FAIRFIELD — Two legislative bills by State Assemblyman Jim Frazier were among measures Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law Monday – including a change sought by Vacaville to boost to $275 the amount paid when a local government employee has to attend a civil action.
“AB 2397 will allow consenting defendants to appear by two-way audio video communication for non-critical portions of a trial,” Frazier said in an email. “In light of the significant cuts to our judicial system, it is my hope that my bill will result in maximized cost-savings for California courts while simultaneously maintaining the rights of defendants”
“AB 2727 increases subpoena deposits from $150 per day to $275 per day when a local agency employee is required to attend a civil action proceeding,” the assemblyman said. ” The $150 deposit to local agencies has not been adjusted since 1990 despite the fact that employee costs have risen in the past two decades and many public employers have already increased their subpoena deposit amounts over the years.”
Separate legislation two years ago increased the pay for law enforcement officers required to attend proceedings, said Robert Simpson, legislative director for Frazier, D-Oakley.
Frazier’s bill extends the $275 requirement to other municipal employees, Simpson said.
The state assemblyman’s other legislation allows defendants held in a state, county or local facility to appear by two-way audio-video communications for portions of a trial that are not critical, Simpson said.
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