SB 734, as amended, De León. State lands acquisitions: public transparency.
Existing law requires the Natural Resources Agency to develop and maintain a database of lands and easements that have been acquired by the departments and boards within the agency. Existing law, in conjunction with the database, requires the agency to do certain things, including to establish a uniform open process to ensure that information is readily available to the general public, local, state, and federal agencies, adjacent landowners, and other interested parties regarding any state hearings to approve proposed state land acquisitions.
This bill would require the agency to
begin delete alsoend delete implement the above
uniform open begin delete process,end delete to include, but not be limited to, at least 30 days for public comment, to provide public transparency.
Existing law requires that the above provisions be implemented only during those fiscal years for which funding is provided for these purposes in the annual Budget Act or in other measures.end delete
This bill would delete this requirement.end delete
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 12805.2 of the Government Code is
2amended to read:
(a) The Natural Resources Agency, in consultation
4with each department, board, conservancy, and commission within
5the agency, shall develop and maintain a database of lands and
6easements that have been acquired by the departments, boards,
7commissions, and conservancies within the Natural Resources
8Agency. The database shall include, but need not be limited to, all
9of the following:
10(1) The name of the owner of the land or easement.
11(2) The location of the land or easement.
12(3) The statutory authority for the acquisition of the land or
14(b) In conjunction with the database described in subdivision
15(a), the Natural Resources Agency shall do all of the following:
16(1) On or before September 1, 2002, and each year thereafter,
17request that all departments, boards, commissions, and
18conservancies within the Natural Resources Agency provide the
19 Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency with information on
20any acquisitions of land or funding that was directed to the
21acquisition of land, undertaken by the department, board,
22commission, or conservancy.
23(2) To the extent that the information is available, on or before
24January 10, 2003, and each year thereafter, require that all
25departments, boards, commissions, and conservancies within the
26Natural Resources Agency provide the Secretary of the Natural
27Resources Agency with general information, including a general
28geographic description of land acquisition priorities and potential
29funding sources during the next fiscal year.
30(3) To the extent feasible, review and evaluate any available
31information from federal agencies pertaining to its land acquisition
32activities to coordinate and better understand the impact on
33California state proposals.
34(4) Provide a report to the Governor and the Legislature on or
35before December 31, 2003, and each year thereafter, that does both
36of the following:
37(A) Describes the amount of land acquired by each department,
38board, commission, and conservancy within the Natural Resources
P3 1Agency during the past year and the amount of money spent for
3(B) Projects the approximate amount of land that will be
4acquired by the Natural Resources Agency during the following
6(5) Provide the report described in paragraph (4) to the Secretary
7of Food and Agriculture and the Director of Conservation.
8(6) Establish and implement a uniform open process, that shall
9include, but is not limited to, at least 30 days for public comment,
10to provide public transparency and ensure that information is
11readily available to the general public, local, state, and federal
12agencies, adjacent landowners, and other interested parties of
13record regarding any state hearings to approve proposed state land
15(7) Develop strategies with local, state, and federal agencies so
16that a revenue stream is established to ensure management plans
17are adequately funded for all new acquisitions.