Impacting the State

Supported Legislation

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Six California counties will be able to continue a pilot program offering innovative programs designed to reduce intimate partner violence, thanks to a bill supported by the Little Hoover Commission and signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom. Another bill supported by the Commission and signed into law will expand the use of remote technology in the meetings of state boards and commissions, expanding and diversifying the pool of people who can serve.

The intimate partner violence bill, AB 470, was authored by Assemblymember Blanca Rubio. The bill granted a three-year extension to a pilot program offering alternatives for individuals convicted of domestic violence. The program applies to the counties of Napa, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Yolo.

In its 2021 report, Beyond the Crisis, A Long-Term Approach to Reduce, Prevent, and Recover from Intimate Partner Violence, the Commission recommended that the state review its requirements for batterer intervention programs to determine if they facilitate rehabilitation. The Commission also recommended that the state begin a process to determine how to tailor rehabilitative services to an individual’s needs.

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Ideas for Change

Pedro Nava

Our Ideas for Change summarizes recommendations generated from the Little Hoover Commission’s research over the past several years, and includes suggestions to streamline government programs, strengthen strategies to address critical issues facing the state, and provide crucial support to the most vulnerable among us.

We encourage you to check back often as we continue our mission of bettering California government and grow this list. We welcome the opportunity to work with the Governor’s Office and members of the Legislature to enact these recommendations. Please contact our office at to discuss how we can help.  

Pedro Nava, Chair, Little Hoover Commission

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Reducing California’s Methane Emissions

Problem: The state has missed its 2020 target to reduce the amount of organic material deposited into landfills by 50 percent below 2014 levels and is poised to meet its 2025 target as well. Even if state estimates of increased processing capacity are met, California is likely to be short of the necessary capacity by approximately 8 million tons a year. More than a hundred local jurisdictions have sought an extension of the deadline for complying with the state’s requirements.

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