To justify any future special assessment that the State Bar wants to add to the annual membership fee, the State Bar should first present the Legislature with the planned uses for those funds and cost estimates for the project for which the State Bar intends to use the special assessment.
On May 13, 2016, in compliance with Business and Professions Code 6140.16, the State Bar submitted a Spending Plan to the Legislature. The Spending Plan includes a thorough analysis of the Bar's priorities and necessary operating costs. The Plan also provides details on the Bar's fund balances to determine a reasonable amount for the annual membership fee. Finally, the Plan calculates the additional amount of funding needed to reduce the backlog in the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel and implement the Bar's workforce plan. The Spending Plan is available on the State Bar's web site at:
In the event that the State Bar seeks a special assessment in the future, the planned use of the funds, and cost estimates for the related project/s will be provided to the Legislature. Staff will bring a policy to the Board to that effect at its July meeting.
In the event that the State Bar seeks a special assessment in the future, the planned use of the funds, and cost estimates for the related project/s will be provided to the Legislature.
The State Bar agrees with this recommendation. But, at the moment, the State Bar is not seeking any new special assessments to which this would apply. Thus, we are unable to take the action recommended at this time. The State Bar will conform to this in the event that it seeks a special assessment in the future. However, the State Bar will add a requirement to its budget control policy.
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