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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING


          AB  
          1757 (Waldron)


          As Amended  May 5, 2016


          Majority vote


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          |Committee       |Votes|Ayes                  |Noes                |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |----------------+-----+----------------------+--------------------|
          |Local           |7-0  |Eggman, Waldron,      |                    |
          |Government      |     |Alejo, Bonilla, Chiu, |                    |
          |                |     |Cooley, Gordon        |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |----------------+-----+----------------------+--------------------|
          |Appropriations  |15-0 |Gonzalez, Bloom,      |                    |
          |                |     |Bonilla, Bonta,       |                    |
          |                |     |Calderon, McCarty,    |                    |
          |                |     |Eggman, Eduardo       |                    |
          |                |     |Garcia, Chau, Holden, |                    |
          |                |     |Obernolte, Quirk,     |                    |
          |                |     |Santiago, Weber, Wood |                    |
          |                |     |                      |                    |
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          SUMMARY:  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.


          3)Provides that no reimbursement is required by this bill  
            because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency  
            are the result of a program for which legislative authority  
            was requested by that local agency, as specified.


          EXISTING LAW:  


          1)Requires each member of the Board, including alternate members  
            that are appointed, to be paid $75 for each day the member or  
            alternate attends meetings of the Board, not to exceed $300 in  
            any month, as well as necessary and reasonable expenses in  
            performing duties as a Board member.


          2)Authorizes the Board, by resolution, to compensate members and  
            alternates, in addition to the compensation allowed in 1)  
            above, for representing the Board at specified meetings of  
            other governmental entities and public agencies.  Allows  
            compensation to be in the same amounts specified in 1) above. 










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          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee:


          1)In Fiscal Year 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)Bill Summary.  This bill raises the compensation amounts that  
            must be paid to the District's Board members and alternates  
            for each meeting of the District's Board, and for meetings of  
            other governmental entities and public agencies that Board  
            members or alternates attend as representatives of the Board,  
            from $75 to $150 per meeting.  This bill also raises the  
            monthly cap for this compensation from $300 to $750.  This  
            bill also removes a requirement that the District's Board pass  
            a resolution to authorize Board members or alternates to  
            receive compensation for attending meetings of other  
            governmental entities and public agencies.  This bill provides  
            that no reimbursement is required by the bill because the only  
            costs that may be incurred by a local agency are the result of  
            a program for which legislative authority was requested by  
            that local agency.  This bill is sponsored by the District.


          2)Author's Statement.  According to the author, "Currently,  
            District Board Members are compensated at $75 per meeting, an  
            amount that has remained unchanged since 1988.  This amount is  








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            also only half of what representatives of other local and  
            regional boards receive for the same commitment of time.  In  
            addition, Board Members routinely serve on other regional  
            boards on behalf of the District, where their counterparts  
            receive compensation that is double their amount.  This  
            proposal would ensure compensation for Board Members is  
            commensurate with that of other regional entities they serve  
            on for the District."


          3)Background.  SB 1703 (Peace), Chapter 743, Statutes of 2002,  
            created a consolidated transportation agency in San Diego from  
            specified existing agencies, including the San Diego  
            Association of Governments (SANDAG), the San Diego  
            Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB), and the  
            District, and authorized that agency to assume certain  
            responsibilities.  SANDAG is responsible for many public  
            transit and long-term transportation planning and programming  
            responsibilities that formerly resided with MTDB and the  
            District Board.  SB 1703 established the general authority and  
            powers of the revamped SANDAG in an attempt to create an  
            agency with the power to develop a comprehensive regional  
            public transportation system.  In addition to the planning  
            functions, SB 1703 transferred project development and  
            construction activities to SANDAG, except on certain existing  
            projects, and sought to refocus MTDB and the District  
            primarily as agencies operating public transit services.  


          4)Arguments in Support.  The District, sponsor of this measure,  
            states, "This is an important effort to ensure parity of the  
            District's board compensation?with other transit agencies in  
            the region."


          5)Arguments in Opposition.  None on file.











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          Analysis Prepared by:                                             
                          Angela Mapp / L. GOV. / (916) 319-3958  FN:  
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