To determine a reasonable and justified annual membership fee that better reflects its actual costs, the State Bar should conduct a thorough analysis of its operating costs and develop a biennial spending plan. It should work with the Legislature to set an appropriate annual membership fee based upon its analysis. The first biennial spending plan should also include an analysis of the State Bar's plans to spend its current fund balances.
See May 13, 2016, Spending Plan.
The State Bar analyzed its operating costs and provided a spending plan to the Legislature that included an assessment of the annual membership fee. Although this spending plan is not a biennial plan, as indicated in our recommendation, the State Bar's plan addresses the underlying concern of our recommendation--that the State Bar be more cognizant of its actual costs and take steps to align its membership fee based on those costs.
The State Bar will prepare an analysis of its operating costs and develop a biennial spending plan, which will be submitted to the Legislature by May 15, 2016.
The State Bar will prepare an analysis of its operating costs and develop a biennial spending plan, which will be submitted by May 15, 2016, to the Legislature, as provided in an amendment pending in Senate Bill No. 387. See Response to Recommendation 13 above.
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