Government Code section 17527(g) authorizes the Commission on State Mandates (Commission) to adopt the proposed regulations.  Reference citations: Government Code sections 11123, 11346.4, 11347, 11347.1, and 17500 et seq.


The Commission is a seven-member quasi-judicial body authorized to resolve disputes regarding the existence of state-mandated local programs (Gov. Code, § 17500 et seq.) and to hear matters involving applications for a finding of significant financial distress (Welf. & Inst. Code, § 17000.6).  The purpose of this rulemaking is to:  (1) clarify and streamline Commission regulations; (2) update language for consistency; (3) clarify the definition of interested person; (4) clarify the certification and signature requirements for documents filed with the Commission; (5) clarify the requirements to e-file documents in a searchable PDF format and include an original signature; (6) clarify the period of limitation for filing a test claim consistent with the statutory scheme; (7) clarify the requirement for a single claimant representative for joint test claim filings; (8) clarify the requirements for filing a proposed amendment to parameters and guidelines consistent with changes to the Government Code; (9) clarify evidence submission requirements; (10) clarify that the same certification and filing requirements apply to all new filings and written materials; (11) update authority and reference citations; and (12) update punctuation for consistency throughout the regulations.


Therefore, the Commission proposes revised language and citations in Articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 of the California Code of Regulations, Division 2, Title 2, Chapter 2.5 with a proposed effective date of January 1, 2018.


We invite your participation in the Commission’s rulemaking proceeding.  The Commission’s rulemaking packet is posted on and includes the following documents:

Written comments on the proposed amendments will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on July 24, 2017. The Commission will hold a public hearing on July 28, 2017, if it receives a written request for a public hearing no later than 15 days before the close of the written comment period, and will notify all persons of the date, time, and location of the hearing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.8(a).  For details on public participation, please view the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking posted on the Commission’s website as described above.

Please visit the link below for the revised notice and revised agenda for the Commission on State Mandates’ Hearing at 10:00 a.m. at the State Capitol, Room 447, Sacramento, California on July 28, 2017.

Please note the following revisions: Section VII.A. has been updated to delete the asterisk (*) from Item 6 thus removing this item from the Consent Calendar. Additionally, the title of Item 6 has been revised because the Commission received a timely written request for a public hearing of the proposed regulation amendments, and herby notifies all persons of the date, time, and location of the hearing pursuant to Government Code section 11346.8(a).

California Special Districts Association (CSDA), California State Association of Counties (CSAC), and League of California Cities (League) Comments on Proposed Regulation Amendments filed July 24, 2017

Revised Agenda, Notice, and New Filings for CSM Hearing on July 28, 2017 issued July 14, 2017

California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Request for Public Hearing of Proposed Regulation Amendments filed July 7, 2017

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