California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly Joint ResolutionNo. 5


Introduced by Assembly Member Dahle

(Principal coauthor: Senator Vidak)

(Coauthors: Assembly Members Bigelow, Dodd, and Waldron)

(Coauthors: Senators Gaines and Nielsen)

February 10, 2015


Assembly Joint Resolution No. 5—Relative to the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AJR 5, as introduced, Dahle. Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000: extension.

This measure would urge the 114th Congress to reauthorize and fund the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

Fiscal committee: no.

P1    1WHEREAS, From 1908 to 2000, counties in the United States
2received 25 percent of the revenues generated on national forest
3lands in lieu of lost tax revenues that could have been generated
4had these lands remained in private hands; and

5WHEREAS, In the 1990s, the volume and value of timber
6harvested on national forest lands was dramatically reduced, which
7led Congress to enact the federal Secure Rural Schools and
8Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. Sec. 7101
9et seq.), which provided a six-year guarantee payment option that
10was independent of the revenue generated on the national forest
11lands; and

P2    1WHEREAS, The federal Secure Rural Schools and Community
2Self-Determination Act of 2000, which has been extended several
3times, most recently by the federal Helium Stewardship Act of
42013 (Public Law 113-40), expired on September 30, 2013, which
5created a lapse in funding to critical programs in schools and
6counties across the United States, including California, in the
7coming years; and

8WHEREAS, Rural schools are dependent on federal
9revenue-sharing programs, including federal forest payments, for
10maintaining vital educational services and programs, and to ensure
11a quality education for all students; and

12WHEREAS, Many of California’s county public works programs
13will be crippled without stable, predictable, long-term funding
14from the federal act, causing the local road network to suffer
15long-term degradation and putting communities at risk for public
16safety emergencies due to cuts in staffing and operational activities;
17and

18WHEREAS, A number of efforts have been made in the 113th
19Congress and are continuing to be made in both the United States
20House of Representatives and the United States Senate to
21reauthorize the federal Secure Rural Schools and Community
22Self-Determination Act of 2000; now, therefore, be it

23Resolved by the Assembly and the Senate of the State of
24California, jointly,
That the Legislature of the State of California
25respectfully urges the 114th Congress to reauthorize and fund the
26federal Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination
27Act of 2000 to provide a long-term, stable source of funding for
28schools and counties to maintain vital programs so as to avoid any
29interruption in county services and school operations; and be it
30further

31Resolved, That the Chief Clerk of the Assembly transmit copies
32of this resolution to the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
33to the Majority Leader of the Senate, and to each Senator and
34Representative from California in the Congress of the United
35States.



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