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Ag, Environment and Natural Resources Highlight Bills

January 11, 2019

The new legislative session is officially underway in Sacramento and legislators are introducing dozens of bills that will touch on many different topics. The AENR team will start to highlight key bills that might have an impact on agriculture, environment, and natural resources issues.

Several bills dealing with disaster recovery and resiliency have already “crossed the desk” including a proposal for a resiliency bond and bills to help Camp Fire recovery efforts in Butte County. The deadline to introduce bills is February 22. CSAC AENR will monitor these bills as they move through the legislative process.

SB 45 (Allen): This bill would enact the Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in an unspecified amount pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects to restore fire damaged areas, reduce wildfire risk, create healthy forest and watersheds, reduce climate impacts on urban areas and vulnerable populations, protect water supply and water quality, protect rivers, lakes, and streams, reduce flood risk, protect fish and wildlife from climate impacts, improve climate resilience of agricultural lands, and protect coastal lands and resources.

AB 41 (Gallagher): This bill would provide that the state share is up to 100% of total state eligible costs connected with the Camp Fire that started on November 8, 2018, in the County of Butte.

AB 42 (Gallagher): This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would provide for state allocations with respect to property tax revenue reductions resulting from reassessments for damages incurred within the County of Butte due to the 2018 Camp Fire.

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