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AB-1300 State Coastal Conservancy: Explore the Coast Program.(2019-2020)

As Amends the Law Today

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California beaches provide recreational and educational opportunities for residents across the state, as well as for visitors from around the world.
(b) Too many Californians never get to visit or experience the state’s beaches and coastal state parks due to obstacles such as lack of resources, language barriers, disabilities, or under-resourced schools.
(c) In order to ensure that all Californians have access to the coast, the State Coastal Conservancy needs to work with nonprofit organizations and public agencies in administering programs that provide public access and transportation to state beaches and coastal state parks.


 Section 31013 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

 “Nonprofit organization” means any private, nonprofit organization organization,  that qualifies under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States  Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Code. 

SEC. 3.

 Chapter 11 (commencing with Section 31450) is added to Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

CHAPTER  11. Explore the Coast Program
 (a) The Explore the Coast Program (hereafter the program) is hereby created in the conservancy to expand opportunities for all Californians to access and explore the state’s coastal resources.
(b) The goals of the program are to increase recreational, educational, and stewardship opportunities for people to explore California’s spectacular coastal resources, especially people from communities that face barriers to accessing and enjoying coastal resources.
(c) The conservancy may award grants to public agencies, including federally recognized Indian tribes and other nonfederally recognized California Native American tribes listed on the California Tribal Consultation List maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission, and nonprofit organizations to carry out projects that help achieve the goals of the program.
(d) Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, those projects that involve providing transportation, physical activity programming, resource interpretation, education, multilingual translation, or communication for purposes of providing access to and enjoyment of coastal resources.
(e) When awarding grants under the program, the conservancy shall prioritize projects that provide students and youth with an opportunity to visit the coast for the first time.