8.8.18

Bills sent to the floor

SB 1363 (NAMI CIT funding): The bill has passed all committees and is being prepared for a floor vote in the assembly. 8/8

SB 215 (Diversion): This bill was significantly amended because a similar bill AB 1810 was passed instead. SB 215 in its new form is a bill that requires a court to conduct a hearing to investigate if repayment is owed to a victim, where the person who committed the crime took part in a mental health treatment diversion program. This bill has now passed all committees and was sent to the assembly floor to prepare a vote.  8/8

AB 2983 (Removing 5150 as a requirement for transfer): The bill has passed all committees and is being prepared for a floor vote in the senate. 8/8

SB 972 (Suicide hotline on student ID cards): The bill has passed all committees and is being prepared for a floor vote in the assembly. 8/8

Bills in the suspense file

Appropriations Committee have a unique tool that they can use called the Suspense File. This is used by the Appropriations Committees in the Senate and Assembly as a way of managing their bills. The goal of the Suspense File is to consider all of the bills with a fiscal impact above a certain amount at the same time.

In the Assembly Appropriations Committee, the bills referred to the Suspense File are those with a fiscal impact of $150,000 or more. In the Senate Appropriations Committee, the bills referred to the Suspense File are bills with a fiscal impact of $50,000 or more. Also referred to the Suspense File are pilot project bills if the statewide implementation of the project or program would result in a fiscal impact of $50,000.

Final decisions on the Suspense File are usually made by the Appropriations Committee Chair and leadership team of the respective house, along with input from a number of sources. These include the members of the committee, the Vice Chair and minority leadership, committee staff, authors with bills pending before the Committee, and other interested parties. Legislators, whose bills are pending on the Suspense File, as well as interest groups supporting or opposing the bills, will attempt to persuade the appropriations committee that their particular bills should be sent to the floor for a vote.

In both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees, there is no testifying at the Suspense File hearing. Instead, the committee members simply vote on the bills without any additional testimony.

SB 906 (Peer specialist): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

SB 968 (Counselors on college campuses): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

SB 1125 (Same day billing): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

SB 1010 (Mental health/parolee pilot program): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

AB 2639 (school-based suicide prevention policy): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and it set aside for a later hearing. 8/6

SB 960 (Reporting on suicide in prisons): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

SB 1004 (Changing PEI requirements): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on but was set aside for a later hearing. 8/6

AB 1971 (Redefining gravely disabled): This bill was placed in the senate appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on and it set aside for a later hearing. 8/6

SB 1045 (Expanding Conservatorship in Certain Cases): This bill was placed in the assembly appropriations suspense file, meaning that the bill was not voted on but was set aside for a later hearing. 8/8

 

Please email Jansher Rasa at jansher@namica.org with any questions on legislation.