BILL NUMBER: SB 1078	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN SENATE  MAY 29, 2012
	AMENDED IN SENATE  APRIL 17, 2012

INTRODUCED BY   Senator Evans

                        FEBRUARY 14, 2012

   An act to add  Sections 5080.46 and 5080.47 to 
 and repeal Section 5080.46 of  the Public Resources Code,
relating to state parks  , and making an appropriation
therefor  .



	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   SB 1078, as amended, Evans. State parks: state park revenue
generation and insurance risk pool.
   Existing law vests the Department of Parks and Recreation with
control over the state park system. Existing law creates the State
Parks and Recreation Fund into which are deposited revenues received
by the department, which are available for expenditure for state park
purposes upon appropriation by the Legislature.
   This bill would  require   authorize 
the department , until January 1, 2020  ,  by July
1, 2013, to establish within the department an innovation team with
specified responsibilities related to the generation of revenue for
the department. The bill would authorize a district superintendent or
park manager to establish an innovation working group for the
district or unit of the state park system. The bill would require the
innovation working group to develop a business plan for a 5-year
period outlining ways that the specific park district or unit of the
state park system can become more self-sustainable, increase
visitation, and generate new revenues. The bill would require the
innovation team to, among other things, assist the innovation working
groups in developing business plans for their particular park
district or unit of the state park system and to review the business
plans. The bill would require the business plans to be submitted to
the Director of Parks and Recreation for approval. The bill would
require the director to review each business plan for compliance with
the corresponding park's general plan.   to assist a
park district or unit of the state park system in establishing
specified numbers of innovation working groups for the purpose of
developing innovative revenue proposals for the district or the park
unit, as prescribed. The bill would require the department, in
addition to evaluating revenue-generating ideas submitted by
innovation working groups, to consider  specified factors
relating to ways to generate revenues for state parks. The bill would
require each innovation team working group to perform specific
duties and to make recommendations to the department on innovative
revenue proposals, or ideas about how to make those districts or
units more self sufficient, increase visitation, and generate new
revenues.   The bill would require 70% of revenue
generated by an approved business plan for the particular park
district unit of the state park system to be deposited into the Park
Innovation Account, which would be established in the State Parks and
Recreation Fund. The bill would authorize the Controller to
establish appropriate subaccounts in the account for each park
district and unit of the state park system. The bill would
continuously appropriate to the department moneys in the account and
subaccounts for the support of the district or unit that generated
the revenue, thereby making an appropriation. The bill would require
the remaining 30% to be deposited into the State Parks and Recreation
Fund.  
   This bill would also require the department to provide technical
assistance to nonprofit organizations, which have or are developing
operating agreements to manage a state park unit, to establish or
join an insurance risk pool. 
   Vote:  2/3  majority  . Appropriation:
 yes   no  . Fiscal committee: yes.
State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  SECTION 1.  This act shall be known and may be cited as the
California State Parks Sustainability Through Innovation Act.
  SEC. 2.  (a) The Legislature finds and declares both of the
following:
   (1) The state park system should become more self-sufficient and
financially sustainable without losing sight of its mission to
protect its valuable resources and provide maximum access to
residents and visitors.
   (2) The Department of Parks and Recreation should value the
experience, commitment, and initiative of its employees and allies
throughout the state while providing training needed to meet new
professional goals.
   (b) It is the intent of the Legislature to do both of the
following:
   (1)  Create   Allow the district
superintendent or park manager to facilitate the creation of 
innovation working groups within park districts or units of the state
park system with the  responsibility for creating business
plans   ability to develop innovative revenue proposals
 for those park districts or units of the state park system to
make those districts or units more self-sufficient, increase
visitation, and generate new revenues.
   (2)  Create, in the Department of Parks and Recreation, an
innovation team that would be responsible for evaluating new revenue
generation programs, both systemwide and for specific units of the
state park system, and assisting the innovation working groups in the
development of business plans.   Encourage the
Department of Parks and Recreation to evaluate and implement
innovative revenue generation proposals. 
  SEC. 3.  Section 5080.46 is added to the Public Resources Code, to
read:
   5080.46.  (a)  (1)    
By July 1, 2013, the department shall establish an innovation team
within the department. The innovation team shall consist of not more
than 10 members, selected from current employees, and shall do all of
the following:   The department may assist a park
district or unit of the state park system in establishing no more
than 10 innovation working groups during the 2013 calendar year for
the purpose of developing innovative revenue proposals for the
district or park unit. No more than an additional 10  
innovation working groups may be established pursuant to this
section, per year in the 2014 calendar year. On and after January 1,
2015, additional working groups may be formed at the discretion of
the director.  
   (b) The department, in addition to evaluating revenue-generating
ideas submitted by innovation working groups, shall consider all of
the following:  
   (A) Study and implement ways to increase and generate new park
revenues.  
   (B) Assist a park district or unit of the state park system in
establishing an innovation working group and developing a business
plan for that district or unit.  
   (2) The innovation team shall meet at least once a month.
 
