On July 27th, the State Legislature resumed after a three-week recess due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the Capitol. This second legislative shut-down has further truncated the period for bills to be considered, spawning a flood of new “gut-and-amends” with a very short opportunity for negotiating substantive amendments. CSDA has been diligently monitoring the any legislation that could impact special districts, including CEQA reform and a multitude of human resources and personnel issues surrounding COVID-19. Perhaps most significantly, national coalition efforts led by CSDA have resulted in the introduction of special districts’ federal COVID-19 relief legislation, S. 4308, in the United States Senate. This is a companion bill to HR 7073 previously introduced in the House of Representatives.
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The Take Action Guide was developed as an overview of the many ways you can engage with the individuals and institutions that shape how your district operates and how it is perceived in your community.
One voice at one district may be able to reach one legislator, but to be successful we must reach all 120 legislators. By answering this survey, you are helping CSDA strengthen advocacy efforts on behalf of all special districts:
To make sure your district is ready to respond to a CSDA Call to Action in the fast-moving legislative environment, make sure your district has adopted a Legislative Advocacy Policy, governing the process your agency must go through to register your support or opposition to an issue that significantly impacts special districts.