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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION
                              Senator Isadore Hall, III
                                        Chair
                                2015 - 2016  Regular 

          Bill No:           AB 646           Hearing Date:     7/14/2015
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          |Author:    |McCarty                                              |
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          |Version:   |7/8/2015    Amended                                  |
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          |Urgency:   |Yes                    |Fiscal:      |Yes             |
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          |Consultant:|Felipe Lopez                                         |
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          SUBJECT: State Archives: museum activities.


            DIGEST:    This bill removes the Secretary of State (SOS), the  
          Director of Parks and Recreation, and the State Archivist from  
          their honorary, nonvoting positions on the governing board of  
          the California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts  
          (California Museum) and, instead, would require the SOS and the  
          Director of Parks and Recreation to act as ex officio voting  
          members of the board.

          ANALYSIS:
          
          Existing law:
          
          1)Requires the SOS to administer the State Archives Building  
            Complex for the use, education and civic engagement by all  
            Californians.

          2)Authorizes the SOS to enter into an agreement to operate a  
            museum in the State Archives Building Complex with the  
            California Museum for History, Women and the Arts, a nonprofit  
            public benefit corporation, or its successor.

          3)Requires the SOS, the Director of Parks and Recreation, and  
            the State Archivist to act as honorary nonvoting members of  
            the governing board of the corporation.

          This bill:







          AB 646 (McCarty)                                   Page 2 of ?
          
          

          1)Removes the SOS, the Director of Parks and Recreation, and the  
            State Archivist from their honorary, nonvoting positions on  
            the governing board of the California Museum, instead, would  
            require the SOS and the Director of Parks and Recreation to  
            act as ex officio voting members of the board.

          2)Includes an urgency clause.

          Background

          Correction to AB 1234 (McCarty).  This bill corrects an issue in  
          law that was created with the passage of AB 1234 (McCarty) and  
          its signing on June 30, 2015.  AB 1234 (McCarty) provided that  
          the SOS and the Director of Parks and Recreation, or their  
          respective designees, were honorary non-voting board members of  
          the foundation's governing board.  AB 646 simply restores them  
          as voting members as was the case prior to the signing of AB  
          1234 (McCarty).  The restoration is needed to correct a  
          misinterpretation of current law related to the ability of an ex  
          officio board member's ability to vote. 

          California Museum.  The California Museum opened in June of 1998  
          through a unique partnership with the State of California as a  
          private non-profit institution focused on California History and  
          culture.  Under the development of the Secretary of State's  
          office, the Museum was created to be the public showplace for  
          contents of the California State Archives and it's the home of  
          the California Hall of Fame. 

          Since its opening, nearly three million people have visited the  
          museum.  The mission of the Museum is to engage, enlighten and  
          inspire visitors about California's rich history and its unique  
          influence on the world of ideas, innovation, art, and culture by  
          creating opportunities for learning about past decisions and  
          events, present circumstances and future possibilities. 

          Prior/Related Legislation
          
          AB 1234 (McCarty, Chapter 33, Statutes of 2015) updated the  
          authority of the SOS to renew the agreement with the public  
          benefit corporation that operates the California Museum for  
          History, Women and the Arts, located in the SOS and State  
          Archives Building Complex.









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          FISCAL EFFECT:                 Appropriation:  No    Fiscal  
          Com.:             Yes          Local:          No


            SUPPORT:  

          None received

          OPPOSITION:

          None received