Legislation Supported

The Commission supported 14 bills in the 2001-2002 session that would implement its recommendations.  The measures were in the areas of children’s services, long-term care, adult mental health, prisons, special districts and teacher workforce.  Of those 14 measures, 7 were signed into law, 4 were vetoed, 2 were amended into other bills unrelated to Commission recommendations, and 1 failed passage.

The following tables describe each bill, organized by topic and in numerical order, that the Commission supported during the 2001-2002 legislative session.

Children's Services

Bill, Author Summary Status
ACR 12 (Cardoza) Declares 2001 a year of heightened concern for special children, the victims of abuse and neglect.  Signed by Governor, Chapter 27, Statutes of 2001
AB 1257 (Cardenas) Expands the tax credit for child care facilities serving low-income families. Died in Assembly Appropriations
SB 120 (Murray) Creates an undersecretary of foster care within the Health and Human Services Agency. Amended to become Senator Ortiz's bill regarding Medi-Cal
SB 308 (Escutia) States the intent of the Legislature to provide financial assistance for all families eligible for subsidized child care within five years. Amended to become Assemblymember Soto's bill regarding employee assistance programs 
SB 390 (Escutia) Seeks to develop a state master plan for child care and development services. Vetoed 9/22/02
SB 841 (Alpert) Increases state services targeted at older foster youth, specifically foster youth transitioning from middle to high school. Signed by Governor, Chapter 694, Statutes of 2001
SB 1911 (Ortiz)
Sponsor:  LHC
Directs Department of Mental Health to explore opportunities to seek greater flexibility in the use of federal funds to improve mental health care to children. Signed by Governor Chapter 887, Statutes of 2002

Long-term Care

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 1075 (Shelley) Seeks to improve patient care in nursing homes by establishing staffing ratios. Signed by Governor Chapter 684, Statutes of 2001

Adult Mental Health

Bill, Author Summary Status
AB 1422 (Thomson) Creates a Mental Health Advocacy Commission. Vetoed 9/30/02
SB 30 (Chesbro)  Establishes a Mental Health Realignment Review Task Force. Vetoed 9/28/01
SB 1059 (Perata) Creates a Council on Mentally Ill Offenders. Signed by Governor Chapter 860, Statutes of 2001


Bill, Author Summary Status
SB 404 (Polanco) Establishes a Correctional Board of Education within the California Department of Corrections. Vetoed 10/12/01

Special Districts

Bill, Author Summary Status
SB 282 (Dunn) Requires the Controller to report specific financial information on special districts with the highest revenues. Signed by Governor Chapter 288, Statutes of 2001

Teacher Workforce

Bill, Author Summary Status
SB 57 (Scott) Allows teachers to earn their preliminary teaching credentials more quickly. Signed by Governor Chapter 269, Statutes of 2001

To obtain a copy of the legislation listed, contact the Legislative Bill Room at (916) 445-2645 or visit the following sites on the Internet: the California Assembly, the California Senate or the California Legislative Counsel Bureau's Legislative Data Center.

If you have specific questions about the legislation, contact the Little Hoover Commission, littlehoover@lhc.ca.gov, 925 L Street, Suite 805, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 445-2125 or (916) 322-7709 (fax).