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AB-759 Elections: county officers.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/21/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 21, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 17, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 759


Introduced by Assembly Member McCarty

February 16, 2021


An act to amend, repeal, and add Section 1300 of the Elections Code, and to amend, repeal, and add Section 24200 of the Government Code, relating to elections.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 759, as amended, McCarty. Elections: county officers.
The California Constitution requires the Legislature to provide for an elected county sheriff, elected district attorney, and elected assessor in each county. Existing law also provides that the county treasurer, clerk, auditor, tax collector, recorder, public administrator, and coroner are elective offices unless a county makes them appointive offices, as specified. Existing law generally requires the election to select county officers to be held with the statewide primary election at which candidates for Governor are nominated, but if no candidate for a county office receives a majority of the votes cast for that office at the primary election, the 2 candidates who received the most votes advance to the statewide general election at which the Governor is elected.
This bill would instead require the election to select county officers to be held with the presidential primary and would require, if no candidate receives a majority of the votes cast for the office at the presidential primary, the 2 candidates who received the most votes to advance to the presidential general election. The bill would make these provisions operative on January 1, 2023. To the extent changing the date for election of county officers would impose additional duties on local elections officials, this 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, 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 1300 of the Elections Code is amended to read:

1300.
 (a) Except as otherwise provided in the Government Code, an election to select county officers shall be held with the statewide primary at which candidates for Governor are nominated. In the event that county officers are not elected pursuant to Sections 8140 and 8141, this election shall be deemed a primary election and a county general election shall be held with the statewide general election to select county officers.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 1300 is added to the Elections Code, to read:

1300.
 (a) (1) Except as otherwise provided in the Government Code, an election to select county officers shall be held with the presidential primary.
(2) If county officers are not elected pursuant to Sections 8140 and 8141, the election described in paragraph (1) shall be deemed a primary election and a county general election shall be held with the presidential general election to select county officers.
(b) (1)Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 1003 or any other law, this section applies to both general law and charter counties.

(2)(A)The length of the term of a county officer elected in 2022 in a general law county shall be two years, and the next election for that office shall occur at the 2024 presidential primary election pursuant to subdivision (a).

(B)A charter county may alter the length of the term of its elected officers to comply with this section.

(c) For a county officer elected in 2022, a county, including a charter county, may by ordinance provide for a two-year term, in which case the next election for that office would occur at the 2024 presidential primary, or a six-year term, in which case the next election for that office would occur at the 2028 presidential primary.

(c)

(d) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2023.

SEC. 3.

 Section 24200 of the Government Code is amended to read:

24200.
 (a) Except as otherwise provided, all elective county officers shall be elected at the general election at which the Governor is elected, and take office at 12 o'clock noon on the first Monday after the January 1st succeeding their election.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2023, and as of that date is repealed.

SEC. 4.

 Section 24200 is added to the Government Code, to read:

24200.
 (a) Except as otherwise provided, all elective county officers shall be elected at the presidential general election and take office at 12 o’clock noon on the first Monday after the January 1st succeeding their election.
(b) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2023.

SEC. 5.

 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.