INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Huffman

                        FEBRUARY 19, 2010

   An act to add Section 12805.3 to the Government Code, relating to
fish and wildlife.


   AB 2376, as amended, Huffman. Fish and wildlife: strategic vision.

   The California Constitution establishes the Fish and Game
Commission and provides for the delegation to the commission of
powers relating to the protection and propagation of fish and game.
Existing statutory law delegates to the commission the power to
regulate the taking or possession of birds, mammals, fish,
amphibians, and reptiles in accordance with prescribed laws. Existing
law establishes the Department of Fish and Game in the Natural
Resources Agency, and generally charges the department with the
administration and enforcement of the Fish and Game Code.
   This bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources
Agency to convene a committee, with membership as prescribed, to
develop and submit to the Governor and Legislature, before 
January   July  1, 2012, a strategic vision for the
department and the commission that addresses specified matters
relating to state fish and wildlife resource management.
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


  SECTION 1.  Section 12805.3 is added to the Government Code, to
   12805.3.  (a) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency shall
convene a committee to develop and submit to the Governor and the
Legislature, before  January   July  1,
2012, a strategic vision for the Department of Fish and Game and the
Fish and Game Commission.
   (b) The committee members shall include all of the following:
   (1) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency.
   (2) The Director of Fish and Game.
   (3) The president of the Fish and Game Commission.
   (4) The chair of the State Energy Resources Conservation and
Development Commission.
   (5) A representative of the University of California.
   (6) Representatives of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service
and the National Marine Fisheries Service  , if they choose to
participate  .
   (c) The strategic vision shall address all of the following
   (1) Improving and enhancing the department's capacity to fulfill
its public trust responsibilities to protect and manage the state's
fish and wildlife for their ecological values and for the benefit of
the people of the state.  
    (2)  Comprehensive biodiversity management, including
conservation planning and monitoring. 
    (3)  Sustainable ecosystem functions, including
terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitat. 
   (4) Recreational and commercial harvest of fish and wildlife.
   (3) Permitting and regulatory functions.  
   (5) Permitting, regulatory, and enforcement functions. 

    (6)  Science capacity and academic relationships  ,
including strategies to protect and enhance the independence and
 integrity of the science that forms the basis for department
and commission policies and decisions  . 
   (7) Education, communication, and relations with the public,
landowners, nonprofit entities, and land management agencies. 

    (8)  Reforms necessary to take on the challenges of the
21st century, including, but not  necessarily  limited to:
   (A) Climate change and adaptation.
   (B)  The future of energy   Meeting
California's future renewable energy needs while protecting sensitive
habitat  .
   (C) The restoration of the state's native fish species.
   (D) Implementing and updating the state's Wildlife Action Plan.

    (9)  The development and deployment of technology to
meet the department's mission  ,   including data
modeling, collection, and online reporting  . 
   (10)  Budget and fiscal development, accounting, and
    (11)  Coordination among state agencies. 
    (12)  Recommendations for institutional or governance
changes  , including clarification of the roles of the commission
and the department  . 
    (13)  Strategies for identifying stable funding options
to fulfill the mission of the department while reducing dependency on
the General Fund. 
    (14)  Other recommendations deemed desirable by the
   (d) The committee shall seek input from elected officials,
governmental agencies, and interested parties , and shall review
existing reports and studies on the functioning of the department and
other state models for fish and wildlife governance  .
   (e) For the purposes of carrying out this section, the committee
may also seek input from other policy and resource leaders.
   (f) (1) The committee, its members, and state agencies represented
on the committee may contract for consultants to assist in the
preparation of the strategic vision.
   (2) Contracts entered into pursuant to paragraph (1) shall
terminate no later than December 31, 2011.
   (3) Contracts entered into pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be
exempt from Part 2 (commencing with Section 10100) of Division 2 of
the Public Contract Code.
   (g) The Governor or the committee may appoint a "blue ribbon" or
citizen commission, advisory committee, task force, or any other
group or groups that the Governor or the committee deems necessary or
desirable to assist in carrying out this section.
   (h) For the purposes of carrying out this section, the committee
shall seek funding from nonstate entities to minimize the use of
General Fund moneys.