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AB-1283 California Conservation Corps.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/22/2019 04:00 AM


Assembly Bill
No. 1283

Introduced by Assembly Member Cervantes

February 21, 2019

An act to amend Section 14000 of the Public Resources Code, relating to resources conservation.


AB 1283, as introduced, Cervantes. California Conservation Corps.
Existing law establishes the California Conservation Corps in the Natural Resources Agency, and prescribes the functions and duties of the corps relating to providing educational, employment training, and other opportunities for corpsmembers, including, among other things, participation in projects involving the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of public lands in the state.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to legislative findings and declarations relating to the mission of the corps.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


 Section 14000 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:

 (a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that every California youth should be encouraged to reach his or her their full potential, but that many youths require guidance and support to reach their goals and make positive changes in their lives.
(b) The Legislature finds and declares that conserving or developing natural resources, resources and enhancing and maintaining environmentally important lands and waters through the use of California’s young women and men, is beneficial people benefits not only to the youth of the state by providing them with educational and work opportunities, but also is beneficial for the state’s economy and its environment.
(c) The Legislature further finds and declares that the California Conservation Corps continues to offer California a unique opportunity to meet both the goal of increasing understanding and appreciation of the environment and the goal of helping youths become productive adults.
(d) The Legislature therefore reaffirms its intent that the corps’ mission includes increasing awareness of and improving our natural resources, but more importantly, includes instilling basic skills and a healthy work ethic in California youth, building their character, self-esteem, and self-discipline, and establishing within them a strong sense of civic responsibility and an understanding of the value of a day’s work for a day’s wages.
(e) It is the further intent of the Legislature that corpsmembers graduate from the corps with good work habits, positive attitudes, and broadened professional horizons. It is the intent of the Legislature that the corps blend academic and job skills training with personal growth opportunities in order to develop productive youths who can make substantial contributions as California workers and citizens.
(f) It is the further intent of the Legislature, in memory of Brien Thomas “B.T.” Collins and John E. “Jack” Dugan, and on behalf of their passion, support, and commitment to the mission of the corps, to ensure that the corps is an entrepreneurial and incentive-based program with stable and predictable funding. In pursuit of that goal, it is the intent of the Legislature that all state agencies look to the corps first to perform those projects that meet the mission of the corps.