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AB-1642 California Coastal Commission: ex parte communications: disclosure.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/18/2017 04:00 AM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 1642


Introduced by Assembly Member Caballero

February 17, 2017


An act to amend Section 30324 of the Public Resources Code, relating to coastal resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1642, as introduced, Caballero. California Coastal Commission: ex parte communications: disclosure.
Existing law, the California Coastal Act of 1976, establishes the California Coastal Commission in the Natural Resources Agency and designates the commission as the state coastal zone planning and management agency for all purposes. The act prohibits a commission member or an interested person, as defined, from conducting an ex parte communication unless the commission member fully discloses and makes public that communication within 7 days after the communication or, if the communication occurs within 7 days of the next commission hearing, to the commission on the record of the proceeding at that hearing. The act requires the executive director of the commission to place in the public record any report of an ex parte communication.
This bill would require that the executive director place on the commission’s Internet Web site and in the official public record any written report of an ex parte communication.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 30324 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

30324.
 (a) No commission member, nor any interested person, shall conduct an ex parte communication unless the commission member fully discloses and makes public the ex parte communication by providing a full report of the communication to the executive director within seven days after the communication or, if the communication occurs within seven days of the next commission hearing, to the commission on the record of the proceeding at that hearing.
(b) (1) The commission shall adopt standard disclosure forms for reporting ex parte communications which shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following information:
(A) The date, time, and location of the communication.
(B) (i) The identity of the person or persons initiating and the person or persons receiving the communication.
(ii) The identity of the person on whose behalf the communication was made.
(iii) The identity of all persons present during the communication.
(C) A complete, comprehensive description of the content of the ex parte communication, including a complete set of all text and graphic material that was part of the communication.
(2) The executive director shall place on the commission’s Internet Web site and in the official public record any written report of an ex parte communication.
(c) Communications shall cease to be ex parte communications when fully disclosed and placed in the commission’s official record.