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          |         SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND WATER         |
          |                   Senator Fran Pavley, Chair                    |
          |                    2013-2014 Regular Session                    |
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          BILL NO: SB 814                    HEARING DATE: April 23, 2013 
          AUTHOR: Natural Resources and Water Cmte URGENCY: No 
          VERSION: April 11, 2013            CONSULTANT: Leonardo Scherer  
          Alves  
          DUAL REFERRAL: No                  FISCAL: Yes 
          SUBJECT: Public resources: administration.
          
          BACKGROUND AND EXISTING LAW
          1.  Existing law prohibits sea cucumbers from being taken,  
          possessed aboard a boat, or landed by a person for commercial  
          purposes except under a valid sea cucumber permit. 

          Existing law authorizes a sea cucumber permit to be transferred  
          if specified conditions are met, including requiring that an  
          application for transfer be submitted to the Department of Fish  
          and Wildlife and the payment of a transfer fee.

          2.  Under existing law, the Department of Conservation is  
          divided between various entities, including the Division of Oil,  
          Gas, and Geothermal Resources and the Office of Mine  
          Reclamation. The Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975,  
          administered by the department, prohibits a person, with  
          exceptions, from conducting surface mining operations unless,  
          among other things, a reclamation plan is submitted to and  
          approved by the lead agency for the operation. The act requires  
          every lead agency to adopt ordinances that establish procedures  
          for the review and approval of reclamation plans, and, before  
          approving a reclamation plan, to submit the plan to the Director  
          of Conservation. The act also authorizes the State Mining and  
          Geology Board to designate specific geographic areas of the  
          state as areas of statewide or regional significance, as  
          specified.

          3.  Under existing law, the California Coastal Commission is  
          authorized to amend or adopt rules and regulations related to  
          duties of the commission in accordance with specified provisions  
          of law.
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          PROPOSED LAW
          This bill would authorize, upon the death of a sea cucumber  
          permit holder, a sea cucumber permit to be transferred by the  
          permit holder's heirs, assignees, or estate to a qualified  
          person as specified.

          This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to these  
          Department of Conservation and California Coastal Commission  
          provisions.

          COMMENTS: This is the committee's omnibus resources bill.
               
          SUPPORT: None Received

          OPPOSITION: None Received































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