California Citizens Compensation Commission

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The California Citizens Compensation Commission (CCCC) sets the salaries and fringe benefits of members of the California State Legislature and California's other non-federal elected officials.

The CCCC was established by California Proposition 112 (1990).

California Proposition 1F (May 2009) prevents the CCCC from increasing the salaries of California's non-federal elected officials when there is a state budget deficit.

The CCCC has seven members. The members are appointed by the Governor of California to six-year terms.

The Commission is required to meet by June 30 of each year to decide what changes to make, if any, the following December. Actions of the Commission are effective on a December-to-December basis.

Gil Cedillo lawsuit

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

In May 2009, the CCCC voted for an 18% cut in pay and benefits. The cuts took place in December 2009, resulting in a reduction of the salary of state legislators by $20,917/year and a reduction in the pay received by the state's top 12 officials of at least $28,644.[1]

Gil Cedillo then filed a complaint with California's Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, saying that the pay cut exceeded the legal authority of the CCCC, specifically arguing that the California Constitution prohibits legislative pay from being cut in the middle of a lawmaker's term, and that the CCCC lacks the authority to cut the legislative per diem, as it did, from $173 to $142 per day.[1]

In January 2011, the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board denied Cedillo's claim.[1]

2012 rift over role

Jerry Brown appointed labor attorney Thomas Dalzell to the chairmanship of the CCCC in 2012. He said that the CCCC overstepped its bounds in 2011 when it voted to eliminate taxpayer-funded vehicles for lawmakers. Dalzell said that in general he does not believe that the CCCC has the right to regulate or change the per diem payments received by members of the California State Legislature and, instead, must confine itself to dictating their salaries only. The per diem payments extended to members of the state legislature come to about $30,000 per legislator per year.[2]

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