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SB-804 California Conservation Corps: forestry training center.(2021-2022)



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Amended  IN  Senate  April 05, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 804


Introduced by Senator Glazer
(Coauthors: Senators Becker, Caballero, McGuire, Skinner, and Wiener)
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Levine, Mullin, Quirk, and Wicks)

February 19, 2021


An act to add Section 14413.5 14415.7 to the Public Resources Code, relating to resource conservation.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 804, as amended, Glazer. California Conservation Corps: forestry corps program: formerly incarcerated individuals. forestry training center.
Existing law establishes the California Conservation Corps in the Natural Resources Agency and requires the corps to implement and administer the conservation corps program. Existing law establish a forestry corps program to accomplish certain objectives including developing and implementing forest health projects, as provided. authorizes the Director of the California Conservation Corps to establish the Education and Employment Reentry Program within the corps to develop, partner with, and create opportunities for certain forestry corps program objectives, collaborate with the Employment Development Department to provide access to workforce services, collaborate with nongovernmental organizations dedicated to providing access to counseling, mentorship, supportive housing, health care, and educational opportunities, and employ collaborations and partnerships available to the corps, as specified.
This bill would require the Director of the California Conservation Corps, in consultation director, in partnership with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, to establish a program in the forestry corps program to enroll formerly incarcerated individuals, as provided. training center in northern California to provide enhanced training, education, work experience, and job readiness for entry-level forestry jobs. The bill would require the director to prioritize for enrollment at the training center formerly incarcerated individuals who have successfully served on a California Conservation Camp program crew and were recommended by the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The bill would provide that a person who successfully completes the successful completion of a training program is eligible at the training center constitutes qualifying experience for an entry-level forestry position at the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for northern California.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 14415.7 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

14415.7.
 (a) (1) Upon appropriation, on or before December 31, 2023, the director, in partnership with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shall establish a forestry training center in northern California to provide enhanced training, education, work experience, and job readiness for entry-level forestry jobs.
(2) In establishing the training center, the director shall model the training center after the Ventura training center described in Schedule (3) of Item 3540-301-0001 of the Budget Act of 2018 (Chapter 29 of the Statutes of 2018), but the training center shall focus on forestry.
(3) The training center may include fire prevention, fire suppression, emergency incident response, and resource management training modules.
(b) The director shall prioritize for enrollment at the training center formerly incarcerated individuals who have successfully served on a California Conservation Camp program crew and were recommended by the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
(c) The director may enroll corpsmembers and local community conservation corpsmembers at the training center if funding and resources allow.
(d) Successful completion of a training program at the training center shall constitute qualifying experience for an entry-level forestry position at the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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 ecological needs of northern California in reducing the impact of wildfires in the region.
SECTION 1.Section 14413.5 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:
14413.5.

(a)The director, in consultation with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, shall establish a program in the forestry corps program to enroll formerly incarcerated individuals who have successfully served on a California Conservation Camp program crew and were recommended for participation as a program member by the Director of Forestry and Fire Protection and the Secretary of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

(b)A person who successfully completes the program described in subdivision (a) shall be eligible for an entry-level forestry position at the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.