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          Date of Hearing:  May 6, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          630 (Linder) - As Amended April 27, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill authorizes, but does not require, a county board of  
          supervisors to require a new oath or affirmation to be filed  
          within 10 days of a county employee changing, his or her name,  








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          delegated authority, or department, and would apply to every  
          elected or appointed county officer or department head, disaster  
          service worker, and county appointed deputy.  This bill also  
          specifies that the powers of an appointed officer of a county  
          are no longer granted upon the officer's departure from office,  
          and allows the board of supervisors to require the appointing  
          authority to rescind these powers in writing by filing a  
          revocation in the same manner as the oath of office was filed.  


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Non-reimbursable costs to counties, likely minor, for  
          administering new oaths and updating administrative records.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose and Background. According to the author, "AB 630  
          attempts to update and clarify existing law in regards to the  
          filing of required oaths for public office at the county level.   
          Under current law, a loyalty oath is administered by the county  
          clerk and is retained on file as public record for that local  
          official and must be presented upon request according to the  
          California Public Records Act. Current law does not require the  
          filing of a new oath in the event of a name, title, or  
          department change.  The existing process has left counties with  
          outdated information on file that is often untraceable to  
          current staff based on movement between offices or name change  
          due to marriage, divorce, or other reasons.  When members of the  
          public question the validity of their county officials and  
          request evidence of mandated oaths, county clerks either spend  
          an unnecessary amount of time tracking people down based on  
          outdated names, or in most cases, are not able to comply with  
          the request at all."










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          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Swenson / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081