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All Local Agencies Must Adopt Debt Policy Prior to Debt Issuance as of January 1, 2017

As Lozano Smith previously reported, on September 12, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 1029, which requires all California public agencies to report annually on any debt sold on or after January 21, 2017.

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School District Bid Threshold Raised for 2017

According to the California Department of Education Office of Financial Accountability and Information Services, the bid threshold for K-12 school districts' purchases of equipment, materials, supplies and services (except construction services) has been adjusted to $88,300, effective January 1, 2017.

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Appellate Court Reopens Door for Level 3 Fees

A California court decision has cleared the way for eligible school districts to begin charging Level 3 developer fees to fund new school construction.

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New Claims Resolution Process Will Apply to All Public Contracts Effective January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, a new claims resolution process will be required for all public works projects.

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Governor Signs Bill Requiring Child Safety Alert Systems on School Buses

Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Senate Bill (SB) 1072, a bill modifying the Education Code and Vehicle Code to require additional safety measures for students being transported on school buses.

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Legislature Imposes New Procedures for Selection of Lease-Leaseback Contractors

September 2016 Number 63 Scrutiny regarding school districts' use of lease-leaseback (LLB) construction contracts has prompted the Legislature to impose additional contracting requirements that will make the use of LLB more complicated, and will limit a school district's discretion in selecting the LLB contractor.

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FCC Issues Guidance on Schools' Use of Robocalls

September 2016 Number 61 Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) confirmed that in limited circumstances, schools may make robocalls to their student community without violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

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Fate of Level 3 Developer Fees Remains Clouded

September 2016 The State Allocation Board's (SAB) effort to authorize eligible school districts to levy Level 3 developer fees has hit another legal roadblock.

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Gotta Catch 'Em All: Spotting the Issues Augmented Reality Games Raise for Public Agencies

September 2016 Number 59 Released in July 2016, Pokémon Go is a technological and gaming sensation that swept across the country, where players use their mobile devices to locate Pokémon (virtual creatures) in the real world.

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