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        CONCURRENCE IN SENATE AMENDMENTS
        AB 1389 (Agriculture Committee)
        As Amended  June 10, 2013
        Majority vote
         
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        |ASSEMBLY:  |74-0 |(May 23, 2013)  |SENATE: |37-0 |(September 6,  |
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         Original Committee Reference:    AGRI.

        SUMMARY  :  Expands the membership of the Shell Egg Advisory Committee  
        (SEAC) by three, as specified; makes inoperative, as specified, the  
        statutes and regulations governing the San Joaquin Valley Quality  
        Cotton District (district), as of January 1, 2014, until specified;  
        and, removes the use of geographical districts for the California  
        Asparagus Commission (CAC); deletes term limits for members; and,  
        deletes provisions allowing the commission to function as a  
        corporation.

         The Senate amendments  :

        1)Expand the membership of SEAC from seven to 10 members, as  
          specified.

        2)Delete the provisions for geographic district representation of  
          CAC, making members-at-large representatives; provide for  
          modification of the number of representatives on the commission,  
          as specified; delete term limit provisions; and, make conforming  
          changes. 

         EXISTING LAW:

         1)Authorizes SEAC to advise the California Department of Food and  
          Agriculture (CDFA) on matters pertaining to standards for shell  
          eggs including quality, sampling, inspection, fees, and  
          enforcement of all related laws and regulations, including  
          components of the Egg Quality Assurance Plan.

        2)Establishes the district as all counties within the San Joaquin  
          Valley where cotton is grown, creates a board and authority to  
          specify cotton quality standards, review and approval of cotton  
          varieties and testing, and fee authority.  Provides specific  
          requirements for referendum votes for operation of the district  








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          and permits referendum votes whenever the board proposes changes  
          to specified varieties' quality standards; authorizes an  
          enforcement funding assessment of not more than $6 per  
          hundredweight on cottonseed, as specified; authorizes assessments  
          for promotion and research funding on cotton growers in the  
          district not to exceed one-half of 1% of each grower's gross  
          cotton value of the previous year; and, provides provisions for  
          enforcement and violations, as specified.

        3)Establishes CAC consisting of 12 elected producers elected from  
          two specific geographic districts and one public member to, among  
          other things, conduct programs for promotion, sales, including  
          marketing research, and advertising of asparagus.

         FISCAL EFFECT  :  According to the Senate Appropriations Committee,  
        pursuant to Senate Rule 28.8, negligible state costs.


         Analysis Prepared by  :    Jim Collin / AGRI. / (916) 319-2084
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