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SB-792 Local government: Measure B Oversight Commission: County of Los Angeles.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/17/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 792


Introduced by Senator Wilk
(Principal coauthor: Senator Mendoza)
(Coauthors: Senators Newman and Nguyen)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Lackey)

February 17, 2017


An act to add Article 19 (commencing with Section 53997.5) to Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code, relating to local government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 792, as introduced, Wilk. Local government: Measure B Oversight Commission: County of Los Angeles.
Existing law authorizes counties to impose various taxes, including a special tax that is required to be applied uniformly to all taxpayers or real property within the county, as specified. By establishing additional duties of local government, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would create the Measure B Oversight Commission and would require the commission to submit reports to the Legislature, as specified, regarding the County of Los Angeles trauma network and Measure B, defined by the bill to mean the special tax levied on all improved parcels in the County of Los Angeles, as specified, approved by the voters of the County of Los Angeles on November 5, 2002, to provide funding for the Countywide System of Trauma Centers, Emergency Medical Services, and Bioterrorism Response. The bill would require the County of Los Angeles to post on the county’s Internet Web site information regarding allocations of Measure B funds, as specified.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for 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 the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 19 (commencing with Section 53997.5) is added to Chapter 4 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Harbors and Navigation Code, to read:
Article  19. Measure B Oversight Commission

53997.5.
 For purposes of this article, the following definitions shall apply:
(a) “Commission” means the Measure B Oversight Commission created pursuant to Section 53997.6.
(b) “Measure B” means the special tax, levied on all improved parcels in the County of Los Angeles at a rate of three cents ($0.03) per square foot of structural improvements, approved by the voters of the County of Los Angeles on November 5, 2002, to provide funding for the Countywide System of Trauma Centers, Emergency Medical Services, and Bioterrorism Response.

53997.6.
 (a) The Measure B Oversight Commission is hereby created. The commission shall consist of the following members:
(1) A member appointed by each city in the County of Los Angeles with a trauma center.
(2) A member appointed by the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons.
(3) A member appointed by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles.
(4) A member appointed by the Emergency Medical Services Authority.
(5) A member appointed by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services.
(6) A member appointed by the Los Angeles County Office of the Assessor.
(7) Two members who are citizens appointed by the commission to represent underserved areas of the county.
(b) The commission shall do all of the following:
(1) On or before June 1, 2020, submit a report to the Legislature containing all of the following information:
(A) An assessment of the solvency of the County of Los Angeles trauma network and recommendations to address deficiencies, if any, in the solvency of the network.
(B) The need and feasibility of trauma center expansion in areas underserved by the County of Los Angeles trauma network.
(C) The allocation, specifically and separately, of Measure B funds that includes all of the following:
(i) The total amount of taxes collected under Measure B from the initial date of imposition of the tax.
(ii) An accounting of all allocations of Measure B funds.
(iii) Criteria used in determining the allocation of Measure B funds.
(iv) The causes for, if any, the disparities between allocations to county operated trauma centers and noncounty operated trauma centers.
(v) A recommendation of how Measure B funds should be allocated so as to most closely reflect the intent of the initial measure and to provide equitable allocation across the County of Los Angeles trauma network while ensuring that the needs of underserved populations and county regions are being met.
(2) Following the submission of the report required pursuant to paragraph (1), continue to oversee and monitor the collection and expenditure of Measure B funds. On or before June 1, 2021, and on or before June 1 every other year thereafter, submit a report to the Legislature containing all of the following information:
(A) Recommendations for continued improvements to the County of Los Angeles trauma network.
(B) Information regarding whether recommendations made in prior reports of the commission required pursuant to this section were implemented.
(C) An assessment of the allocation of Measure B funds for the previous year and information regarding whether these allocations were equitable throughout the County of Los Angeles trauma network. If the commission determines that these allocations were not equitable, a recommendation of how Measure B funds should be allocated equitably.
(3) The reports required to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.
(c) The County of Los Angeles, in an effort to facilitate the duties of the commission and to ensure further and ongoing transparency, shall post in a clear and accessible location on the county’s Internet Web site, both of the following:
(1) On or before June 1, 2019, the total allocation of Measure B funds to each trauma center receiving those funds.
(2) On or before June 1, 2020, and on or before June 1 each year thereafter, the allocation of Measure B funds to each trauma center receiving those funds in the prior year.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the particular need to assess the County of Los Angeles trauma network and the allocation of Measure B funds.

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.