California Citizens Compensation Commission
The CCCC was established by California Proposition 112 (1990).
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.
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.
In January 2011, the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board denied Cedillo's claim.