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AB-1433 Natural and working lands: unified program application and process.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 07/18/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  July 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Senate  June 21, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 27, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 06, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1433


Introduced by Assembly Member Wood

February 17, 2017


An act to add Part 7 (commencing with Section 71430) to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, relating to public resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1433, as amended, Wood. Natural and working lands: unified program application and process.
Existing law establishes various programs to provide financial assistance for natural or working lands.
This bill would require the Strategic Growth Council, on or before April 1, 2018, to establish and convene an interagency taskforce task force consisting of representatives from various state agencies who are knowledgeable in programs for natural or working lands to develop a common application form and process for those programs. The bill would require the taskforce, task force, on or before January 1, 2019, to develop and implement the common application form and process for those programs.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Part 7 (commencing with Section 71430) is added to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

PART 7. Unified Program Application and Process

71430.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following definitions apply:
(1) “Natural lands” means lands consisting of forests, grasslands, deserts, freshwater and riparian systems, wetlands, coastal and estuarine areas, watersheds, wildlands, wildlife habitat, mountain meadows, and other similar open-space land.
(2) “Working lands” means lands used for farming, grazing, or the production of forest products.
(b) On or before April 1, 2018, the Strategic Growth Council shall establish and convene an interagency taskforce task force consisting of the following:
(1) Representatives from the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection who are knowledgeable in the Forest Health Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund Grant Program and the Urban and Community Forestry Program established pursuant to the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 (Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 4799.06) of Part 2.5 of Division 4).
(2) Representatives from the Strategic Growth Council who are knowledgeable in the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program developed pursuant to Part 1 (commencing with Section 75200) of Division 44.
(3) Representatives from the Department of Fish and Wildlife who are knowledgeable in the Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program.
(4) Representatives from the Natural Resources Agency who are knowledgeable in the Urban Greening Grant Program developed pursuant to Section 12802.10 of the Government Code.
(5) Representatives from the Department of Food and Agriculture who are knowledgeable in the Healthy Soils Program established pursuant to Section 569 of the Food and Agricultural Code.
(6) Representatives from the Office of Planning and Research.
(7) Representatives from the California Environmental Protection Agency.

(6)

(8) Representatives from any other department or agency in the state who are knowledgeable in natural or working lands programs of that department of agency that are funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund established pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code.
(c) (1) (A) On or before January 1, 2019, the taskforce task force shall develop and implement a common application form and process for the programs specified in subdivision (b).
(B) The application shall require demonstration that the greenhouse gas benefits resulting from projects are durable with those benefits persisting for at least 50 years.
(C) The task force shall develop the application, to the extent feasible, in a manner that obtains basic information and a description of the benefits of a project in a format that may be used for all programs specified in subdivision (b), while recognizing appropriate differences in project types.
(2) The task force may also receive applications to fund a county or regional plan that includes natural and working lands for the purposes of reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases, sequestering carbon, and enhancing resilience to climate change. The planning proposal may be granted from any of the programs funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the extent consistent with the legal requirements pursuant to those programs and shall not exceed 10 percent of funding for those programs.
(d) An application developed pursuant to subdivision (c) and submitted to the taskforce task force pursuant to the process developed pursuant to subdivision (c) shall be considered to be an application for all the programs specified in subdivision (b).
(e) The taskforce task force shall evaluate the application submitted and determine which program is the most appropriate funding source for the application and shall forward the application to the appropriate funding agency or department for consideration.
(f) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this section to streamline the application process for various natural and working lands programs in the state.