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AB-1279 Coastal resources: sustainable kelp.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/26/2021 04:00 AM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1279


Introduced by Assembly Member Muratsuchi

February 19, 2021


An act to amend Section 26201 of add Section 35619 to the Public Resources Code, relating to energy. coastal resources.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1279, as amended, Muratsuchi. Clean Energy Job Creation Program. Coastal resources: sustainable kelp.
Existing law establishes in state government the Ocean Protection Council. Existing law requires the council to, among other things, establish policies to coordinate the collection, evaluation, and sharing of scientific data related to coastal and ocean resources among agencies. Existing law requires the council to develop and implement a voluntary sustainable seafood promotion program for the state.
This bill would require the council to work with private and nonprofit entities to bring sustainable kelp to the coastal waters of the state, as provided. The bill would require the council to review and assess data from existing research and ongoing pilot projects to identify critical knowledge gaps related to, among other things, kelp forest ecosystems.

The California Clean Energy Jobs Act, an initiative approved by the voters as Proposition 39 at the November 6, 2012, statewide general election, made changes to corporate income taxes and, except as specified, provides for the transfer of $550,000,000 annually from the General Fund to the Clean Energy Job Creation Fund for 5 fiscal years beginning with the 2013–14 fiscal year, to be expended for projects that create jobs improving energy efficiency and expanding clean energy generation. Existing law provides for the allocation of moneys remaining in the fund after the 2017–18 fiscal year and, commencing with the 2018–19 fiscal year, establishes the Clean Energy Job Creation Program to fund projects that create jobs in California improving energy efficiency and expanding clean energy generation, and provides for the allocation of moneys appropriated by the Legislature to community college districts and local educational agencies for purposes of the program.

This bill would make nonsubstantive revisions to the statement of objectives in the act.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 35619 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

35619.
 The council shall work with private and nonprofit entities, including the University of California at Davis and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, to bring sustainable kelp to the coastal waters of the state. The council shall review and assess data from existing research and ongoing pilot projects to identify critical knowledge gaps related to kelp forest ecosystems, kelp and sea urchin biological processes, kelp forest stressors, kelp-urchin population dynamics, incorporating carbon dioxide removal, and long-term carbon sequestration considerations.

SECTION 1.Section 26201 of the Public Resources Code is amended to read:
26201.

This division has the following objectives:

(a)Create good-paying energy efficiency and clean energy jobs in California.

(b)Put Californians to work repairing and updating schools and public buildings to improve their energy efficiency and make other clean energy improvements that create jobs and save energy and money.

(c)Promote the creation of new private sector jobs improving the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings.

(d)Achieve the maximum amount of job creation and energy benefits with available funds.

(e)Supplement, complement, and leverage existing energy efficiency and clean energy programs to create increased economic and energy benefits for California in coordination with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission and the Public Utilities Commission.

(f)Provide a full public accounting of all money spent and jobs and benefits achieved so the programs and projects funded pursuant to this division can be reviewed and evaluated.