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Supervisors OK County's Legislative Platform

January 11, 2011

The Placer County Board of Supervisors today approved the county’s 2011 legislative platform at its regularly scheduled meeting. Each year, the Supervisors consider and approve a platform that directs staff in its efforts to support, oppose or sponsor federal and state legislation, in addition to coordinating the county’s legislative advocacy programs.

The platform is used by the Supervisors with both the state and federal government executive and legislative branches to promote goals and proposals that are beneficial to all Placer County.

In addition, at today’s meeting, the Supervisors authorized a county contingent to travel to Washington, D.C., in February to advocate for the county. That trip, which will consist of some Supervisors and the County Executive Officer, will include meetings with elected or appointed federal officials to discuss legislative and regulatory issues affecting Placer County.

Over the last several years, the Board’s efforts have secured more than $105 million in federal funding, which has helped protect programs and county fiscal interests. This year, the platform will continue to seek federal funding for several County priorities. They include:

  • The Regional Wastewater Treatment project;
  • Transportation projects and programs funding;
  • Placer Legacy;
  • Placer County Conservation Program;
  • Regional law enforcement communications upgrades; and
  • Issues relating to management of the Auburn State Recreation Area.

On the state level, advocacy efforts will focus on a number of key fiscal, policy and regulatory interests on behalf of the County. This would include, but not be limited to:

  • Opposing any proposed reductions or elimination of revenue sources;
  • Supporting increased funding for program delivery, county self sufficiency, and economic growth and infrastructure improvements;
  • Regulatory relief from new permitting requirements and thresholds, such as fire suppression requirements, wastewater compliance, and solid waste diversion requirements; and
  • Supporting flexibility and stable funding for mandated program requirements, such as in County Health and Human Services programs.
  • Typically, after the Board has approved the Legislative Program, Board members and staff travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with federal legislators and officials to discuss county priorities.

As in past years, the potential for cost reductions and/or increased revenue to the County can occur if the legislative platform is enacted. Funding for the annual legislative trip to Washington, D.C., is included in the county’s Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget. The total estimated travel, lodging and related incidental cost is approximately $1,200 to $1,500 per Supervisor and will not exceed $6,000.