The Legislature has stepped in to formally amend open meeting laws to account for a new reality where a persistent global pandemic and extreme wildfires stoked by climate change create an enduring need to make virtual meetings a more permanent fixture for public meetings in California.
Yesterday marked the end of an election unlike any we have seen, with over 100 million Americans voting prior to the Nov. 3 election day. President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned until the very end to sway those remaining undecided voters.
COVID-19, Wildfires and Civil Unrest: How 2020 Impacted State Policy and What Locals Should Expect in 2021
In an instant the State went from a thriving economy to shuttered businesses, mandated lockdowns and a projected 54-billion-dollar state budget deficit. This brought upon an unprecedented legislative session with even the most seasoned political professionals working to navigate the unknown.
Sharon Gonsalves has joined the Renne Public Policy Group (RPPG) as Director of Government Affairs.
Dan Carrigg, former Deputy Executive Director and Legislative Director for the League of California Cities, has joined the Renne Public Policy Group as a Senior Policy Advisor.
Prior to adjourning for a truncated legislative summer recess, Members from both legislative houses have amended several pieces of legislation aimed at modifying law enforcement’s policies, procedures, and tactics.
Senate Bill 1173, authored by Senator Maria Durazo (D, Los Angeles) will likely saddle most public employers with costly fines and attorneys’ fees if enacted.
Governor Newsom’s May Budget Revision Comes up Short on Local Government Funding—Shifts Pressure to the Federal Government
On May 14, 2020, Governor Newsom presented his 2020-2021 Budget May Revision. The Governor opened by outlining the stark contrast between his optimistic January budget proposal which reflected record low unemployment, a thriving economy and projected surplus of 5.6 billion in revenue with the reality that we are faced with today.
Dane Hutchings and Art Hartinger to Present on Independent Contractors at League City Managers Conference
RPPG Director, Government Affairs Dane Hutchings and Renne Public Law Group Founding Partner Art Hartinger will provide insight on pensions and independent contractors at the 2020 League of California Cities City Managers Conference, which will take place from February 5-7 at the Meritage Resort in Napa.
The critical issue at hand: which industries does the new “ABC Test” apply to in the wake of the 2018 California Supreme Court ruling in “Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court”? Cue the California legislature to try and provide “clarity”.