Amended in Senate April 8, 2015

Senate BillNo. 758


Introduced by Senator Block

February 27, 2015


An act to addbegin delete Chapter 7.2 (commencing with Section 25621) to Division 15 of the Public Resourcesend deletebegin insert Section 12805.4 to the Governmentend insert Code, relating to climate change.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 758, as amended, Block. Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigationbegin delete Fund.end deletebegin insert Program.end insert

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Existing law requires the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to implement and administer various energy research, demonstration, development, and conservation programs in the state. Existing law also requires specified state agencies to prepare and submit to the Secretary for Environmental Protection, specified information relating to the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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Existing law establishes the Natural Resources Agency, comprised of departments, boards, conservancies, and commissions responsible for the restoration, protection, and management of the state’s natural and cultural resources.

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This bill wouldbegin insert establish the Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation Program in the Natural Resources Agency to research the causes and effects of atmospheric rivers, and to take actions to capture water generated by atmospheric rivers to increase the water supply and reliability of water resources in the state. The bill wouldend insert establish the Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation Fund in the State Treasury for the purposes of fundingbegin delete research, demonstration, and development of an atmospheric rivers program to mitigate the effects of climate change associated with atmospheric rivers.end deletebegin insert the program.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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begin insertSection 12805.4 is added to the end insertbegin insertGovernment Codeend insertbegin insert,
2to read:end insert

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(a) The Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation
4Program is hereby established in the Natural Resources Agency.

5(b) Under the program, the agency shall research the causes
6and effects of atmospheric rivers, and shall take all actions within
7its existing authority to capture water generated by atmospheric
8rivers in order to increase the water supply and reliability of water
9resources in the state.

10(c) The Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation Fund is
11hereby established in the State Treasury for the deposit of moneys
12to be expended by the agency for the program.

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SECTION 1.  

Chapter 7.2 (commencing with Section 25621)
14is added to Division 15 of the Public Resources Code, to read:

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16Chapter  7.2. Atmospheric Rivers Research and
17Mitigation Fund
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25621.  

There is hereby established in the State Treasury, the
20Atmospheric Rivers Research and Mitigation Fund, for the
21purposes of funding research, demonstration, and development of
22an atmospheric rivers program to mitigate the effects of climate
23change associated with atmospheric rivers.

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