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SB-1410 Wildlife management areas: payments.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Section 1504 of the Fish and Game Code requires that payments be made to counties equal to the property taxes previously levied on property held by the Department of Fish and Wildlife pursuant to that section.
(b) No payments have been made to counties pursuant to Section 1504 of the Fish and Game Code since the 2001–02 fiscal year when a partial payment was made.
(c) Counties are now owed approximately nineteen million dollars ($19,000,000) for the unpaid payments.
(d) If this property were owned by a private party, a county could sell the property to recoup unpaid property taxes.
(e) Because the sale of this state-owned property is not an option for a county, the state should fulfill its statutory obligation and pay the current and unpaid amounts.
(f) To that end, an appropriation is needed to meet the obligations of the Department of Fish and Wildlife incurred pursuant to Section 1504 of the Fish and Game Code since the 2001–02 fiscal year.
SEC. 2.
 The sum of nineteen million dollars ($19,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Fish and Wildlife, to make payments to counties for unpaid amounts incurred pursuant to Section 1504 of the Fish and Game Code.

SEC. 3.

 Section 1504 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

1504.
 (a) When income is derived directly from real property acquired and operated by the state as a wildlife management area, and regardless of whether income is derived from property acquired after October 1, 1949, the department may shall  pay annually to the county in which the property is located an amount equal to the county taxes levied upon the property at the time title to the property was transferred to the state. The department may shall  also pay the assessments levied upon the property by any irrigation, drainage, or reclamation district.
(b) Any delinquent penalties or interest applicable to any of those  such  assessments made before September 9, 1953, are hereby canceled and shall be waived.
(c) Payments provided by this section shall only  be made  from funds that are appropriated  made available  to the department for the purposes of this section. pursuant to subdivision (d). 
(d) Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the sum of two million dollars ($2,000,000) is hereby appropriated annually, beginning with the 2014–15 fiscal year, from the General Fund to the department to make the payments to counties provided by this section.
(d) (e)  As used in this section, the term “wildlife management area” includes waterfowl management areas, deer ranges, upland game bird management areas, and public shooting grounds.
(e) (f)  Any payment made  Payments  under this section shall be made on or before December 10 of each year, with the exception of  excepting  newly acquired property for which payments shall be made pursuant to subdivision (f). (g). 
(f) (g)  Any payments made  Payments  for the purposes of this section shall be made within one year of the date title to the property was transferred to the state, or within 90 days from the date of designation as a wildlife management area, whichever occurs first, prorated for the balance of the year from the date of designation as a wildlife management area to the 30th day of June following the date of designation as a wildlife management area, and, thereafter, payments shall be made on or before December 10 of each year.
(g) Notwithstanding any other law, payments provided under this section shall not be allocated to a school district, a community college district, or a county superintendent of schools.
SEC. 4.
 This act is an urgency statute necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety within the meaning of Article IV of the Constitution and shall go into immediate effect. The facts constituting the necessity are:
In order for the fiscal arrangements made by this act to be operative at the commencement of the 2014–15 fiscal year, it is necessary for this act to take effect immediately.