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          Date of Hearing:    January 12, 2016 


                  ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON WATER, PARKS, AND WILDLIFE


                                 Marc Levine, Chair


          AB 581  
          (Gomez) - As Amended January 4, 2016


          SUBJECT:  Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement  
          Act of 2014; Watershed Protection and Restoration Projects;  
          state funding signs.


          SUMMARY:  Requires all river, lake, stream, coastal water, and  
          watershed protection and restoration projects that receive state  
          funds from the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure  
          Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) to post signs  
          acknowledging  state support of the project. 


          EXISTING LAW:


          1)Requires all projects receiving funding from Proposition 12,  
            the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and  
            Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000, to post signs, in  
            accordance with guidelines established by the California  
            Natural Resources Agency Secretary, acknowledging those funds.


          2)Requires, to the extent practicable, all projects receiving  
            funding from Proposition 1 to include signage informing the  
            public that the project is supported by Proposition 1 funding.









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          FISCAL EFFECT:  Unknown; but a similar bill, AB 1169 (Gomez) of  
          2015, had minor costs according to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee analysis.


          COMMENTS:  This bill requires those projects receiving state  
          funding through Proposition 1 for watershed protection and  
          restoration to post signs acknowledging state support of the  
          project.   This bill further requires the Secretary of the  
          California Natural Resources Agency to establish guidelines for  
          the posting of the signs and within those guidelines requires  
          the state to be listed first if the state is the source of 50  
          percent or more of the total project cost.


          1)Purpose:  The author states that it is important for  
            Californians to know where their river, lake, stream, coastal  
            water, and watershed protection and restoration project  
            taxpayer dollars are being spent.  While Proposition 1  
            references signage it does not require or establish guidelines  
            for signage.  This bill remedies that deficiency and applies  
            only to Chapter 6 of the Bond relative to river, lake, stream,  
            coastal water, and watershed protection and restoration  
            projects.


          2)Background: The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure  
            Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) made nearly $1.5  
            billion available for competitive grants for multi-benefit  
            ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects.   
            While there is a general assertion in Proposition 1 that all  
            projects receiving Proposition 1 support acknowledge the state  
            as a source of funds there are no requirements or guidelines  
            on how to do so.    


          3)Supporting Arguments: No support has been received by the  
            committee.  








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           4)Opposing Arguments: No opposition has been received by the  
            committee.


          5)Prior and related legislation:  AB 1169 (Gomez) would require  
            the Strategic Growth Council to develop guidelines to require  
            all recipients of state funding for projects in public places  
            to post signs acknowledging the source of funds.  AB 1169 is  
            currently on the Senate inactive file.


          REGISTERED SUPPORT / OPPOSITION:




          Support


          None on file




          Opposition




          None on file


          Analysis Prepared by:Ryan Ojakian / W., P., & W. / (916)  
          319-2096











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