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SB-62 Endangered species: accidental take associated with routine and ongoing agricultural activities.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/03/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 62


Introduced by Senator Dodd

January 03, 2019


An act to amend Section 2087 of the Fish and Game Code, relating to endangered species.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 62, as introduced, Dodd. Endangered species: accidental take associated with routine and ongoing agricultural activities.
Existing law, the California Endangered Species Act, prohibits the taking of an endangered or threatened species, except in certain situations. Under the act, the Department of Fish and Wildlife may authorize the take of listed species pursuant to an incidental take permit if the take is incidental to an otherwise lawful activity, the impacts are minimized and fully mitigated, and the issuance of the permit would not jeopardize the continued existence of the species. The act requires the department to adopt regulations for the issuance of incidental take permits.
The act also provides, until January 1, 2020, that the accidental take of candidate, threatened, or endangered species resulting from acts that occur on a farm or a ranch in the course of otherwise lawful routine and ongoing agricultural activities is not prohibited by the act.
This bill would make this exception permanent.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2087 of the Fish and Game Code is amended to read:

2087.
 (a) Accidental take of candidate, threatened, or endangered species resulting from an act that occurs on a farm or a ranch in the course of otherwise lawful routine and ongoing agricultural activities is not prohibited by this chapter.
(b) For purposes of this section, “accidental” means unintended or unforeseen.

(c)This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2020, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends that date.