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Bonta Bill Dies, is Dead

A Rob Bonta bill intended to help the school district has been adjourned sine die. (File Photo)

A Rob Bonta bill intended to help the school district has been adjourned sine die. (File Photo)

A bill introduced early this year by California 18th Assembly District freshman representative Rob Bonta, AB59, intended to somehow save the Alameda Unified School District from having to refund millions of dollars in illegally collected parcel taxes, and which was effectively dead on arrival, has been adjourned sine die, meaning there will be no future hearings for it.

In March of this year, the California Court of Appeal affirmed a previous ruling that declared part of the school district’s 2008 parcel tax, Measure H, unlawful, and setting the stage for a refund of millions of dollars of taxes collected from commercial property owners.

The school district has made provisions in its budget for the refunds, and the board of trustees was slated to discuss the matter in closed session this week.

Bonta’s bill, which was intended to retroactively change the law to effectively neuter the court ruling to save the school district from having to make the refunds, never went anywhere. There were no votes on the bill, and it was never heard in any committee.

Legal experts told Action Alameda News that even if the bill was to somehow be signed into law, it wouldn’t withstand a legal challenge; the legislature cannot retroactively change the law, or its meaning.

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