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AB-1166 International relations: trade and economic development: Israel.(2013-2014)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 21, 2013

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2013–2014 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1166


Introduced by Assembly Member Blumenfield

February 22, 2013


An act to add the heading of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 99500) to Title 20 of, and to add Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 99504) to Title 20 of, the Government Code, relating to international relations. relations, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1166, as amended, Blumenfield. International relations: trade and economic development: Israel.
Existing law requires the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to develop and implement an International Trade and Investment Program, as specified. Existing law authorizes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to establish an international trade and investment office outside of the United States if 2 specified conditions occur.
This bill would establish the California and Israel Trade and Economic Development Act of 2013 to facilitate greater economic development and job creation opportunities for this state. The bill would express the intent of the act direct the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development to formalize an economic relationship between this state and Israel and to build a framework to explore new research and development opportunities in the innovation economy. to increase investments for renewable energy and increase clean technology, promote development of green collar jobs, and expand employment opportunities in the state. The bill would provide that the provisions of this act that go beyond the current International Trade and Investment Program be funded through donations and bequests designated for this purpose and would create a special fund, the California-Israel Clean Tech Development Fund, that would be continuously appropriated for purposes of carrying out these provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NOYES   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declare all of the following:

(a)The development of trade and economic relations between this state and Israel would provide opportunities for economic growth and job creation in this state.

(b)That a partnership between this state and Israel would provide for further collaboration in research and development programs.

(c)That this state and Israel have an opportunity to partner on life sciences and clean and alternative energy research.

(a) California and Israel share close ties and are global leaders in environmental and solar technology.
(b) Promoting mutual business, research, and technology development opportunities for clean technology industries could contribute to spurring innovations to the global marketplace.
(c) Technology and knowledge transfer of clean technology between academic and industry research teams are vitally important to sustaining both industry sector growth and regional economic development.
(d) The state and cities, such as Los Angeles, through memoranda of understanding, have been promoting bilateral trade and tourism and exchanges for innovative homeland security training and education.
(e) By encouraging new collaborative partnerships with Israel, California may be able to increase investments for renewable energy and increase clean technology, promote development of green collar jobs, and expand employment opportunities in the state.
(f) California and Israeli companies have worked together to build the world’s largest solar power plant that over nearly the past 20 years has generated approximately 90 percent of the world’s commercial solar-derived electricity.
(g) The repeal of the statutory authority for the Technology, Trade, and Commerce Agency has increased the importance of strengthening collaborative linkages at the federal, state, regional, and local levels.

SEC. 2.

 The heading of Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 99500) is added to Title 20 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  1. General Provisions

SEC. 3.

 Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 99504) is added to Title 20 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  2. The California and Israel Trade and Economic Development Act of 2013

99504.
 (a) This act shall be known and may be cited as the California and Israel Trade and Economic Development Act of 2013.
(b) The purpose of this act is to facilitate greater economic development and job creation opportunities for this state. development, job creation, opportunities, and support for practical and applied research and development that will result in mutual cooperation for the development of trade, mutual assistance, and business relations between California and Israel.

(c)It is the intent of this act to formalize an economic relationship between this state and Israel and to build a framework to explore new research and development opportunities in the innovation economy.

(c) The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) shall serve as the lead agency to coordinate, promote, and facilitate the binational clean technology research to promote innovative developments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean air, and water conservation.
(d) The California-Israel Clean Tech Development Fund is hereby created as a special fund within the State Treasury. Subject to approval of the Department of Finance, all moneys collected and received by GO-Biz from gifts, donations, or bequests designated for purposes of this act shall be deposited into the fund to carry out the purposes of this chapter that go beyond the provisions of the International Trade and Investment Program. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the Government Code, the moneys in the fund are continuously appropriated pursuant to the terms of the gift, bequest, or donation. An annual accounting shall be made to the legislative budget committees of all money received, awarded, and expended during the year under this section.
(e) This section shall become operative to the extent sufficient funds are available.