Friday, January 22, 2016 The CSAC Bulletin
Employee Relations
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Paper Shortage Bill Advances to Assembly Floor; Vital Records Bill Stalls

(For detailed summaries of these bills, please click here).

The Assembly Appropriations Committee met yesterday to hear bills introduced last year that, to advance to the Assembly Floor, must meet a January 22 deadline to hear and report bills introduced in that house. Both AB 1546, which would ensure counties do not endure another severe shortage of the securitized paper used for printing vital records, and AB 1238, which would have allowed the process of requesting one's own vital records to be entirely electronic, were heard in the Assembly Appropriations Committee and referred to the Suspense File. Counties will recall that the Suspense File holds bills that pose costs to the State above a $150,000 threshold.

It is yet unclear why AB 1238 was referred to the Suspense File, as the bill poses no costs to the state since it is completely permissive for both the State and counties. It is expected that the author will reintroduce the bill in the coming weeks (prior to the February 19 statutory deadline to introduce legislation). CSAC voiced strong support in the Appropriations Committee and worked closely with the author and stakeholders to ensure its passage.

AB 1546 carries minor, absorbable costs to the State and the bill was passed to the Assembly Floor with no opposition from the Committee.

CSAC will keep counties apprised of future actions on these two bills.

CalPERS CEO to Retire

CalPERS CEO Anne Stausboll announced yesterday that she will retire at the end of the current fiscal year.

Stausboll was appointed to her current position in January 2009, and lead the organization through turbulent times, including the recession during which CalPERS lost nearly 30 percent of its assets and experienced significant ethics scandals. Under Strausboll’s leadership, CalPERS increased investment assets from $170 billion to $275 billion, spearheaded a series of reforms and laws related to investments and ethics, implemented the “my CalPERS” IT project, and made other changes to boost long-term sustainability, oversight, and environmental, social, and governance factors.

Strausboll had previously served CalPERS in other positions. The search for her replacement will begin immediately. Currently, 37 counties contract with CalPERS, making the leadership of that organization a matter of great importance to California counties.