BILL ANALYSIS Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Summary Senator Christine Kehoe, Chair 1138 (Cedillo) Hearing Date: 05/10/2010 Amended: 04/27/2010 Consultant: Brendan McCarthy Policy Vote: F&A 4-0, EQ 6-0 _________________________________________________________________ ____ BILL SUMMARY: SB 1138 establishes the Rendering Industry Advisory Board within the Department of Food and Agriculture. The bill authorizes the Board to make recommendations to the Secretary of Food and Agriculture regarding the regulation of the handling and use of animal carcasses, animal parts, and inedible kitchen grease. _________________________________________________________________ ____ Fiscal Impact (in thousands) Major Provisions 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 Fund Board member travel and Minor and absorbable General other expenses Department support for Minor costs for adopting regulationsGeneral Board activities _________________________________________________________________ ____ STAFF COMMENTS: Under current law, the Department of Food and Agriculture is authorized to regulate the handling and use of animal carcasses, animal parts, and inedible kitchen grease. These items can often be "rendered" into useful products, such as pet food or biodiesel fuel. The Department licenses dead animal haulers, kitchen grease transporters, renderers, and pet food processors. Current law and regulations attempt to ensure that all carcasses, inedible kitchen grease, and related materials are properly transported and disposed of to protect public health. SB 1138 establishes the Rendering Industry Advisory Board within the Department of Food and Agriculture. The Board will consist of nine members appointed by the Secretary, seven of whom must be licensed by the Department. The members of the Advisory Board will receive no salary, but will be compensated for travel costs. The Advisory Board is charged with making recommendations to the Secretary regarding any issue related to the regulation of the rendering industry, including new or existing regulations, the Department's inspection program, and rates and collection of license fees and penalties. The Secretary shall adopt any regulations necessary to be used by the Advisory Board to implement the requirements of the bill. Based on experience with other advisory boards, the Department indicates that travel costs and other expenses should be minor. In addition, there may be some minor costs to adopt regulations to implement the bill.