1. DNA Profiling. The Office of Criminal Justice Planning (OCJP) shall submit a report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) and the Legislature's fiscal committees by December 31, 2000 on the DNA profiling project. The report should include the following information: (a) the number of rape kits screened, (b) the number of rape kits profiled, (c) the number of cases entered processed through the CODIS system, (d) the number of confirmed hits, and (e) a breakdown of the funds distributed under the program.
1. Arts in Education. The California Arts Council shall report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Legislature's fiscal committees by October 1, 2001, on the expenditure of the Arts in Education program funds, including detailed selection criteria for the grant programs, a list of entities receiving grants, and the specific arts education projects that the grants will support.
1. Needs Assessment. On or before January 10, 2001, the Agricultural Labor Relations Board shall report to the chairs of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the fiscal committees of both houses on the Board's ability to meet its statutory obligations. The report shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) An evaluation of the board's current outreach and education efforts and a projection of future needs in this area.
(b) An assessment of the ease with which members of the farm worker and grower communities can avail themselves of the board's services and recommendations for remedying any shortfalls in this area.
(c) A projection of anticipated workload changes that might result from changes in worker populations or industry practices.
(d) An assessment of the board's ability to monitor compliance under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act and its ability to process unfair labor practice charges and submit back-pay and make whole payments as directed by adjudication.
The board may choose to provide the above information in the context of a revised strategic plan.
1. Wage Orders. The Industrial Welfare Commission shall provide to the Legislature no later than March 1, 2001, a status report on total expenditures for the issuance of wage orders in fiscal year 2000-01. This includes $338,000 for minimum wage; $32,000 for the construction industry; and $318,000 for the revision of five existing wage orders.
1. Training Program. By March 1, 2001 for the first half of 2000-01 and by each November 1 thereafter for the prior fiscal year, the Department of Personnel Administration shall submit a report to the chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the chair of the budget committee in each house listing the California Leadership Institute (CLI) and technology-based training courses offered, with a description of each. For each course in the training programs (e.g. CLI, virtual classroom, video conferencing, and pre-developed web-based), the report shall include (1) participant information (e.g. classifications and work locations by department represented); (2) remote training locations for video conferencing courses; (3) the uniquely identifiable costs (e.g. per title cost of purchasing pre-developed web-based courses, facilities rental fees for remote video conferencing, instructor costs, etc.); (4) the fee schedule; and (5) total fees collected.
1. Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter Eradication Program. The Department of Food and Agriculture shall, by January 1, 2001, provide a report to the chairs of the budget committees in each house and the Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee detailing the results of the consultations with the Department of Pesticide Regulation, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Department of Fish and Game concerning the application of pesticides in the glassy-winged sharpshooter eradication program. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the departments evaluation of the potential adverse effects on public health and the environment and the overall strategy developed by the department as it prepares to review each Pierce's Disease Workplan submitted by local public entities. The Department shall also report to the above legislative committees on the results of its review of each Pierce's Disease Workplan ensuring that the program results in the least possible harm to public health and the environment while effectively and expeditiously combating Pierce's Disease and its vectors.
2. Comprehensive Pest Plan. On or before March 1, 2001 the Department of Food and Agriculture shall submit to the chairs of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the fiscal committees of both houses, a comprehensive statewide strategic plan for the management and coordination of all invasive plant and pest prevention programs. This comprehensive plan shall:
(a) Define the state's overall goals for its coordinated invasive plant and pest programs.
(b) Review all state and local invasive plant and pest programs and describe the strategy to be used in coordinating these efforts to meet the state's overall goals.
(c) Define the criteria and performance measures the department will use to evaluate and monitor program cost-effectiveness and efficiency in both the long term and short term.
(d) Describe the criteria for assessing when an invasive plant or pest reaches a threshold of becoming or remaining a considerable threat.
(e) Identify the process whereby the Department ensures that all feasible nonchemical and nonbiological approaches are considered in the development of current and future state program efforts.
