BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Carole Migden, Chair 3 (Lowenthal) Hearing Date: 8/15/05 Amended: 7/5/05 Consultant: Maureen Ortiz Policy Vote: E. R. & C.A. 4-1 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: SCA 3, if approved by the voters, creates the Citizen's Commission on Boundaries and Accountability to establish and adopt the boundaries of the Senate, Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts following each federal decennial census beginning 2010. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 Fund Ballot printing/mailing $220 General Commission ---unknown, significant costs to be paid from Senate and Assembly operating funds---- _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: This bill meets the criteria to be placed on the Suspense file. In addition to establishing the new boundaries, the Commission will be required to review and make recommendations regarding legislative procedures, fiscal transparency, and enhancing public access to legislative records. SCA 3 provides that all expenses of the Commission will be paid out of the operating funds of the Senate and Assembly. Expenses allowed include the costs of member travel, per diem, staff, counsel, office space, and any activities necessary to perform the work of the commission. SCA 3 also requires each member of the Legislature to hold two "town hall" meetings in his or her district each calendar year, and requires each house of the Legislature to pass the budget bill prior to commencing a summer recess. The Commission would consist of seven members, one each appointed by the following: The Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the Assembly, the Senate Minority Leader, the Assembly Minority Leader, the California Judicial Council, and the President of the University of California. SCA 3 provides that the appointments will not result in the commission having more than three members affiliated with the same political party. Each member will be appointed between January 9, 2010, and July 1, 2010 and will serve for three years. A member may be removed by the Governor, upon 2/3 rd concurrence of the Senate for substantial neglect of duty, gross misconduct in office, or the inability to discharge the duties of office. SCA 3 (Lowenthal) Page 2 Proposition 77, an initiative that was scheduled to appear on the November 8, 2005 statewide special election ballot would have required a three-member panel of retired judges to adopt a new redistricting plan for California's Senate, Assembly, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts. However, a state appellate court has ruled that the initiative was flawed and, consequently, Prop. 77 will not appear on the ballot this fall.