Legislation Supported
2009-2010 Legislative Session

The Commission is supporting nine bills that would implement its recommendations and has evaluated one reorganization plan during the 2009-10 Legislative Session. The Commission only takes positions on legislation that would implement its recommendations and is currently monitoring additional measures. The measures that the Commission has supported during the 2009-10 Legislative Session were in the areas of corrections, sentencing and parole, emergency preparedness and general government. Of those nine bills, three were signed into law, four were vetoed and two failed to pass.

Emergency Preparedness

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 611 (Fong) Requires the California Emergency Management Agency to take measures to help people with limited English proficiency prepare for emergencies and understand information conveyed during emergencies, such as utilizing bilingual persons in public contact positions and coordinating with organizations that represent the needs of people with limited English proficiency in order to disseminate guidance to local and regional governmental entities. Vetoed by the Governor.

Corrections, Sentencing and Parole

Bill, Author Summary Status
SB 292 (Hancock)

Authorizes the secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to enter into contracts with Alternative Incarceration Facilities for housing certain nonviolent inmates.

Failed Passage in Senate Appropriations Committee.
SB 678 (Leno) Creates the California Community Corrections Performance Incentives Act of 2009 which would establish a system of performance-based funding to support evidence-based practices relating to the supervision of adult felony probationers. Signed by Governor, Chapter 608, Statutes of 2009.
SB 738 (Hancock) Enacts the Prison Education Reform Act; requires a newly constituted committee to develop and implement a plan for providing transitional educational services for inmates, including, but not limited to, counseling and placement services. Failed Passage in Senate Appropriations Committee.
SB 1067 (Oropeza) Requires the Division of Juvenile Justice within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to collect recidivism rates of youthful offenders under state jurisdiction and to create an annual report that includes recidivism outcomes and rate data to post on the department’s Web site. Vetoed by the Governor.
SB 1091 (Hancock) Enables counties to receive Medi-Cal reimbursement for medical and mental health services they provide to eligible individuals less than 21 years of age entering county juvenile detention facilities for up to 30 days or until adjudication. Vetoed by the Governor.
SB 1266 (Liu) Authorizes an alternative custody program for female inmates and inmates who, immediately prior to incarceration, were primary caregivers of dependent children.  Defines alternative custody programs and authorizes the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to enter into contracts with county agencies, not-for-profit organizations, for-profit organizations to promote alternative custody placements. Signed by the Governor, Chapter   644, Statutes of 2010.

General Government

Bill, Author Summary Status
SB 1064 (Alquist) Introduces various operational changes to the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and the Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee. Signed by the Governor, Chapter   637, Statutes of 2010.
AB 2734 (Perez) Creates the Office of Economic Development, directed by a secretary appointed by the governor, to serve as the lead entity for economic strategy and marketing of California on issues related to business development, private sector investment and economic growth.  The office would make recommendations to the governor and Legislature regarding economic development policies, programs and actions. Vetoed by the Governor.

To obtain a copy of the legislation listed, contact the Legislative Bill Room at (916) 445-2645 or visit the following sites on the Internet: the California Assembly, the California Senate or the California Legislative Counsel Bureau's Legislative Data Center.

If you have specific questions about the legislation, contact the Little Hoover Commission, littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov, 925 L Street, Suite 805, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 445-2125 or (916) 322-7709 (fax).