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AB-755 Museums: California Museums for All grant program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/30/2017 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 30, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 24, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 755


Introduced by Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia

February 15, 2017


An act to add Article 6 (commencing with Section 20093) to Chapter 13 of Part 11 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, relating to museums, and making an appropriation therefor. museums.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 755, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. Museums: California Museums for All grant program.
Existing law, the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Act, establishes the California Cultural and Historical Endowment in the Natural Resources Agency. Among other things, the act authorizes the endowment to make grants and loans on a competitive basis to public agencies and nonprofit organizations, as defined, to encourage development of California’s historical and cultural resources. Existing law establishes the Museum and Cultural Resources Program, under the administration of the endowment, to assist and enhance the services of California’s museums and of other groups and institutions that undertake cultural projects that are deeply rooted in and reflective of previously underserved communities.
This bill would establish the California Museums for All grant program, under the administration of the endowment, to provide grants grants, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to participating museums for them to, among other things, museums to support increased access to museums for low-income communities. The bill would require, as a condition of participating in the grant program, that a museum agree to offer free to $3 admission fees during their the museum’s normal hours of operation for each person who presents an electronic benefits transfer card and a current and valid photo identification, and up to 3 guests who are accompanying that person. The bill would require a participating museum to use grant money to enhance its programs and exhibits to meet the needs of underserved communities, to provide its staff with adequate training, and to provide resources for collaborative outreach to low-income communities. The bill would require the endowment, to the extent funding is available, to establish a program to assist and enhance the services of California’s museums that undertake outreach to traditionally underserved communities. The bill would also require the endowment to submit a report to the Legislature that evaluates the program, as provided, within 2 years following an appropriation made by the Legislature to fund the program.

This bill would appropriate $4,500,000 from the General Fund to the endowment for allocation for the California Museums for All grant program, the Museum and Cultural Resources Program, and the administrative costs of these 2 programs, as specified.

Vote: TWO_THIRDSMAJORITY   Appropriation: YESNO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Article 6 (commencing with Section 20093) is added to Chapter 13 of Part 11 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code, to read:
Article  6. California Museums for All Act

20093.
 This article shall be known, and may be cited, as the California Museums for All Act.

20094.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Museums for All is a cooperative initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums. The purpose of the program is to increase access to museums for low-income communities by offering free to low-cost admission.
(b) Museums for All broadens museums’ visitor base by reaching out to low-income communities, enabling families from these communities to attend museums regularly and experience the social and academic benefits gained through exposure to high-quality museum experiences.
(c) Museums for All is a nationally branded program with 113 participating museums and over 150,000 individual participants.
(d) This article builds on the success of the national program and increases the number of California museums that offer free to low-cost admission to low-income communities.

20095.
 For purposes of this article, the term “museum” means a public or private nonprofit agency or institution organized on a permanent basis for essentially educational or aesthetic purposes, that utilizes a professional staff, owns or utilizes tangible objects, cares for the tangible objects, and exhibits the tangible objects to the public on a regular basis. This term includes museums that have tangible and digital collections and includes aquariums, arboretums, botanical gardens, art museums, children’s museums, general museums, historic houses and sites, history museums, nature centers, natural history and anthropology museums, planetariums, science and technology centers, specialized museums, and zoological parks.

20096.
 The endowment shall create and administer a California Museums for All grant program to support increased access to museums for low-income communities. Participants in the program shall be museums that receive grants under the program. The endowment shall establish application criteria, grant guidelines, and other requirements for the program pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 20057. The grant program shall give priority in grant distribution to museums that meet the objectives identified in Section 20097. Funding for the grant program shall be upon appropriation by the Legislature.

20097.
 (a) A museum As a condition of participating in the California Museums for All grant program may receive a grant from the endowment that shall be used to program, a museum shall agree to offer reduced admission fees ranging from free to three dollars ($3) for each person who presents an electronic benefits transfer card and a current and valid photo identification, and up to three guests who are accompanying that person, during the museum’s normal hours of operation. A museum shall not be eligible to participate if the museum already offers a reduced admission fee in that range during the museum’s normal hours of operation, based on determinations related to income.
(b) A museum participating in the program may also use the shall use grant money to do both of the following:
(1) Enhance its programs and exhibits to meet the needs of underserved communities.
(2) Provide its staff with adequate training and provide resources for collaboration with the State Department of Social Services and local community service organizations to market the California Museums for All to low-income communities.
(c) To the extent that funding is available for these purposes, the endowment shall establish a program to assist and enhance the services of California’s museums that undertake outreach to traditionally underserved communities. This program shall give priority to all of the following:
(1) Reduced-price or free admission of pupils in underserved communities to museums.

(2)Enhancing opportunities for superior museum and cultural program services.

(3)

(2) Collaborative projects and technical assistance to coordinate the work of eligible museums and cultural programs and to enhance the ability of museums and cultural programs to serve the public. underserved communities. Priority under this paragraph shall be given to a project that does any of the following:
(A) Assists an eligible museum or cultural program in serving a historically an underserved population.
(B) Aids a museum or cultural program in diversifying or expanding its audience.

(C)Aids a museum or cultural program in raising its professional standards in order to better serve the public.

(D)

(C) Increases accessibility to museums’ and cultural programs’ collections and services.
(d) The California Museums for All grant program shall be implemented and administered, to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the purposes of the national Museums for All cooperative initiative of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums.
(e) (1) Within two years following an appropriation by the Legislature pursuant to Section 20096 for the purposes of this article, the endowment shall submit to the Legislature a report evaluating the impact of the program, including the extent to which the program has improved accessibility to museums for underserved communities.
(2) A report submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

SEC. 2.

Four million five hundred thousand dollars ($4,500,000) is hereby appropriated during the 2017–18 fiscal year from the General Fund to the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Fund to be allocated as follows:

(a)Two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,250,000) for the California Museums for All grant program established in Article 6 (commencing with Section 20093) of Chapter 13 of Part 11 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code.

(b)Two million twenty-five thousand dollars ($2,025,000) for the Museum and Cultural Resources Program established in Article 5 (commencing with Section 20090) of Chapter 13 of Part 11 of Division 1 of Title 1 of the Education Code.

(c)Two hundred twenty-five thousand dollars ($225,000) for the administrative costs of the California Museums for All grant program and the Museum and Cultural Resources Program.