Whether or not funds are allocated in California bills

California bills can and do appropriate funds from the general fund or special funds. In other bills, appropriations are specifically not created, although they may otherwise be required by applicable law.

Subject to an appropriation in the annual budget bill for these purposes, the department will provide new funds to target investments in early childhood and resources for the whole of childhood to help build infrastructure and to strengthen local early childhood systems in the state’s most needy communities, as identified by the Equity Screening Tool.

This article is implemented on an endowment for these purposes.

This article is implemented subject to an assignment of legislative power for the purposes described in this article.

Upon approval by the Legislature, the Government Operations Agency will establish the California Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise Program pursuant to this chapter for the purpose of creating a statewide effort to support enterprises social employment in the development of an inclusive workforce development system by providing targeted, specialized, – informed employment services designed to serve those facing barriers to employment.

This subsection comes into force on July 1, 2000 and is implemented only to the extent that appropriations are appropriated for its purposes in the budget law.

A superior court is not bound to exercise the functions imposed under this section until the Legislature has granted an identified appropriation for that purpose.

Sometimes the legislature chooses not to appropriate funds, such as an otherwise required refund. For example, Chapter 3 of the Tax and Revenue Code relates to the reimbursement of state-mandated expenses. In Section 2229, any exemption of property for property tax purposes that is enacted by the legislature must be reimbursed by the state. However, the legislature may choose not to reimburse local governments for lost revenue.

Here is an example of language a reader would find in a bill stating that no appropriation will be made despite the legislative language quoted above:

Notwithstanding Section 2229 of the Revenue and Tax Code, no appropriation is made by this Act and the State shall not reimburse any local agency for property tax revenue lost to it under this Act. law.

There are many examples of appropriations in the bills of each legislative session. Slight differences in language do not affect whether bills affect an amount or depend on an amount being allocated in a bill or in the budget.

Bernard P. Love