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AB-2404 Oil Trust Fund.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/14/2018 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2404


Introduced by Assembly Member O’Donnell

February 14, 2018


An act to amend Section 6217.8 of the Public Resources Code, relating to oil revenue, and making an appropriation therefor.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2404, as introduced, O’Donnell. Oil Trust Fund.
Existing law establishes the Oil Trust Fund in the State Treasury and appropriates the money in the fund to the State Lands Commission commencing when specified requirements are met. Existing law requires the Controller to transfer certain oil-revenue-related moneys to the fund. Existing law requires the commission to expend the money in the fund to finance the costs of well abandonment, pipeline removal, facility removal, remediation, and other costs associated with removal of oil and gas facilities from the Long Beach tidelands. Existing law prohibits the total amount deposited in the fund from exceeding $300,000,000 and requires all interest earned on money in the fund after the balance in the fund totals $300,000,000 to be transferred to the General Fund.
This bill would delete the provisions relating to the limit on the total amount deposited in the fund. By increasing the amount of money that may be deposited into a continuously appropriated fund, this bill would make an appropriation.
Vote: 2/3   Appropriation: YES   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 6217.8 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

6217.8.
 (a) For purposes of this section, “fund” means the Oil Trust Fund established pursuant to subdivision (b).
(b) The Oil Trust Fund is hereby established in the State Treasury, and the moneys in the fund are hereby appropriated to the commission in accordance with this section.
(c) (1) On or before March 1, 2006, the City of Long Beach shall pay to the State Lands Commission all money, including both principal and interest, in the abandonment reserve fund that the city created in 1999 and that was the subject of the litigation in State of California ex rel. California State Lands Commission v. City of Long Beach (2005) 125 Cal.App.4th 767.
(2) The Controller shall deposit in the fund any funds paid to the commission pursuant to paragraph (1).
(3) Except as provided in paragraph (4), on On the last day of each month beginning July January 31, 2006, 2019, the Controller shall transfer to the fund the amount of two million dollars ($2,000,000) or 50 percent of remaining oil revenue, as described in subdivision (d) of Section 4 of Chapter 138 of the Statutes of 1964, First Extraordinary Session to the Oil Trust Fund, whichever is less.

(4)Beginning July 1, 2005, and ending December 31, 2005, any contributions to the fund shall be suspended, except those funds described in paragraphs (1) and (2). During that period the Controller shall transfer four million dollars ($4,000,000) monthly to the General Fund from oil revenues, as described in subdivision (d) of Section 4 of Chapter 138 of the Statutes of 1964, First Extraordinary Session.

(5)Beginning January 1, 2006, and ending June 30, 2006, the amount contributed to the fund shall be the amount specified in paragraph (3). During that period the Controller shall also transfer two million dollars ($2,000,000) monthly to the General Fund from oil revenues, as described in subdivision (d) of Section 4 of Chapter 138 of the Statutes of 1964, First Extraordinary Session.

(d)(1)The total amount deposited in the fund shall not exceed three hundred million dollars ($300,000,000). From the date the balance in the fund totals three hundred million dollars ($300,000,000), all interest earned thereafter shall be transferred to the General Fund.

(2)

(d) (1) All interest earned on the money in the abandonment reserve fund specified in paragraph (1) of subdivision (c) shall be transferred to the fund.

(3)

(2) The commission shall expend the money from the fund solely to finance the costs of well abandonment, pipeline removal, facility removal, remediation, and other costs associated with removal of oil and gas facilities from the Long Beach tidelands that are not the responsibility of other parties.

(4)

(3) All money remaining in the fund after completion of all activities described in subdivision (3) paragraph (2) shall be transferred to the General Fund.
(e) The moneys deposited in the fund are hereby appropriated to the commission commencing when all of the following conditions are met:
(1) The City of Long Beach adopts a resolution declaring that the oil revenue described in subdivision (d) of Section 4 of Chapter 138 of the Statutes of 1964, First Extraordinary Session, is insufficient to fund the costs of activities described in paragraph (3) (2) of subdivision (d) of this section.
(2) The City of Long Beach transmits to the commission a copy of the resolution and all necessary accompanying documentation, including a plan for expenditures for the activities described in paragraph (3) (2) of subdivision (d).
(3) The commission reviews the material provided in paragraph (2) and notifies the Controller within 60 calendar days of receiving the material specified in paragraph (2), that expenditure from the fund may be made so that activities described in paragraph (3) (2) of subdivision (d) can begin. The commission shall provide a schedule for expenditures for disbursement of moneys from the fund to the City of Long Beach. The commission shall submit a copy of the schedule to the Department of Finance and to the fiscal and appropriate policy committees of the Legislature.