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          Date of Hearing:  August 26, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          SB 734  
          (De León) - As Amended June 2, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill requires the Natural Resources Agency (NRA) to allow  
          at least 30 days for public comment regarding proposed state  
          land acquisitions, including easements.  









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          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Minor, if any, additional state costs.


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose.  According to the author, this bill will increase  
            transparency on land and conservation easement acquisitions by  
            adding at least 30 days advance notice for public comment to  
            the uniform open process established to ensure that  
            information will be readily-available regarding hearings where  
            state land acquisitions will be approved.


          2)Background.  Advance public notice requirements for relevant  
            acquisitions vary among existing programs, which makes it  
            difficult for the public to monitor.  Generally, if a land or  
            conservation easement acquisition constitutes a project under  
            the California Environmental Quality Act, there are applicable  
            public notice and comment requirements.  


            


            Additionally, depending upon the program and funding source,  
            the acquirer may have to meet public notice and meeting  
            requirements.  For example, WCB provides its preliminary  
            agenda on its website and notifies certain stakeholders at  
            least 30 days in advance of a hearing where acquisitions may  
            be considered.  The final agenda is released at least 10 days  
            ahead of the hearing to satisfy the open meeting requirements  
            of the Bagley-Keene Open Meetings Act.  










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            There are also extensive notice requirements both before and  
            after acquisition under the Williamson Act for agricultural  
            lands.  Moreover, when an acquisition requires action by local  
            government entity, additional notice provisions are  
            applicable.  





          Analysis Prepared by:Jennifer Galehouse / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081