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SB-99 Agricultural land.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/10/2019 09:00 PM


Senate Bill No. 99

Introduced by Senator Nielsen

January 10, 2019

An act to amend Section 51207 of the Government Code, relating to agricultural land.


SB 99, as introduced, Nielsen. Agricultural land.
The California Land Conservation Act of 1965, also known as the Williamson Act, authorizes a city or county to contract with a landowner to limit the use of agricultural land located in an agricultural preserve designated by the city or county. Existing law requires the Department of Conservation to submit a report to the Legislature on or before May 1 of every other year regarding the implementation of the Williamson Act.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to that provision.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


 Section 51207 of the Government Code is amended to read:

 (a) On or before May 1 of every other year, the Department of Conservation shall report to the Legislature regarding the implementation of this chapter by cities and counties.
(b) The report shall contain, but not be limited to, the number of acres of land under contract in each category and the number of acres of land which were removed from contract through cancellation, eminent domain, annexation, or nonrenewal.
(c) The report shall also contain the following specific information relating to not less than one-third of all cities and counties participating in the Williamson Act program:
(1) The number of contract cancellation requests for which notices of hearings were mailed to the Director of Conservation pursuant to under Section 51284 which were approved by boards or councils during the prior two years or for which approval is still pending by boards or councils.
(2) The amount of cancellation fees payable to the county treasurer as deferred taxes and which are required to be transmitted to the Controller pursuant to under subdivision (d) of Section 51283 which have not been collected or which remain unpaid.
(3) The total number of acres covered by certificates of cancellation of contracts during the previous two years.
(4) The number of nonrenewal and withdrawal of renewal notices received pursuant to under Section 51245 and the number of expiration notices received pursuant to under Section 51246 during the previous two years.
(5) The number of acres covered by nonrenewal notices that were not withdrawn and expiration notices during the previous two years.
(d) The department may recommend changes to this chapter which would further promote its purposes.
(e) The Legislature may, upon request of the department, appropriate funds from the deferred taxes deposited in the General Fund pursuant to under subdivision (d) of Section 51283 in an amount sufficient to prepare the report required by this section.