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          SENATE COMMITTEE ON NATURAL RESOURCES AND WATER
                             Senator Fran Pavley, Chair
                                2015 - 2016  Regular 

          Bill No:            AB 1527         Hearing Date:    June 23,  
          2015
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          |Author:    |Committee on Water,    |           |                 |
          |           |Parks, and Wildlife    |           |                 |
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          |Version:   |March 18, 2015    Introduced                         |
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          |Urgency:   |No                     |Fiscal:    |Yes              |
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          |Consultant:|William Craven                                       |
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                            Subject:  Fish and wildlife.


          BACKGROUND AND EXISTING LAW
          The Fish and Game Code sets out the state laws concerning fish  
          and wildlife in California, including laws regarding the  
          conservation and management of fish and wildlife resources, and  
          laws governing the recreational and commercial take of game and  
          nongame species in the State.  It also specifies the duties,  
          responsibilities and authorities of the Department of Fish and  
          Wildlife and the Fish and Game Commission with regard to  
          implementation of the code requirements.

          PROPOSED LAW
          This bill makes technical changes to the Fish and Game Code  
          recommended by the California Law Revision Commission.   
          Specifically, this bill:


          1)Makes numerous technical, nonsubstantive changes to the Fish  
            and Game Code to improve organization and clarity, removes  
            obsolete or redundant material, and makes other technical  
            clarifications and corrections.  Examples of the changes  
            include:


               a)     Removes superfluous references to parts of animals,  
                 and clarifies, as a general rule of construction, that a  







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                 reference to an animal includes a reference to parts of  
                 that animal, except where the context indicates  
                 otherwise.  


               b)     Corrects an inadvertent omission of any reference to  
                 the parts of reptiles, clarifying that parts of reptiles  
                 are not treated differently than parts of other types of  
                 regulated animals.


               c)     Amends for consistency various references to  
                 reptiles and amphibians;


               d)     Clarifies that a provision of the code requiring  
                 that reports be printed in the English language, does not  
                 prohibit the unofficial translation of the reports into  
                 other languages.


          Makes numerous other changes to correct technical errors,  
          including cross-reference errors, obsolete agency names, and  
          grammatical errors, and to add clarity to confusing language  
          without changing its substance.  

          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT
          None received. 

          ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION
          None received. 

          COMMENTS
          This bill makes numerous technical changes to the Fish and Game  
          Code recommended by the California Law Revision Commission  
          (Commission).  The California Law Revision Commission is  
          undertaking a comprehensive review and proposed recodification  
          of the Fish and Game Code which is a multi-year effort and a  
          work in progress.  While that work continues, the Commission is  
          recommending this first set of technical corrections and minor  
          improvements to the Code to be enacted this year.  

          The Law Revision Commission in its recommendation to the  
          Legislature and Governor states as follows:








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           "The Law Revision Commission is preparing draft legislation to  
          recodify the Fish and Game Code, in order to improve its  
          organization and clarity, remove obsolete or redundant material,  
          and correct technical errors.  Because that work will involve  
          the reorganization of the entire code, the recodification  
          legislation will not be ready for presentation to the  
          Legislature until the study is completed.
                 
          However, some beneficial changes can be made more quickly.  As  
          the larger study proceeds, the Law Revision Commission will make  
          note of technical corrections and minor substantive improvements  
          that can be made to the existing code, without waiting for  
          completion of the entire study.  Such improvements will be  
          periodically compiled into recommendations for submission to the  
          Legislature.  This recommendation is the first such proposal.

          This recommendation was prepared pursuant to Resolution Chapter  
          63 of the Statutes of 2014."

          Prior and related legislation:  ACR 98 (Wagner), Resolution  
          Chapter 108 of 2012, authorized the Law Revision Commission to  
          conduct a study to determine "Whether the Fish and Game Code and  
          related statutory law should be revised to improve its  
          organization, clarify its meaning, resolve inconsistencies,  
          eliminate unnecessary or obsolete provisions, standardize  
          terminology, clarify program authority and funding sources, and  
          make other minor improvements, without making any significant  
          substantive change to the effect of the law."  

          SCR 83 (Monning), Resolution Chapter 63 of 2014, authorized the  
          Law Revision Commission to continue that work.
           
          SUPPORT
          None Received 

          OPPOSITION
          
          None Received

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