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          Date of Hearing:  March 25, 2015


                           ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION


                                  O'Donnell, Chair


          AJR  
                     5 (Dahle) - As Introduced  February 10, 2015


          SUBJECT:  Federal Secure Rural Schools and Community  
          Self-Determination Act of 2000:  extension


          SUMMARY:  Urges Congress to reauthorize the federal Secure Rural  
          Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.   
          Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Makes findings and declarations regarding the history and  
            value of the Secure Rural Schools and Community  
            Self-Determination Act of 2000 (Act) to California.
          2)Resolves to urge the 114th Congress to reauthorize and fund  
            the Act to provide a long-term, stable source of funding for  
            schools and counties and avoid any interruptions in county  
            services and school operations.


          3)Resolves to require the Chief Clerk of the Assembly to  
            transmit copies of this resolution to the Speaker of the House  
            of Representatives, the Majority Leader of the Senate, and to  
            each Senator and Representative from California.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  This resolution is keyed nonfiscal.


          COMMENTS:  In 1908 Congress passed legislation to direct 25  
          percent of all revenue generated from the multiple-use  








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          management of the National Forests to be shared with counties to  
          support public roads and schools.  The purpose was to compensate  
          counties for the removal of National Forest System lands from  
          economic development.


          After 1986, revenue from multiple-use management declined  
          sharply, largely as a result of reduced timber harvesting.  As a  
          result, Congress passed the 2000 Act, which provides relief to  
          more than 775 counties and 4,400 schools districts across the  
          country.  The Act expired in 2011 but was reauthorized twice for  
          one year.  The latest reauthorization expired in 2103.  As a  
          result, The U. S. Forest Service has announced that California's  
          allocation will drop from $35.6 million to $8.7 million.


          Related legislation.  AJR 9 (Dahle) Resolution Chapter 48,  
          Statutes of 2013, contained a similar resolution.  It passed the  
          Assembly 38-0 and the Senate 70-0.  


          Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon) introduced S. 517 on February 12,  
          2015 to reauthorize and fund the Act.


          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:


          Support


          California School Boards Association


          California School Employees Association


          Rural County Representatives of California


          Small School Districts Association









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          Opposition


          None received


          Analysis Prepared  
          by:              Rick Pratt / ED. / (916) 319-2087