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AB-1523 State Athletic Commission.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 09/17/2019 04:00 AM
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Enrolled  September 16, 2019
Passed  IN  Senate  September 09, 2019
Passed  IN  Assembly  September 10, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  July 01, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1523


Introduced by Assembly Member Low

February 22, 2019


An act to amend Sections 18602 and 18613 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to business.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1523, Low. State Athletic Commission.
Under existing law, the State Athletic Commission Act, the State Athletic Commission has jurisdiction over all professional and amateur boxing, professional and amateur kickboxing, all forms and combinations of forms of full contact martial arts contests, including mixed martial arts, and matches or exhibitions conducted, held, or given within this state. Existing law prescribes the composition of the commission and requires the commission to appoint an executive officer. Existing law authorizes the commission to employ in accordance with a specified provision of law other personnel as may be necessary for the administration of the act. Existing law repeals these provisions establishing the commission, requiring it to appoint an executive officer, and authorizing it to employ other personnel on January 1, 2020.
This bill would authorize the commission to employ a chief athletic inspector and an assistant chief athletic inspector, and would extend those repeal dates to January 1, 2024.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 18602 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

18602.
 (a) Except as provided in this section, there is in the Department of Consumer Affairs the State Athletic Commission, which consists of seven members. Five members shall be appointed by the Governor, one member shall be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, and one member shall be appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
The members of the commission appointed by the Governor are subject to confirmation by the Senate pursuant to Section 1322 of the Government Code.
No person who is currently licensed, or who was licensed within the last two years, under this chapter may be appointed or reappointed to, or serve on, the commission.
(b) In appointing commissioners under this section, the Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules, and the Speaker of the Assembly shall make every effort to ensure that at least four of the members of the commission shall have experience and demonstrate expertise in one of the following areas:
(1) A licensed physician or surgeon having expertise or specializing in neurology, neurosurgery, head trauma, or sports medicine. Sports medicine includes, but is not limited to, physiology, kinesiology, or other aspects of sports medicine.
(2) Financial management.
(3) Public safety.
(4) Past experience in the activity regulated by this chapter, either as a contestant, a referee or official, a promoter, or a venue operator.
(c) Each member of the commission shall be appointed for a term of four years. All terms shall end on January 1. Vacancies occurring prior to the expiration of the term shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. No commission member may serve more than two consecutive terms.
(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, members first appointed shall be subject to the following terms:
(1) The Governor shall appoint two members for two years, two members for three years, and one member for four years.
(2) The Senate Committee on Rules shall appoint one member for four years.
(3) The Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint one member for four years.
(e) (1) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.
(2) Notwithstanding any other law, the repeal of this section renders the board subject to review by the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature.

SEC. 2.

 Section 18613 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

18613.
 (a) (1) The commission shall appoint a person exempt from civil service who shall be designated as an executive officer and who shall exercise the powers and perform the duties delegated by the commission and vested in the executive officer by this chapter. The appointment of the executive officer is subject to the approval of the Director of Consumer Affairs.
(2) The commission may employ a chief athletic inspector. If the commission employs a chief athletic inspector, the chief athletic inspector shall exercise the powers and perform the duties delegated by the commission and authorized by the executive officer related to the regulation of events under this chapter.
(3) The commission may employ an assistant chief athletic inspector. If the commission employs an assistant chief athletic inspector, the assistant chief athletic inspector shall assist the chief athletic inspector in exercising the powers and performing the duties delegated by the commission and authorized by the executive officer related to the regulation of events under this chapter.
(4) The commission may employ in accordance with Section 154 other personnel as may be necessary for the administration of this chapter.
(b) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2024, and as of that date is repealed.