OF THE 1997 BUDGET ACT
1997-98 FISCAL YEAR
CONTAINING STATEMENTS OF INTENT OR REQUESTS FOR STUDIES
ADOPTED BY THE LEGISLATURE
Compiled by the Legislative Analyst's Office
August 29, 1997
Youth and Adult Correctional
Youth and Adult Correctional
1. Civil Addict Program. It is the intent of the Legislature that the California Department of Corrections (CDC) provide a report to the Legislature by February 1, 1998, as to the feasibility of providing drug treatment programming to all civil addicts and felons incarcerated at the California Rehabilitation Center at Norco and, if deemed feasible, the staffing, funding, and timetable necessary to accomplish this change.
2. Standard Cost Items. The CDC shall examine and modify its budgeting methodologies for standard cost items. The examination and modification shall include, but not be limited to, employee salary and benefit expense items and individual operating expense and equipment items. In conducting this examination, the CDC shall work closely with the Department of Finance and shall regularly consult with staff of the Legislative Analyst's Office, the Assembly Budget Committee, and the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. The CDC shall submit a preliminary report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) and the Legislature's fiscal committees by January 1, 1998, on its progress toward meeting these requirements. The department shall submit a final report to the JLBC and the Legislature's fiscal committees by July 1, 1998 that details its conclusions and the revised standard costing methodologies. It is the intent of the Legislature that the CDC utilize revised methodologies in the development of the department's 1999-00 budget.
3. Classification Model. It is the intent of the Legislature that the CDC shall (a) draft new model classification and reclassification forms with weighting and scoring in accordance with the findings of the May 1, 1997 report reported by CDC and University of California, Los Angeles, regarding the present inmate classification system; (b) estimate from a sample of records of inmates previously incarcerated within the CDC system how the new model would affect the classification and distribution of offenders in the future; (c) develop a proposal for testing how use of the new classification and reclassification forms would impact incarceration costs and security; and (d) report the results of these efforts to the JLBC and the fiscal committees of the Assembly and Senate by May 1, 1998. Upon receipt of this report, it is the intent of the Legislature to determine whether it would be cost-beneficial to fund pilot programs to test new classification or reclassification forms on inmates or subgroups of inmates.
4. Corcoran Substance Abuse Treatment Program Evaluation. It is the intent of the Legislature to provide a total of $2 million in fiscal years 1997-98 through 2001-02 for evaluation of the success of the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility at Corcoran and related aftercare programming for inmates who are paroled following their completion of treatment at the facility in accordance with the reporting requirements provided in Chapter 585, Statutes of 1993 (AB 10, Costa). It is also the intent of the Legislature that, as the state receives additional federal funds in future years which may be used for in-prison drug treatment programs such as the facility at Corcoran, those additional funds be expended to offset the costs of the Corcoran program evaluation.
5. Inmate Pay Telephone Access. It is the intent of the Legislature that the CDC report to the JLBC and the fiscal committees of the Assembly and Senate by February 1, 1998 regarding the cost-benefit and impact on CDC security of expanding the access of some inmates to pay telephones at state prisons. It is also the intent of the Legislature that CDC explore the ability to increase state revenues from pay telephones to the extent that, in the estimation of the Director of the CDC, this would not compromise prison security and public safety and would be cost-beneficial to the state. It is also the intent of the Legislature to consider requests from the CDC for additional funding necessary to offset any increased staffing and other steps necessary to allow greater access by inmate pay telephones to occur without jeopardy to prison security.
1. Reports on Case Backlogs. It is the intent of the Legislature that commencing July 1, 1997, and continuing each quarter afterward through June 30, 1998, the Board of Prison Terms shall provide the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the fiscal committees of the Legislature with the following information: (a) the average number of days statewide and within each of the state's four parole regions it has taken the board to dispose of a parole revocation case after receipt; (b) the number of death penalty investigations pending before the board; and (c) the number of pardon investigations pending before the board.
1. Treatment Needs Assessment--Institutional and Parole Populations. The Department of the Youth Authority shall, using existing resources, complete a treatment needs assessment that identifies what programs are needed for its institutional and parole populations. In addition, the assessment should identify the systems required to evaluate the effectiveness of its rehabilitation programs and what measures it will use to determine the effectiveness of individual programs and/or combinations of programs on parole outcomes. The department shall complete the assessment and transmit copies to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the Legislature's fiscal committees by March 1, 1998.
1. Change of Due Date on Revenue Limit Study. It is the intent of the Legislature that the deadline for submittal of the revenue limit study directed in the Supplemental Report of the 1996 Budget Act be changed to November 1, 1997.
1. Adult Education. The Department of Education shall survey each local provider of adult education and Regional Occupational Centers and Programs to determine the level of services provided to AFDC recipients during a representative period in September-October, 1997. The department shall use these data to establish an annual "maintenance of effort" which shall define the level of services that each provider must provide before being eligible for additional funds through Item 6110-156-0001.
