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AB-2173 District agricultural associations: board of directors: duties: secretary, manager, and treasurer: salaries.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 03/12/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 12, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2173


Introduced by Assembly Member Megan Dahle

February 11, 2020


An act relating to fairgrounds. to amend Section 3965 of the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to district agricultural associations.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2173, as amended, Megan Dahle. Fairgrounds: national or state emergency. District agricultural associations: board of directors: duties: secretary, manager, and treasurer: salaries.

Existing federal law, the National Emergencies Act, authorizes the President to declare a national emergency under specified conditions. Existing state law, the California Emergency Services Act, authorizes the Governor to declare a state of emergency, when specified conditions of disaster or extreme peril to the safety of persons and property exist, and to exercise certain powers in response to that emergency. Existing state law defines the term “state of emergency” to mean a duly proclaimed existence of conditions of disaster or of extreme peril to the safety of persons and property within the state caused by, among other things, fire, storm, riot, or cyberterrorism.

Existing state law sets forth various provisions on fairgrounds owned or operated by a district agricultural association, the California Exposition and State Fair, county fairs, and citrus fruit fairs. law divides the state into agricultural districts and provides for the formation within these districts of district agricultural associations, as specified. Existing law provides that the officers of a district agricultural association shall consist of a board of directors of 9 members, and requires the directors to select a secretary, a manager, and a treasurer from among persons who are not members of the board. Existing law authorizes the board of a district agricultural association to, with the approval of the Department of Food and Agriculture, manage the affairs of the association, make all necessary bylaws, rules, and regulations for the government of the association, delegate to its officers or employees any powers vested in the board, as specified, and fix the term of office, amount of bond and salary, and prescribe the duties of the secretary and the treasurer of the association.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation related to fairgrounds during a national emergency or state of emergency. instead authorize the board of a district agricultural association to take these actions without obtaining the approval of the department. The bill would also instead authorize the board of a district agricultural association to fix the term of office, fix the amount of salary within established pay scales adopted by the state for the position, and prescribe the duties of the manager, secretary, and treasurer.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 3965 of the Food and Agricultural Code is amended to read:

3965.
 The board may, with the approval of the department: may do all of the following:
(a) Fix the term of office, fix the amount of bond and salary, salary within established pay scales adopted by the state for the position, and prescribe the duties of the secretary manager, secretary, and of the treasurer.
(b) Manage the affairs of the association.
(c) Make all necessary bylaws, rules, and regulations for the government of the association.
(d) Delegate, as it may deem advisable, to its officers or employees any of the powers that are vested in the board under subdivision (b). Any delegation of power may be revoked at any time.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation related to fairgrounds during a national emergency or state of emergency.