BILL NUMBER: AB 1743	INTRODUCED
	BILL TEXT


INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Hernandez
   (Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Lieu)
   (Coauthors: Assembly Members Block, Blumenfield, Buchanan, Ma,
Portantino, Saldana, and Audra Strickland)
   (Coauthor: Senator Correa)

                        FEBRUARY 8, 2010

   An act to amend Sections 7513.8 and 82002 of, and to add Sections
7513.86 and 7513.87 to, the Government Code, relating to the
Political Reform Act of 1974.


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 1743, as introduced, Hernandez. Political Reform Act of 1974:
placement agents.
   Existing law regulates investments made by public pension and
retirement systems and defines the term "placement agent" to mean a
person or entity hired, engaged, or retained by an external manager,
as defined, to raise money or investment from a public retirement
system in California. Existing law, the Political Reform Act of 1974,
provides for the comprehensive regulation of the lobbying industry,
including requiring lobbyists to register with the Secretary of State
and prohibiting lobbyists from engaging in certain activities in
connection with legislative and administrative actions, as defined.
   This bill would prohibit a person from acting as a placement agent
in connection with any potential system investment made by a state
public retirement system unless that person is registered as a
lobbyist and is in full compliance with the Political Reform Act of
1974 as that act applies to lobbyists. The bill would also require a
person acting as a placement agent in connection with any potential
system investment made by a local public retirement system to comply
with any applicable requirements imposed by a local government agency
in addition to those imposed by state law. However, the bill would
exempt from these requirements an employee, officer, director, equity
holder, partner, member, or trustee of an external manager who
spends one-third or more of his or her time, during a calendar year,
managing the assets controlled by the external manager. The bill
would further expand the definition of "administrative action" for
purposes of the Political Reform Act of 1974 to include, with regard
only to placement agents, the decision by any state agency to enter
into a contract to invest state public retirement system assets.
   Existing law makes a knowing or willful violation of the Political
Reform Act of 1974 a misdemeanor and subjects offenders to criminal
penalties.
   This bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating
additional crimes.
   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 no reimbursement is required by this
act for a specified reason.
   The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides
that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act's purposes
upon a 2/3 vote of each house and compliance with specified
procedural requirements.
   This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act.

   Vote: 2/3. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: yes.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  Section 7513.8 of the Government Code is amended to
read:
   7513.8.  As used in Sections 7513.85,  7513.86, 7513.87, 
7513.9, and 7513.95:
   (a) "Board" means the retirement board of a public pension or
retirement system, as defined in subdivision (h) of Section 17 of
Article XVI of the California Constitution.
   (b) "External manager" means an asset management firm that is
seeking to be, or has been, retained by a public retirement system in
California to manage a portfolio of assets, including securities,
for a fee.
   (c) "Placement agent" means any person or entity hired, engaged,
or retained by, or acting on behalf of, an external manager, or on
behalf of another placement agent, as a finder, solicitor, marketer,
consultant, broker, or other intermediary to raise money or
investment from, or to obtain access to, a public retirement system
in California, directly or indirectly, including, without limitation,
through an investment vehicle.
  SEC. 2.  Section 7513.86 is added to the Government Code, to read:
   7513.86.  (a) A person shall not act as a placement agent in
connection with any potential system investment made by a state
public retirement system unless that person is registered as a
lobbyist in accordance with Chapter 6 (commencing with Section 86100)
of Title 9 and is in full compliance with the Political Reform Act
of 1974 (Title 9 (commencing with Section 81000)) as that act applies
to lobbyists.
   (b) This section does not apply to an employee, officer, director,
equity holder, partner, member, or trustee of an external manager
who spends one-third or more of his or her time, during a calendar
year, managing the assets controlled by the external manager.
  SEC. 3.  Section 7513.87 is added to the Government Code, to read:
   7513.87.  (a) A person acting as a placement agent in connection
with any potential system investment made by a local public
retirement system shall comply with any applicable requirements
imposed by a local government agency pursuant to Section 81013, in
addition to the requirements of this chapter.
   (b) This section does not apply to an employee, officer, director,
equity holder, partner, member, or trustee of an external manager
who spends one-third or more of his or her time, during a calendar
year, managing the assets controlled by the external manager.
  SEC. 4.  Section 82002 of the Government Code is amended to read:
   82002.  (a) "Administrative action" means  the 
 either of the following: 
    (1)     The  proposal, drafting,
development, consideration, amendment, enactment, or defeat by any
state agency of any rule, regulation, or other action in any
ratemaking proceeding or any quasi-legislative proceeding, which
shall include any proceeding governed by Chapter 3.5 (commencing with
Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2. 
   (2) With regard only to placement agents, the decision by any
state agency to enter into a contract to invest state public
retirement system assets. 
   (b) "Ratemaking proceeding" means, for the purposes of a
proceeding before the Public Utilities Commission, any proceeding in
which it is reasonably foreseeable that a rate will be established,
including, but not limited to, general rate cases, performance-based
ratemaking, and other ratesetting mechanisms.
   (c) "Quasi-legislative proceeding" means, for purposes of a
proceeding before the Public Utilities Commission, any proceeding
that involves consideration of the establishment of a policy that
will apply generally to a group or class of persons including, but
not limited to, rulemakings and investigations that may establish
rules affecting an entire industry.
  SEC. 5.  No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the
Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the
meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
Constitution.
  SEC. 6.  The Legislature finds and declares that this bill furthers
the purposes of the Political Reform Act of 1974 within the meaning
of subdivision (a) of Section 81012 of the Government Code.