California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2170

Introduced by Assembly Member Mullin

February 20, 2014

An act to amend Section 6502 of the Government Code, relating to joint powers.


AB 2170, as introduced, Mullin. Joint powers authorities: common powers.

Existing law provides that 2 or more public agencies, by agreement, may form a joint powers authority to exercise any power common to the contracting parties, as specified.

This bill would provide that the parties to the agreement may exercise any power common to the contracting parties, including, but not limited to, the authority to levy a fee or tax, as specified.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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The Legislature finds and declares that, pursuant
2to Section 6502, a joint powers authority has all powers common
3to the contracting parties, so long as those powers are specified in
4the joint powers agreement; therefor, the amendments to that
5section by this bill do not constitute a change in, but are declaratory
6of, existing law.


SEC. 2.  

Section 6502 of the Government Code is amended to

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If authorized by their legislative or other governing
2bodies, two or more public agencies by agreement may jointly
3exercise any power common to the contracting parties,begin insert including,
4but not limited to, the authority to levy a fee or tax,end insert
even though
5one or more of the contracting agencies may be located outside
6this state.

7It shall not be necessary that any power common to the
8contracting parties be exercisable by each such contracting party
9with respect to the geographical area in which such power is to be
10jointly exercised. For purposes of this section, two or more public
11agencies having the power to conduct agricultural, livestock,
12industrial, cultural, or other fairs or exhibitions shall be deemed
13to have common power with respect to any such fair or exhibition
14conducted by any one or more of such public agencies or by an
15entity created pursuant to a joint powers agreement entered into
16by such public agencies.