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AB-1232 Agricultural pest control: citrus disease prevention: funding.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/17/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1232


Introduced by Assembly Member Fong

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 5913 of the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to agricultural pest control, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1232, as introduced, Fong. Agricultural pest control: citrus disease prevention: funding.
Existing law creates the California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee in the Department of Food and Agriculture to, among other things, develop a statewide citrus specific pest and disease work plan. Existing law provides for a monthly assessment to be paid by producers, as defined, which is deposited in the Citrus Disease Management Account in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund. Moneys in the Citrus Disease Management Account are available upon appropriation by the Legislature for specified activities relating to citrus disease prevention.
This bill would appropriate $10,000,000 from the General Fund to the Citrus Disease Management Account in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund, and would make those funds available for expenditure by the department, without regard to fiscal year, for the purpose of combating citrus specific pests, diseases, and their vectors.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 5913 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

5913.
 (a) There is hereby created the Citrus Disease Management Account in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund.
(b) The Citrus Disease Management Account shall consist of money from federal, industry, and other non-General Fund sources. Money from federal, industry, and other non-General Fund sources shall be available upon appropriation by the Legislature for the sole purpose of combating citrus specific pests, diseases, and their vectors.
(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (b), the sum of ten million dollars ($10,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Citrus Disease Management Account in the Department of Food and Agriculture Fund, and shall be made available for expenditure by the department, without regard to fiscal year, for the purpose of combating citrus specific pests, diseases, and their vectors.