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AB-559 San Joaquin River Conservancy: governing board.(2021-2022)



As Amends the Law Today
As Amends the Law on Nov 18, 2021


SECTION 1.

 Section 32504 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

32504.
 As used in this division:
(a) “Board” means the governing board of the San Joaquin River Conservancy.
(b) “Conservancy” means the San Joaquin River Conservancy.
(c) “Parkway” means the San Joaquin River Parkway, as described in Section 32510.
(d) (c)  “Member agencies” mean means  the City of Fresno and Counties of Fresno and Madera.
(e) (d)  “Nonprofit organization” means an exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(e) “Parkway” means the San Joaquin River Parkway, as described in Section 32510.
(f) “Tribal organization” means an Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, or a tribal agency authorized by a tribe, which is one or both of the following:
(1) Recognized by the United States Secretary of the Interior and identified within the most current Federal Register.
(2) Listed on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission as a California Native American tribe.

SEC. 2.

 Section 32515 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

32515.
 (a) The governing board of the conservancy shall consist of 15 16  voting members.
(b) The 15 16  voting members of the board shall consist of the following:
(1) One member of the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County appointed by a majority of the members of that board. A majority of the members of the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County may appoint an alternate member from that board.
(2) The Mayor of the City of Fresno or a member of the Fresno City Council designated by the Mayor of the City of Fresno. The Mayor of the City of Fresno may designate an alternate member from the Fresno City Council.
(3) One member of the Board of Supervisors of Madera County appointed by a majority of the members of that board. A majority of the members of the Board of Supervisors of Madera County may appoint an alternate from that board.
(4) The Mayor of the City of Madera or a member of the Madera City Council designated by the Mayor of the City of Madera. The Mayor of the City of Madera may designate an alternate member from the Madera City Council.
(5) (A) The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District or the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Madera Irrigation District.
(B) The Chairpersons of the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District and the Madera Irrigation District shall rotate appointments, with each chairperson serving for one term before rotating to the other chairperson. Notwithstanding Section 32517, each chairperson shall serve two-year terms.
(C) Each chairperson may appoint a designee to the board.
(6) Three public members, one of whom shall be a resident of Fresno County, one of whom shall be a resident of Madera County, and one of whom shall be a resident of the City of Fresno. The members shall be appointed according to all of the following procedures:
(5)  (A) Except as provided in subparagraph (C), one  The Senate Committee on Rules shall appoint the  resident of Fresno County appointed by the Governor  from a list of candidates that includes two or more individuals  provided by the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County. The board of supervisors shall develop its list from a list submitted by environmental organizations within that county.  nonprofit organizations that have a presence within that county and support outdoor recreation, conservation, environmental justice, or social justice issues.  The board of supervisors may establish additional criteria for that appointment. shall have one year from the end of a term or the creation of a vacancy to submit the list to the Senate Committee on Rules. If the board of supervisors does not submit the list within that time, the Senate Committee on Rules may appoint a resident of Fresno County nominated by nonprofit organizations that have a presence within Fresno County and support outdoor recreation, conservation, environmental justice, or social justice issues. 
(B) Except as provided in subparagraph (C), one  The Speaker of the Assembly shall appoint the  resident of Madera County appointed by the Governor  from a list of property owners of San Joaquin River bottom in that county submitted  candidates that includes two or more individuals provided  by the Board of Supervisors of Madera County. The board of supervisors may establish additional criteria for that appointment. shall develop its list from a list submitted by nonprofit organizations that have a presence within that county and support outdoor recreation, conservation, environmental justice, or social justice issues. The board of supervisors shall have one year from the end of a term or the creation of a vacancy to submit the list to the Speaker of the Assembly. If the board of supervisors does not submit the list within that time, the Speaker of the Assembly may appoint a resident of Madera County nominated by nonprofit organizations that have a presence within Madera County and support outdoor recreation, conservation, environmental justice, or social justice issues. 
(C) Fresno County and Madera County shall rotate appointment qualifications pursuant to this paragraph so that each alternative time the Board of Supervisors of Madera County shall submit a list of candidates to the Governor derived from a list submitted by environmental organizations within that county and the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County shall submit  The Governor shall appoint the resident of the City of Fresno from  a list of candidates to the Governor of property owners of San Joaquin River bottom in that county. submitted by the Fresno City Council. 
(6) (7)  One resident of the City of Fresno  member of a California Native American tribe  appointed by the Governor from a list submitted by the Fresno City Council. The city council may establish criteria for that appointment. of candidates submitted by local tribal organizations. 
(8) (A) One youth member appointed by the Governor from lists submitted by either of the following:
(i) Youth-serving nonprofit organizations that have a presence within Fresno County or Madera County.
(ii) Institutions of higher education within Fresno County or Madera County.
(B) The youth member shall be a resident of Fresno County or Madera County and 18 to 26 years of age, inclusive, and shall not be an elected official.
(7) (9)  The Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Board or a member of his or her the executive director’s  staff designated by the executive director.
(8) (10)  The Secretary of the Natural  Resources Agency  or a member of his or her  the secretary’s  staff designated by the secretary.
(9) (11)  The Director of Fish and Game Wildlife  or a member of his or her  the director’s  staff designated by the director.
(10) (12)  The Director of Parks and Recreation or a member of his or her  the director’s  staff designated by the director.
(11) (13)  The Director of Finance or a member of his or her  the director’s  staff designated by the director.
(12) (14)  The Executive Officer of the State Lands Commission or a member of his or her the executive officer’s  staff designated by the executive officer.
(13) The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, or his or her designee.
(14) The Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Madera Irrigation District, or his or her designee.

SEC. 3.

 Section 32516 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

32516.
 A quorum shall constitute a majority of the voting members of the board. Meetings of the governing board shall be subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act (Article  9 (commencing with Section 54950) of  11120) of Chapter 1 of  Part 1 of Division 2 3  of Title 5 2  of the Government Code).

SEC. 4.

 Section 32519 of the Public Resources Code is repealed.

32519.
 The office of chairperson of the board shall rotate every two years among the Mayor or designated council member of the City of Fresno, the member of the Board of Supervisors of Madera County, and the member of the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County.

SEC. 5.

 Section 32519 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

32519.
 The voting members of the board shall annually elect from among the voting members a chairperson and a vice chairperson. If the office of the chairperson or vice chairperson becomes vacant, a new chairperson or vice chairperson shall be elected by the voting members of the board to serve for the remainder of the term. A person shall not serve as chairperson for more than two consecutive terms.
SEC. 6.
 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.