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SB-359 Climate change: Resilient Merced County Incentive Pilot Program.(2021-2022)



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Amended  IN  Senate  April 19, 2021
Amended  IN  Senate  March 04, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 359


Introduced by Senator Caballero

February 09, 2021


An act to add and repeal Section 616 75218.3 of the Public Resources Code, relating to climate change.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 359, as amended, Caballero. Climate change: natural and working lands. Resilient Merced County Incentive Pilot Program.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 designates the State Air Resources Board as the state agency charged with monitoring and regulating sources of emissions of greenhouse gases. The act authorizes the state board to include in its regulation of greenhouse gas emissions the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board from the auction or sale of allowances as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. Existing law continuously appropriates 20% of the annual proceeds of the fund to the Strategic Growth Council for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, as provided. Under its authority, the Strategic Growth Council establishes council has established the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program as a component of the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program to provide incentives for conservation of agricultural lands.
This bill would, until ____, require the council, in consultation with the Department of Conservation and the state board, to develop and implement the Resilient Merced County Incentive Pilot Program (pilot program) to assist the County of Merced to develop and adopt a climate action plan through the use of a use scenario-planning tool developed by the department tools to estimate and account for the countywide greenhouse gas reduction and carbon sequestration potential of different land management, restoration, and conservation activities and for the council to provide financial assistance to private landowners in implementing to voluntarily implement activities resulting from the use of the scenario-planning tool set forth in the adopted climate action plan. tools used by the county. The bill would specify that activities described above are eligible for incentives under require the council to implement the pilot program as a component of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program, as provided. Program and consistent with the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program. The bill would require the council, in collaboration with the department and the state board, to estimate and monitor the greenhouse gas reductions, carbon sequestration, and other benefits associated with the County of Merced’s scenario planning and the land management, restoration, and conservation activities implemented pursuant to the pilot program. The bill would require the department, by ____, to submit to the Legislature a report on the results of the pilot program. pilot program and a recommendation as to whether the pilot program should be expanded to other areas of the state.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of Merced.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.Section 616 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:
616.

(a)The department shall develop and implement the Resilient Merced County Incentive Pilot Program to do both of the following:

(1)Assist the County of Merced, by providing financial and technical assistance, to support the county’s climate action plan development and goals through the use of a scenario-planning tool developed by the department, including the TerraCount tool, that models the greenhouse gas and natural resource implications of different land use development patterns and management activities.

(2)Provide financial assistance to private landowners to voluntarily implement activities resulting from the scenario-planning tool and supported by the County of Merced to help meet its climate goals.

(b)Activities described in subdivision (a) are eligible for grants under the Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Program that is funded by the Strategic Growth Council consistent with the requirements of Part 1 (commencing with Section 75200) of Division 44.

(c)On or before ____, the department shall submit to the Legislature, in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, a report on the results of the pilot program and a recommendation as to whether the program should be expanded to other areas of the state.

(d)This section shall remain in effect only until January 1, ____, and as of that date is repealed.

SECTION 1.

 Section 75218.3 is added to the Public Resources Code, immediately following Section 75218.1, to read:

75218.3.
 (a) The council, in consultation with the Department of Conservation and the State Air Resources Board, shall develop and implement the Resilient Merced County Incentive Pilot Program to do both of the following:
(1) Provide financial and technical assistance to the County of Merced for the county to do both of the following:
(A) Use scenario-planning tools to estimate and account for the countywide greenhouse gas reduction and carbon sequestration potential of different land management, restoration, and conservation activities.
(B) Integrate the activities identified pursuant to subparagraph (A) into the County of Merced’s climate and land use plans.
(2) Provide financial assistance to private landowners to voluntarily implement activities resulting from the use of the scenario-planning tools used by the County of Merced pursuant to subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) of subdivision (a) and supported by the county to help meet the county’s climate goals.
(b) The council shall develop and implement the Pilot Program as a component of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program, consistent with the requirements of this part.
(c) The council, in collaboration with the Department of Conservation and the State Air Resources Board, shall estimate and monitor the greenhouse gas reductions, carbon sequestration, and other benefits associated with the County of Merced’s scenario planning and the land management, restoration, and conservation activities implemented pursuant to the Pilot Program.
(d) This section does not require the council to create any new scenario-planning tools for purposes of the Pilot Program.
(e) On or before ____, the council shall submit to the Legislature, in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code, a report on the results of the Pilot Program and a recommendation as to whether the Pilot Program should be expanded to other areas of the state.
(f) For purposes of this section, “Pilot Program” means the Merced County Incentive Pilot Program developed and implemented by the council pursuant to subdivision (a).
(g) This section shall remain in effect only until ____, and as of that date is repealed.

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 the Department of Conservation and the Nature Conservancy, in collaboration with of the need to assist the County of Merced, has developed a scenario-planning tool, known as TerraCount, to model greenhouse gas and natural resources implications of different development patterns and management activities and it would be desirable to determine the efficacy of this tool by implementing a pilot project to provide incentives for the implementation of voluntary activities informed by the tool Merced, which is developing a climate action plan to establish and accomplish the regional greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for the County of Merced. county in furtherance of statewide greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.