Fair Employment and Housing Council – New Changes in Term Lengths

California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a new bill changing the length of the terms of those appointed to the Fair Employment and Housing Council—temporarily. The bill, AB 2780, affects appointments to the Council made on or after January 1, 2017.

The Council is composed of 7 members who serve four-year terms. This new law keeps the terms of 4 members to four years, but the other three members’ terms are changed to two-year terms.

But then it gets more complicated. The new law provides that the new appointments replacing each member initially appointed under the new law upon the completion of their terms will serve a term of four-years.

Which is the way it is now. (Blank stare on my face.)

So what was the purpose of this bill? Well, according to the Assembly Floor Analysis, the purpose of the bill is to stagger the terms of the Council members in order to provide institutional continuity. Which makes sense to me.

Gee, I never thought anything coming from Sacramento would make sense to me, but this one does.

Kudos to Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) for this common-sense legislation.

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