During August you may have seen a call to action from The Raise Foundation and others; we asked all our friends and supporters to help stop Assembly Bill 1250. This bill (if passed) would inevitably affect the most vulnerable families we serve. Sponsored by Assembly Member Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D) representing the 59th Assembly District (portions of South Los Angeles, Florence-Graham, Walnut Park and Huntington Park) the bill was written at the request of the Service Employees International Union.
Hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the State oppose this bill because of the devastating impact it will have for services to families and children. Our County Board of Supervisors, along with every other County government in the State also oppose AB 1250. And as of now, we know that the California Department of Finance has also taken a stance in opposition to the bill because of the increased cost burden AB 1250 will place on the State.
As originally written, AB 1250 written would effectively prohibit cities and counties which operate under state law from contracting services. Under severe pressure, the author introduced amendments exempting cities, thus only applying the proposed legislation to county governments. AB 1250 proposes a labyrinth of disclosure, auditing and performance requirements solely designed to drive up the cost and complexity for Counties to contract for services. The cost, time and effort to meet the proposed requirements would consume any possible savings from contracting services and portions of AB 1250 would probably be in violation of privacy laws.
AB 1250 will raise costs and hurt some of the most vulnerable people that need county services, including; mental health, public health and emergency management services to name a few.
Your efforts to oppose AB 1250 have made an impact. The Bill was heard in the State Senate and has been referred back to the Senate Committee on Rules. With the momentum shifting, it is now even more important to let your voice be heard and tell our representatives in Sacramento to “STOP AB 1250” – email or call Orange County’s State Senate Representatives today.