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                   Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary
                           Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair

                                          AB 239 (Ammiano)
          Hearing Date: 07/11/2011        Amended: 06/28/2011
          Consultant: Jolie Onodera       Policy Vote: Public Safety 6-0
          BILL SUMMARY: AB 239 would require the Crime Laboratory Review 
          Task Force (CLRTF) to be reconvened to submit a supplemental 
          report to the Legislature on or before July 1, 2013, that 
          contains recommendations regarding the composition of a 
          statewide oversight body that would perform tasks related to 
          crime laboratories, as specified.
                            Fiscal Impact (in thousands)

           Major Provisions         2011-12      2012-13       2013-14     Fund
          DOJ to reconvene CLRTF $68        $68         $0        General

          CLRTF member           Potential state-reimbursable costs 
          participation          local agency participants in excess of

          Supplemental report    Substantial future cost pressure 
                                 oversight body convened

          STAFF COMMENTS: This bill meets the criteria for referral to the 
          Suspense File. 
          Existing law requires the Department of Justice (DOJ) to 
          establish and chair the CLRTF, comprised of representatives from 
          various state and local agencies to conduct a review of 
          California's crime laboratory system. Members shall include 
          representatives from various crime laboratory entities, state 
          and local law enforcement, the California District Attorneys 
          Association, the Public Defenders Association, the Judicial 
          Council, the Legislature, and the Governor's Office. Under 
          current law, the CLRTF is to review and make recommendations as 


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          to how best to configure, fund, and improve the delivery of 
          state and local crime laboratory services in the future, seeking 
          input from specialized law enforcement disciplines, other state 
          and local agencies, relevant advocacy groups, and the public. A 
          final report of the CLRTF findings was submitted to the 
          Department of Finance and the Legislature in 2009.
          This bill would require the task force to be reconvened for the 
          purpose of preparing a supplemental report to be submitted to 
          the Legislature on or before July 1, 2013, containing 
          recommendations regarding the composition of a statewide 
          oversight body that would perform the following tasks: 
                   Implement federal legislation or guidelines imposed 
                directly on crime laboratories or imposed indirectly as a 
                requirement for receiving a grant;
                   Oversee investigations into acts of misconduct or 
                negligence committed by any employee or contractor of a 
                crime laboratory;
                   Collect data generated by investigations in order to 
                determine the root causes of crimes;
                   Identify systemic failures and make recommendations 
                for preventing future problems; 
                   Study methods to facilitate communication between 
                laboratories and stakeholders and draft guidelines for 
                disclosure and discovery of crime laboratory documents;
                   Make recommendations to the Legislature and local 
                governmental entities regarding the allocation of 
                resources to crime laboratories throughout the state to 
                ensure that taxpayers' funds are maximized and distributed 
                in a more equitable manner.
          The DOJ indicates one-time costs of $136,000 over two years to 
          administer the Task Force. Costs include temporary staffing, 
          operating expenses, equipment, and travel costs. Although not 
          keyed as a reimbursable mandate, by requiring additional duties 
          upon CLRTF members to provide a supplemental report could result 
          in state-reimbursable costs in excess of $100,000 to local 

          There may be substantial future cost pressure to implement the 
          recommendations of the CLRTF, once developed. The extent of 
          those costs and the agencies that would incur those costs are 
          unknown at this time but would be significant, and would be 
          dependent upon the specific recommendations outlined in the 


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          report regarding the composition of the oversight body and the 
          responsible entities to complete the tasks required to be 
          Prior Legislation.  AB 1079 (Richardson) 2007 created the 
          original CLRTF, which completed its initial required report in