MuniServices: 2017 Legislative Update

MuniServices, a local government advisory team devoted to helping cities and counties enhance and refine and manage their revenue stream, has released their 2017 Legislative Update. The analysis covers each bill this year that had significant impact on local government, spanning from issues concerning sales and use tax and business licensing, to local governance and affordable housing. 

Some of the more controversial bills proposed this session include:

AB 252 (Ridley-Thomas): Proposed amid the coverage of what came to be known earlier this year as the "Netflix Tax," the bill would have prohibited nearly 90 cities statewide from implementing voter-approved ordinances to tax video streaming under a UUT policy. With several cities and organizations rallying in opposition, the author withdrew the bill for an interim study, and will likely appear again next year with revisions. 

AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer): This bill calls for significant restrictions on how counties contract for personal services, requiring that they demonstrate that each contract would result in actual overall costs savings and not cause the displacement of workers. 

AB 1069 (Low): Regarding the city and county regulation of taxicabs, this bill would prohibit a local jurisdiction from requiring a business license, permit, or certification unless the provider operates "substantially" within the jurisdiction.

SB 182 (Bradford): Permits ride share drivers to obtain a single business license in their home jurisdiction that will be valid in all jurisdictions. The League of Cities and MuniServices, along with several other local jurisdictions, have expressed their concern with the bill's lack of attention to nexus, citing that drivers often live in a city with little connection to the city, or cities, in which they actually operate. 

AB 1414 (Friedman): The bill seeks to lower the cap on local government permit fees for rooftop solar energy systems to $450, unless the local agency is able to justify a higher cost. It is opposed by the League of Cities. 

AB 1168 (Gibson): Extends a statewide moratorium on the expansion of legal gaming for 3 years, and blocks cities from hosting additional card rooms. 

Click here to view MuniServices' full 2017 Legislative Update.

MuniServices has over 35 years' experience in data mining and analysis. They have helped local governments discover, recover and generate over $2.4 billion in revenue and reduce transaction costs. MuniServicces works with over 225 cities in California alone and 800 nationally.