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
begin delete,end delete 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 begin delete,end delete 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 January 1, 2014,
begin delete except as specified,end delete unless a resolution is approved to continue the operation of these provisions begin delete,end delete or the secretary receives a petition from members of the cotton industry in the San Joaquin Valley begin delete,end delete 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, if the secretary makes that determination,end delete
authorize the secretary to establish an advisory committee. The bill would require the Department of Food and Agriculture to post begin delete the operability ofend delete these provisions begin delete and related regulationsend delete on its Internet Web site begin delete if one of the conditions for operability occursend delete and would begin delete specify thatend delete the secretary begin delete shall not beend delete required to administer any of these provisions that begin delete areend delete 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 Section 52992, on and after
8January 1, 2014, the provisions of this chapter, and any regulations
9adopted pursuant to this chapter, shall become inoperative unless
10either 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
begin delete,end delete and makes
16that circumstances in the California cotton industry indicate that
17the operation of specified sections of this chapter is in the best
18interests of the cotton industry and the state. If the secretary makes
19that determination, the secretary may establish a committee to
P3 1advise the secretary. The committee shall be comprised of cotton
2growers, handlers of whole cottonseed, handlers of raw cotton
3fiber, and representatives of cotton ginning organizations.
4(b) If the provisions of this chapter
begin delete, and any regulations adopted become operative as described in
5pursuant to this chapter,end delete
6paragraphs (1) and (2) of subdivision (a), the department shall post
7this fact on its Internet Web site.
The following sections of this chapter shall remain
9operative and shall be administered by the secretary:
10(a) Section 52893 as it relates to certified cottonseed.
11(b) Section 52901 as it relates to certified cottonseed and colored
13(c) Section 52981 as it relates to colored cotton.
The secretary shall not be required to administer this
15article or any provisions of this chapter that are operative pursuant
16to Sections 52991 and 52992 unless the secretary determines that
17there are sufficient funds remaining in the Department of Food
18and Agriculture Fund that were deposited and authorized to be
19expended for purposes of this chapter, or from other sources,
20including the California cotton industry, to pay the costs incurred
21by the secretary.