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AB-2169 Property Acquisition Law: conservation easements.(2011-2012)

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Assembly Bill No. 2169
CHAPTER 252

An act to amend Section 15853 of the Government Code, and to amend Section 12240 of the Public Resources Code, relating to state property.

[ Approved by Governor  September 07, 2012. Filed with Secretary of State  September 07, 2012. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2169, Chesbro. Property Acquisition Law: conservation easements.
The California Forest Legacy Program Act of 2007 establishes the California Forest Legacy Program to conserve private forests lands and authorizes the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to acquire conservation easements, of eligible properties, by entering into a contract with the Wildlife Conservation Board to administer the purchase of conservation easements. The existing Property Acquisition Law requires that all real property and interests in real property to be acquired by or for any state agency, with specified exceptions that do not include the department, be acquired by the State Public Works Board.
This bill would authorize the Wildlife Conservation Board to acquire conservation easements on behalf of the department, as prescribed. This bill would exclude from the above requirement the acquisition of conservation easements made pursuant to the California Forest Legacy Program Act of 2007.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 15853 of the Government Code is amended to read:

15853.
 (a) The board may select and acquire, in the name of and on behalf of the state, with the consent of the state agency concerned, the fee or any lesser right or interest in any real property necessary for any state purpose or function.
(b) If moneys are appropriated by the Budget Act for any fiscal year or by any other act for the acquisition of land or other real property, either (1) subject to this part or (2) for any state agency for whom property is acquired by the board, the moneys and acquisitions are subject to this part and the moneys shall be expended in accordance with this part, notwithstanding any other law.
(c) Notwithstanding any other law, all land and other real property to be acquired by or for any state agency, other than the Department of Transportation, the Department of Water Resources, the State Reclamation Board, the Department of Fish and Game, the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Public Employees’ Retirement System, the State Teachers’ Retirement System, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the State Lands Commission, except for property to be acquired for the State Lands Commission pursuant to an appropriation from the General Fund, and the State Coastal Conservancy with respect to acceptance of offers to dedicate public accessways made pursuant to Division 20 (commencing with Section 30000) of the Public Resources Code, shall be acquired by the State Public Works Board in accordance with this part.
(d) (1) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the board shall acquire, on behalf of and for the Department of Parks and Recreation, in accordance with this part, any interests in real property, including options to purchase, which have been appraised, selected, and settled through purchase negotiations by the Department of Parks and Recreation pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 5006 of the Public Resources Code. Out of moneys appropriated for the acquisition of options to purchase, no more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000) may be expended for the acquisition of any single option unless otherwise provided by the Legislature.
(2) Notwithstanding Section 15854, purchase negotiations for interests in real property for the state park system pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 5006 of the Public Resources Code shall be initiated within six months of the effective date of the act that appropriates funds for the acquisition. Purchase negotiations on all projects not proposed pursuant to subdivision (d) of Section 5006 of the Public Resources Code shall be initiated within 12 months of the effective date of the act appropriating funds for the acquisition. Either title shall be conveyed or a written agreement to transfer title shall be executed within the appropriate authorization period unless the Department of Parks and Recreation formally abandons the acquisition prior to the conclusion of the appropriate authorization period. For the purposes of this section, in order for the Department of Parks and Recreation to “formally abandon” an acquisition, it shall transmit written notification to the board of its intent not to proceed with the acquisition.
(3) The board, at any time during the periods specified in paragraph (2), may commence condemnation proceedings if it finds it to be appropriate. However, if, during the appropriate authorization period, title is not conveyed or a written agreement to transfer title is not signed, the acquisition has not been formally abandoned, or condemnation proceedings have not been commenced, the Department of Parks and Recreation shall notify, by letter, the chair of the committee in each house of the Legislature that considers appropriations, the Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the Members of the Legislature within whose district any part of the land or other real property is located of the status of the acquisition. For the purpose of this paragraph, condemnation proceedings shall be deemed to be commenced as of the date the board authorizes acquisition by condemnation.
(4) The board may schedule special meetings as are necessary to expedite the acquisition of options to purchase real property for the state park system.
(e) The board may acquire furnishings that the owner thereof agrees to sell and that are contained within improvements acquired by the board. Cost of acquisition of furnishings shall be charged to the appropriation available for acquisition of the real property.
(f) This section shall not apply to the acquisition of conservation easements made pursuant to the California Forest Legacy Program Act of 2007 (Division 10.5 (commencing with Section 12200) of the Public Resources Code).

SEC. 2.

 Section 12240 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

12240.
 The California Forest Legacy Program is hereby established. The Wildlife Conservation Board may acquire conservation easements on behalf of the department, pursuant to this division. The California Forest Legacy Program may also include those activities eligible for funding under the federal Forest Legacy Program (16 U.S.C. Sec. 2103c), and the state program shall be coordinated with the federal program to the maximum amount possible.