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AB-2511 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department: citizens’ oversight committee.(2013-2014)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2511


Introduced by Assembly Member Bradford

February 21, 2014


An act to add Section 26600.5 to the Government Code, relating to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2511, as introduced, Bradford. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department: citizens’ oversight committee.
Existing law establishes categories of peace officers with varying powers and authority to make arrests and carry firearms. Any sheriff of a county is a peace officer whose authority extends to any place in the state, as specified. Existing law requires the sheriff of a county to preserve the peace, among other duties.
This bill would establish in the County of Los Angeles a permanent citizens’ oversight committee for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The bill would require the committee to consist of an unspecified number of members, would require the members to be residents of the county, and would require the members of the committee to serve terms of an unspecified number of years. The bill would require the committee to review and evaluate the practices and performance of the department and to prepare a report containing the committee’s findings. The bill would also require the county to reimburse the committee for the reasonable costs incurred by the committee.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of Los Angeles.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to these statutory provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 26600.5 is added to the Government Code, to read:

26600.5.
 (a) There is hereby established in the County of Los Angeles a permanent citizens’ oversight committee for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The committee shall consist of ____ members. Each member shall be a resident of the County of Los Angeles and shall be appointed by ____. The term of each member shall be ____ years.
(b) The committee established pursuant to this section shall review and evaluate the practices and performance of the department over the preceding ____. The committee shall prepare a report containing the findings of the committee and present that report to ____ on each ____.
(c) The reasonable costs incurred by the committee in performing its duties shall be reimbursed by the county.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special law is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique circumstances in the County of Los Angeles that create need to strengthen transparency and accountability practices by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

SEC. 3.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.