In response to The Bee’s Sept. 25 editorial: I urge The Bee to actually read the text of Assembly Bill 566, currently awaiting the governor’s signature.
Contrary to your published opinion, AB 566 does not prevent California’s courts from contracting out labor functions but requires oversight and accountability before allowing the courts to privatize court workers’ jobs. Like all other governmental agencies, the Judicial Council and superior courts would be required to document and report actual savings and participate in a specific request for proposals process assuring that contracted services meet specific measurable standards and demonstrate the expected dollar savings.
Such oversight would avoid a repeat of the unaudited half-billion-dollar database debacle, which resulted in unprecedented cost overruns and waste. AB 566 sets forth much-needed standards and reforms as private industry contracts to perform critical court functions for which the court remains ultimately responsible, liable and accountable, no matter the training and qualifications of the contract workers – or lack thereof.