OHMVR LEGISLATIVE BILL SUMMARY REPORT 3/16/2012

BY AARON READ & ASSOCIATES for California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs

 

 

 

AB 1535

(Halderman R)  Vehicles: high-occupancy vehicle lanes.

 

Current Text: Amended: 3/14/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 1/24/2012

 

Last Amend: 3/14/2012

 

Status: 3/15/2012-Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.

 

Location: 3/15/2012-A. TRANS.

 

Calendar: 3/19/2012  1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 4202  ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION, LOWENTHAL, Chair

 

Summary: Current law directs the Department of Transportation and certain local authorities to erect and maintain signage along state and county highways that designate certain traffic lanes as high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes and specify conditions for their use. This bill would require the department or a local authority, when replacing signs designating HOV lane use in an area that permits motorcycles to use those lanes, to include language on the new sign stating that motorcycles are permitted in the HOV lanes. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.





 

 

 

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AB 1589

(Huffman D)  State parks: sustainability and protection.

 

Current Text: Amended: 3/1/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/6/2012

 

Last Amend: 3/1/2012

 

Status: 3/5/2012-Re-referred to Com. on W., P. & W.

 

Location: 3/5/2012-A. W.,P. & W.

 

Calendar: 3/20/2012  9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 437 SPECIAL ORDER OF BUSINESS - 9 A.M.  ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE, HUFFMAN, Chair

 

Summary: Would authorize the Department of Parks and Recreation to achieve any required budget reductions by implementing efficiencies, increasing revenue collection, and closing, partially closing, or reducing services at selected units of the state park system, but would limit to 25 state park units the number of units of the state park system subject to full park closure during the 2012 to 2016, inclusive, calendar years, except as provided. The bill would revise the factors the department is required to use as a basis for determining which units of the state park system are to be closed, and would require the department to document and publicly disclose the methodology, rationale, and scoring system used to evaluate and select parks designated for closure. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.





 

 

 

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AB 1696

(Cook R)  Vehicle combinations: motorsports: length.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/15/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/15/2012

 

Status: 2/23/2012-Referred to Com. on TRANS.

 

Location: 2/23/2012-A. TRANS.

 

Calendar: 4/9/2012  1:30 p.m. - State Capitol, Room 4202  ASSEMBLY TRANSPORTATION, LOWENTHAL, Chair

 

Summary: Would authorize the Department of Transportation or local authorities to issue a permit authorizing the operation of a semitrailer used exclusively or primarily for motorsports that is not more than 56 feet in length.





 

 

 

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AB 1989

(Carter D)  State parks: bicycle facilities.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/23/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/23/2012

 

Status: 3/8/2012-Referred to Com. on W., P. & W.

 

Location: 3/8/2012-A. W.,P. & W.

 

Calendar: 4/10/2012  9 a.m. - State Capitol, Room 437  ASSEMBLY WATER, PARKS AND WILDLIFE, HUFFMAN, Chair

 

Summary: Would, on and after January 1, 2013, impose a surcharge on every retailer for the privilege of selling a new bicycle in this state at the rate of $2 per new bicycle. The surcharge would be administered by the State Board of Equalization and would be collected pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Fee Collection Procedures Law. By expanding the application of the Fee Collection Procedures Law, the violation of which is a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would deposit the revenues, less refunds, of the surcharge into the State Park Bicycle Facilities Fund, which this bill would create, and would require that moneys in the fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, be used by the Department of Parks and Recreation to pay for the maintenance of bicycle trails and paths within units of the state park system, the maintenance of signage with respect to those trails and paths, and the maintenance of related bicycle facilities within units of the state park system. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.





 

 

 

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AB 2115

(Alejo D)  Recreation and park districts: powers and duties.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/23/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/23/2012

 

Status: 2/24/2012->From printer. May be heard in committee March 25.

 

Location: 2/23/2012-A. PRINT

 

Summary: Current law provides for the establishment of recreation and park districts prescribes procedures for, among other things, the formation of the district, and sets forth the powers and duties of the district board of directors. This bill would make various technical, nonsubstantive changes in the provisions governing the powers and duties of a recreation and park district.





 

 

 

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AB 2363

(Chesbro D)  Natural habitat.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/24/2012

 

Status: 3/15/2012-Referred to Com. on W., P. & W.

 

Location: 3/15/2012-A. W.,P. & W.

