Now more than ever special districts need to advocate on behalf of the communities they serve. From climate adaptation to workforce development, lawmakers in Sacramento and Washington D.C. are making critical decisions that will impact the budget, infrastructure, and operations of your district.

Special Districts Legislative Days is the only opportunity for all types of special districts, large and small, north and south, rural and urban to come together with one united voice. Issues like revenue, governance, labor, and public works matter to all districts whether they provide water, sewer, fire protection, parks, cemeteries, healthcare, mosquito abatement, ports, harbors, airports, libraries, or other essential services.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from California’s top decision-makers, build partnerships and strengthen the voice of local control. Past speakers have included California’s State Controller, State Treasurer, Secretary of State, Secretary of Natural Resources, Director of the Office of Emergency Services, State Auditor, Legislative Analyst, and Director of Finance.

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Agenda At A Glance

Agenda subject to change 

DAY ONE: Advocacy Focus – May 17, 2022 – 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Explore how decisions are really made in the Capitol and help shape the outcome of special districts’ priorities. Highlights include:

  • State and federal legislative briefings from CSDA and NSDC lobbyists
  • Lunch meeting with Legislators and State Capitol staff invited
  • Private legislative reception 

DAY  TWO: Policy Focus – May 18, 2022 – 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Enjoy a breakfast keynote speaker and then select one of three in-depth breakout sessions. Learn from leading experts tackling the biggest challenges facing special districts and interact with state decision-makers molding the policy surrounding those issues: 

  • Climate adaptation and resilience: innovative pilot projects and practical insights from special districts leading the way 
  • Putting infrastructure funding to work: Little Hoover Commission’s recommendations for improving state permitting for local projects 
  • Safeguarding our communities’ assets from cyber threats: deploying critical cybersecurity resources, tools, and trainings

Legislative Visit Modification

As noted on the schedule at legislativedays.csda.net, due to the remodeling of the State Capitol and evolving precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSDA will be inviting Legislators and Capitol staff to a luncheon with attendees in place of traditional visits to legislative offices.

CSDA will make every effort to secure the participation of as many legislative representatives as possible and strive to group attendees with state officials from their region. However, the attendance of specific Legislators and Capitol staff and the exact seating arrangements of attendees cannot be guaranteed due to variables outside the control of CSDA.

In order to provide attendees with flexibility to maximize their travel to Sacramento, the schedule does provide 90 minutes of free time on Tuesday, May 17 from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. as an opportunity for attendees to check in to their hotel room, independently schedule meetings outside of the conference, conduct other business as may be necessary, rest, or explore the Capitol area.


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