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TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 3. EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT [11000 - 15986]

  ( Division 3 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 111. )

PART 4.7. BUSINESS AND TOURISM [13995 - 13998.12]

  ( Part 4.7 added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 229, Sec. 1.5. )

CHAPTER 1. California Tourism Marketing Act [13995 - 13995.118]

  ( Chapter 1 added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 229, Sec. 1.5. )

ARTICLE 5. Director [13995.50 - 13995.58]
  ( Heading of Article 5 amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 353, Sec. 84. )

13995.50.
  

(a) The marketing of California tourism is hereby declared to be affected with the public interest. This chapter is enacted in the exercise of the police powers of this state for the purpose of protecting the health, peace, safety, and general welfare of the people of this state.

(b) The police powers shall be used to collect assessments not paid by the deadlines established by the director.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 262. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

13995.51.
  

(a) The following powers, and any other powers provided in this act, with the exception of the exercising of police powers and of that power enumerated in subdivision (b), shall be the responsibility of the director and, when not exercised by the director, may be exercised by the commission:

(1) Call referenda in accordance with the procedures set forth in Article 6 (commencing with Section 13995.60) and certify the results.

(2) Collect and deposit assessments.

(3) Exercise police powers.

(4) Pursue actions and penalties connected with assessments.

(b) Except as otherwise specified in this chapter, the director shall have veto power over the actions of the commission, following consultation with the commission, only under the following circumstances:

(1) Travel and expense costs.

(2) Situations where the director determines a conflict of interest exists, as defined by the Fair Political Practices Commission.

(3) The use of any state funds.

(4) Any contracts entered into between the commission and a commissioner.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 263. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

13995.52.
  

(a) Except as otherwise specified in Section 13995.70, the commission may be terminated by referendum of the assessed businesses pursuant to Section 13995.60 or at any time by a referendum called by 10 percent of the assessed businesses, calculated by weighted percentages.

(b) Notice of the termination shall be mailed to all assessed businesses.

(c) Upon termination, the commission shall continue its existence as a nonprofit corporation for purposes of winding up its affairs and dissolution.

(d) Upon termination of the commission established pursuant to this chapter, the California Tourism Commission shall advise the office, and conduct all other tasks authorized by the California Tourism Policy Act.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 229, Sec. 1.5. Effective January 1, 2004.)

13995.53.
  

The director may require any and all assessed businesses to maintain books and records that reflect their income or sales as reflected in the assessment, and to furnish the director with any information that may, from time to time, be requested by the director, and to permit the inspection by the director of portions of books and records that relate to the amount of assessment.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 264. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

13995.54.
  

Information pertaining to assessed businesses obtained by the director pursuant to this chapter is confidential and shall not be disclosed except to a person with the right to obtain the information, any attorney hired by the director who is employed to give legal advice upon it, or by court order. Information obtained by the director in order to determine the assessment level for an assessed business is exempt from the California Public Records Act (Chapter 3.5 (commencing with Section 6250) of Division 7 of Title 1).

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 265. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

13995.55.
  

For the purpose of carrying out Section 13995.51, the director may hold hearings, take testimony, administer oaths, subpoena witnesses, and issue subpoenas for the production of books, records, or documents of any kind.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 266. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

13995.56.
  

A person shall not be excused from attending and testifying, or from producing documentary evidence, before the director in obedience to the subpoena of the director pursuant to the authority granted in Section 13995.55 on the ground, or for the reason, that the testimony or evidence, documentary or otherwise, which is required of him or her may tend to incriminate the person or subject that person to a penalty. A natural person shall not, however, be prosecuted or subjected to any penalty on account of any transaction, matter, or thing concerning which he or she may be required to testify, or produce evidence, documentary or otherwise, before the director in obedience to a subpoena. A natural person testifying shall not, however, be exempt from prosecution and punishment for perjury committed in so testifying.

(Amended by Stats. 2013, Ch. 352, Sec. 267. (AB 1317) Effective September 26, 2013. Operative July 1, 2013, by Sec. 543 of Ch. 352.)

13995.57.
  

Any funds appropriated to the office may be used to implement the tourism marketing plan specified in Section 13995.45. In addition to any other authority for the office to spend funds, state funds may be used for the following: research, conducting and advertising referenda, administration of state funds, policing, collection of assessments, and contracting for assistance in obtaining information on businesses to be assessed.

(Added by Stats. 2003, Ch. 229, Sec. 1.5. Effective January 1, 2004.)

13995.58.
  

The office may contract with the commission in order for the commission to undertake marketing activities utilizing state funds. Section 10295 of the Public Contract Code, and Article 4 (commencing with Section 10335) and Article 5 (commencing with Section 10355) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 2 of the Public Contract Code, shall not apply to those agreements.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 183, Sec. 148. Effective January 1, 2005.)

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