Legislative Analyst's Office, December 2000



The role of the Legislative Analyst's Office is to review state programs and make recommendations to the Legislature as to how the state can operate more effectively and efficiently. While most of our recommendations can be addressed in the annual budget bill, some involve recommended changes in law that require separate legislation. This report includes such recommended law changes that we have made in recent years. If you would like more information or assistance on any one of the proposed recommendations, please contact the person(s) listed at the bottom of each page. The deadline for bill requests to Legislative Counsel is January 26, 2001. The last day for bill introduction is February 23, 2001.



Conduct Child Care Program Pilot to Assist Working Poor Families
Class Size Reduction: Increase Program Flexibility for Educational Benefit
Establish an Education Technology Bank
Provide Faster Equalization of School Funding
Increase Federal E-Rate Subsidies
Establish Program for Ongoing Evaluations and Demonstration Projects
Eliminate "PERS Reduction" to School Revenues
Broaden Permissible Uses of English Language Learner (Proposition 227) Funding
Out-of-State Tuition to Cover State Costs

Health/Social Services

Expand and Restructure Family Health Care Coverage
Require CCS Children to Enroll in Healthy Families Program
Ensure That Immunization Registry System Is Effective
Improve Test Reliability at Clinical Laboratories
Require Regional Clearinghouses for Nursing Home Placements
Evaluate Work Participation Standards
Expand CalWORKs Community Service
Standardize Payment Methods
Matching Grant Program for Proposition 10 Funds

Criminal Justice

Enact Reforms in Prison Industry Authority
Modification to County Fee Process
Adjustment to County Fees to Account for Inflation
Eliminate Foreign Prisoner Transfer Program
Enact Excise Tax on Precursor Chemicals Used in Methamphetamines
Enact Changes in Responsibilities and Relationships With Local Governments


Use Beverage Container Fund Reserves To Raise Recycling Rates
Increase Likelihood That Locals Adopt Commission's Recommendations
Establish CALFED Governance Structure
Facilitate Water Transfers While Better Protecting Those Affected by Transfers
Provide Oversight of Parks and Water Bond Expenditures
Modify California Environmental Quality Act
Enact "Polluter Pays" Fees
Levy Fire Protection Fees
Coordinate Regulation of Petroleum Pipelines


Conduct Ongoing Transportation Needs Assessment
Authorize High Occupancy Toll Lane Pilot Project
Fund Transit Rolling Stock
Broaden Criteria for Advancing STIP County Shares

General Government

Rethink Cal-Vet Loan Program

Staff Assignments

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