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          ASSEMBLY THIRD READING


          AB  
          1528 (Committee on Water, et al.)


          As Introduced  March 18, 2015


          Majority vote


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          |Committee       |Votes |Ayes                    |Noes               |
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          |Water           |14-0  |Levine, Bigelow,         |                  |
          |                |      |Dababneh, Dahle, Dodd,   |                  |
          |                |      |Beth Gaines, Cristina    |                  |
          |                |      |Garcia, Gomez, Lopez,    |                  |
          |                |      |Mathis, Medina, Rendon,  |                  |
          |                |      |Salas, Williams          |                  |
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          SUMMARY:  Makes conforming and other nonsubstantive changes to the  
          Public Resources Code, and names the lace lichen as the official  
          state lichen.  Specifically, this bill:


          1)Corrects several out-of-date references to the former Department  
            of Boating and Waterways and eliminates an obsolete code  
            provision relating to an expired concession contract at the  
            Columbia Historic State Park.


          2)Names the lace lichen as the official state lichen. 









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          EXISTING LAW: 


          1)Establishes the Division of Boating and Waterways within the  
            Department of Parks & Recreation.  The Division of Boating and  
            Waterways assumed the duties of the prior Department of Boating  
            and Waterways which was eliminated as a result of state  
            reorganization.


          2)Establishes and designates a number of official state emblems,  
            including but not limited to, a state flower, tree, butterfly,  
            reptile, amphibian, animal, fish, rock, grass, mineral,  
            gemstone, marine mammal, fossil, and prehistoric artifact.


          FISCAL EFFECT:  None; this bill is non-fiscal.


          COMMENTS:  This bill makes technical code changes, including  
          correction of out-of-date references to the prior Department of  
          Boating and Waterways in the Public Resources Code, and eliminates  
          other obsolete code provisions.  The Public Resources Code  
          establishes the Division of Boating and Waterways within the  
          Department of Parks & Recreation.  This division used to be a  
          separate stand-alone department, but a state reorganization  
          process eliminated the Department of Boating and Waterways and  
          transferred the responsibilities of the prior department to the  
          new Division of Boating and Waterways within the Department of  
          Parks and Recreation.


          This bill also names the lace lichen, Ramalina menziesii, as the  
          official state lichen.  Currently, the state does not have an  
          official state lichen, but does have a number of other official  
          state emblems, as described above.  Lichens are unique organisms  
          that consist of both a fungus and an algae living together in a  
          symbiotic relationship.  Lichens are important for both wildlife  








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          and people.  Lichens are a food source for many animals.  They  
          also have antibacterial properties and have been used medicinally  
          for thousands of years.  The lace lichen is being recommended as  
          the official state lichen because it is a native lichen that is  
          commonly found throughout much of California.  


          Supporters of this bill note that designating the lace lichen as  
          the official state lichen will help to promote appreciation,  
          education and study of lichens, and the important role they play  
          in the natural environment.  Supporters note the lace lichen is a  
          good representative of the lichen family to be named the state  
          lichen, as it is a beautiful native lichen that is commonly found  
          throughout much of California.  They further note that lichens are  
          good examples of symbiosis, in which two organisms are dependent  
          on each other.  Lichens are very adaptable and occur in diverse  
          areas of both moderate and extreme climate.  They are also  
          actively being used as biological indicators of air quality and  
          climate change around the world, including in California.  There  
          was no opposition received to this bill.




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