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SB-302 International trade and investment office: Republic of Armenia.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 08/12/2019 02:00 PM
SB302:v96#DOCUMENT

Revised  August 30, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  August 12, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 11, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  April 01, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 302


Introduced by Senator Portantino
(Principal coauthor: Senator Wilk)
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Nazarian)
(Coauthors: Senators Archuleta, Galgiani, Hurtado, Stern, and Wiener)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Burke and Low) Burke, Low, and Gonzalez)

February 14, 2019


An act to amend Section 13997 of, and add Section 13996.43 to 13996.44 to, the Government Code, relating to economic development.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 302, as amended, Portantino. International trade and investment office: Republic of Armenia.
The Economic Revitalization Act establishes the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, also known as “GO-Biz,” to, among other duties, serve the Governor as the lead entity for economic strategy and the marketing of California on issues relating to business development, private sector investment, and economic growth. Existing law authorizes the director of GO-Biz to establish and terminate international trade and investment offices outside of the United States as the director determines is appropriate, if specific requirements are met. Existing law establishes the Economic Development and Trade Promotion Account, a continuously appropriated account, to accept private moneys to fund international trade and investment offices. Existing law prohibits a donor from donating in a calendar year more than 25% of the annual budget of an international trade and investment office operated under contract with a nonprofit entity, and requires GO-Biz to post a specified report on its internet website within 30 days of receiving a donation to fund an international trade and investment office operated under contract with a nonprofit entity.
This bill would require the director of GO-Biz, on or before January 1, 2023, to establish and operate, or to contract with a nonprofit entity to establish and operate, to create a public-private partnership to establish and operate, or otherwise provide for the operation of, an international trade and investment office in Yerevan, in the Republic of Armenia. The bill would require the director of GO-Biz to include information regarding the Yerevan trade and investment office in existing reporting requirements relating to an International Trade and Investment Program, as specified. The bill would establish the Armenia Trade and Investment Office Account as a separate subaccount within the Economic Development and Trade Promotion Account and would require GO-Biz to accept and administer private sector moneys specified for the Yerevan trade and investment office or international trade and investment activities through this account. The bill would restrict the use of the funds in this account to the establishment or operation of that office, as specified, or the undertaking of international trade and investment events through that office, and would make these funds available upon appropriation by the Legislature.
This bill would require the Yerevan trade and investment office to, among other things, promote the export of California goods and services into the Republic of Armenia and facilitate access to educational exchange programs between California and the Republic of Armenia.
This bill would apply the above-described provisions relating to donations to fund an international trade and investment office operated under contract with a nonprofit entity to a Yerevan trade and investment office operated under contract with a nonprofit entity.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13996.43 13996.44 is added to the Government Code, to read:

13996.43.13996.44.
 (a) Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 13996.41 and Section 13996.42, the director shall, on or before January 1, 2023, establish and operate, or contract with a nonprofit entity to establish and operate, create a public-private partnership to establish and operate, or otherwise provide for the operation of, an international trade and investment office in Yerevan in the Republic of Armenia.
(b) The Yerevan trade and investment office shall do all of the following:
(1) Facilitate access to educational exchange programs between California and the Republic of Armenia.
(2) Promote the export of California goods and services into the Republic of Armenia.
(3) Encourage and facilitate capital investment from the Republic of Armenia into California.
(c) The director shall include information regarding the Yerevan trade and investment office in the reports prepared and transmitted pursuant to Section 13996.65.
(d) The office Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the director shall perform the duties required by this section only to the extent that funds are available for these purposes from any source, including, but not limited to, federal funding and private sector moneys authorized pursuant to this subdivision and subdivision (a) of Section 13997. The office Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development shall accept and administer private sector moneys pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 13997, except as follows:
(1) The private sector moneys specified for the international Yerevan trade and investment office or international trade and investment activities in Yerevan shall be deposited in the Armenia Trade and Investment Office Account, which is hereby created as a separate subaccount within the Economic Development and Trade Promotion Account.
(2) Funds in the Armenia Trade and Investment Office Account may be used only to establish and operate, or contract with a nonprofit entity to establish and operate, create a public-private partnership to establish and operate, or otherwise provide for the operation of, the international Yerevan trade and investment office in Yerevan. or undertake international trade and investment events through the Yerevan trade and investment office.
(3) Funds in the Armenia Trade and Investment Office Account shall be available upon appropriation by the Legislature.
(e) For purposes of this section, “director” means the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13997 of the Government Code is amended to read:

13997.
 (a) With respect to international trade and investment offices funded in whole or in part by nonstate funds pursuant to subdivision (e) of Section 13996.41, all of the following shall apply:
(1) The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development may accept nonstate moneys, including, but not limited to, federal and private sector funds, for the purposes of operating any international trade and investment office, subject to Title 9 (commencing with Section 81000). A donor shall not donate more than 25 percent of the annual budget of an international trade and investment office in a calendar year. The donor may specify the international trade and investment office for which the private sector moneys shall be used. The private sector moneys shall be deposited in the Economic Development and Trade Promotion Account, which is hereby established in the Special Deposit Fund (Art. 2 (commencing with Section 16370), Ch. 2, Pt. 2, Div. 4) within the State Treasury. Notwithstanding Section 13340, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development may expend moneys in the Economic Development and Trade Promotion Account, without regard to fiscal year, for the purposes of this subdivision. Moneys in the Economic Development and Trade Promotion Account may be allocated to an international trade and investment office, and if so allocated shall be maintained by that office in an account. Records of donations received and expenditures made pursuant to this section shall be subject to public disclosure.
(2) For each donation that it receives to fund an international trade and investment office, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development shall post a report on its Internet Web site internet website within 30 days of receiving that donation. The report shall contain all of the following information: name and address of the donor; amount of the donation; date the donation was made; name and address of the entity receiving or using the donation; a brief description of the goods or services provided or purchased, if any; and a description of the specific purpose or event for which the donation was made, if any.
(b) The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development may accept private moneys for the purposes of promoting international trade and investment events subject to Title 9 (commencing with Section 81000). The donor may specify the international trade and investment event for which the private sector moneys shall be used.
(1) The private sector moneys shall be deposited into the Economic Development and Trade Promotion Account. Notwithstanding Section 13340, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development may expend moneys in the Economic Development Trade Promotion Account without regard to fiscal year, for purposes of this subdivision. Records of donations received and expenditures made pursuant to this section shall be subject to public disclosure.
(2) For each donation that it receives to fund international trade and investment events, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development shall post a report on its Internet Web site internet website within 30 days of receiving that donation. The report shall contain the following information: name and address of the donor; amount of the donation; date the donation was made; name and address of the entity receiving or using the donation; a brief description of the goods or services provided or purchased, if any; and a description of the specific purpose or event for which the donation was made, if any.
(c) With respect to international trade and investment offices operated under contract with a nonprofit entity pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 13996.41: 13996.41 or subdivision (a) of Section 13996.44:
(1) A donor shall not donate more than 25 percent of the annual budget of an international trade and investment office in a calendar year.
(2) For each donation that it receives to fund an international trade and investment office, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development shall post a report on its Internet Web site internet website within 30 days of receiving that donation. The report shall contain the following information: name and address of the donor; amount of the donation; date the donation was made; name and address of the entity receiving or using the donation; a brief description of the goods or services provided or purchased, if any; and a description of the specific purpose or event for which the donation was made, if any.
(d) Nothing in this section shall affect any requirement of the Political Reform Act (Title 9 (commencing with Section 81000)).

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