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AB-72 Environmental protection: Natural Resources Agency: coastal adaptation projects: sea level rise: regulatory review and permitting: report.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 12/07/2020 09:00 PM
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Revised  May 20, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 72


Introduced by Assembly Member Petrie-Norris
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Cunningham, Levine, Mullin, and Ting)

December 07, 2020


An act to add Section 71160 to the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental protection.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 72, as introduced, Petrie-Norris. Environmental protection: Natural Resources Agency: coastal adaptation projects: sea level rise: regulatory review and permitting: report.
Existing law establishes the Natural Resources Agency. Existing law requires the agency, by July 1, 2017, and every 3 years thereafter, to update the state’s climate adaptation strategy to identify vulnerabilities to climate change by sectors and priority actions needed to reduce the risks in those sectors.
This bill would enact the Coastal Adaptation Permitting Act of 2021. The bill would require the agency to explore, and authorize it to implement, options within the agency’s jurisdiction to establish a more coordinated and efficient regulatory review and permitting process for coastal adaptation projects, as defined. The bill would require the agency to submit, by July 1, 2023, a report to the Legislature with suggestions and recommendations for improving and expediting the regulatory review and permitting process for coastal adaptation projects.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 This measure shall be known, and may be cited, as the Coastal Adaptation Permitting Act of 2021.

SEC. 2.

 Section 71160 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

71160.
 (a) The agency shall explore and may implement options within the agency’s jurisdiction to establish a more coordinated and efficient regulatory review and permitting process for coastal adaptation projects.
(b) (1) By July 1, 2023, the agency shall report to the Legislature on suggestions and recommendations for improving and expediting the regulatory review and permitting process for coastal adaptation projects.
(2) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under this subdivision is inoperative on July 1, 2027, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(3) The report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(c) For purposes of this section, “coastal adaptation projects” means activities intended or designed to address, mitigate, or prevent the adverse social and economic effects of sea level rise.

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