Assemblyman Rich Gordon's bill (AB 2544) to remove duplicative responsibilities within CalFire and the Department of General Services passed by a 66-8 vote on Thursday.
The bill was designed to increase efficiency in Sacramento and provide cost savings to the state. The bill passed the State Assembly in a concurrence vote and now heads to the Governor’s desk.
"We are well aware of the fiscal crisis that faces California," assemblyman Gordon said. "While this bill makes a small administrative change in reducing duplicative services, it highlights a larger issue that we must strive for fiscal prudence to ensure we are using our limited resources wisely."
Real estate transactions by CalFIRE require substantial, duplicative work to be completed by both the DGS and CalFIRE, which results in the drafting of multiple agreements, parallel negotiations, and the preparation of redundant documentation.