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

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Date Published: 07/03/2018 09:00 PM
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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, Limón, and Gonzalez Fletcher) 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, as amended, Carrillo. Outdoor experiences: disadvantaged youth. 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 survey school districts, as provided, to identify school districts that offer bus transportation services from a school of the school district to a nonprofit organization that provides services to pupils of that school district. The bill would require the agency, based on the survey, to compile a list of schools within a school district that offer those bus transportation services, as specified. The bill would require the agency, upon request, to provide the list to a nonprofit organization or state agency that provides outdoor experiences to disadvantaged youth. 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 require 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. The bill would require the agency, before developing guidelines for the grant program, to consult with the Department of Parks and Recreation, the California Coastal Commission, and the State Coastal Conservancy.

This bill would make a finding that providing children with access to outdoor experiences increases school performance, builds civic behavior, and improves the overall well-being of California’s citizens and communities.

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.
 (a) The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(b) 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.
(c) Experiences in natural lands are important to the continuing stewardship of our natural resources.
(d) 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 or state agency to cover the cost of transportation services from schools, organizations, institutions, and other locations in furtherance of providing new and expanded outdoor experiences for disadvantaged and low-income youth.

SECTION 1.Chapter 3.4 (commencing with Section 5660) is added to Division 5 of the Public Resources Code, to read:
3.4.Enhancing Disadvantaged Youth Access to Outdoor Experiences
5660.

The Legislature finds and declares that providing children with access to outdoor experiences increases school performance, builds civic behavior, and improves the overall well-being of California’s residents and communities. These experiences are also important to the continuing stewardship of our natural resources.

5660.1.

For purposes of this chapter, “agency” means the Natural Resources Agency.

5661.

(a)(1)The agency shall survey school districts to identify school districts that offer bus transportation services from a school of the school district to a nonprofit organization that provides services to pupils of that school district.

(2)In conducting the survey required pursuant to paragraph (1), the agency may collaborate with the State Department of Education, including, but not limited to, the State Department of Education’s California Regional Environmental Education Community Network program, to assist in the compiling of the needed information.

(b)The agency, based on the information obtained pursuant to subdivision (a), shall compile a list of schools within a school district that offer bus transportation services described in subdivision (a). The list shall include, but not be limited to, the school district’s name, the name and location of the school within the school district that is providing the bus transportation service, contact information of the school, and a description of the nonprofit organization’s general cost for bus transportation from that school, including whether the transportation service is provided at the actual or a reduced cost. The agency, upon request, shall provide the list to a nonprofit organization or state agency that, through a program, provides outdoor experiences to disadvantaged youth.

5662.

(a)The agency shall develop a grant program for innovative transportation projects that provide disadvantaged youth with access to outdoor experiences. The program shall include, but is not limited to, both of the following:

(1)Grants that provide funding to a nonprofit organization or a state agency to cover the cost of transportation services from a school on the list created pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 5661 in furtherance of providing new and expanded outdoor experiences to disadvantaged youth.

(2)Grants to provide a rebate to a nonprofit organization or state agency to assist the nonprofit organization or state agency in purchasing a low-emission bus that is primarily used to provide transportation services from a school on the list created pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 5661 in connection with programs that provide new and expanded outdoor experiences to disadvantaged youth.

(b)On or before July 1, 2019, the agency shall develop guidelines for the grant program described in subdivision (a). Before developing the guidelines, the agency shall consult with the department, the California Coastal Commission, and the State Coastal Conservancy.