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          Date of Hearing:  May 13, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          1135 (Committee on Agriculture) - As Amended April 21, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          Yes


          SUMMARY:


          This bill:


          1)Clarifies that all cost, and not just reasonable costs, to the  
            Department of Food and Agriculture (DFA) under the Citrus  
            Pests and Disease Management Program are reimbursable under  
            that program; and 


          2)Makes technical amendments to the Certified Farmers' Market  
            statute to (a) include mushrooms and herbs in the list of  








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            produce that may not be sold immediately adjacent, but outside  
            the Certified Farmers' Market, and (b) correct the  
            certification requirements for farmers, requiring information  
            on products be submitted to the county agricultural committee  
            in the county where the production land or facility is  
            located.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor and absorbable administrative costs, and potential minor  
          revenue gain, to DFA.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose.  Changes to the Citrus Pests and Disease Management  
          Program in SB 1018 (De Len), Statutes of 2014, placed  
          restrictions on the reimbursement of DFA costs in connection  
          with the program to only "reasonable" costs.  This bill removes  
          the term "reasonable," reverting to unrestricted language with  
          respect to cost reimbursement.


          AB 1871 (Dickenson), Statutes of 2014, reformed and updated the  
          California's Certified Farmers' Market statute, strengthening  
          enforcement and restricting the sale of agricultural products  
          adjacent to a Certified Farmers' Market.  The amendments in this  
          bill simply correct two errors discovered in the updated statute  
          to make clear mushrooms and herbs may not be sold adjacent to  
          the market, and clarify the registration process for farmers and  
          oversight by county agricultural commissioners.













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          Analysis Prepared by:Joel Tashjian / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081