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AB-566 Courts: personal services contracting.(2013-2014)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 71621 is added to the Government Code, to read:

71621.
 (a) If a trial court intends to enter into a new contract, or renew or extend an existing contract, for any services that are currently or customarily performed by that trial court’s employees, all of the following requirements shall apply:
(1) The trial court shall clearly demonstrate that the contract will result in actual overall cost savings to the trial court for the duration of the entire contract as compared with the trial court’s actual costs of providing the same services. In comparing costs, all of the following shall occur:
(A) The trial court’s additional cost of providing the same services as proposed by the contract shall be included. These additional costs shall include the salaries and benefits of additional staff that would be needed and the cost of additional space, equipment, and materials needed to perform the services.
(B) The trial court’s indirect overhead costs shall not be included unless those costs can be attributed solely to the function in question and would not exist if that function was not performed by the trial court. For the purposes of this subparagraph, “indirect overhead costs” means the pro rata share of existing administrative salaries and benefits, rent, equipment costs, utilities, and materials.
(C) The cost of a contractor providing a service for any continuing trial court costs that would be directly associated with the contracted function shall be included. Continuing trial court costs shall include, but not be limited to, costs for inspection, supervision, and monitoring.
(2) The contract shall not be approved solely on the basis that savings will result from lower contractor pay rates or benefits. Contracts shall be eligible for approval if the contractor’s wages are at the industry’s level and do not materially undercut trial court pay rates.
(3) The contract shall not cause an existing trial court employee to incur a loss of his or her employment or employment seniority, a reduction in wages, benefits, or hours, or an involuntary transfer to a new location requiring a change in residence.
(4) The contract shall not be approved if, in light of the services provided by trial courts and the special nature of the judicial function, it would be inconsistent with the public interest to have the services covered by the contract performed by a private entity.
(5) The contract shall be awarded through a publicized, competitive bidding process.
(6) The contract shall include specific provisions pertaining to the qualifications of the staff that will perform the work under the contract, as well as assurances that the contractor’s hiring practices meet applicable nondiscrimination standards.
(7) The contract shall provide that it may be terminated at any time by the trial court without penalty if there is a material breach of the contract and notice is provided within 30 days of termination.
(8) If the contract is for services in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) annually, all of the following shall occur:
(A) The trial court shall require the contractor to disclose all of the following information as part of its bid, application, or answer to a request for proposal:
(i) A description of all charges, claims, or complaints filed against the contractor with a federal, state, or local administrative agency during the prior 10 years.
(ii) A description of all civil complaints filed against the contractor in a state or federal court during the prior 10 years.
(iii) A description of all state or federal criminal complaints or indictments filed against the contractor, or any of its officers, directors, or managers, at any time.
(iv) A description of any debarments of the contractor by a public agency or licensing body at any time.
(B) The trial court shall include in the contract specific, measurable performance standards and provisions for a performance audit by the trial court, or an independent auditor approved by the trial court, to determine whether the performance standards are being met and whether the contractor is in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The trial court shall not renew or extend the contract prior to receiving and considering the audit report.
(C) The contract shall include provisions for an audit by the trial court, or an independent auditor approved by the trial court, to determine whether and to what extent the anticipated cost savings have actually been realized. The trial court shall not renew or extend the contract before receiving and considering the audit report.
(9) The contract shall be awarded only if the amount of savings clearly justifies the size and duration of the contracting agreement.
(b) For purposes of subdivision (a), “services that are customarily performed” includes services that have been historically performed by that trial court’s employees.
(c) This section does not preclude a trial court or the Judicial Council from adopting more restrictive rules regarding the contracting of court services.
(d) This section does not apply to a contract in any of the following circumstances:
(1) The contract is between a trial court and another trial court or a government entity for services to be performed by employees of the other trial court or employees of the government entity.
(2) The contract is for a new trial court function and the Legislature has specifically mandated or authorized the performance of the services by independent contractors.
(3) The services contracted for are of such a highly specialized or technical nature that the necessary expert knowledge, experience, and ability are not available from the court’s trial court employees.
(4) The services are incidental to a contract for the purchase or lease of real or personal property. Contracts described in this paragraph, known as “service agreements,” shall include, but not be limited to, agreements to service or maintain office equipment or computers that are leased or rented. Contracts described in this paragraph shall not include agreements to operate equipment or computers, except as necessary to service or maintain that equipment.
(5) The legislative, administrative, or legal goals and purposes cannot be accomplished through the utilization of trial court employees because of the need to protect against a conflict of interest or to ensure independent and unbiased findings in situations where there is a clear need for an independent, outside perspective.
(6) Due to an emergency, a contract is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, welfare, or safety.
(7) The contractor will conduct training courses for which appropriately qualified trial court employee instructors are not available from the court, provided that permanent instructor positions shall be filled through the process for hiring trial court employees.
(8) The services are of such an urgent, temporary, or occasional nature that the delay incumbent in their implementation through the process for hiring trial court employees would frustrate their very purpose. This paragraph shall not apply to the services of official court reporters, but individual official reporters pro tempore may be used by a trial court when the criteria of this paragraph are satisfied.
(9) The contract is a personal services contract developed pursuant to rehabilitation programs in accordance with Sections 19403 and 19404 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, pursuant to habilitation programs in accordance with Chapter 13 (commencing with Section 4850) of Division 4.5 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, or pursuant to a program vendored or contracted through a regional center or the State Department of Developmental Services in accordance with the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act (Division 4.5 (commencing with Section 4500) of the Welfare and Institutions Code), and the contract will not cause an existing trial court employee to incur a loss of his or her employment or employment seniority; a reduction in wages, benefits, or hours; or an involuntary transfer to a new location requiring a change in residence.
(10) The contract is for the services of any court interpreter. Contracts for the services of any court interpreter, and restrictions on contracting out interpreter services, shall be governed by the Trial Court Interpreter Employment and Labor Relations Act (Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 71800)) and any memorandum of understanding or agreement entered into pursuant to that act, or by the other provisions of this chapter, the Trial Court Employment Protection and Governance Act, and any memorandum of understanding or agreement entered into pursuant to that act, as applicable.
(e) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2020, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends that date.
SEC. 2.
 Section 71621 of the Government Code, as added by Section 1 of this act, shall apply to any contract entered into, renewed, or extended after the effective date of this act.
SEC. 3.
 (a) Each trial court shall provide a report by no later than February 1, 2014, to the chairperson of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the chairpersons of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Assembly Judiciary Committee if the trial court entered into a contract between July 1, 2013, and the effective date of this act, for services that were provided or are customarily provided by its trial court employees and that contract has a term extending beyond March 31, 2014. The report shall provide the following information for each of these contracts:
(1) A copy of the contract.
(2) An analysis of whether the contract would have been permissible under the standards set forth in Section 71621 of the Government Code, as added by Section 1 of this act.
(3) An analysis of whether the contract resulted in the displacement of trial court employees.
(4) An analysis of whether the contract involves the use of contractors to perform the type of services that were customarily performed by trial court employees.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to consider the reduction of future budget appropriations to each trial court by the amount of any contract analyzed pursuant to subdivision (a) if the Legislature concludes that the contract would not have been permissible under the standards provided in Section 71621 of the Government Code, as added by Section 1 of this act.
SEC. 4.
 The provisions of this act are severable. If any provision of this act or its application is held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application.