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SB-307 North Coast Railroad Authority: County of Humboldt: state moneys.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 09/09/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  September 09, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 307


Introduced by Senator McGuire

February 04, 2021


An act to add Section 93006 to the Government Code, relating to agriculture. transportation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 307, as amended, McGuire. Agriculture. North Coast Railroad Authority: County of Humboldt: state moneys.
Existing law creates the North Coast Railroad Authority with various powers and duties relating to rail service in the north coast area of the state, including the authority to acquire, own, operate, and lease real and personal property reasonably related to the operation and maintenance of railroads, the planned transfer of all of the authority’s assets, and the authority’s dissolution. Under existing law, the state is not liable for any contracts, debts, or other obligations of the authority.
This bill would prohibit the use of state moneys to initiate or operate rail service on the authority’s rail rights-of-way north of the City of Willits or for a project that is designed to rehabilitate, modernize, maintain, or repair an existing operation or facility, including a rail terminal, a railyard, a rail facility, and rail infrastructure, on the authority’s rail rights-of-way north of the City of Willits. The bill would prohibit spending state moneys for any new bulk coal terminal project, as defined, within the County of Humboldt.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the authority’s rail rights-of-way north of the City of Willits and the County of Humboldt.

Existing law specifies the state’s general powers and authority over agriculture and establishes, among other things, the state and local agencies and commissions with authority or responsibilities over agriculture, the various projects, programs, requirements, and standards regarding livestock, poultry, sheep, swine, and other farm animals, dogs and cats, fruits, nuts, vegetables, cotton, industrial hemp, and other crops, milk and milk products, pest control operations, food labeling, distribution and use of agricultural chemicals, the content, handling, and sale of commercial feeds, bee management and honey production, the marketing, processing, storing, and dealing of agricultural products, and the various sources of funding or fee structures supporting these efforts.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation relating to agriculture.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 93006 is added to the Government Code, to read:

93006.
 (a) State moneys shall not be used to initiate or operate rail service on the North Coast Railroad Authority’s, or Great Redwood Trail Agency’s, rail rights-of-way north of the City of Willits or for a project that is designed to rehabilitate, modernize, maintain, or repair an existing operation or facility, including a rail terminal, a railyard, a rail facility, and rail infrastructure, on the North Coast Railroad Authority’s, or Great Redwood Trail Agency’s, rail rights-of-way north of the City of Willits.
(b) State moneys, including proceeds from the sale of general obligation bonds, shall not be spent for any new bulk coal terminal project within the County of Humboldt.
(c) For purposes of this section, “new bulk coal terminal” means a terminal that stores, handles, or transports coal in bulk to a degree or significance that is categorized as having the potential for significant impacts in an environmental document prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000) of the Public Resources Code) as a result of the storage, handling, or transport of coal in bulk.

SEC. 2.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the unique geological and environmental conditions existing in and around the North Coast Rail Authority’s rail rights-of-way north of the City of Willits and in the County of Humboldt.
SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation relating to agriculture.