   (3) The innovation team, in evaluating revenue generation ideas,
shall consider all of the following:  
   (A) 
    (1)  The feasibility of establishing a regional park
pass that can be used in specific regions of the state and has a
lower cost than the annual state park pass. 
   (B)
    (2)  Participating in cooperative ventures with county
park departments to establish a regional park pass that allows a
person to access state and local parks in specific regions of the
state. 
   (C) 
    (3)  The feasibility of issuing a state park pass that
provides extra value, such as coupons for recreational goods and
services. 
   (D) 
    (4)  The creation of a voluntary contribution checkoff
option on state tax return forms allowing a person to purchase a
state park pass. 
   (E) 
    (5)  The implementation of a plan to  initiate
  review  concessionaire contracts that will
 increase state revenues   result in greater
revenues to the state  . 
   (F) 
    (6)  The feasibility of contractual agreements with
public and private transportation agencies to allow for the use of
existing toll passes, such as FasTrak, at entrance facilities at a
unit of the state park system. 
   (G) 
    (7)  The use of credit cards at automated and manned
entrance kiosks. 
   (H) 
    (8)  The sale of state park passes at commercial retail
establishments with special promotions. 
   (I) 
    (9)  The removal of barriers to allow for, with proper
safeguards, the use of historical buildings for revenue-generating
events, such as theater, concerts, public meetings, and conventions,
that do not change the historical character of the building or lend
its name to a commercial enterprise. 
   (4) (A) The innovation team 
    (c)     A district superintendent or park
manager  may recommend to the director the dissolution of an
innovation working group for a specific unit of the state park system
or park district. 
   (B) The innovation team shall assist the innovation working groups
in developing a business plan for their particular park district or
unit of the state park system.  
   (5) (A) The innovation team shall review the business plan
developed by an innovation working group and make recommendations to
the director on the business plan.  
   (B) (i) The director shall review the business plan for compliance
with the park's general plan.  
   (ii) If the director determines that the business plan is not in
compliance with the park's general plan, the director shall amend, as
appropriate, the park's general plan to accommodate the
implementation of the business plan.  
   (C) If the director approves a business plan, the director may
authorize the appropriate district superintendent or park manager to
implement the business plan.  
   (D) The innovation team shall review and submit to the director
the annual progress report submitted by the innovation working group
on the implementation of the business plan.  
   (b) (1) A district superintendent or park manager may establish an
innovation working group with his or her district or unit of the
state park system for the purposes of developing a business planfor
the district or unit.  
   (d) Each innovation team working group shall make recommendations
to the department on innovative revenue proposals, or ideas about how
to make those districts or units more self-sufficient, increase
visitation, and generate new revenues.  
   (e) The department may appoint an innovation working group at a
district or unit level of the state park system for the purposes of
developing innovative revenue proposals for the district and the
unit, and generating new ideas about how to make those districts or
units more self-sufficient, increase visitation, and develop new
revenue proposals.  
   (2) 
    (f)  The district superintendent or park manager
 shall   may  establish a community
advisory board of not more than six members and six alternates
consisting of residents living near the park district or near the
unit of the state park system for the purposes of providing community
input in the development of the  business plan 
 innovative revenue proposals  . 
   (3) 
    (g)  The innovation working group of a particular park
district or unit of the state park system shall do all of the
following: 
   (A) 
    (1)  Develop  a business plan for a five-year
period   innovative revenue proposals  outlining
ways that the unit or district can become more self-sustainable,
increase visitation, and generate new revenues. 
   (B) 
    (2)  Consult with the district superintendent or park
manager on the implementation of  the business plan 
 an innovative revenue proposal  or projects generating new
revenue for the district or unit of the state park system. 
   (C) Submit to the innovation team an annual progress report on the
implementation of an approved business plan.  
   (D) 
    (3)  Make recommendations to the district superintendent
or park manager on the use of moneys appropriated pursuant to
subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) of subdivision  (c)
  (h)  . 
   (E) Meet at least quarterly with a community advisory board and
hold at least one community public meeting per year. 

   (c)  (1) Revenues generated by the business plan developed by an
innovation working group for a particular unit of the state park
system or park district shall be allocated as follows: 

   (A) Seventy percent shall be deposited into the Park Innovation
Account, which is hereby established within State Parks and
Recreation Fund. The Controller may establish appropriate subaccounts
within the account for each park district or unit of the state park
system with an approved business plan and deposit the appropriate
revenue in those subaccounts. Notwithstanding Section 13340 of the
Government Code, moneys in the account and subaccount shall be
continuously appropriated to the department for the support of the
particular park district or unit of the state park system generating
the revenue.  
   (B) Thirty percent shall be deposited into the State Parks and
Recreation Fund established pursuant to Section 5010. 

   (2) (A) Beginning January 15, 2014, and annually thereafter, a
park superintendent or park manager receiving funds pursuant to
subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) shall provide to the director a
report on the expenditure of those funds.  
   (B) Beginning February 15, 2014, and annually thereafter, the
director shall, pursuant to Section 9795 of the Government Code,
submit to the Legislature, a report on the expenditures of revenues
specified in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (1) by the park districts
and units of the state park system.  
   (4) Post on the department's Internet Web site all pending and
recently approved innovative revenue proposals.  
   (h) This section shall remain in effect only until January 1,
2020, and as of that date is repealed, unless a later enacted
statute, that is enacted before January 1, 2020, deletes or extends
that date.  
  SEC. 4.    Section 5080.47 is added to the Public
Resources Code, to read:
   5080.47.  The department shall provide technical assistance to a
nonprofit organization that is developing or has in effect an
operating agreement to manage a unit of the state park system to
establish or join an insurance risk pool for the operation of the
unit of the state park system.