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                                   THIRD READING 

          Bill No:  AB 751
          Author:   Cooper (D)
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE AGRICULTURE COMMITTEE:  3-0, 6/30/15
           AYES:  Galgiani, Cannella, Pan
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Berryhill, Wolk

           AYES:  Lara, Bates, Beall, Hill, Leyva, Mendoza, Nielsen

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  80-0, 6/1/15 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT:   Vertebrate pest control research: repeal  
                     extensionVertebrate pest control research: repeal  

          SOURCE:    Author
          DIGEST:  This bill extends the repeal date for provisions  
          relating to vertebrate pest control from January 1, 2016 to  
          January 1, 2026.


          Existing law:

          1)Requires the California Department of Food and Agriculture  
            (CDFA) to establish a research program on the control of  
            vertebrate pests that pose a significant threat to the welfare  
            of the state's agricultural economy, infrastructure, and the  


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            public.  (Food and Agricultural Code §6025.5).

          2)Requires the secretary of CDFA to establish the Vertebrate  
            Pest Control Research Advisory Committee (VPCRAC) to annually  
            recommend priorities and costs for conducting various  
            vertebrate pest control research projects.
          3)Requires county agricultural commissioners to pay to CDFA a  
            maximum assessment fee of $0.50 per pound of vertebrate pest  
            control material sold, distributed, or applied by the county.   
            The maximum may be increased to $1 after consultation with  

          4)Limits expenditure of funds to reasonable administrative and  
            operational expenses, federal and state regulatory fees for  
            material registration, basic and applied research, and  
            educational outreach.

          5)Repeals provisions relating to vertebrate pest control on  
            January 1, 2016.

          6)Authorizes the use of carbon monoxide (CO) for the control of  
            burrowing rodent pests, provided that proper warning labels  
            are visible, permanently affixed, and compliant with existing  
            laws and regulations. This code section has a sunset date of  
            January 1, 2018, which is different than the sunset date for  
            the remaining provisions in this article (Food and  
            Agricultural Code §6025.4).

          This bill extends the repeal date for provisions relating to  
          vertebrate pest control from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2026.


          The CDFA is required to establish a vertebrate pest control  
          research program to investigate effective and economical  
          alternative methods for the control of vertebrate pests.  The  
          program cooperates with the United States Department of  
          Agriculture to fund research programs to maintain, develop, and  
          register vertebrate pest control products used in California.   
          Vertebrate pest control materials registered by CDFA may only be  
          sold or distributed by a county agricultural commissioner (Food  
          and Agricultural Code § 6025 et seq.).

          Rodents and other vertebrate pests cause millions of dollars of  


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          damage to California agricultural crops every year, and these  
          pests are known to carry diseases that may be spread to  
          livestock, other animals, or humans.  Pest control efforts help  
          to mitigate crop damage and the spread of diseases, and new  
          controls are continuously researched to find alternative methods  
          and materials that are humane, effective, and economical.

          Sunset Date.  The sunset dates for these provisions have been  
          extended several times since their enactment in 1990, and this  
          bill marks the third extension within 15 years.  Given that  
          these provisions fund research projects, the Legislature may  
          wish to consider if the sunset date should be repealed and  
          provisions made permanent, thus providing stability to  
          multi-year research projects.

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

          According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, this bill  
          likely would not impact any state agencies or departments.  CDFA  
          indicates that that the Program's annual budget is $548,000,  
          funded exclusively by cost recovery and an assessment on the  
          sale of vertebrate pest control materials sold, distributed, or  
          used by County Agricultural Commissioners. 

          SUPPORT:   (Verified7/14/15)

          California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association
          California Alfalfa & Forage Association
          California Citrus Mutual
          California Farm Bureau Federation
          California Fresh Fruit Association

          OPPOSITION:   (Verified7/14/15)

          None received


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          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT:     According to the author, "Each year  
          rodents such as ground squirrels, pocket gophers, and rats along  
          with coyotes, birds and other animals cause millions of dollars  
          of damage to California's agriculture, infrastructure, and  
          public health.  Farmers, park managers, foresters, and others,  
          including homeowners, use an integrated approach to deal with  
          these important and frequently devastating pest problems.  To  
          address serious vertebrate pest problems in the State,  
          rodenticide baits are sold by county agricultural commissioner's  
          offices.  These materials are essential for farmers, resource  
          managers, public health agents and others to deal with the many  
          vertebrate pest problems throughout the state." 

          ASSEMBLY FLOOR:  80-0, 6/1/15
          AYES:  Achadjian, Alejo, Travis Allen, Baker, Bigelow, Bloom,  
            Bonilla, Bonta, Brough, Brown, Burke, Calderon, Campos, Chang,  
            Chau, Chávez, Chiu, Chu, Cooley, Cooper, Dababneh, Dahle,  
            Daly, Dodd, Eggman, Frazier, Beth Gaines, Gallagher, Cristina  
            Garcia, Eduardo Garcia, Gatto, Gipson, Gomez, Gonzalez,  
            Gordon, Gray, Grove, Hadley, Harper, Roger Hernández, Holden,  
            Irwin, Jones, Jones-Sawyer, Kim, Lackey, Levine, Linder,  
            Lopez, Low, Maienschein, Mathis, Mayes, McCarty, Medina,  
            Melendez, Mullin, Nazarian, Obernolte, O'Donnell, Olsen,  
            Patterson, Perea, Quirk, Rendon, Ridley-Thomas, Rodriguez,  
            Salas, Santiago, Steinorth, Mark Stone, Thurmond, Ting,  
            Wagner, Waldron, Weber, Wilk, Williams, Wood, Atkins

          Prepared by:Anne Megaro / AGRI. / (916) 651-1508
          7/14/15 16:55:13

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