by Karl Kurtz
The Sacramento Bee today reports "Longtime California legislative analyst announces retirement."
Talk about legislative lions! Elizabeth Hill, 58, began working in the Legislative Analyst's Office in 1976 and became its head in 1986. She is the second-longest serving legislative fiscal officer in the country (behind Wisconsin's Bob Lang) and one of the most influential, innovative and respected staffers in the country.
Liz was given one of NCSL outstanding legislative staff achievement awards in 2006. Here is the citation:
This award is given in recognition of Liz Hill's outstanding career of achievement and excellence in supporting the work of the California Legislature.
Liz has had a 30-year career in California state government. She joined the Legislative Analyst's Office in 1976, and after working in several policy areas became California's Legislative Analyst in 1986. The analyst is elected by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, a 16 member bipartisan committee.
As legislative analyst, Liz serves as a nonpartisan fiscal advisor to both houses of the California Legislature and oversees the preparation of annual fiscal and policy analyses of the state budget and its various programs. Her office also has the responsibility for preparing impartial analyses for all initiatives and constitutional measures qualifying for the statewide ballot. The office currently has a staff of 49.
Liz has also been an active member of the Western Legislative Fiscal Officers' Association and the National Association of Legislative Fiscal Offices. In 1997, she was recognized as a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine and she was a 2005 recipient of the National Public Service Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration.
We previously featured the work of her office in "California's Unique Legislative Analysis of the Governor's Budget."