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SB-499 Developmental services: regional centers.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 499


Introduced by Senator Stone

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 4794 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to developmental services.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 499, as introduced, Stone. Developmental services: regional centers.
Existing law, the Lanterman Developmental Disabilities Services Act, requires the State Department of Developmental Services to contract with regional centers to provide services and supports to individuals with developmental disabilities. Existing law sets forth the department’s and the regional center’s authority to establish provider rates. Existing law prohibits certain provider rate increases, but authorizes increases to those rates as necessary to adjust employee wages to meet the state minimum wage law.
The bill would require the department to increase the funding provided to a regional center to enable the regional center and the regional center’s purchase-of-service vendors to fund certain costs related to minimum wage requirements.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 4794 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

4794.
 The department shall increase the funding provided to a regional center to enable the regional center and regional center’s purchase-of-service vendors to fund all of the following costs associated with minimum wage requirements:
(a) The costs necessary to comply with a statewide minimum wage requirement.
(b) The costs necessary to comply with minimum wage requirements enacted by local governments that exceed the statewide minimum wage.
(c) The costs necessary to increase compensation for exempt, salaried employees to comply with wage orders issued by the Industrial Welfare Commission or any other state regulatory agency.
(d) Any other wage adjustments that vendors are required to make in response to minimum wage increases mandated by state or federal statutes, regulations, or other authorities.