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AB-427 California Aerospace Commission.(2017-2018)

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

Assembly Bill No. 427


Introduced by Assembly Member Muratsuchi
(Principal coauthor: Senator Allen)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bloom and Obernolte)

February 09, 2017


An act to add Part 6.8 (commencing with Section 15375) to Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to aerospace.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 427, as introduced, Muratsuchi. California Aerospace Commission.
Existing law establishes the Spaceport Office in the Department of Transportation to seek and obtain federal funding for the commercialization of private space activities in the state. Existing law, for the January 1, 2014, lien date to, and including, the January 1, 2024, lien date, exempts from taxation qualified property, as defined, for use in space flight. Existing law authorizes airport districts to provide and maintain spaceports and landing places for space reentry traffic.
Existing law establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (office), which is administered by a director appointed by the Governor. The office serves the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth.
This bill would establish the California Aerospace Commission to foster the development of activities in California related to aerospace, including, but not limited to, aviation, commercial and governmental space travel, unmanned aerial vehicles, aerospace education and job training, infrastructure and research launches, manufacturing, academic research, applied research, economic diversification, business development, tourism, and education. The bill would specify various related duties of the commission. The bill would require the bill to report and provide recommendation to the Governor and the Legislature as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Part 6.8 (commencing with Section 15375) is added to Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

PART 6.8. California Aerospace Commission

15375.
 (a) The California Aerospace Commission is hereby established to foster the development of activities in California related to aerospace, including, but not limited to, aviation, commercial and governmental space travel, unmanned aerial vehicles, aerospace education and job training, infrastructure and research launches, manufacturing, academic research, applied research, economic diversification, business development, tourism, and education.
(b) The commission shall be an official recipient of grants from state or local government sources or from private businesses or individuals, for California aerospace-related activities, including, but not limited to, studies, services, infrastructure improvements, and modernization.
(c) The commission shall be an advocate in support of California aerospace-related activities, including, but not limited to, the businesses, facilities, programs, developments, alterations, modifications, educational activities, and other programs impacting those activities.
(d) The commission shall identify and recommend changes in federal, state, and local statutes and regulations that will enhance the development of California aerospace-related activities.
(e) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, the commission shall report on the economic and employment impacts of California aerospace-related activities to the Governor and the Legislature and other state agencies and commissions that adopt regulations or make decisions or determinations that affect those activities.
(f) Notwithstanding Section 10231.5, the commission shall recommend to the Governor and the Legislature appropriate state funding mechanisms and amounts to promote development of California aerospace-related activities.
(g) With regard to the development of California aerospace-related activities, the commission shall provide recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature in the form of strategic planning documents.
(h) The commission shall act as a clearinghouse for aerospace-related issues and information.
(i) The commission shall foster and promote activities related to aerospace in all parts of California.
(j) Reports and recommendations provided to the Legislation pursuant to this part shall be submitted pursuant to section 9795.