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          AB 1891 (Higher Education Committee)
          As Amended  June 28, 2010
          Majority vote
          |ASSEMBLY:  |76-0 |(May 6, 2010)   |SENATE: |33-0 |(August 5,     |
          |           |     |                |        |     |2010)          |
           Original Committee Reference:    HIGHER ED.  
          SUMMARY  :  Restores, in statute, the Sustainable Agriculture  
          Research and Education Program (SAREP) operated by the  
          University of California (UC), which was inadvertently deleted  
          from statute in 2009, as part of an overall higher education  
          technical cleanup measure.

           The Senate amendments  deleted language that restored  
          authorization of the UC-operated Biologically Integrated Farming  
          Systems (BIFS) program because the BIFS program sunsets on  
          December 31, 2010.

           AS PASSED BY THE ASSEMBLY  , this bill was substantially similar,  
          although broader, than the version passed by the Senate.

          FISCAL EFFECT  :   Negligible fiscal impact, as this bill simply  
          reenacts in statute a current program operated by UC.

           COMMENTS  :   Last year, AB 1182 (Brownley), Chapter 386, Statutes  
          of 2009, was signed into law, streamlining higher  
          education-related reporting requirements.  However, late  
          amendments inadvertently deleted the authorization for SAREP  
          when it was too late in the legislative process to correct the  
          error.  At the request of UC, the author and Assembly Higher  
          Education Committee staff agreed to support legislation in 2010  
          to restore SAREP's statutory authorization.   

          SAREP did not cease to exist when it was deleted from statute,  
          since legislation is not necessary to create programs at UC (as  
          a result of UC's Constitutional autonomy).  However, statutory  
          authorization of SAREP provides assurance to the sustainable  
          agriculture community that UC is committed to these programs.  

          SAREP is a statewide program within UC Agriculture and Natural  


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          Resources. It was created through the grass roots efforts of  
          organizations 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, UC established SAREP with  
          three mandates:  1) administer competitive grants for research  
          on sustainable agricultural practices and systems; 2) develop  
          and distribute information through publications and on-farm  
          demonstrations; and, 3) support long-term research and  
          sustainable farming systems on UC farmlands.  SAREP has a  
          national reputation for developing new practices, disseminating  
          this information on agricultural sustainability, and conducting  
          research with growers on public and private land. 

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Sandra Fried / HIGHER ED. / (916)  
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