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SB-771 California Environmental Quality Act: continuing education: public employees.(2017-2018)

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Amended  IN  Assembly  July 18, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  June 26, 2017


Senate Bill
No. 771

Introduced by Senator De León

February 17, 2017

An act to add Section 21098.5 to the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental quality.


SB 771, as amended, De León. California Environmental Quality Act: continuing education: public employees.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of, an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment.
This bill would establish a continuing education requirement for employees of public agencies who have primary responsibility to administer the act, as specified. Because this bill would require a public agency to ensure that this continuing education requirement is met, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


 Section 21098.5 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

 Public agencies A public agency shall ensure that at least one or more of its employees who have been assigned the primary responsibility to administer this division pursuant to subdivision (a) of Section 15025 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations participate, complete at least two hours every two years, in appropriate years of continuing education programs offered by related to administration of this division. Continuing education may include any of the following:
(a) The Courses offered, accredited, or approved by the American Institute of Certified Planners.
(b) Continuing Courses offered by continuing legal education providers accredited or approved by the State Bar.
(c) Courses offered by the University of California, including extension programs.


(d) Training courses or sets of self-study materials with tests offered in person or online by a local agency or association of local agencies that offer one or more training courses, or sets of self-study materials with tests. These courses may be taken at home, in-person, or online. agencies.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.