Thursday, October 22nd, State Capitol
Official Hearing Agenda (PDF 65k)
Context for Reform
- What about the state government needs fixing?
- What are examples of past reform efforts and how did they fare?
- Are those areas of reform still relevant today?
- What areas of reform has the Legislature started to address (e.g., legislative reform, budget reform, initiative reform, state-local government realignment)?
- What reforms are others recommending?
- How will the Assembly and Senate Select Committees on Improving State Governments address reform?
Legislative Branch Reforms
- How can the Legislature function better? What’s not working?
- How can the legislative branch become more stable?
- How can the Legislature’s oversight and investigative functions be improved?
- How can the Legislature better focus on and prioritize California’s most pressing issues for action?
- How can the transparency and integrity of the legislative process be enhanced?
- How can changes to the legislative calendar improve efficiency, provide opportunities for greater oversight, and bring legislators closer to their constituents?
Budget Process Reforms – Part 1
- How can the budget process improve oversight and accountability of state agencies and more frequently result in the adoption of a balanced budget on time?
- What other goals should be sought in any effort to reform the current budget process?
- Should the Legislature incorporate longer-term planning into budget decision-making? How could this best be achieved and what are the expected outcomes?
- Should the Legislature consider multi-year budgeting and its impact on regular legislative business (e.g., the number of bills introduced and in which year of a two-year Session)? What are the anticipated benefits and drawbacks from such a move?
- What measures proposing budget reform are now pending in the Legislature?