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AB-894 Attorney General: directors and employees: exemption from civil service.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 09/11/2019 09:00 PM
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Enrolled  September 11, 2019
Passed  IN  Senate  September 04, 2019
Passed  IN  Assembly  September 09, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  August 30, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 894


Introduced by Assembly Member Santiago
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Cervantes)

February 20, 2019


An act to amend Section 12502 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 894, Santiago. Attorney General: directors and employees: exemption from civil service.
The California Constitution exempts from state civil service various types of officers and employees, including officers elected by the people and a deputy and an employee selected by each of those officers. The California Constitution additionally authorizes the Attorney General, who is head of the Department of Justice, to appoint or employ 6 deputies or 6 employees who are exempt from state civil service.
This bill would instead require the Governor, with the recommendation of the Attorney General, to appoint 2 directors and 2 associate directors of the Attorney General’s office who would be exempt from state civil service. The bill would prohibit appointments to these exempt positions from resulting in any net increase in the expenditures of the Department of Justice.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 12502 of the Government Code is amended to read:

12502.
 (a) The Attorney General may appoint and fix the salaries of Assistant Attorneys General, Deputy Attorneys General, service agents, experts, and technical and clerical employees as the Attorney General deems necessary for the proper performance of the duties of the Attorney General’s office. Each appointee is a civil executive officer.
(b) Notwithstanding any other law, but consistent with Section 4 of Article VII of the California Constitution, the Governor, with the recommendation of the Attorney General, shall appoint two directors and two associate directors of the Attorney General’s office who shall be exempt from state civil service. Appointments to these exempt positions shall not result in any net increase in the expenditures of the Department of Justice.