Current law requires the public guardianship commission (commission) to appoint a director for the office of public guardianship (office) to establish and administer the office within one month after the public guardianship cash fund (cash fund) has received $1,700,000 in gifts, grants, and donations. The director is required to administer the office in 3 specified judicial districts within 5 months after the cash fund reaches the same threshold.
The bill removes the condition that the commission and director wait to carry out certain duties until the cash fund has received the specified amount of gifts, grants, and donations and requires the office, upon receiving sufficient funding, to begin operations in the second judicial district prior to operating in any other judicial district. The bill extends the office's reporting deadlines from 2021 to 2023 and requires the office to implement its discontinuation plan if there is no legislation to continue or expand the office prior to adjournment sine die of the 2023 legislative session.
The bill increases specified court fees and requires the state treasurer to deposit the balance of the increased fees in the office of public guardianship cash fund.
The bill appropriates $835,386 to the judicial department for the 2018-19 fiscal year for use by the office of public guardianship.
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)