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          Date of Hearing:   August 27, 2009

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                Kevin De Leon, Chair

            AB 1585 (Accountability and Admin Overview) - As Introduced:   
                                    July 9, 2009 

          Policy Committee:                              Business and  
          Professions  Vote:                            10 - 0 

          Urgency:     Yes                  State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:              

           SUMMARY  


          This bill revises the procedure for mandatory and voluntary  
          reporting requirements and deletes obsolete reports.  
          Specifically, this bill: 

       1)Authorizes the Legislative Counsel Bureau (LC) to refer a  
            requester of an agency report to the California State Library  
            as the final repository of public information.

       2)Requires bills introduced or amended in either house of the  
            Legislature requiring a state agency to submit a report on any  
            subject to either house of the Legislature or LC to include a  
            provision repealing or making inoperative the reporting  
            requirement no later than a date four years following the date  
            upon which bill is in enacted, commencing on and after January  
            1, 2010, as specified.

       3)Requires LC, in drafting a bill for introduction or amendments  
            imposing a reporting requirement to include a provision that  
            repeals or makes obsolete the reporting requirement, four  
            years after the date on which the requirement becomes  
            operative, unless the person requesting the bill or amendment  
            directs LC to do otherwise, as specified.

       4)Requires LC to maintain and update an electronic list of all  
            reports that state and local agencies are required to prepare  
            and file with the governor or Legislature, removing obsolete  
            or duplicate reports from the list, and as directed by this  
            bill, or a subsequent statute that further requires LC to  








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            remove reports included in the list.

       5)States that the requirement to delete a report pursuant to this  
            bill shall not prohibit LC from including the report on a  
            future publication of the list, if the report is required by  
            law to be listed.

       6)Requires LC to eliminate certain reports from the current list of  
            required reports.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          1)Minor, absorbable costs for the workload associated with LC  
            updating the current list and flagging future listings with a  
            4-year sunset date.

          2)The majority of the reports listed in the bill are obsolete or  
            are not being produced by the departments, therefore any  
            savings associated with this legislation will likely be minor.  
             To the extent any of the reports on this listed are currently  
            being produced however, there could be minor GF or special  
            fund workload savings for the affected departments.  

           COMMENTS  

           1)Rationale  . This bill, authored by the Assembly Committee on  
            Accountability and Administrative Review (Committee), revises  
            the method for receiving and cataloging mandated and voluntary  
            reports by LC and deletes more than 1,200 obsolete reporting  
            requirements from the list of reports maintained by LC.  More  
            than 160 governmental entities, spanning from agencies,  
            commissions, and boards, are included in this bill.  This bill  
            is a result of a hearing held by the Committee in February of  
            2009, examining reporting requirements of state agencies and  
            compliance in fulfilling those requirements.

           2)Background  . A website is maintained by LC pursuant to the  
            requirements of Section 10242.5 of the Government Code which  
            named LC as the repository for all legislative reports.   
            Section 9795 of the Government Code requires state and local  
            agencies to submit reports to LC, the Secretary of the Senate,  
            and the Chief Clerk of the Assembly.  To fulfill this  
            requirement, agencies send hard copies or electronic copies of  
            reports to LC.  









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            When a report is received by the LC, the title, date received  
            and an URL for the report (if provided by the agency) are  
            entered on the Agency Reports Web site.  Hard copies of  
            reports are then sent to the Government Publications Section  
            of the State Library for cataloging and retention.  Electronic  
            copies are sent via email to the Government Publications  
            Section of the State Library where they are printed, cataloged  
            and retained. 

            Each report must include a one-page summary of its contents,  
            which LC is required to distribute to each member of the  
            appropriate house of the Legislature within two working days  
            of its receipt.  Notice of receipt shall also be recorded in  
            the journal of the appropriate house.

            The Web site (http://www.agencyreports.ca.gov/) contains a  
            list of all reports that state and local agencies are required  
            or requested by law to prepare and file with the governor, the  
            Legislature, or both, in the future or within the preceding  
            year. 

            LC staff review chaptered bills, ballot propositions passed at  
            elections, and the Legislative Analyst's Supplemental Report  
            of the Budget to determine new report requirements and changes  
            to report requirements.  The Web site is updated accordingly.
           
           
           Analysis Prepared by  :    Julie Salley-Gray / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081