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AB-391 Pollinator habitat conservation: funding.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 05/24/2021 03:38 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 24, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 391


Introduced by Assembly Member Villapudua
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Cunningham, Mathis, and Robert Rivas)
(Coauthor: Senator Hueso)

February 02, 2021


An act relating to food and agriculture, and making an appropriation therefor. to add Section 413 to the Food and Agricultural Code, relating to habitat conservation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 391, as amended, Villapudua. Pollinator habitat conservation: funding.
Existing law authorizes the Department of Food and Agriculture to expend in accordance with law all money which is made available for its use. Existing law, the Apiary Protection Act, provides for the regulation and management of apiaries, including regulations for bees used in the pollination of agricultural crops.
This bill would appropriate would, upon appropriation by the Legislature, allocate $5,000,000 from the General Fund to the department in order to provide funding to partner with the University of California Extension Services, California resource conservation districts, and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver technical assistance, outreach, and provide grants to incentivize participation in state and federal conservation programs where pollinator habitat and forage is established. The bill would make related findings and declarations.
Vote: TWO_THIRDSMAJORITY   Appropriation: YESNO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares both of the following:
(a) Working lands offer an opportunity to expand habitat and forage for pollinators which will help sequester carbon and contribute to climate risk reduction.
(b) In order to engage growers in delivering solutions that benefit pollinators, funding is needed for activities that accelerate the adoption of conservation practices that integrate pollinator habitat and forage on working lands.
SEC. 2.

The sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) is hereby appropriated from the General Fund to the Department of Food and Agriculture in order to provide funding to partner with the University of California Extension Services, California resource conservation districts, and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver technical assistance, outreach, and provide grants to incentivize participation in state and federal conservation programs where pollinator habitat and forage is established.

SEC. 2.

 Section 413 is added to the Food and Agricultural Code, immediately following Section 412, to read:

413.
 Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the sum of five million dollars ($5,000,000) is hereby allocated from the General Fund to the department in order to provide funding to partner with the University of California Extension Services, California resource conservation districts, and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service to deliver technical assistance and outreach and provide grants to incentivize participation in state and federal conservation programs where pollinator habitat and forage is established.