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          Date of Hearing:  May 11, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          1757 (Waldron) - As Amended May 5, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill increases the North County Transit District's  
          (District) compensation limits for the District's Board of  
          Directors (Board).  Specifically, this bill:  








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          1)Increases, from $75 to $150, the compensation to be paid to  
            Board members and their alternates for each day the member or  
            alternate attends meetings of the Board, and increases the  
            total amount of this compensation from $300 per month to $750  
            per month.


          2)Removes a requirement that the Board adopt a resolution before  
            allowing Board members and alternates to receive compensation  
            for representing the Board at meetings of other governmental  
            entities and public agencies, and increases the compensation  
            for these activities to the same amounts in 1), above.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          1)In FY 2015, the District spent approximately $11,850 on Board  
            compensation, which averages approximately 17 meetings per  
            year for a nine-member board. This bill would double that  
            amount to $23,700 annually, assuming the same level of  
            participation at meetings by the Board. Board member  
            compensation has not been increased since 1988.


          2)The bill contains a "Local Request Disclaimer" meaning that no  
            state reimbursement of local costs is required.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. According to the author, "District Board Members are  
            compensated at $75 per meeting, an amount that has remained  
            unchanged since 1988.  This amount is also only half of what  
            representatives of other local and regional boards receive for  
            the same commitment of time.  In addition, Board Members  








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            routinely serve on other regional boards on behalf of the  
            District, where their counterparts receive compensation that  
            is double their amount."



          2)Background.  The North San Diego County Transit Development  
            Board (NSDCTDB) was created by legislation in 1975 to plan,  
            construct and operate - directly or through a contractor -  
            public transit systems in its area of jurisdiction. In 2003,  
            the Legislature transferred future transit planning,  
            programming, development and construction to SANDAG, San  
            Diego's regional planning agency. NSDCTDB continued to operate  
            the Breeze, Coaster and Sprinter public transit lines.  
            Effective January 1, 2006, the District was renamed the North  
            County Transit District (AB 1238, Plescia, Chapter 150,  
            Statutes of 2005). Today the District moves more than 12  
            million passengers annually. 



          3)Previous Legislation.  AB 1988 (Chavez) of 2014 would have  
            made several changes to the District's Act, including  
            increasing the compensation for Board members and alternates  
            from $75 to $150 for each day the member or alternate attends  
            a meeting of the Board and increasing the monthly cap from  
            $300 to $600.  AB 1988 was held in the Assembly Local  
            Government Committee. 






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











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