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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING


          AB  
          581 (Gomez)


          As Amended  January 4, 2016


          Majority vote


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          |Committee       |Votes|Ayes                  |Noes                |
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          |Water           |13-0 |Levine, Bigelow,      |                    |
          |                |     |Dahle, Dodd, Eggman,  |                    |
          |                |     |Beth Gaines,          |                    |
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          |                |     |                      |                    |
          |                |     |Cristina Garcia,      |                    |
          |                |     |Gomez, Lopez, Mathis, |                    |
          |                |     |Medina, Salas,        |                    |
          |                |     |Williams              |                    |
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          |Appropriations  |17-0 |Gomez, Bigelow,       |                    |
          |                |     |Bloom, Bonilla,       |                    |
          |                |     |Bonta, Calderon,      |                    |
          |                |     |Chang, Daly, Eggman,  |                    |
          |                |     |Gallagher, Eduardo    |                    |
          |                |     |Garcia, Holden,       |                    |
          |                |     |Jones, Quirk, Wagner, |                    |
          |                |     |Weber, Wood           |                    |
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          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.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  According to the Assembly Appropriations  
          Committee, no additional state costs.


          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%  
          or more of the total project cost.









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          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.


          The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of  
          2014 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.    


          A similar bill introduced last year, AB 1169 (Gomez), proposed  
          to 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.




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