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AB-1333 Political Reform Act of 1974: local government agency notices.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/18/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 18, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1333


Introduced by Assembly Member Dababneh

February 17, 2017


An act to add Chapter 4.7 (commencing with Section 84700) to Title 9 of the Government Code, relating to the Political Reform Act of 1974.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1333, as amended, Dababneh. Political Reform Act of 1974: local government agency notices.
Existing law, whenever an ordinance is required to be submitted to the voters of a county, city, or district at an election, requires the elections official to cause the ordinance to be printed and requires a copy of the ordinance to be made available to any voter upon request.
This bill would require every local government agency that maintains an Internet Web site to prominently post on its Internet Web site, as specified, a notice of any upcoming election in which voters will vote on a tax measure or proposed bond issuance of the agency. The bill would also require every local government agency that publishes an electronic newsletter to include the notice in the electronic newsletter. By imposing new duties on local government agencies, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
A violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 is punishable as a misdemeanor. By expanding the scope of an existing crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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 with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act’s purposes upon a 2/3 vote of each house of the Legislature and compliance with specified procedural requirements.
This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 4.7 (commencing with Section 84700) is added to Title 9 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  4.7. Online Notices of Local Government Agency Tax Measure or Bond Issuance Elections

84700.
 (a) Every local government agency with an Internet Web site shall prominently post on that site notice of any upcoming election in which voters will vote on a tax measure or proposed bond issuance of the agency.
(1) The For local government agency Internet Web sites whose content is manually changed at least once a week, notice shall be posted on the agency’s Internet Web site within seven 10 days of either the governing body of the agency voting to place the tax measure or proposed bond issuance on the ballot or the tax measure or proposed bond issuance qualifying to be placed on the ballot as an initiative measure. For all other local government agency Internet Web sites, the notice shall be posted the next time the content of the site is manually changed.
(2) The notice shall be posted on the homepage of the agency’s Internet web Web site unless a clearly labeled direct link to the notice is placed on the homepage.
(3) The notice shall include the date of the election at which the tax measure or proposed bond issuance will be voted on and a brief common language description of the tax measure or proposed bond issuance.
(b) Every local government agency that publishes an electronic newsletter shall include the notice required by subdivision (a) in the electronic newsletter.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution for certain costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district because, in that regard, this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
However, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains other 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.

SEC. 3.

 The Legislature finds and declares that this bill furthers the purposes of the Political Reform Act of 1974 within the meaning of subdivision (a) of Section 81012 of the Government Code.