(f) Evaluate the appropriate funding sources for each program based on the identification of who benefits from the program.
(g) Evaluate the role of each program's public education efforts in light of the state's overall goals.
(h) Evaluate the role of agricultural inspection stations and their overall inspection strategies, their hours of operation, location, and effectiveness.
(i) Evaluate the impact of genetically modified organisms and any threat such organisms pose to the state's invasive plant and pest prevention efforts.
3. Genetically Modified Organisms. On
or before November 1, 2000, the California Department of Food and Agriculture
shall provide to the Chairs of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the
fiscal committees of both houses, a comprehensive assessment of the effects
of research, testing, or production of genetically modified crops in California.
This assessment shall include, but is not limited to, the following:
(a) An evaluation of the current safeguards in place
to protect conventional and organic crops from pollination by genetically modified
(b) An assessment of the possible threat posed by genetically
modified crops of transference of herbicidal resistance and hardiness attributes
to wild relatives and the long-term effects of that transference on weed control
(c) An evaluation of how genetically modified crops may
increase pest resistance efforts.
(d) A review of any current or proposed cooperation agreements with the University of California in the areas of research, testing, and oversight of genetically modified crops and products. This review shall include the following:
(i) a list of the researchers and research products currently funded,
(ii) a list of proposed projects and research participants under consideration for funding, and
(iii) an assessment of the degree to which these projects are consistent
with existing conflict-of-interest laws.
(e) An evaluation of the environmental impact of genetically modified pollen.
1. Report on Prepaid Calling Card Fraud. Not later than September 1, 2001, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) shall submit a report to the Legislature detailing PUC's workload related to prepaid calling card fraud complaints and investigations. The report shall include: (a) monthly trend data showing the number of complaints received by PUC and the expected trend for the future; (b) a discussion of the investigations initiated; and (c) the number of hours each PUC staff member working on prepaid calling card fraud spent on complaints and/or investigations and a description of the specific activities each performed.
2. Report on "Cramming." Not later than September 1, 2001, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) shall submit a report to the Legislature detailing PUC's workload related to "cramming" complaints and investigations. The report shall include: (a) monthly trend data showing the number of cramming complaints received by PUC and the expected trend for the future; (b) the number of formal and informal investigations initiated, including a breakdown of which ones are of companies reaching the statutory complaint threshold that "triggers" a mandatory investigation and which ones are of companies that did not reach the threshold; (c) the number of hours each PUC staff member working on cramming spent on cramming complaints and/or investigations and a description of the specific activities each performed; and (d) a discussion of slamming complaint and investigation trends and workload.
1. Information Technology Projects. The Department of Finance, in cooperation with the Department of Information Technology, shall report for each organizational budget contained in the 2000-01 Governor's Budget the total proposed expenditure for information technology, as well as any information technology project of $1 million or more, by project title in any of the three fiscal years covered in the budget. The Department shall prepare a summary showing subtotals by agency and a statewide total for information technology expenditures.
1. State Honor Guard Provision of Military Funeral Honors. The Military Department, in consultation with the administration, the National Guard Bureau, and its counterparts in other states, shall seek to obtain federal funds to implement requirements of federal law that entitle veterans to military funerals. The department shall report to the Legislature on December 1, 2000, on its progress in obtaining permanent federal funds.
1. E-Government Studies. The Department of Finance, in coordination with the Department of Motor Vehicles, Employment Development Department, Department of Fish and Game, and the Department of Parks and Recreation, shall, on or before April 1, 2001, provide a status report to the chairs of the budget committees in each house and the Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee describing the results of the E-Government Studies. The status report shall include a description of the overall results of the studies, and for each study area, if applicable, a summary of the business process review, an analysis of the legacy system impact to process electronic government transactions, identification of future project risk areas, results from customer surveys, identification of areas for potential business processes re-engineering, and plans for future projects or studies.
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