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          SENATE THIRD READING
          SB 294 (Negrete McLeod)
          As Amended  August 17, 2010
          Majority vote

           SENATE VOTE  :   Vote not relevant
            
           BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS  11-0    APPROPRIATIONS      16-0        
           
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          |Ayes:|Hayashi, Conway, Eng,     |Ayes:|Fuentes, Conway,          |
          |     |Hernandez, Hill, Ma,      |     |Bradford,                 |
          |     |Nava, Niello, Ruskin,     |     |Charles Calderon, Coto,   |
          |     |Smyth, Cook               |     |Davis,                    |
          |     |                          |     |De Leon, Gatto, Hall,     |
          |     |                          |     |Miller, Nielsen, Norby,   |
          |     |                          |     |Skinner, Solorio,         |
          |     |                          |     |Torlakson, Torrico        |
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           SUMMARY  :  Changes the sunset review dates on various boards,  
          bureaus, and programs within the Department of Consumer Affairs  
          (DCA).  

           FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, no direct fiscal impact to extend the operation of  
          fee-supported (professional fees) boards and commissions under  
          the jurisdiction of the DCA. 

           COMMENTS  :  In 1994, the Legislature established the Joint  
          Legislative Sunset Review Committee (JLSRC) and a process for  
          routinely reviewing the performance of the semiautonomous  
          boards.  JLSRC begins its review process by sending a board a  
          questionnaire and a request for information covering every  
          aspect of the board's operation for a specified period.   
          Although JLSRC staff and the board meet to discuss the  
          information and to seek input from consumer groups, all the  
          information supplied to the JLSRC comes from the board itself.   
          The basic issue for JLSRC to consider during its deliberations  
          is whether the board should continue to regulate the profession  
          in question or be terminated.  JLSRC gives the department as  
          well as the board an opportunity to respond to its  
          recommendations before presenting them to the Legislature.  As a  
          result of its review, the JLSRC might recommend that the  
          Legislature terminate, or "sunset," a board.  The 1994 law  








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          provides only for the elimination of a board, not for the actual  
          deregulation of the profession. 

          DCA is the parent organization for 35 boards and bureaus  
          responsible for regulating businesses and licensees affecting  
          the health, safety, and welfare of California consumers.  DCA is  
          responsible for overseeing the regulatory boards and bureaus to  
          ensure that they carry out this mission. 


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Sarah Weaver / B.,P. & C.P. / (916)  
          319-3301 


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