Nevada County Unveils Legislative Platform – YubaNet

At their Tuesday meeting, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors (BOS) passed the 2022 legislative platform for the county. The document outlines BOS priority objectives and state budget priorities. It outlines the county’s position with respect to proposed state and federal legislation and funding priorities for the county and region.

The executive summary of the document reads as follows:

“The Nevada County Legislative Platform (Platform) provides an advocacy framework to support legislative and regulatory advocacy to ensure the sustainable delivery of basic public services, advance county priority goals such as ‘adopted by the Supervisory Board and to seek funding for infrastructure. needs, capital projects, and other services and programs that support and promote the well-being of the residents and community of Nevada County. The platform’s annual updates also facilitate a proactive response to key legislative priorities or regulatory positions in a given year.

The somewhat dry and esoteric paragraph is like catnip for political buffs. This is a how-to manual for understanding why the BOS will send letters of support for proposed legislation, which supervisors will advocate for California State Association of Counties (CSAC), Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC ) and the National Association of Counties (NACo). It outlines the work performed by staff on behalf of all Nevada County residents beyond county lines. the problems identified in the platform are divided into five distinct areas:

  1. Administration of Justice (AOJ)
  2. Agriculture, Environment and Natural Resources (ANR)
  3. Public Finance and Administration (GFA)
  4. Health and Human Services (HHS)
  5. Housing, Land Use and Transportation (HLUT)

The BOS, Office of the CEO, and senior county department staff will develop and update the platform annually and as needed during emergencies/drastic changes to support county funding priorities and request support legislation to major projects in the county.

How does this affect residents?

BOS priorities for the year: financial stability, basic services, emergency preparedness, economic development, housing, broadband, recreation, homelessness and cannabis.

Focusing county money on these priorities can get work done. Advocating for state and federal funding to leverage local resources brings taxpayer dollars back to Nevada County and accelerates projects, benefiting the entire community. Supporting the development of rules (laws) that minimize binding requirements and legal hurdles, consider different state environments, and minimize duplication of regulations by multiple agencies is also part of the platform.

Projects advancing priorities can benefit from work done through the platform, such as state and federal funding for housing projects or increased funding for state and federal wildfire mitigation projects.

What exactly is in the platform and who will work on it?

The full platform is available on the county’s website as 43-page .pdf filecomplete with the issues, what actions are planned, who will carry the action item and what is the target (state or federal).

The county’s contract legislative attorneys, aka lobbyists, will support staff and elected officials.

The agenda item was introduced by Senior Business Analyst Jeffrey Thorsby and Project Administrator Ariel Lovett and passed unanimously by the BOS.