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AB-2614 Outdoor experiences: disadvantaged youth.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 04/19/2018 04:00 AM
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Revised  May 25, 2018
Corrected  May 17, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2614


Introduced by Assembly Member Carrillo
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Eduardo Garcia and Limón) Eduardo Garcia, Limón, and Gonzalez Fletcher)

February 15, 2018


An act to add Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 5660) to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, relating to outdoor experiences.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2614, as amended, Carrillo. Outdoor experiences: disadvantaged youth.
Existing law establishes in state government the Natural Resources Agency, consisting of various departments, including the Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Coastal Commission, and the State Coastal Conservancy.
Existing law, the State Urban Parks and Healthy Communities Act, requires the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a competitive grant program to assist state parks, specified state conservancies, urbanized and heavily urbanized local agencies, and community-based organizations within those jurisdictions to provide outdoor educational opportunities to children.
This bill would require the Natural Resources Agency to survey school districts districts, as provided, to identify school districts that offer bus transportation services from a school of the school district to a nonprofit organization that provides services to pupils of that school district. The bill would require the agency, based on the survey, to compile a list of schools within a school district that offer those bus transportation services, as specified. The bill would require the agency, upon request, to provide the list to a nonprofit organization or state agency that provides outdoor experiences to disadvantaged youth. The bill would require the agency to develop a grant program for innovative transportation projects that provide disadvantaged youth with access to outdoor experiences, as specified. The bill would require the agency, before developing guidelines for the grant program, to consult with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Coastal Commission, and the State Coastal Conservancy.
This bill would make a finding that providing children with access to outdoor experiences increases school performance, builds civic behavior, and improves the overall well-being of California’s citizens and communities.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 5660) is added to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
CHAPTER  3.4. Enhancing Disadvantaged Youth Access to Outdoor Experiences

5660.
 The Legislature finds and declares that providing children with access to outdoor experiences increases school performance, builds civic behavior, and improves the overall well-being of California’s residents and communities. These experiences are also important to the continuing stewardship of our natural resources.

5660.1.
 For purposes of this chapter, “agency” means the Natural Resources Agency.

5661.
 (a) (1) The Natural Resources Agency agency shall survey school districts to identify school districts that offer bus transportation services from a school of the school district to a nonprofit organization that provides services to pupils of that school district.
(2) In conducting the survey required pursuant to paragraph (1), the agency may collaborate with the State Department of Education, including, but not limited to, the State Department of Education’s California Regional Environmental Education Community Network program, to assist in the compiling of the needed information.
(b) The Natural Resources Agency, agency, based on the information obtained pursuant to subdivision (a), shall compile a list of schools within a school district that offer bus transportation services described in subdivision (a). The list shall include, but not be limited to, the school district’s name, the name and location of the school within the school district that is providing the bus transportation service, contact information of the school, and a description of the nonprofit organization’s general cost for bus transportation from that school, including whether the transportation service is provided at the actual or a reduced cost. The Natural Resources Agency, agency, upon request, shall provide the list to a nonprofit organization or state agency that, through a program, provide provides outdoor experiences to disadvantaged youth.

5662.
 (a) The Natural Resources Agency agency shall develop a grant program for innovative transportation projects that provide disadvantaged youth with access to outdoor experiences. The program shall include, but is not limited to, both of the following:
(1) Grants that provide funding to a nonprofit organization or a state agency to cover the cost of transportation services from a school on the list created pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 5661 in furtherance of providing new and expanded outdoor experiences to disadvantaged youth.
(2) Grants to provide a rebate to a nonprofit organization or state agency to assist the nonprofit organization or state agency in purchasing a low-emission bus that is primarily used to provide transportation services from a school on the list created pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 5661 in connection with programs that provide new and expanded outdoor experiences to disadvantaged youth.
(b) On or before July 1, 2019, the Natural Resources Agency agency shall develop guidelines for the grant program described in subdivision (a). Before developing the guidelines, the Natural Resources Agency agency shall consult with the Department of Parks and Recreation, department, the California Coastal Commission, and the State Coastal Conservancy.

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