1. Instructional Technology (IT). It is the intent of the Legislature that the University of California (UC) report to the Legislature by November 1, 1997, on its short-term and long-term plans for development and use of instructional technology. The UC should provide detail of each campus' plans for projects, new and upgraded programs, and IT-enhanced instructional activities and innovations. Plans should include costs, sources of funding, time lines, and expected benefits. They should also estimate the types and amounts of savings, if any, to UC that would occur as a result of the instructional technology.
2. Displaying Budget Detail. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Finance identify in the annual Governor's budget document and supporting documentation how the UC intends to spend all of its restricted and general purpose funds in the current and budget year by specific program element, including projections of how the university's "Provisions for Allocations" would be spent among specific programs.
3. Enology/Viticulture Research. It is the intent of the Legislature that of the funds appropriated in Schedule (a) of Item 6440-001-0001 of the 1997-98 Budget Act, $235,000 shall be expended for viticulture and enology research, contingent upon the receipt of an equal amount of private sector matching funds. It is the further intent of the Legislature that the $235,000 in state funds shall be used to supplement, and not supplant, the UC's existing level of support for agricultural research. It is also the intent of the Legislature that the UC will work with the providers of matching funds to determine the industry's top research priorities and to select the specific projects that will be funded.
4. Cost-Effectiveness of Student Outreach Programs. The UC, in consultation with the Legislative Analyst's Office and the Department of Finance, shall develop a proposal for evaluating the costs, and short-term and long-term effects on participants of student outreach programs. The methodology should be designed to compare, to the extent feasible and appropriate, the K-12 performance, high school graduation rate, college participation rate, college performance, college graduation rate, and employment experience of participants in each outreach program, with comparable groups of nonparticipants. The study design should, to the extent feasible and appropriate, be based on statistical techniques that control for personal and socio-economic differences among participants and nonparticipants, and may employ scientific control groups. The methodology should also be designed to evaluate the extent to which selection criteria of programs and participation decisions of students affect outcomes. The university shall provide the Legislature with its proposed methodology and implementation plan by March 15, 1998.
5. Patients for UC Irvine Medical Center. It is the intent of the Legislature that the University of California work with the Department of Health Services, the California Medical Assistance Commission, the Orange County Health Services Agency, and CalOPTIMA to develop an emergency plan by September 1, 1997, for implementation by October 1, 1997, that would expand the number of patients available at the UC Irvine Medical Center (UCIMC) through all public patient sources (CalOPTIMA, Medi-Cal, and county medical patients). This is necessary for both the financial viability of the medical center and to provide a sufficient number of patients to meet minimum requirements for the teaching program as specified by licensed accrediting bodies. The emergency plan would address the following goals:
6.Medical and Law School Diversity. It is the intent of the Legislature that a portion of the additional funds provided in provision 13 for expanding outreach programs shall be used particularly to increase the diversity of the pool of eligible medical school and law school applicants. These programs shall be designed to identify and encourage students from economically and educationally disadvantaged groups in the state's K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities to take the necessary academic steps to adequately prepare for admission to medical school and law school.
It is further the intent of the Legislature that the UC use the Association of American Medical Colleges Project 3000 by 2000 Health Professions Partnership Initiative (HPPI) as a model for establishing medical school outreach programs. It is further the intent of the Legislature that UC focus particularly on increasing the diversity of the pool of applicants to the UC Davis Medical School and other medical schools which have suffered a dramatic decline in the diversity of their medical school student body. No later than March 15, 1998, the UC shall report to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC), the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO), the Department of Finance (DOF), and the Office of Statewide Planning and Development on the programs funded in accordance with this language.
In order to adequately assess the future ongoing needs for outreach programs at these schools, it is further the intent of the Legislature that the UC submit a report, which includes the demographic characteristics, of the number of applicants, admissions enrollments, and attrition rates for the last three school years, for each of the UC medical and law schools. The report shall be provided to the JLBC, DOF, LAO, and the education policy committees of the Legislature by March 15, 1998.
1. Compensation Increase. The Legislature understands that California State University (CSU) intends to provide a funding pool adequate for a 4 percent compensation increase in 1997-98 for faculty and staff. The Legislature further understands that this action will require CSU to redirect approximately $10 million within the spending plan presented in the 1997-98 Governor's Budget. On or before October 1, 1997, CSU shall report to the Legislature's fiscal committees and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee on the specific redirections undertaken and the related program implications.
2. Athletic Program Task Force. It is the intent of the Legislature that the President of CSU at Northridge convene a task force comprising representatives from the faculty, student body, administration, and the local community to (a) review the issues related to providing an athletic program that is in full compliance with the requirements of Title IX and the CSU CAL/NOW consent decree; (b) develop a long-term plan to support a balanced and financially viable athletic program; and (c) report to the Legislature by March 1, 1998 on the findings of the review and the plan. It is the further intent of the Legislature that the review shall include the various different sports options, the costs and benefits of different sports and conference affiliations, and various different funding options including private support.
