AB 1200, as introduced, Gordon. Political Reform Act of 1974: lobbying: procurement contracts.
Existing provisions of the Political Reform Act of 1974 regulate the activities of lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers, as defined, in connection with attempts to influence legislative and administrative action by legislative and other state officials, including requirements that lobbyists, lobbying firms, and lobbyist employers register and file periodic reports with the Secretary of State. For purposes of these provisions, “administrative action” is defined to include 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.
This bill would additionally define the term “administrative action” to include the awarding of specified statewide contracts by the Office of Procurement in the Department of General Services, thereby making the above-described lobbying requirements applicable to actions that attempt to influence those statewide contracts.
Because a willful violation of the act’s provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
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 82002 of the Government Code is
2amended to read:
(a) “Administrative action” means
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5(1) The proposal, drafting, development, consideration,
6amendment, enactment, or defeat by any state agency of any rule,
7regulation, or other action in any ratemaking proceeding or any
8quasi-legislative proceeding, which shall include any proceeding
9governed by Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 11340) of
10Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2.
11(2) With regard only to placement agents, the decision by any
12state agency to enter into a contract to invest state public retirement
13system assets on behalf of a state public retirement system.
15(b) “Ratemaking proceeding” means, for the purposes of a
16proceeding before the Public Utilities Commission, any proceeding
17in which it is reasonably foreseeable that a rate will be established,
18including, but not limited to, general rate cases, performance-based
19ratemaking, and other ratesetting mechanisms.
20(c) “Quasi-legislative proceeding” means, for purposes of a
21proceeding before the Public Utilities Commission, any proceeding
22that involves consideration of the establishment of a policy that
23will apply generally to a group or class of persons, including, but
24not limited to, rulemakings and investigations that may establish
25rules affecting an entire industry.
No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to
10Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because
11the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school
12district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or
13infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty
14for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of
15the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within
16the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California
The Legislature finds and declares that this bill furthers
19the purposes of the Political Reform Act of 1974 within the
20meaning of subdivision (a) of Section 81012 of the Government