AB 1389, as amended, Committee on Agriculture. San Joaquin Valley Quality Cotton District.
Existing law establishes the San Joaquin Valley Quality Cotton District for the purposes of promoting, encouraging, aiding, and protecting the planting and growing of cotton in California. Existing law establishes the San Joaquin Valley Cotton Board, and establishes the powers of the board to include, among others, establishing quality standards and making recommendations to the Secretary of Food and Agriculture on all matters pertaining to the district. Existing law provides funding for the board and enforcement of the provisions through assessments, and requires that all moneys received pursuant to these provisions, which are deposited in the continuously appropriated Department of Food and Agriculture Fund, be expended only for purposes of the provisions relating to the San Joaquin Valley Quality Cotton District.
This bill would make these
provisions and related regulations inoperative on
begin delete Julyend delete 1, 2014, except as specified, unless a resolution is approved to continue the operation of these provisions, or the secretary receives a petition from members of the cotton industry in the San Joaquin Valley, and makes a determination that it is in the best interests of the cotton industry and the state to continue these provisions. The bill would begin delete requireend delete the secretary to establish an advisory committee begin delete, andend delete would specify that the secretary shall not be required to administer any of these provisions that are operative unless the secretary determines there are sufficient funds to pay the costs incurred by the secretary, as specified. Because the bill would authorize the use of continuously appropriated funds for a new purpose, the bill would make an appropriation.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Article 13 (commencing with Section 52991) is
2added to Chapter 4 of Division 18 of the Food and Agricultural
3Code, to read:
(a) Except as specified in
begin delete subdivision (c),end delete on and after begin delete Julyend delete 1, 2014, the provisions of this
9chapter, and any regulations adopted pursuant to this chapter, shall
10become inoperative unless either of the following occurs:
11 11(1) A resolution is approved in accordance with the procedures
12specified in subdivision (c) of Section 52891.1, as that section read
13on January 1, 2013, to continue the operation of this chapter.
14 14(2) The secretary receives a petition from members of the cotton
15industry in the San Joaquin Valley, and makes a determination
16that circumstances in the California cotton industry indicate that
17the operation of this chapter is in the best
18interests of the cotton industry and the state.
5(b) The secretary shall establish a committee to advise the
6secretary. The committee shall be comprised of cotton growers,
7representatives of cotton seed processing organizations involved
8in seed crushing operations, handlers of raw cotton fiber, and
9representatives of cotton ginning organizations.
10(c) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), the following provisions
11shall remain operative and shall be administered by the secretary:
12(1) Section 52893.end delete
13(2) Subdivision (b) of Section 52901.end delete
14(3) Section 52981.end delete
The secretary shall not be required to administer this
23article or any provisions of this chapter that are operative pursuant
begin delete Section 52991end delete unless the secretary
25determines that there are sufficient funds remaining in the
26Department of Food and Agriculture Fund that were deposited and
27authorized to be expended for purposes of this chapter, or from
28other sources, including the California cotton industry, to pay the
29costs incurred by the secretary.