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                                      CONSENT 


          Bill No:  SB 746
          Author:   Wolk (D), et al.
          Introduced:2/27/15  
          Vote:     21  

           SENATE NATURAL RES. & WATER COMMITTEE:  7-0, 4/14/15
           AYES:  Pavley, Stone, Fuller, Hueso, Jackson, Monning, Wolk
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Allen, Hertzberg

           SENATE HEALTH COMMITTEE:  8-0, 4/22/15
           AYES:  Hernandez, Nguyen, Mitchell, Monning, Nielsen, Pan,  
            Roth, Wolk
           NO VOTE RECORDED:  Hall

           SUBJECT:   Food safety:  grist mills


          SOURCE:    Author


          DIGEST:  This bill allows the Bale Grist Mill State Historic  
          Park to sell flour produced onsite by providing for a specific  
          exemption from existing requirements for processed food and  
          retail food facilities. This exemption would begin January 1,  
          2018.


          ANALYSIS:   


          Existing law:










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          1)States that it is "imperative that the state commit to a  
            long-term goal of adequately and sustainably funding and  
            maintaining California's state park system to protect these  
            irreplaceable resources and to preserve California's legacy  
            for the benefit of all Californians. To this end, it is  
            necessary that the state identify new revenue strategies that  
            will move the state toward that goal, and affirm a state  
            policy that park closures are to occur only as a last resort,  
            and only after all reasonable alternatives have been pursued."  
            (Public Resources Code Section (PRC) 5019.91)

          2)Creates the Park Forward Initiative. Within the Initiative, an  
            independent panel of experts, citizens, and advocates, called  
            the Parks Forward Commission, was designated to assess the  
            state park system and recommend substantial improvements.  
            Specifically, they were tasked to address the "financial,  
            operational, cultural, and population challenges facing state  
            parks to ensure the system's long-term viability,  
            functionality, and relevance."

            In February, 2015, the Parks Forward Commission released its  
            Final Recommendations. This report suggested, amongst other  
            actions, a "rededication to working with park partners" and a  
            focus on innovative ways to increase revenue. 

          3)Allows for the sale of "historically authentic" goods at state  
            historical units, such as the Bale Grist Mill, in order to  
            generate revenue. "Certain agricultural, mercantile, or other  
            commercial activities may be permitted if those activities are  
            a part of the history of the individual unit and any  
            developments retain or restore historical authenticity" (PRC  
            5019.59).  Several species of citrus, for example, are grown  
            at the California Citrus State Historic Park.

          This bill provides Grist Mill State Historic Park a specific  
          exemption from existing requirements for processed food and  
          retail food facilities. The exemption allows the Park to sell  
          flour produced onsite. 

          Comments:
          
          Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park: This park includes the mill  
          and its 36-foot water wheel, which are protected as a state  
          historic landmark, as well as Pioneer Cemetery and the site of  







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          the first church in the Napa Valley. It is currently being  
          managed through a partnership between Napa County Regional Park  
          and Open Space District and the nonprofit Napa Valley State  
          Parks Association.

          Flour would be sold for consumption. This bill allows the Bale  
          Grist Mill State Historic Park to sell flour produced onsite  
          without requiring the flour be labeled "not fit for human  
          consumption," by providing for a specific exemption from  
          existing requirements for processed food and retail food  
          facilities. 

          Why was last year's bill vetoed? A nearly identical bill was  
          vetoed by the governor at the end of the 2014 legislative year.  
          The veto message indicated that the proposed start of the  
          exemption did not provide enough time for best management  
          procedures to be developed. This bill provides more time for  
          that work to be completed, and the author continues to work with  
          the Department of Public Health and the Department of Parks and  
          Recreation on the issue.

          Recent related legislation


          SB 170 (Wolk, 2013), a nearly identical bill, was vetoed last  
          year. The issues raised in the Governor's veto message are being  
          addressed by the author's office, and are reflected in this  
          bill.


          FISCAL EFFECT:   Appropriation:    No          Fiscal  
          Com.:NoLocal:    No


          SUPPORT:   (Verified4/28/15)


          Napa City Council
          Napa County Board of Supervisors
          Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District 


          OPPOSITION:   (Verified4/28/15)








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          None received

          ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT: According to the author, "Bale Grist Mill  
          State Historic Park is a flour mill that predates California's  
          statehood. The historic construction of the mill prevents it  
          from being altered to comply with the standards for a food  
          processing facility or a retail food facility. Even with the two  
          exemptions provided in SB 746, all grains milled at the facility  
          would meet applicable federal food adulteration standards for  
          cleanliness and safety."

          The author continues, "originally selected for closure along  
          with 69 other state parks, Bale Grist Mill is now operated  
          through a partnership between the Napa County Regional Park and  
          Open Space District and the Napa Valley State Parks Association.  
          Allowing milled flour to be sold for human consumption will help  
          generate revenue necessary to maintain the park and preserve  
          this unique facility for future visitors."  
           
          The Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District adds, "the  
          bill would exempt the unique, National Register of Historic  
          Places-listed Bale Grist Mill from the state's processed and  
          retail food registration requirements. This would allow grain  
          produced at the grist mill to be sold to park visitors for human  
          consumption. Such sales are an important component of our  
          long-term strategy to preserve the landmark mill and introduce  
          the public to life in the 19th century, without taxpayer  
          subsidy."


          Prepared by:Angee Doerr / N.R. & W. / (916) 651-4116
          4/29/15 16:07:39


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