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AB-1942 Forestry and fire protection: reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/16/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1942


Introduced by Assembly Member Gallagher
(Principal coauthor: Senator Nielsen)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Brough, Choi, Megan Dahle, Flora, Fong, Kiley, Lackey, Mathis, Obernolte, and Waldron)
(Coauthor: Senator Dahle)

January 16, 2020


An act relating to forestry and fire protection, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1942, as introduced, Gallagher. Forestry and fire protection: reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to administer various programs, including grant programs, relating to forest health and wildfire protection.
Existing law states that a specified amount is to be annually appropriated, through the 2023–24 fiscal year, from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the department in the annual Budget Act for specified healthy forest and fire prevention programs and projects. Under existing law, the 2019–20 annual Budget Act appropriated $165,000,000 to the department, with at least $5,000,000 to be made available to the California Conservation Corps, as specified.
This bill would appropriate $330,000,000 for the 2020–21 fiscal year from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, as specified, to the department for specified healthy forest and fire prevention programs and projects that improve forest health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by uncontrolled wildfires, with not less than $10,000,000 for the California Conservation Corps’ fire prevention projects and activities in, or adjacent to, the state responsibility areas.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 For the 2020–21 fiscal year, the sum of three hundred thirty million dollars ($330,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the moneys collected and deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, created pursuant to Section 16428.8 of the Government Code, prior to January 1, 2021, to the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the following:
(a) For the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s healthy forest and fire prevention programs and projects, as defined in Section 4137 of the Public Resources Code, that improve forest health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by uncontrolled wildfires, consistent with subdivision (a) of Section 45 of Chapter 626 of the Statutes of 2018.
(b) Not less than ten million dollars ($10,000,000) for the California Conservation Corps’ fire prevention projects and activities, as defined in Section 4137 of the Public Resources Code, in, or adjacent to, the state responsibility areas.