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Second Round of Budget Trailer Bills Being Considered in Final Days of Session

August 21, 2018
Although the fiscal year began on July 1, the Legislature continues considering budget trailer bills even in the last week of the 2018 legislative session. 
The Legislature passed the FY 2018–19 budget in June but did not actually finish all of its budget work. Since that time, lawmakers passed, and the Governor signed, an additional 28 budget bills, not including the 24 currently up for debate. These measures would fund a variety of programs, some of which are of interest to cities including $3.8 million for fireworks disposal, $5 million for grants for drinking water systems where wells have gone dry and $5 million for local law enforcement training.
The League has identified bill sections that are of greatest interest to cities. Details are below:
AB 1828/SB 862 (Budget) — Budget Bill Jr.
This measure makes numerous amendments to the 2018 budget and clarifies changes to the allocation of specific funds, including:
  • Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz)
    • Allocates $3 million to be used to draw down federal funds in the California Small Business Development Center Program.
    • Allocates $17 million to be used for the California Small Business Development Technical Assistance Expansion Program until June 30, 2021.
    • Allocates $3 million to be used for other federal small business technical assistance programs.
  • Office of Emergency Services
    • Appropriates $112.9 million for various specific regional grants; including but not limited to $1.7 million for the City of Rialto to comply with the Americans with Disability Act, $25 million for equipment and technology for the mutual aid system, and $15 million for San Francisco to make public health and safety capital updates.
    • Allocates $3.5 million, of the appropriated amount, to provide grants to install emergency water tank systems for homes that have had wells recently go dry, and to continue to supply water tanks with water and maintain and repair such systems as an emergency measure while households await new wells or connection to community water systems.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Authorizes the Director of Finance the ability to augment additional resources if needed to alleviate field office wait times, up to an additional $16.6 million upon submission of a request by the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles.
    • Provides the Legislature, until Dec. 31, 2020, monthly information about individual field office wait times.
  • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
    • Appropriates $3.6 million to the State Fire Marshall to fireworks management and disposal.
  • Air Quality Improvement Fund
    • Transfers $15 million from the Air Quality Improvement Fund to the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund. The Air Quality Improvement Fund focuses on providing competitive grants and low interest loans for projects that improve air quality. The Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Fund makes investments to accelerate the development of clean, efficient, low-carbon technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum dependence. Local governments are eligible to apply for these funds.
  • State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
    • Appropriates $3 million for a needs analysis of drinking water systems. Funds need to be expended by June 30, 2020.
    • Appropriates $31.3 million for local assistance grants, this includes, but is not limited to, $9.5 million for emergency repairs to the Oxnard Waste Water Treatment Plant and $6.8 million to the SWRCB Safe Drinking Water for Schools grant program.
      • Allocates $5 million to provide grants or contracts for drinking water testing for lead at licensed child care centers remediation of lead in plumbing and drinking water fixtures, and technical assistance for licensed childcare providers to apply for testing and remediation.
      • Allocates $10 million to provide emergency relief grants to households to fund well replacement, septic system replacement, permanent connections to public systems, well or septic abandonment, point-of-use and point-of-entry treatment systems, and debt relief for households who have financed well replacement as a result of the drought emergency.
  • California Teleconnect Administrative Committee Fund
    • Appropriates $126.5 million from the California Teleconnect Administrative Committee Fund for local assistance through the Public Utilities Commission.
    • Allocates, of the appropriated amount, $1.5 million for expanding 2-1-1 services to unserved and underserved areas, until June 30, 2023.
AB 1823 (Budget) — In-home supportive services: provider orientation
This measure requires that a request to meet and confer between an in-home supportive services (IHSS) employee organization and the county, public authority, or nonprofit consortium in Los Angeles, Merced, and Orange counties shall reopen an existing memorandum of understanding for the sole purpose of negotiating an agreement on access to provider orientation. This bill also appropriates $10,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Social Services to implement provisions of the bill.
AB 1829/SB 861 (Budget) — National Mortgage Settlement Fund: allocations
This measure confirms that the allocations of funds from a special deposit fund to the General Fund in FY 2011–12, FY 2012–13, and FY 2013–14 were consistent with the direction given to the Director of Finance in SB 1006. SB 1006 (Committee on Budget, 2012) established the National Mortgage Settlement Deposit Fund to receive the state’s share of the 2012 National Mortgage Settlement (NMS) and authorized the use of NMS funds to offset relevant General Fund expenditures in FY 2011–12, FY 2012–13, and FY 2013–14. This measure also appropriates $25,000 from the General Fund to the Department of Finance for legal fees and costs.
AB 1833/SB 846 (Budget) — Employment
This measure makes technical and clarifying changes to the Government code including changing the name of the Department of Health to “department” and requires specified information from the Department of Rehabilitation and Department of Human Resources.
AB 1835/SB 867 (Budget) —Workplace Conduct
This measure makes technical and clarifying changes relating to the Legislature’s policies on workplace sexual harassment. It requires the Legislative Counsel to establish a unit within the Legislative Counsel Bureau to provide advice and investigation services to the Legislature related to workplace misconduct. This unit will accept and investigate reports and complaints of workplace misconduct.
Appropriates $1.5 million to the Legislative Counsel Bureau for implementation.
AB 1840/SB 874 (Budget) — Education
This measure makes numerous technical and substantive changes to school administration, increasing the compliance for installing child safety alert systems in vehicles that transport students, and affirms that the University of California can provide benefits to all of its students. This measure also appropriates funds to local educational agencies and California community colleges.
AB 1841/SB 875 (Budget) — Public Resources
This measure makes technical and clarifying changes to the Public Resources code related to markets for empty plastic beverage containers.
AB 1842/SB 876 (Budget) — Human Services
This measure makes technical and clarifying changes to the Welfare and Institutions code.
AB 1843 /SB 877 (Budget) — General Government
This measure makes technical and clarifying changes to the Health and Safety code related to awarding public works contracts and backfilling federal loans to transit agencies.
AB 1844/SB 878 (Budget) —Taxes: Credits: Qualified Motion Pictures
This measure changes the date by which the Legislative Analyst’s Office must prepare reports related to the effectiveness and administration of the film tax credits from on or before July 1, 2019 to on or before Jan. 1, 2023. This measure also defines “previously allocated credits not certified” and clarifies that the California Film Commission (CFC) may allocate such credits on or after July 1, 2025. This measure also appropriates $5,000 General Fund to the CFC for work necessary to develop rules associated with the film tax credits.
AB 1845/SB 879 (Budget) — Public Safety
This measure appropriates $5.2 million of the $17 million appropriated in the 2015 budget from the Peace Officers’ Training Fund for allocation to cities, counties, and cities and counties for law enforcement training. In order to receive funding, cities must apply to Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and adhere to the standards set forth by the commission. These funds must be spent by June 30, 2019. This measure also makes a number of technical and clarifying changes related to public safety.
AB 1846/SB 869 (Budget) — County of San Diego: Local Elections
This measure clarifies an amendment to the charter of the County of San Diego, how the calculation of qualified electors is computed, and appropriates $1 million from the Federal Trust Fund for the Secretary of State to secure and improve county election systems. 

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