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February 1, 1986 - New Prison Construction
January 1, 1986 - Chapter 1256, Statutes of 1980, requires the Legislative Analyst to report each year on any previously unfunded state mandates for which the Legislature appropriated funds in a claims bill during the prior fiscal year. This report reviews those mandates initially funded by Chapter 573, Statutes of 1986.
December 1, 1985 - The Master Plan for Special Education (MPSE) is the program and funding framework through which California provides educational and related services to students with physical or mental disabilities and students with learning or communication problems. Under the master plan, funding is provided for special education programs, based on the cost of (a) direct instructional services and (b) ancillary support services.
December 1, 1985 - The Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is supported entirely by fee revenue, most of which is derived from credential and examination fees. These fees have generated adequate revenues to finance the commission in the past, but in recent years they have failed to keep pace with the commission's funding needs. Recognizing this problem, the Legislature (in the Supplemental Report of the 1984 Budget Act) directed the Legislative Analyst to examine alternatives to the present system for funding the commission. This report was prepared in response to the Legislature's directive. It (1) identifies options for funding the operations of the commission, (2) evaluates these options, and (3) provides our recommendations.
December 1, 1985 - Assembly Bill 2893 required the Legislative Analyst's office to submit to the Legislature a report on alternative energy equipment investments in California. This report must evaluate the measure's effects on both state revenues and taxpayers, determine the conditions under which the investment incentive of rapid amortization is maximized, and provide data on the number and kind of alternative energy equipment facilities that have been established in California.
December 1, 1985 - Senate Concurrent Resolution 30 (Resolution Ch 117/83-McCorquodale), directs the Legislative Analyst to study and report to the Legislature on the activities of the county sealers and the CDFA in carrying out the state's weights and measures laws. This report was prepared in response to the directive contained in SCR 30.
November 1, 1985 - This report summarizes the fiscal effect of legislation enacted during the 1985 Regular Session of the California Legislature. It is intended to supplement and update our July 1985 report entitled: Summary of Legislative Action on the Budget Bill, 1985-86 Fiscal Year.
September 1, 1985 - Recognizing the importance of assuring that highway costs are financed in an equitable manner, the Legislature adopted Resolution Chapter 119, Statutes of 1982 (ACR 112). This resolution requested that the Legislative Analyst's Office (1) develop information which can be used by the Legislature to determine the most cost-effective method for assessing weight fees on farm vehicles, and (2) report its findings to the Legislature. This report responds to the Legislature's request contained in ACR 112.
September 1, 1985 - This report reviews California's Child Support Enforcement program and the prospects for increasing support payments. The first chapter describes the structure of California's Child Support Enforcement program, recent collection experience, and the prospects for growth in collections under current practices. Chapter II describes the recent federal law revisions in this program and the expected effect of these changes on collections in California. Chapter III presents an analysis of county collections in 1982-83 and reviews what is known about effective Child Support Enforcement programs. Finally, Chapter IV discusses several actions California could take to increase its collections.
September 1, 1985 - The Institute of Computer Technology (ICT) was established in 1982 by three school districts in Santa Clara County—Sunnyvale Elementary, Fremont Union High School, and Los Gatos Joint Union High School. The purpose of the institute is to provide education and training in computer technology for children and adults.
September 1, 1985 - The Urban Impact Aid (UIA) program was established by Chapter 894, Statutes of 1977 (AB 65), in order to compensate certain urban school districts for the higher costs that some believe are associated with providing education in an urban setting.
July 1, 1985 - This report summarizes the fiscal effect of the 1985 Budget Act (SB 150). In addition, it considers the effects on the General Fund ofcertain other major pieces of legislation enacted during late June.
July 1, 1985 - A Report on the Child Care Reimbursement System
June 13, 1985 - Supplemental Report of the 1985 Budget Act of 1985-86 Containing Agreed Language on Statements of Intent or Requests for Studies In Compliance with Section 9.00 of the Budget Act of 1985
June 1, 1985 - In 1980, the California Legislature enacted AB 1404 (Chapter 1328, Statutes of 1980), which shortened the time period over which certain cogeneration equipment can be depreciated for California tax purposes. Specifically, AB 1404 provides that certain cogeneration equipment placed in service before January 1, 1986, can be depreciated over either a one-year or five-year period when the equipment is located in-state, and over a five-year period when the equipment is located out-of-state. Prior to AB 1404, the amortization period for cogeneration equipment corresponded to the useful economic life of the equipment. This could be as much as 20 years or more.