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AB-1193 Courts: long-term lease obligations.(2019-2020)



As Amends the Law Today


SECTION 1.

 Section 70398 is added to the Government Code, to read:

70398.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “long-term lease obligations” means either of the following:
(1) For a term of more than 10 years under which the superior court is the lessee and has the right, by option or otherwise, to acquire ownership of the property leased.
(2) A contract pursuant to which a superior court is obligated to make installment payments for a period of more than 10 years for the acquisition or improvement of a courthouse and related facilities.
(b) Notwithstanding Section 70391, each superior court has the authority to incur long-term lease obligations, either for itself or, to the extent permitted by law, through a joint powers authority formed pursuant to the Joint Exercise of Powers Act, as set forth in Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6500) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code, of which the superior court may be a party or nonprofit corporation in order to secure construction and acquisition of courthouse and related facilities.
(c) The amount necessary to pay a lease obligation of a superior court occupying space in a facility authorized to be acquired or constructed pursuant to this section is subject to appropriation by the Legislature.