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February 22, 2010
Who would Steinberg's bill exempt from furloughs?

The Senate's 30-6 passage of SBX8 29, which would exempt an estimated 80,000 state workers from furloughs, has raised a question: If passed, who would be affected? (Click here to read our Friday story that explains the measure, which has moved on to the Assembly.)

We put in a call to the office of the bill's author, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, and reached his spokeswoman, Alicia Trost.

Trost e-mailed what she says is a partial list that focuses on the most prominent departments that meet the furlough exemption threshold of receiving 95 percent or more of their budget money from sources other than the general fund. Click the following link to see the list.

California Emergency Management Agency
Department of Insurance
Gambling Control Commission
Department of Consumer Affairs
Victims Compensation/Government Claims Board
Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Department of Managed Health Care
Office of Traffic Safety
State Lands Commission
Department of Fish and Fame
Delta Protection Commission
Environmental Protection Agency (including Air Resources Board, Department of Pesticide Regulation, State Water Resources Control Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control)
Department of Mental Health
Department of Public Health
Department of Developmental Services
Department of Social Services
Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Health and Human Services Agency (including Emergency Medical Services Authority, Department of Aging, Deparment of Alcohol and Drug Programs, Children and Families Commission, Department of Health Care Service, Childrens Medical Services and Primary and Rural Health)

Again, this is not a complete list. You would think that CalPERS, CalSTRS and the quasi-independent property insurer, the California Earthquake Authority would be furough-free if the bill passes. And the SBX8 29 specifically names the Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization (even though the independent BOE and other constitutional departments have refused to implement Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's furlough order).

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