Finding Legislative Information
We know many of you keep close tabs on CPF's legislation. Here are some resources to help.
With the following links, you can find information on them all.
Legislative Information Service (Search for California bills)
THOMAS (Federal legislative information service)
Legislative Counsel (Legislature's legal arm)
Legislative Analyst's Office (Analyzes budget, key legislation)
The Legislative Process
Ever wonder what CPF's involvement in the legislative process is or would like to learn how to effectively lobby your elected representatives? Are you curious about how an idea or a concept becomes law or what folks are really saying when they tell you a bill has been placed on "Suspense" or is on the "Third Reading File"? Check out these links:
Legis-Speak (CPF's translation of Capitol jargon)
Next time you're in Sacramento, schedule a tour of the State Capitol
Accessing California Government
Interested in learning how California's Legislature, Executive Branch and state agencies function and their relevance to firefighters? Check out the links below.
Pursuant to the enactment of CPF-supported legislation in the 1999-2000 session, SB 739 (Solis), the PERB is now charged with resolving unfair labor practice charges and representation disputes under the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA).
MMBA is the state law providing for collective bargaining between local government firefighters (among other recognized local government employees) and their employers over wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.
The Department of Industrial Relations..."was established to improve working conditions for California's wage earners, and to advance opportunities for profitable employment in California." Under the DIR umbrella, you'll find information on:
Workers' Compensation - claims settlement, benefits and rehabilitation for job-related injuries and illnesses;
Occupational Safety & Health - safe and healthful working conditions on the job;
Labor Law - wages, hours of work, and conditions of employment;
Apprenticeship - worksite job training to help meet skill needs of industry
Mediation & Conciliation - harmony in labor / management relations;
Statistics & Research - prevailing wage determinations, occupational injuries and illnesses, Consumer Price Index (CPI)
CalPERS manages pension and health benefits for more than 1.6 million California public employees, retirees and their families, including firefighters.
It's a defined benefit retirement plan meaning that it provides benefits based on a member's years of service, age and highest compensation. In addition, benefits are provided for disability and death, with payments in some cases going to survivors or beneficiaries of eligible members.
The CalPERS health benefits program offers members and contracting employers three health maintenance organizations, three preferred provider organizations and three special PPOs for members who belong to specific employee associations.
Below are links to help keep you apprised of news and events happening in and around the State Capitol.
Rough and Tumble (Daily state government and public policy news)
California Channel (Cable network covering CA government that includes web-based audio and video feeds)
Capitol Weekly (Online Newspaper of CA government and politics)
Around the Capitol (CA political news and opinion)
Voters Injured at Work (VIAW) - A non-profit political organization advocating for fair and adequate compensation on behalf of injured workers.