Amended in Senate April 30, 2013

Amended in Senate April 1, 2013

Senate BillNo. 511


Introduced by Senator Lieu

February 21, 2013


An act to add Part 6 (commencing with Section 71450) to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, relating to natural resources.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 511, as amended, Lieu. Natural resources: climate change: grants.

Existing law establishes the Natural Resources Agency consisting of various entities, departments, and boards.

This bill would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the State Air Resources Board, to develop guidelines for the awarding of grants, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for projects that enhance greenhouse gas emissions avoidance and sequestration associated with natural resources, as specified.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Part 6 (commencing with Section 71450) is added
2to Division 34 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

 

P2    1PART 6.  Greenhouse Gas Emissions Avoidance
2and Sequestration

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(a) The Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency,
5in coordination with the State Air Resources Board, shall develop
6guidelines for the awarding of grants, upon appropriation by the
7Legislature, for projects that enhance greenhouse gas emissions
8avoidance and sequestration associated with natural resources.

9(b) The guidelines developed pursuant to subdivision (a) shall
10do all of the following:

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11(1) Promote climate benefits from reducing or sequestering
12greenhouse gas emissions associated with reductions in
13transportation emissions, improvements in energy conservation or
14efficiency, promoting development of sustainable communities,
15improving the siting of environmentally sensitive distributed
16generation, improving regional water supply from regional water
17filtration and watershed enhancements, improving forest
18management, or increasing the urban forestry canopy.

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19(1) Promote climate benefits from reducing greenhouse gas
20emissions associated with transportation emissions and from
21reducing or sequestering greenhouse gas emissions associated
22with improvements in energy conservation or efficiency, promoting
23development of sustainable communities, improving the siting of
24environmentally sensitive distributed energy generation, improving
25regional water supply from regional water filtration and watershed
26enhancements, improving forest management, or increasing the
27urban forestry canopy.

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28(2) begin deleteIncentivize end deletebegin insertProvide incentives for end insertinnovative pilot projects
29that can act as statewide models for enhancing natural resources
30emission reductions and sequestration from a portion of the grant
31awards.

32(3) Leveragebegin delete,end delete or maximizebegin delete,end delete the use of other public and private
33funding to either improve thebegin delete climate valueend deletebegin insert benefits to the climateend insert
34 of existing conservation projects or assist in the implementation
35of conservation projects thatbegin delete have important climate valuesend deletebegin insert provide
36important benefits to the climateend insert
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37(4) Promote investments in projects that include cobenefits,
38including adaptation, improved water supply and quality, and
39public health improvements.

P3    1(5) Ensure that appropriate funding levels will be dedicated to
2conservation projects in disadvantaged communities.

3(c) To minimize administration costs associated with
4implementing this part, the Secretary of the Natural Resources
5Agency shall use existing programs, including, but not limited to,
6programs administered pursuant to Chapter 2 (commencing with
7Section 4799.06) of Part 2.5 of Division 4, Chapter 3.8
8(commencing with Section 5750) of Division 5, Division 10.4
9(commencing with Section 10330), Chapter 3 (commencing with
10Section 31100) of Division 21, Chapter 1 (commencing with
11Section 32600) of Division 22.8, and Chapter 3 (commencing with
12Section 33200) of Division 23, for competitive grants in forestry,
13open space, sustainable agriculture, and watershed enhancements
14to further the goals of this part. Funds also may be administered
15pursuant to Division 22.3 (commencing with Section 32300),
16Division 22.5 (commencing with Section 32500), Division 22.7
17(commencing with Section 32550), Division 22.9 (commencing
18with Section 32630), Division 23.3 (commencing with Section
19begin delete33320),end deletebegin insert 33300)end insert and Division 23.5 (commencing with Section
2033500).

21(d) The Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 3.5
22(commencing with Section 11340) of Part 1 of Division 3 of Title
232 of the Government Code) shall not apply to the development
24and adoption of guidelines adopted pursuant to this part.

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25(e) The development and adoption of the guidelines pursuant
26to this part shall provide for public participation.

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