California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 420

Introduced by Assembly Member Kim

February 19, 2015

An act to amend Section 99501 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


AB 420, as introduced, Kim. State government.

Existing law requires the state point of contact for the United States Trade Representative, within the executive branch, to perform specified duties with regard to the effect of federal trade policy on the state.

This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.

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

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

P1    1


Section 99501 of the Government Code is
2amended to read:



(a) (1) The state point of contact, within the executive
4branch, acts, in compliance with federal practice, as the liaison
5between the state and the Office of the United States Trade
6Representative on trade-related matters.

7(2) The state point of contact who, in compliance with federal
8practice, receives updates from the federal government on trade
9policies, is often providedbegin insert withend insert the opportunity to review and
10comment on ongoing trade negotiations.

P2    1(b) The state point of contact shall, in addition to any other
2duties assigned by the Governor, do all of the following:

3(1) Promptly disseminate correspondence or information from
4the United States Trade Representative to the appropriate state
5agencies andbegin delete departmentsend deletebegin insert departments,end insert and legislative committees.

6(2) Work with the appropriate state agencies and departments,
7and the Legislature, to review the effects on the California
8environment, and California businesses, workers, and general
9lawmaking authority, of any proposed or enacted trade agreement
10provisions, and communicate those findings to the United States
11Trade Representative.

12(3) Serve as liaison to the Legislature on matters of trade policy