1. Grant Award Processing. Item 7980-001-0001 includes $1,240,000, on a one-time basis, for the California Student Aid Commission to transfer its Grant Award and Payment Subsystem (GAPSS) from a mainframe application to an Oracle-based database management system. In its budget request, the commission said that this one-time cost would be offset by annual savings of $1,319,000, beginning in 2000-01. It is the intent of the Legislature that with the one-time appropriation of $1,240,000 in this item, the commission implement the new GAPSS, and that it achieve savings of $1,319,000 annually beginning in 2000-01. It is further the intent of the Legislature that the commission report to the Legislature by December 1, each year, until the proposed savings are realized, on the status of the new GAPSS, the quality of service that it provides the commission and its clients, and the costs and savings the conversion has produced.
1. Prevailing Wage Methodology. The intent of the Legislature is to deny the entire appropriation to implement the new prevailing wage methodology. The intent is that, as is true for 1996-97, no appropriated funds may be used for 1997-98 for the purpose of implementing the new methodology, including funds in the department's baseline budget.
1. Master Agreement for Administration of Workers' Compensation Claims. The Department of Personnel Administration (DPA) shall provide a status report to the Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the chairs of the fiscal committees in each house, not later than January 1, 1998, as to the (a) steps DPA will take in its negotiations with the State Compensation Insurance Fund to lower the California Highway Patrol's administrative costs and (b) the feasibility of changing the payment methodology and adding performance measures to the master agreement.
2. Administration of Workers' Compensation Claims. The Department of Personnel Administration shall notify each state department that, under the provisions of Insurance Code Section 11870, the department may obtain workers' compensation insurance from any insurance carrier licensed to do business in California or the State Compensation Insurance Fund.
1. California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System (CVDLS). It is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA) not approve an increase in the contract costs for operation of the CVDLS without prior legislative approval of the increase through the annual budget. In addition, a copy of the annual contract cost submitted to the department by the University of California for operation of the CVDLS shall be forwarded to the chair of the fiscal committee in each house and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee by December 31 of each year.
2. Budget Change Proposals--Supporting Analysis. It is the intent of the Legislature that the department include a cost-benefit analysis for each future budget change proposal. The analysis shall include a comparison of the private (agricultural) industry costs and benefits and a detailed justification of any requested general fund monies.
3. Cost of Environmental Mitigation. It is the intent of the Legislature that the department report at budget hearings annually on the costs of environmental mitigation incurred in the course of accomplishing its statutory mission. The report should include the costs of mitigation as a percentage of total project costs and it should identify all fund sources allocated to mitigation costs. Mitigation costs should include items or actions required by federal, state, or local law or regulation. This includes, but is not limited to, studies, surveys, analyses, acquisition of land to provide replacement habitat, costs to complete Environmental Impact Reports or Assessments, preparation of plans, site preparation, and acquisition of habitat inventory such as elderberry bushes or other vegetation required by the mitigation project. The report should include the costs associated with alteration of a project to avoid mitigation. The report should also include mitigation cost reimbursements paid or received from other state departments or federal, local, or private agencies.
1. Identifying Major Information Technology Expenditures in Governor's Budget. The Department of Finance (DOF) shall display for each organizational budget contained in the 1998-99 Governor's budget, the total proposed expenditure for information technology, as well as any information technology project expenditure of $1 million or more, by project title, in any of the three fiscal years covered in the budget.
2. Loaned Personnel. On or before February 1, 1998, the DOF shall submit to the Legislature a report identifying the number of positions loaned from any state agency pursuant to Section 12010.5 of the Government Code, the loaning state agency, the receiving state agency, the position classification and job title, and the term of and the reason for the position loan.
3. Managers and Supervisors. On or before February 1, 1998, the DOF shall submit to the Legislature a report identifying for the past, current, and budget years, the number of managers, supervisors, and rank and file employees by agency, department, and other entity of state government and the statewide totals, and the salaries and benefits for each group.
On or before February 1, 1998, the DOF shall submit to the Legislature a report identifying the ratio of state managers to supervisors and rank and file employees, the ratio of supervisors to rank and file employees, the ratio of managers and supervisors to rank and file employees by agency, department, and other entity of state government and overall statewide ratios.
4. Supervisory Span of Control. The DOF, in cooperation with the State Personnel Board and the Department of Personnel Administration, shall review California's span of control and management/supervisor to rank and file employee ratios and recommend appropriate standards and timelines in which to achieve them, to the Legislature on or before February 1, 1998. It is the intent of the Legislature to review the recommendations and, if appropriate, indicate that they should be used in the strategic planning process required of all state agencies and departments.
1. Alternatives to Armories for Homeless Shelters. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO)--in consultation with the Military Department, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Department of Community Services and Development, advocates for housing for the homeless, and other parties as necessary--analyze and recommend to the Legislature alternative approaches for providing cold-weather emergency assistance to homeless persons that could replace the existing Temporary Emergency Shelter Program by which homeless persons are housed at specified armories of the National Guard. The LAO shall report its findings and recommendations in this matter to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and the budget committees of both the Assembly and the Senate by March 1, 1998.
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