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SB-532 California State Safe Harbor Agreement Program Act: tricolored blackbird. (2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 532


Introduced by Senator Dodd

February 16, 2017


An act to repeal and add Section 2089.26 of the Fish and Game Code, relating to fish and wildlife.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 532, as introduced, Dodd. California State Safe Harbor Agreement Program Act: tricolored blackbird.
The California State Safe Harbor Agreement Program Act establishes a program to encourage landowners to manage their lands voluntarily, by means of state safe harbor agreements approved by the Department of Fish and Wildlife, to benefit endangered, threatened, or candidate species without being subject to additional regulatory restrictions as a result of their conservation efforts. The California State Safe Harbor Agreement Program Act authorizes the department to authorize specified acts that are otherwise prohibited pursuant to the California Endangered Species Act by entering into a safe harbor agreement. Under existing law, the California State Safe Harbor Agreement Program Act remains in effect until January 1, 2020.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of, an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment. CEQA exempts certain projects from its requirements.
This bill would extend the California State Safe Harbor Agreement Program Act indefinitely and would exempt the approval of a safe harbor agreement covering only tricolored blackbird from CEQA.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 2089.26 of the Fish and Game Code is repealed.
2089.26.

This article 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.

SEC. 2.

 Section 2089.26 is added to the Fish and Game Code, to read:

2089.26.
 The approval of an agreement covering only tricolored blackbird (Agelaius tricolor) is not subject to Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code.