2017-18 SPONSORED LEGISLATION AND LEGISLATIVE/REGULATORY PRIORITIES

In addition to the “Hot Issues” and other advocacy items outlined throughout the website, RCRC is engaged at a high-level on a number of issues related to rural county priorities, and has taken the opportunity to sponsor/co-sponsor specific legislative proposals in the 2017-18 legislative cycle...

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BUDGET AND FINANCE

Since the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, county budgets have been closely linked to the actions of the State.  Many county programs rely on State (and to some degree, Federal) funding.  To that end, the Legislature has enacted a number of rules regarding the collection and disbursement of property taxes as the financial funding foundation...

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COUNTY OPERATIONS

Although RCRC's thirty-five member counties comprise more than 50 percent of California’s land mass, slightly less than nine percent of California’s population resides in these counties.  Low population, geography, and distance present rural counties with unique challenges in providing county services.  Consequently, requirements imposed by the State...

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FEDERAL ISSUES

In addition to RCRC’s State legislative and regulatory activities, many actions impacting California’s rural counties are enacted at the federal level through both Congress and federal administrative agencies.  RCRC maintains close relationships with our member county Congressional delegation, and participates in annual advocacy events...

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INFRASTRUCTURE

One of the major functions of county government is to build and maintain a network of infrastructure facilities.  The most common county infrastructure facilities include the network of local streets, roads, and bridges.  Counties are also responsible for many water delivery systems, flood control channels, wastewater systems, and reservoirs. 

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PUBLIC SAFETY

California’s rural counties provide a critical role in protecting their local communities.  The California State Constitution requires each county to hold elections to elect both a County Sheriff and District Attorney.  Both the County Sheriff and the District Attorney are charged with enforcing the State’s criminal justice laws, and upholding local ordinances...

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RESOURCES

RCRC’s thirty-five member counties cover approximately half of California’s total land mass of more than 100 million acres, and extend from the Oregon border in the north, to the Mexico border in the southeast, the Central Valley to the Eastern Sierra, and from the coast to California's wine country.  California’s rural counties are home...

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SOCIAL SERVICES AND EDUCATION

It is the responsibility of counties to meet the needs of their residents and provide appropriate health and social services.  The recruitment and retention of health care providers in rural counties can be difficult.  Rural areas are unable to utilize economies of scale to decrease costs, and depressed economic conditions lead to large publicly-funded populations...

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