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SB-536 Coroners: employment rights.(2019-2020)



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Amended  IN  Senate  January 08, 2020
Amended  IN  Senate  January 06, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 536


Introduced by Senator Umberg

February 21, 2019


An act to add and repeal Chapter 9.75 (commencing with Section 3350) of Division 4 of Title 1 of the Government Code, relating to public employment. amend Section 3301 of the Government Code, relating to public employment.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 536, as amended, Umberg. Coroners: employment rights.
Existing law, the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act, grants certain employment rights and protections to public safety officers, as defined, and creates a cause of action against an employer that violates any of those rights or protections. The act excludes coroners and deputy coroners from its application.
This bill would, until January 1, 2025, establish a pilot program in would require the County of Los Angeles to apply similar grant the employment rights and protections of public safety officers to coroners and deputy coroners employed by that county. By requiring the County of Los Angeles to follow the requirements of these provisions with regard to coroners and deputy coroners, this bill would create a state-mandated local program.
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 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.

 Section 3301 of the Government Code is amended to read:

3301.
 (a) (1) For purposes of this chapter, the term public safety officer means all peace officers specified in Sections 830.1, 830.2, 830.3, 830.31, 830.32, 830.33, except subdivision (e), 830.34, 830.35, except subdivision (c), 830.36, 830.37, 830.38, 830.4, and 830.5 of the Penal Code.
(2) Notwithstanding paragraph (1), coroners and deputy coroners employed by the County of Los Angeles are public safety officers for purposes of this chapter.

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(b) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the rights and protections provided to peace officers under this chapter constitute a matter of statewide concern. The Legislature further finds and declares that effective law enforcement depends upon the maintenance of stable employer-employee relations, between public safety employees and their employers. In order to assure that stable relations are continued throughout the state and to further assure that effective services are provided to all people of the state, it is necessary that this chapter be applicable to all public safety officers, as defined in this section, wherever situated within the State of California.

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 need within the County of Los Angeles to protect the employment rights of coroners and deputy coroners employed by the county.

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.