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AB-488 California Broadband Council.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 08/14/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  August 14, 2019
Amended  IN  Senate  June 04, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 488


Introduced by Assembly Member Aguiar-Curry
(Principal coauthor: Senator McGuire)

February 12, 2019


An act to amend Section 8886 of the Government Code, relating to communications.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 488, as amended, Aguiar-Curry. California Broadband Council.
Existing law establishes the California Broadband Council in state government for the purpose of promoting broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas of the state and broadband adoption throughout the state, imposes specified duties on the council relating to that purpose, and specifies the membership of the council.
This bill would add the Secretary of Food and Agriculture, or the secretary’s designee, and the State Librarian, or the librarian’s designee, and the Governor’s Tribal Advisor, or the advisor’s designee, to the membership of the council. The bill would make related findings and declarations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a)Many rural, agricultural, and low-income communities across the state lack reliable and affordable high-speed broadband service, which creates barriers to health care access, educational equity, sustainable agriculture, emergency response capabilities, and economic development.

(b)A lack of reliable broadband service prevents farmers from using 21st-century technologies to make agricultural production more efficient and environmentally sustainable.

(c)Broadband-enabled soil moisture monitors allow farmers to access real-time data from the field to optimize water consumption, improve yields, reduce overwatering, prevent groundwater contamination, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

(d)California’s 1,133 public libraries play a critical role in achieving digital equity by offering free access to computers, the internet, and other technology tools, which provide critical support to rural, agricultural, and low-income communities without access to reliable, affordable, and high-speed broadband service.

(e)The basic and advanced technology access and training available in California’s public libraries strengthen local communities and improve the ability of farmers, agricultural workers, and all Californians to succeed in a 21st-century economy.

(f)The Legislature established the California Broadband Council in 2010 to promote high-speed broadband deployment in unserved and underserved communities and to increase broadband adoption statewide.

(g)The current membership of the California Broadband Council does not include a dedicated seat for the Secretary of the Department of Food and Agriculture or the State Librarian.

(h)It is the intent of the Legislature that California be a global leader in the deployment and adoption of high-speed broadband technology to promote sustainable agriculture, public safety, and health and educational equity in rural, agricultural, and low-income communities statewide.

SEC. 2.SECTION 1.

 Section 8886 of the Government Code is amended to read:

8886.
 (a) The membership of the California Broadband Council shall include all of the following:
(1) The Director of Technology, or the director’s designee.
(2) The President of the Public Utilities Commission, or the president’s designee.
(3) The Director of Emergency Services, or the director’s designee.
(4) The Superintendent of Public Instruction, or the Superintendent’s designee.
(5) The Director of General Services, or the director’s designee.
(6) The Secretary of Transportation, or the secretary’s designee.
(7) The President of the California Emerging Technology Fund, or the president’s designee.
(8) The Secretary of Food and Agriculture, or the secretary’s designee.
(9) The State Librarian, or the librarian’s designee.
(10) The Governor’s Tribal Advisor, or the advisor’s designee.

(10)

(11) A Member of the Senate, appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.

(11)

(12) A Member of the Assembly, appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(b) Members of the Legislature appointed to the council shall participate in the activities of the council to the extent that their participation is not incompatible with their positions as Members of the Legislature.