Today's Law As Amended

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SB-259 Reports.(2017-2018)

As Amends the Law Today


 Section 7550.7 is added to the Government Code, to read:

 (a) (1) Notwithstanding any other law, a written report submitted to the Legislature, a Member of the Legislature, or any state legislative or executive body by any state agency or department shall include a signed statement by the head of that agency or department declaring that the factual contents of the report are true, accurate, and complete to the best of his or her knowledge.
(2) With respect to the Franchise Tax Board, the signed statement described in paragraph (1) shall be made by the executive officer of that board, and with respect to the State Board of Equalization, the statement shall be made by the executive director of that board.
(b) Paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) shall apply to the head of every state agency or department, including, but not limited to, elected officials of state government, and any state official whose duties are prescribed by the California Constitution.
(c) For purposes of this section, a “written report” is either of the following:
(1) A document required by statute to be prepared and submitted to the Legislature, or any state legislative or executive body.
(2) A document, summary, or statement requested by a Member of the Legislature.
(d) The declaration in the signed statement as to the truth, accuracy, and completeness of the factual contents of the written report shall not apply to any forecasts, predictions, recommendations, or opinions contained in the written report.
(e) Any person who declares as true any material matter pursuant to this section that he or she knows to be false shall be liable for a civil penalty not to exceed twenty thousand dollars ($20,000). The civil penalties provided for in this section shall be exclusively assessed and recovered in a civil action brought by the Attorney General in the name of the people of the State of California in any court of competent jurisdiction.