capitol, Room 4203 to review expiring sunset provisions of SB 731 (Oropeza, 2007) relating to the regulation of massage therapy.

Land Use, Massage Regulation, Legislation
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