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          Date of Hearing:   January 21, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


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


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires all specified water bond projects that  
          protect rivers, lakes, streams, coastal waters and watersheds to  
          post signs acknowledging state funding for the project.   
          Specifically, this bill:  


          1)Requires all recipients of funding from Chapter 6, the  
            Protecting Rivers, Lakes, Streams, Coastal Water and Watershed  
            chapter of Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply and  
            Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, to post signs in  
            accordance with guidelines developed by the Secretary of  
            Natural Resources.








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          2)Requires state funding to be listed first on the sign if the  
            state is the source of 50% or more of the total project costs.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          No additional costs.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Rationale.  According to the author, numerous general  
            obligation bonds providing billions of dollars have been  
            approved by the voters over the past 20 years.   However, when  
            projects are built and opened to the public, there is little  
            recognition of the state's participation.
            


            While Proposition 1 references signage, it does not require or  
            establish guidelines.





            This bill remedies that deficiency and applies a uniform  
            statewide standard to the part of Proposition 1 that funds  
            projects most likely to be visible to the public.  This bill  
            will better inform the public on how public funds are spent  
            locally.


          2)Background.  Proposition 1, as approved by the voters in 2016,  
            includes nearly $1.5 billion for multi-benefit ecosystem and  








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            watershed protection projects in Chapter 6 including funding  
            for the river parkway program and all the state conservancies  
            in the Natural Resources Agency.


          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Galehouse / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081