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December 2004

LAO Recommended Legislation


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 21, 2005. The last day for bill introduction is February 18, 2005.



Consolidate Categorical Funding Into Block Grants 

Increase Class Size Reduction Program Flexibility for
Educational Benefit 

Align Student Achievement Standards for State and Federal Programs 

Eliminate Statutory Authority Over Unspent Child Care Funds 

Consolidate Revenue Limit "Add-Ons" Into Base Revenue Limit

Reform the Economic Impact Aid (EIA) Formula to Reflect District Needs 

Certify Past Proposition 98 Calculations

Reform Charter School Categorical Block Grant 

Enhance Charter School Oversight

Develop a Comprehensive Teacher Information System

Enact a Student Fee Policy for Postsecondary Education 

Establish College Preparation Block Grant 

Establish Consistent Statewide Financial Aid Policies 

Link Private University Cal Grant to Public University Subsidy 

Reexamine Existing Freshman Eligibility Standards 

Enhance Incentives for Community Colleges to Provide Remedial Education 

Health/Social Services

Expand CalWORKs Community Service

Reform Grant Levels and Eligibility 

Establish Matching Grant Program for Proposition 10 Funds

Strengthen and Expand the State-Local Realignment Enacted in 1991 

Require Certain Aged and Disabled Medi-Cal Beneficiaries To Shift to Managed Care

Maximize Opportunities for Savings in the California Children's Services Program 

Modify Rate Structure for Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled 

Help Restore Managed Care to Rural California

Clarify the Lanterman Act 

Allow Supervision of Sexually Violent Predators By Parole Agents 

"Remodel" the Drug Medi-Cal Program 

Identify Areas With Shortage or Oversupply of Hospital Beds 

Criminal Justice

Enact Changes in Responsibilities and Relationships With Local Governments 

Enact Reforms in Prison Industry Authority 

Modify County Fee Process 

Realign Juvenile Parole Function to County Probation 


Improve State Oversight of Local Air Districts 

Establish Funding Principles and User Fees 

Define and Oversee Environmental Water Account 

Revise State-Local Cost Share for Flood Control Projects 

Facilitate Water Transfers While Better Protecting Those Parties Affected by Transfers 

Increase Likelihood That Locals Adopt Coastal Commission's Recommendations 

Establish Policy on Funding Eligibility of Private Water Companies 

Establish Administrative Cost Controls on Resource Bonds 

Levy Fire Protection Fees 

Enact Timber Harvest Fees 

Clarify Land Acquisition Objectives and Review Goals 

Improve Mine Enforcement and Oversight 


Require Fees to Cover the Costs of Issuing Encroachment Permits 

Repeal Proposition 42 

Increase and Index the State Gas Tax 

Conduct Ongoing Transportation Needs Assessment 

Fund Transit Rolling Stock 

General Government

Authorize Equipment Financing Program 

Review Collective Bargaining Agreements 



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