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AB-65 Coastal protection: climate adaption: project prioritization. (2019-2020)

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Date Published: 12/03/2018 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 65


Introduced by Assembly Member Petrie-Norris
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Berman, Bloom, Daly, Kalra, Limón, Smith, and Mark Stone)

December 03, 2018


An act to add Section 31114 to the Public Resources Code, relating to coastal protection.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 65, as introduced, Petrie-Norris. Coastal protection: climate adaption: project prioritization.
Existing law establishes the State Coastal Conservancy, and prescribes the membership and functions and duties of the conservancy with regard to the protection, preservation, and enhancement of specified coastal lands in the state. Existing law authorizes the conservancy to address the impacts and potential impacts of climate change on resources within its jurisdiction, and to undertake certain projects within that designated area. Existing law authorizes the conservancy to award grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for certain projects that address the effects of climate change, and, to the extent allowed, to prioritize projects that maximize public benefits, including, but not limited to, reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, reducing hazards to harbors and ports, preserving and enhancing coastal wetlands and natural lands, conserving biodiversity, and providing recreational opportunities.
The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018, approved by the voters at the June 5, 2018, statewide primary direct election as Proposition 68, authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $4,000,000,000 for the purpose of financing a drought, water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and outdoor access for all program. The act authorizes, upon appropriation by the Legislature, $40,000,000 of those bond funds for projects that assist coastal communities, including those reliant on commercial fisheries, with adaption to climate change, including projects that address ocean acidification, sea level rise, or habitat restoration and protection, among other things. Existing law requires the Office of Planning and Research, in coordination with appropriate entities, to establish a clearinghouse for climate adaption information, as provided.
This bill would require specified things of the conservancy when it allocates any funding appropriated pursuant to the act, including that it prioritize projects that use natural infrastructure to help adapt to climate change. The bill would require the conservancy to provide information to the Office of Planning and Research on any projects funded pursuant to the above provision to be considered for inclusion into the clearinghouse for climate adaption information.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 31114 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

31114.
 (a) When allocating funds made available pursuant to Section 80133, the conservancy shall do all of following:
(1) Prioritize projects that use natural infrastructure to help adapt to climate change.
(2) Prioritize projects that provide multiple public benefits, including, but not limited to, protection of communities, natural resources, and recreational opportunities.
(3) Give consideration to projects in a variety of ecosystems along the state’s coastline.
(4) Ensure that projects are consistent with Section 31113.
(b) The conservancy shall provide information to the Office of Planning and Research on any projects funded pursuant to subdivision (a) to be considered for inclusion into the clearinghouse for climate adaption information, established pursuant to Section 71360.