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AB-2614 Outdoor experiences: community access program: grant program.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 08/31/2018 09:00 PM
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Enrolled  August 31, 2018
Passed  IN  Senate  August 27, 2018
Passed  IN  Assembly  August 29, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  August 17, 2018
Amended  IN  Senate  July 03, 2018
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 18, 2018

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 2614


Introduced by Assembly Member Carrillo
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Friedman, Eduardo Garcia, Gonzalez Fletcher, and Limón)

February 15, 2018


An act to add Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 5660) to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, relating to outdoor experiences.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2614, Carrillo. Outdoor experiences: community access program: grant program.
Existing law establishes in state government the Natural Resources Agency, consisting of various departments, including the Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Coastal Commission, and the State Coastal Conservancy.
Existing law, the State Urban Parks and Healthy Communities Act, requires the Director of Parks and Recreation to develop a competitive grant program to assist state parks, specified state conservancies, urbanized and heavily urbanized local agencies, and community-based organizations within those jurisdictions to provide outdoor educational opportunities to children.
This bill would require the Natural Resources Agency to develop and implement a community access program focused on engagement programs, technical assistance, or facilities that maximize safe and equitable physical admittance, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities, to natural or cultural resources, community education programs, or recreational amenities. The bill would authorize the agency to develop a grant program for innovative transportation projects that provide disadvantaged and low-income youth with access to outdoor experiences, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 5660) is added to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
CHAPTER  3.4. Enhancing Community Access to the Outdoors

5660.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Providing children and underserved communities with access to outdoor experiences increases school performance, builds civic behavior, and improves the overall well-being of California’s residents and communities.
(b) Experiences in natural lands are important to the continuing stewardship of our natural resources.
(c) The mission of the Natural Resources Agency is to restore, protect, and manage the state’s natural, historical, and cultural resources for current and future generations using creative approaches and solutions based on science, collaboration, and respect for all of the communities and interests involved.

5660.1.
 For purposes of this chapter, the following terms have the following meanings:
(a) “Agency” means the Natural Resources Agency.
(b) “Disadvantaged communities” means communities identified pursuant to Section 39711 of the Health and Safety Code.
(c) “Low-income communities” has the same meaning as the term is defined in Section 39713 of the Health and Safety Code.

5661.
 (a) The agency shall develop and implement a community access program focused on engagement programs, technical assistance, or facilities that maximize safe and equitable physical admittance, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities, to natural or cultural resources, community education programs, or recreational amenities. Community access provided under the program may include any, or any combination, including all, of the following components:
(1) Transportation.
(2) Physical activity programming.
(3) Resource interpretation services.
(4) Multilingual translation services.
(5) Natural science.
(6) Workforce development and career pathways.
(7) Education.
(8) Communication related to water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and other outdoor pursuits.
(b) In advancing approaches to improve access under the program, the agency shall work with all entities that comprise the agency under Section 12805 of the Government Code to ensure that community access is prioritized within relevant programs that make public lands accessible to the public.

5662.
 (a) The agency may, in consultation with the entities that comprise the agency under Section 12805 of the Government Code, develop a grant program within a state department for innovative transportation projects that provide disadvantaged and low-income youth with access to outdoor experiences.
(b) Priority for funding under the grant program shall be provided to a nonprofit organization, local agency, or state agency to cover the cost of transportation services from schools, organizations, local agencies, institutions, and other locations in furtherance of providing new and expanded outdoor experiences for disadvantaged and low-income youth.