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ACA-11 Office of the Legislative Analyst.(2019-2020)

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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Constitutional Amendment
No. 11


Introduced by Assembly Members Obernolte and Ting
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Arambula, Bloom, McCarty, Luz Rivas, and Weber)
(Coauthors: Senators Mitchell, Nielsen, and Stone)

February 26, 2019


A resolution to propose to the people of the State of California an amendment to the Constitution of the State, by adding Section 7.4 to Article IV thereof, relating to the Office of the Legislative Analyst.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACA 11, as introduced, Obernolte. Office of the Legislative Analyst.
(1) Existing statutory provisions and the rules of the Legislature provide for the appointment of the Legislative Analyst by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and prescribe the duties of the analyst.
This measure would establish the Office of the Legislative Analyst in the Legislature, and require it to assist the Legislature in its fiscal and policy functions. The measure would require the Joint Legislative Budget Committee to appoint the Legislative Analyst and employees of the office.
(2) Existing provisions of the California Constitution limit the total annual amount of expenditures for the compensation of members and employees of, and the operating expenses and equipment for, the Legislature.
This measure would exclude expenditures for the Office of the Legislative Analyst from that expenditure limitation.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

WHEREAS, The Office of the Legislative Analyst, also known as the Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), has served the Legislature and the citizenry for over 75 years. In all of its endeavors, the LAO has provided nonpartisan, independent analysis on fiscal and policy issues. The LAO has assisted the Legislature in counterbalancing the power of the executive branch and achieving budgetary savings. Through its analyses of initiatives and ballot propositions—as well as through all its other public documents—the LAO has assisted the people of California in their understanding of State government; and
WHEREAS, Accordingly, the LAO should continue its historical role of helping secure greater efficiency and economy in governmental operations, and continue to make recommendations to the Legislature on the annual state budget, the revenues and expenditures of the State, and the organization and structure of state government; and
WHEREAS, It is the intent of this measure for the office to continue to operate in a fashion that maintains its professional staff, nonpartisan orientation, and objective approach to its work; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly, the Senate concurring, That the Legislature of the State of California at its 2019—20 Regular Session commencing on the third day of December 2018, two-thirds of the membership of each house concurring, hereby proposes to the people of the State of California that the Constitution of the State be amended as follows:

 That Section 7.4 is added to Article IV thereof, to read:

SEC. 7.4.
 (a) There is in the Legislature the nonpartisan Office of the Legislative Analyst, which shall assist the Legislature in its fiscal and policy functions.
(b) The Joint Legislative Budget Committee authorized in statute shall appoint the Legislative Analyst and employees of the office.
(c) Expenditures of the Office of the Legislative Analyst shall not be included in the “total aggregate expenditures of the Legislature” for the purpose of Section 7.5 of this article.