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AB-2725 California Conservation Corps: job training: construction and related fields.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/15/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2725


Introduced by Assembly Member Acosta
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Chen, Cunningham, and Lackey)

February 15, 2018


An act to amend Sections 14300 and 14306 of, and to add Section 14307.5 to, the Public Resources Code, relating to resources conservation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2725, as introduced, Acosta. California Conservation Corps: job training: construction and related fields.
Existing law establishes the California Conservation Corps in the Natural Resources Agency, administered by the Director of the California Conservation Corps. Existing law requires that participants in the corps generally be engaged in certain kinds of projects, including projects that accomplish useful and needed public works projects in urban and rural areas.
This bill would specify that those projects include the construction of housing. The bill would require the director to establish a Construction Corps Program to provide corpsmembers with job training in construction-related fields, as specified. The bill would require the director, in developing and administering the program, to partner with local builders, apprenticeship programs, preapprenticeship programs, and community colleges to provide relevant training and experience to corpsmembers. The bill would authorize the director to determine the appropriate location or locations for the program based on factors the director determines are appropriate, including, among other things, the local need for housing or construction workers.
Existing law authorizes the director to execute contracts with any person, natural or corporate, for the purpose of implementing the objectives of the corps, as specified.
This bill would authorize the director to also execute agreements for the same purposes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14300 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

14300.
 Young women and men participating in the corps program shall generally be engaged in projects which that do the following:
(a) Preserve, maintain, and enhance environmentally important lands and waters.
(b) Accomplish useful and needed public works projects projects, including the construction of housing, in both urban and rural areas.
(c) Conserve, maintain, improve, and develop natural resources in both urban and rural areas.
(d) Provide opportunities for public use of, or education in, the areas, projects, and resources described in subdivisions (a), (b), and (c).
(e) Assist in emergency operations, such as natural disaster relief and the rescue of lost and injured persons.
(f) Assist in fire prevention and suppression.
(g) Directly contribute to the conservation of energy.
(h) Contribute toward making public facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.
(i) Assist departments within the Natural Resources Agency in developing, rehabilitating, and restoring parklands, recreational facilities, and historical resources; restoring salmon and steelhead spawning, nursery, and rearing habitat; restoring and preserving wildlife habitat; and enhancing reforestation in both urban and rural areas.

SEC. 2.

 Section 14306 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

14306.
 To implement this division, the director may do all of the following:
(a) Recruit and enroll corpsmembers and special corpsmembers.
(b) Adopt criteria for selecting applicants for enrollment in the corps’ program, including criteria for individuals convicted of a crime described in the California Uniform Controlled Substances Act (Division 10 (commencing with Section 11000) of the Health and Safety Code). The director shall take into account, when adopting this criteria, the health, safety, and welfare of the public and the corps’ program participants and staff.
(c) Execute contracts containing the terms and conditions that are deemed necessary and desirable for the enrollment of corpsmembers.
(d) Authorize utilization of the corps for emergency projects occasioned by natural disasters, fire prevention and suppression, rescue of lost or injured persons, and any other activity or project necessary or desirable to carry out the purposes of this division.
(e) Apply for and accept grants or contributions of funds from any public or private source.
(f) Purchase, rent, or otherwise acquire or obtain necessary property, supplies, instruments, tools, equipment, and conveniences.
(g) Execute contracts for furnishing the services of the corps to any federal, state, or local public agency; any local or statewide private organization concerned with the objectives of the corps’ program, as specified in Sections 14000 and 14300; and any person, firm, partnership, or corporation concerned with these objectives.
(h) Procure insurance.
(i) Be reimbursed by the federal government, any state or local public agency, or any private organization for actual expenses incurred by the corps for any project undertaken for any such entity pursuant to subdivision (d) or (g) or pursuant to Section 14307.
(j) To the extent permitted by Article VII of the California Constitution, execute contracts or agreements with any person, natural or corporate, for the purpose of implementing the objectives of the corps, as specified in Sections 14000 and 14300. 14000, 14300, and 14307.5.
(k) Utilize any services, material, or property of any agency of the state, and may make agreements with any agency of the state or take other actions that are reasonable and necessary.
(l) Contract with public or private nonprofit entities to provide services for the corps.
(m) Contract with the University of California, the California State University, the community college districts, and private institutions for the creation of special admission and tuition credit programs for corpsmembers.

SEC. 3.

 Section 14307.5 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

14307.5.
 (a) The director shall establish the Construction Corps Program to provide corpsmembers with job training in construction-related fields, in order to meet the state’s demand for skilled workers, increase the state’s supply of housing, and help corpsmembers find construction-related jobs, including, but not limited to, jobs in carpentry, equipment operation, insulation installation, masonry, drywall installation and finishing, painting, and roofing.
(b) In developing and administering the Construction Corps Program, the director may partner with local builders, apprenticeship programs, preapprenticeship programs, and community colleges to provide relevant training and experience to corpsmembers.
(c) The director may determine the appropriate location or locations for the Construction Corps Program based on factors the director determines are appropriate, including the local need for housing or construction workers, the availability of existing training programs or builders, and other unique local circumstances that would facilitate the achievement of the program’s objectives.