September 11, 2012 


Request for 2013 CaLBOC Legislation Program  
CaLBOC is soliciting suggestions for their 2013 Legislative Program. This program will be a topic at the Nov. 9. 2012 CaLBOC board meeting. Please email proposals to: by Oct. 31, 2012.       
CaLBOC has successfully co-sponsored three bills to improve oversight:
- Assembly Bill No. 1199, Chapter 73, July 10, 2012
- Senate Bill No. 423, Chapter 237, Sept. 6, 2011
- Senate Bill No. 1473, Chapter 294, Sept. 23, 2010
School Buildings | On Shaky Ground 
Assembly Kills School Seismic Reform Measure

Sept. 6, 2012 | By Corey Johnson | 


EXCERPT: - A proposal to study seismic safety improvements for public schools - which won initial legislative support - quietly died in an Assembly committee during the last weeks of the legislative session. 

     The measure, SB 1271, focused on whether schools should allow staff and students to occupy unsafe structures and whether the state can penalize officials for evading California's seismic safety law, known as the Field Act. Under the bill, independent experts would have proposed improvements for the Division of the State Architect (DSA), which regulates school construction.

     The Legislature went home without approving the measure, written by Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett. ...

     School districts pay the state architect to approve school building plans, monitor construction in the field and then certify the work has met strict quality control standards. Such certification is mandatory under state law, to ensure the structures can withstand an earthquake's violent shaking.

     A California Watch investigation last year found the (DSA) office routinely allowed children and teachers to occupy buildings with structural flaws and potential safety hazards reported during construction. More than 16,000 school projects across the state lack the required certification, with roughly 42,000 students in buildings with unresolved safety issues. ... 

     Earlier this year the state Senate approved SB 1271, which had garnered broad support from the school construction community. But the bill stalled in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. Last month, outgoing Chairman Felipe Fuentes, D-Arleta, moved the measure to the committee's "suspense file," which is an internal process used by Assembly leaders to privately review expensive legislation.

     After the review, Fuentes' successor, Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, declined to move SB 1271 out of the suspense file, effectively killing the bill without taking a public vote. The bill was among several measures killed by the committee Aug. 16 without a vote.

     No reason was given for the decision. ...


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Update: Accessing California Laws 
California Legislative Information Websites
The California Legislature has a new website for accessing California legislative information:

Some highlights of this new site include:

Today's Law As Amended Feature - Identifies textual differences between existing law and proposed law
New Text Search Functionality - Significant improvements for bill searches and California law searches
All Text Search Results Are Now Highlighted
California Law Code - Code sections cross-referenced to chaptered bills
Improved Bill Subscription Service - A fast way to track bills. 
PDF Bill Versions - Please continue to use the website to access the bill's PDF version with page and line numbers.  

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School Seismic Reform
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