The deadline to introduce new legislation was February 24, 2012. As far as I can tell, there were only a handful of new bills introduced that affect the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). The new bills include:
- AB 1659 by Assembly Member Butler. This bill would subject employees of the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles to PERB’s jurisdiction unless those two entities could demonstrate that they have “independent” employee relations commissions. The bill considers an employee relations commission to be “independent” if it 1) has a separate budget line item, 2) has sole discretion to spend its funds; 3) has control over employment issues related to its staff; and 4) is the custodian of records for its documents.
- AB 2604 by Assembly Member Williams. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to MMBA section 3501.
- SB 1358 by Senator Mimi Walters. This bill would amend the Dills Act to provide that peace officers designated under Penal Code section 830 et. seq. would have the right to their own bargaining unit.