Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak’s (R-Hanford) Senate Bill 967, to address the issue of special election costs to counties, passed the Senate Committee on Elections and Constitutional Amendments today.
SB 967 would require the state to reimburse counties for the entire cost of holding special elections to fill the vacancy of a member of the state Legislature or Congress.
Under current law, counties must bear the cost of special elections. As a result, affected counties must allocate funds away from essential services to pay for the election.
“Fresno County was forced to hold a special election today to fill a vacant Assembly seat, which is costing the county more than a half- million dollars,” said Vidak. “That’s money that could have been used for police, fire, health, education and other vital services.”
The bill will be heard next in the Senate Appropriations Committee.