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          Bill No:  AB 1891
          Author:   Assembly Higher Education Committee
          Amended:  6/28/10 in Senate
          Vote:     21

           SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE  :  6-0, 6/16/10
          AYES:  Romero, Huff, Emmerson, Hancock, Liu, Price
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Alquist, Simitian, Wyland

           SENATE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE  :  Senate Rule 28.8

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  74-0, 5/6/10 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT  :    Sustainable agriculture research:  agricultural  

           SOURCE  :     Author

           DIGEST  :    This bill restores, in statute, the Sustainable  
          Agriculture Research and Education Program operated by the  
          University of California.  This program was inadvertently  
          deleted from statute in 2009, as part of an overall higher  
          education technical cleanup measure.

           ANALYSIS  :    The California Constitution establishes the  
          University of California (UC) as a public trust  
          administered by the Regents of the University of California  
          (Regents).  The Constitution grants the Regents full powers  
          of organization and government, subject only to such  
          legislative control as may be necessary to insure the  


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          security of its funds, compliance with the terms of  
          University endowments, other procedures as specified. 

          This bill requests the UC Regents to establish the  
          Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program  
          (SAREP) to support competitive grants to promote research  
          and education on sustainable agricultural practices, and to  
          support the giving of instruction and practical  
          demonstrations in agriculture.  (This program was  
          inadvertently deleted from statute in 2009, as part of an  
          overall higher education technical measure.)


           AB 1182 (Brownley), Chapter 386, Statutes of 2009,  
          primarily streamlined higher education related reporting  
          requirements.  However, late amendments inadvertently  
          deleted the authorization of the SAREP.  Though the SAREP  
          did not cease to exist when it was deleted in statute,  
          since legislation is not necessary to create programs at  
          the UC (given the university's constitutional autonomy);  
          however, statutory authorization of SAREP provides  
          assurances to the sustainable agricultural community that  
          UC is committed to this program.  At the request of the UC,  
          the Assembly Higher Education Committee agreed to support  
          legislation in 2010 to restore the statutory authorization  
          for this UC program.


           SAREP is a statewide program within UC Agriculture and  
          Natural Resources.  It was created through the grass roots  
          efforts of organizational and individuals concerned about  
          the environmental impacts of agriculture, the health of  
          rural communities, and the profitability of family farming  
          operations in California.  At the request of the California  
          Legislature, the UC established SAREP with three mandates:   
          administer competitive grants for research on sustainable  
          agricultural practices and systems, develop and distribute  
          information through publications and on-farm  
          demonstrations, and support long-term research and  
          sustainable farming systems on UC farmlands.  SAREP has a  
          national reputation for developing new practices,  
          disseminating this information on agriculture  


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          sustainability, and conducting research with growers on  
          public and private lands.

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  8/2/10)

          Food and Water Watch
          University of California

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES:  Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Beall, Bill  
            Berryhill, Tom Berryhill, Blakeslee, Blumenfield,  
            Bradford, Brownley, Buchanan, Caballero, Charles  
            Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway, Cook, Coto, Davis, De  
            Leon, DeVore, Emmerson, Eng, Evans, Feuer, Fletcher,  
            Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Furutani, Gaines, Galgiani,  
            Garrick, Hagman, Hall, Harkey, Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill,  
            Huber, Huffman, Jeffries, Jones, Knight, Lieu, Logue,  
            Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma, Miller, Monning, Nava, Nestande,  
            Niello, Nielsen, Norby, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino,  
            Ruskin, Salas, Saldana, Silva, Skinner, Smyth, Solorio,  
            Audra Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico,  
            Tran, Villines, Yamada, John A. Perez
          NO VOTE RECORDED:  Bass, Block, De La Torre, Gilmore,  
            Mendoza, Vacancy

          CPM:cm  8/3/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE

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