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

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Date Published: 04/24/2017 09:00 PM
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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 Chapter 1.17 (commencing with Section 5079.80) to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, 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.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 755, as amended, Eduardo Garcia. Museums: California Museums for All. 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, All grant program, under the administration of the endowment, to provide grants to participating museums for them to, among other things, offer free to $3 admission fees during their 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 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.
This bill would appropriate $4,500,000 from the General Fund to the endowment for allocation for the California Museums for All, All grant program, the Museum and Cultural Resources Program, and the administrative costs of these 2 programs, as specified.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   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. 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 participating in the California Museums for All grant program may receive a grant from the endowment that shall be used 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.
(b) A museum participating in the program may also use the 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 to museums.
(2) Enhancing opportunities for superior museum and cultural program services.
(3) 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. 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 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) 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.

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.
SECTION 1.Chapter 1.17 (commencing with Section 5079.80) is added to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
1.17.California Museums for All
1.Findings
5079.80.

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 removing social and academic barriers low-income children face when they are not exposed 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 chapter 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.

2.Title
5079.81.

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

3.General Provisions
5079.82.

The California Museums for All is hereby established. The California Cultural and Historical Endowment shall administer the California Museums for All to increase access to museums for low-income communities.

5079.83.

(a)A museum participating in the California Museums for All may receive a grant from the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to do all of the following:

(1)Offer 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.

(2)Enhance its programs and exhibits to meet the needs of underserved communities.

(3)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.

(b)The California Cultural and Historical Endowment shall establish application criteria, administrative guidelines, and other requirements for the program.

(c)The California Museums for All 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.

SEC. 2.

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

(a)Two million two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($2,250,000) for the California Museums for All established in Chapter 1.17 (commencing with Section 5079.80) of Division 5 of the Public Resources 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 and the Museum and Cultural Resources Program.