BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair 1659 (Huber) Hearing Date: 8/12/2010 Amended: 7/15/2010 Consultant: Bob Franzoia Policy Vote: B,P&ED 6-0 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: AB 1659 would create the Joint Sunset Review Committee to identify and eliminate waste, duplication, and inefficiency in government agencies and to conduct a comprehensive analysis of every eligible agency to determine if the agency is still necessary and cost effective. This bill would define an eligible agency as an entity of state government, however denominated, for which a date for repeal has been established by statute on or after January 1, 2011. This bill would require each eligible agency scheduled for repeal to submit a report to the committee containing specified information. This bill would require the committee to take public testimony and evaluate the eligible agency prior to the date the agency is scheduled to be repealed, and would require that an eligible agency be eliminated unless the Legislature enacts a law to extend, consolidate, or reorganize the agency. This bill would specify the composition of the committee and certain aspects of its operating procedure. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Fund New Joint Sunset ReviewUp to $150 Up to $300 Up to $300General* Committee * Senate and Assembly Contingent Funds _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: SUSPENSE FILE. This bill would define an eligible agency as an entity of state government, however denominated, for which a date for repeal has been established by statute on or after January 1, 2011. Each eligible agency scheduled for repeal shall submit to the committee a report including, but not limited to, the following: - The purpose and necessity of the agency. - A description of the budget, priorities, and job descriptions of employees of the agency. - Any programs and projects under the direction of the agency. - Measures of the success or failures of the agency and justifications for the metrics used to evaluate successes and failures. - Any recommendations of the agency for changes or reorganization in order to better fulfill its purposes. The purpose of the committee, which would consist of five members of the Senate and five members of the Assembly, is to conduct a comprehensive analysis over 15 years, and on a periodic basis thereafter, of every eligible agency to determine if the agency is still necessary and cost effective. The committee's workload is estimated to require two to four staff ongoing.