Legislative Subcommittee

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Legislative Subcommittee

The Legislative Subcommittee of the Board of Supervisors makes recommendations to the full board on state and federal legislative policies. The Subcommittee annually recommends to the full Board a Federal Legislative & Policy Platform and a State Legislative & Policy Platform that establishes the county’s priorities for that year. The subcommittee consists of two members of the Board of Supervisors and is selected  annually by the full Board. The current members are: District 3 Supervisor Diane Dillon and District 2 Supervisor Ryan Gregory.

View the 2017 Federal and State Legislative & Policy Platforms. 

 

The 2017 Board supports these legislative principles and goals:

 LEGISLATIVE PRINCIPLES

The primary goal of the County's elected representatives and employees is to serve and support the County's social and economic well-being and the health and safety of its citizens. Therefore, the Napa County Board of Supervisors has adopted the following principles:

 The County of Napa will encourage, seek and support legislation and policies that protect the County's quality of life, its diverse natural resources and preserve the County's essence, history and agricultural heritage.

 The County of Napa will encourage, seek and support legislation and policies that facilitate orderly economic expansion and growth, oppose unfunded and/or unnecessary State mandates, and increase the opportunity for discretionary revenues and programmatic and financial flexibility.

 

 LEGISLATIVE GOALS

In 1968, the Napa County Board of Supervisors had the forethought to preserve open space and prevent future overdevelopment by creating the nation’s first Agricultural Preserve. This designation has ensured that Napa Valley’s limited resources are preserved for agriculture first and foremost. In recent years, a group of individuals has sued the federal government, seeking to be recognized as the Mishewal Wappo Indian tribe. As part of that lawsuit, the plaintiffs have requested that land in Napa County be taken into sovereign trust status. Napa County opposes efforts that would exempt real property from local land use regulations, including provisions regulating the Agricultural Preserve, which ultimately could upset Napa County’s vital agricultural economy. Napa County will work with its legislative delegation to ensure tribal land is not exempt from local land use regulation.

 Sustainable Growth

The Board of Supervisors seeks to appropriately locate housing in the urban areas of the County. The Board supports State housing needs assessment reforms that provide flexibility and acknowledge the differences between rural and urban counties. The Board also supports legislation that would allow for the transfer of mandated County housing units to the incorporated areas within the County at any time during the housing cycle and for the County to receive allocation credits for those transfers in exchange for the expenditure of County housing funds or the provision of County land. Rural counties lack adequate infrastructure and services necessary to support housing in less developed unincorporated areas.

Preserving the Agricultural Economy

In 1968, the Napa County Board of Supervisors had the forethought to preserve open space and prevent future overdevelopment by creating the nation's first Agricultural Preserve. This designation has ensured that Napa Valley's limited resources are preserved for agriculture first and foremost. Napa County opposes efforts that would exempt real property, such as tribal land, from local land use regulations, including provisions regulating the Agricultural Preserve, which ultimately could upset Napa County's vital agricultural economy.

View the 2017 Legislative Subcommittee meeting calendar. 

View the 2017 Legislative Subcommittee Agendas and Minutes

View the 2017 Legislative Subcommittee Legislative Tracking Document

 

2017 Board of Supervisors' State position letters:

BILL POSITION DESCRIPTION
SCA 3 Support LIBRARY FUNDING (Dodd) - Constitutional amendment that adds local bonding for library facilities to the current bonding exceptions that are allowed to exceed the one percent limit on property tax increases.
SB 1 Support TRANSPORTATION FUNDING (Beall) - A comprehensive transportation proposal that addressed the overwhelming backlog of repair and deferred maintenance as well as other transportation needs.
SB 35 Support AFFORDABLE HOUSING; STREAMLINED (Wiener) - Creates a streamlined, ministerial approval process for infill developments in localities that have failed to meet their regional housing needs assessment numbers.
SB 58 Support PAYMENT OF TAXES AND ASSESSMENTS (PILT) (McGuire) - Requires the State to make annual payments in lieu of taxes (PILT) to counties, including Napa County, in which State wildlife management areas are located.
SB 135 Support MEDIA LITERACY (Dodd) - Ensures that media literacy is integrated into social science curricula in public schools.
SB 228 Support CRAFT BEER COLLEGE PROGRAMS (Dodd) - Allows the sale or consumption of beer on the grounds of a public schoolhouse if the beer is produced by a bonded craft brewery owned or operated as part of an instructional program in craft brewing.
SB 231 Support STORMWATER, SUSTAINABLE LOCAL AGENCY FUNDING (Hertzberg) - Augments the tools that cities, counties, and other local agencies have to finance projects to manage stormwater.
SB 240 Support FARMWORKER HOUSING CSA 4 (Dodd) - Increases the annual benefit assessment cap levied on vineyard owners from $10 to $15 per planted vineyard acre that helps fund Napa County's three farmworker housing centers.
SB 649 Oppose WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS FACILITIES (Hueso) - Establishes an administrative permitting process for small cell wireless facilities that bypasses public review and approval.
AB 1 Support TRANSPORTATION FUNDING (Frazier) -  A comprehensive transportation proposal that addressed the overwhelming backlog of repair and deferred maintenance as well as other transportation needs.
AB 211 Support STATE REPONSIBILITY AREAS, ANNUAL REPORTING (Bigelow) - Indefinitely continues the annual reporting requirement of State Responsibility Area (SRA) wildfire prevention fees, collections and expenditures.
AB 317 Support FARMWORKER HOUSING (Aguiar-Curry) - Establishes a State funding stream for the financing, maintaining and operating of Napa County's three farmworker housing centers.
AB 471 Support ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE (Ting) - Increases the number of liquor licenses in certain areas, including San Francisco and Napa County.
AB 653 Oppose PROPERTY HELD IN FEE (Ridley-Thomas) - Exempts taxation on property owned in fee by a federally-recognized native American tribe.
AB 668 Support VOTING MODERNIZATION BOND ACT OF 2018 (Gonzalez Fletcher) - Bonding to finance modernization of counties' voting systems.
AB 1250 Oppose AUDITING OF COUNTY CONTRACTS (Jones-Sawyer) - Inhibits a county's ability to award service contracts and efficiently manage its operations and budgetary affairs.
AB 1315 Support EARLY PSYCHOSIS AND MOOD DISORDER DETECTION AND INTERVENTION (Mullin) - Establishes the Early Psychosis Intervention Plus Program to identify and support people suffering from psychotic symptoms and mood disorders.
AB 1372 Support CRISIS STABILIZATION UNITS (Levine) - Creates a facility waiver application process for designated crisis stabilization units (CSUs).
     
     


2017 Board of Supervisors' Federal position letters:

BILL POSITION DESCRIPTION
HR 975 Support STATE CANNABIS LAWS (Rohrabacher, (R-CA) - Amends the federal Controlled Substances Act to allow states to regulate cannabis without federal interference.
HR 2215 Support BANKING; CANNABIS (Perlmutter, D-CO) - Creates protections for depository institutions that provide financial services to legitimate cannabis-related businesses.