The California legislature is quickly moving to overturn a law that's been the bane of presiding judges throughout the state since it was enacted four years ago. Pushed by Gov. Jerry Brown during the state's long-running fiscal crisis, the contentious statute had eliminated the rainy-day funds built up by local trial courts.
Those reserve funds were swept away by the Brown administration in 2013. With that money, the governor created a statewide pot from which courts could draw in an emergency, but prohibited individual courts from saving more than one percent of their unspent dollars each year.
The new bill now moving through the Assembly, AB 2458, would overturn that 2013 law and return to the previous status quo, allowing trial courts to keep a rainy-day fund for expenses over and above the day-to-day operation of the court, such as technology projects and emergencies.
The reserve funds also provide a cushion when the court budget takes a hit in an economic crisis.
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