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                              Senator Mark Leno, Chair
                                2015 - 2016  Regular 

          Bill No:            AB 126          Hearing Date:    August 27,  
          |Author:   |Committee on Budget                                   |
          |Version:  |August 24, 2015    Amended                            |
          |Urgency:  |No                     |Fiscal:    |Yes              |
          |Consultant|Committee Staff                                       |
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                            Subject:  Budget Act of 2015.

          Summary: The Legislature passed the 2015 Budget Act on June 15, 2015.  
          This bill provides for certain adjustments to various budget  
          items, clarifications of budget bill language, and additional  
          Law: The bill makes certain technical and clarifying changes.   
          Specifically, this bill:
          1.Makes adjustments to the Department of Fish and Wildlife  
            federal fund authority in 2013-14 and 2015-16, in order to  
            appropriately reflect funds received.

          2.Adds language inadvertently missing from the budget act to  
            allow Cal FIRE to extend State Recreation Area grants to  
            locals. Also, added language for the Environmental Laboratory  
            Accreditation Program's previously approved fee authority.  
            This program was transferred to the State Water Resources  
            Control Board when the Drinking Water Program was moved from  
            the Department of Public Health.

          3.Includes $18 million for the Santa Monica Mountains  
            Conservancy, originally proposed in the January budget, from  
            the appropriate bond allocation specifically designated for  
            the Conservancy, rather than for the Los Angeles River.

          4.Removes funding for desalination in the State Water Resources  


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            Control Board that was already appropriated under the  
            Department of Water Resources.

          5.Adds provisional language to specify that the allocation  
            methodology for an augmentation of $1.962 million in special  
            education funding shall be based on the federal IDEA formula.

          6.Amends provisional language to specify that the $25 million  
            provided for adult education data activities be expended  
            pursuant to Education Code section 84920. The language  
            previously referenced an incorrect code section.

          7.Increases the funding amount from $7.07 million General Fund  
            to $9.0 million General Fund (an increase of $1.9 million  
            General Fund) for the congregate nutrition program, known also  
            as "Meals on Wheels." Provides a $670,000 increase in 2015-16  
            federal funding authority for the Health Insurance Counseling  
            and Advocacy Program to assist beneficiaries eligible for  

          8.Increases the amount available for counties to recruit,  
            retain, and support foster care parents and relative  
            caregivers to appropriately reflect the initial amounts  
            included in the Governor's budget. 

          9.Provides $420,000 (State Parks and Recreation Fund) for Leland  
            Stanford Mansion operations.

          10.Restores language, inadvertently deleted in SB 97 (Budget and  
            Fiscal Review Committee, Chapter 11, Statutes of 2015),  
            limiting the amount of savings that may be transferred from  
            the regional centers purchase-of-services budget to the  
            Department of Developmental Services budget for the purpose of  
            administering the Self-Determination Program.

          Effect:  Contains numerous appropriations for various state government  
          Support:   None on file.
          Opposed:  None on file.


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