On Monday, the California Legislature will reconvene for the 2019 Legislative Session. As such, a significant number of bills will be introduced in the coming weeks, and RCRC’s Government Affairs staff will review each bill to assess its impact on RCRC member counties. In addition, policy committees will begin to convene to consider legislation as well as hold hearings on a variety of public policy concerns.
Also, on Monday, a number of Constitutional Officers will be sworn into office, including Gavin Newsom as Governor. Many expect a noticeable turn in both the substance and style of governance vis-à-vis former Governor Jerry Brown. Despite early suggestions by Governor-Elect Newsom that he will govern in the model of former Governor Brown, he is likely to have a number of bills placed on his desk that had been previously vetoed or dramatically re-shaped by previous governors.
Along with Governor Newsom, Eleni Kounalakis will be sworn as Lieutenant Governor, Fiona Ma as the State Treasurer, Ricardo Lara as Insurance Commissioner, and Tony Thurmond as the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Controller Betty Yee and Secretary of State Alex Padilla were re-elected in November to their second term.