 

Summary: The Habitat Maintenance Funding Act authorizes a local agency to establish an assessment district, pursuant to specified current law governing the establishment of habitat maintenance assessment districts, for the improvement or maintenance of natural habitat, in a manner consistent with specified policies and procedures. The act requires that the local agency establish such a district only pursuant to a plan for the conservation of natural habitat approved by the department. This bill would require that the plan also be specifically authorized by certain statutes.





 

 

 

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AB 2446

(Perea D)  Parks and recreation: grants: water conservation measures.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/24/2012

 

Status: 2/27/2012-Read first time.

 

Location: 2/24/2012-A. PRINT

 

Summary: Current law requires criteria and procedures adopted by the department for evaluating applications for certain grants made available relating to the development of neighborhood, community, and regional parks and recreation lands and facilities in urban and rural areas, to include recommendations that the grant applicant consider water conservation measures in their proposed project. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to that law.





 

 

 

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AB 2534

(Block D)  State parks: maintenance and operation.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/24/2012

 

Status: 2/27/2012-Read first time.

 

Location: 2/24/2012-A. PRINT

 

Summary: Current law authorizes the Department of Parks and Recreation to enter into an agreement to receive money from any entity for the maintenance or operation, on a nonprofit basis, of a designated state park unit or facility. Current law requires the money received to be deposited into a separate account in the State Park Contingent Fund to be used to supplement current resources for enhancing the maintenance and operation of the unit or facility. This bill would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to those provisions.





 

 

 

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SB 71

(Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)  Budget Act of 2011.

 

Current Text: Amended: 6/14/2011   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 1/10/2011

 

Last Amend: 6/14/2011

 

Status: 6/14/2011->From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on BUDGET.

 

Location: 6/14/2011-A. BUDGET

 

Summary: SB 69, as proposed by Conference Report No. 1 on March 7, 2011, would make appropriations for the support of state government for the 2011-12 fiscal year. This bill would make revisions to those appropriations in SB 69 for the 2011-12 fiscal year. This bill contains other related provisions.





 

 

 

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SB 580

(Wolk D)  State parks: acquired land: limits on disposition or use.

 

Current Text: Amended: 6/20/2011   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/17/2011

 

Last Amend: 6/20/2011

 

Status: 7/8/2011-Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was W.,P. & W. on 6/28/2011)

 

Location: 7/8/2011-A. 2 YEAR

 

Summary: Would prohibit land acquired for the state park system, through public funds or gifts, from being disposed of or used for other purposes incompatible with park purposes without the substitution of other land. This bill would require the State Park and Recreation Commission, following a duly noticed public hearing, to certify that all requests to dispose of or use the land for other purposes incompatible with park purposes provide for the substitution of other land meeting certain criteria. If lands that fully meet the substitution eligibility criteria cannot be acquired, the commission would be authorized, if certain conditions are met, to approve a combination of substitute park lands and monetary compensation to allow for the disposal or use of lands for other purposes incompatible with park purposes. The bill would require that the commission consider requests only if the commission determines that all practical alternatives that avoid the proposed disposal or use of park lands for other purposes incompatible with park purposes have been considered. This bill contains other related provisions and other current laws.





 

 

 

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SB 974

(Evans D)  State parks: proposed closures.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 1/19/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 1/19/2012

 

Status: 2/2/2012-Referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

 

Location: 2/2/2012-S. N.R. & W.

 

Summary: Would require the Department of Parks and Recreation, by July 1, 2013, to conduct a review to reexamine the list of park closures in the state announced by the department in May 2011. The bill would also require the department to develop and implement a transparent park closure review process that includes specified elements. The bill would require the department, beginning on July 1, 2013, and annually by July 1 of each year thereafter, to make a determination on the status of any park included on the May 2011 park closure list and on any other park not on that list that may be scheduled for future closure, based on the above-described park closure review process. The bill would require the department, by July 1, 2013, to present to the State Parks Commission and the Legislature a revised list of park closures, based upon the park closure review process prescribed by the bill. The bill would prohibit the closure of any other units of the state park system until the requirements of the bill are fulfilled.





 

 

 

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SB 1073

(Gaines R)  State parks: development of new facilities: general plan.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/14/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/14/2012

 

Status: 3/1/2012-Referred to Com. on RLS.

 

Location: 3/1/2012-S. RLS.

 

Summary: Current law vests with the Department of Parks and Recreation control of the state park system. Current law requires the department, prior to the development of any new facilities in any previously classified unit of the state park system, to prepare a general plan or revise any current plan for the unit. This bill would require that the department, revise instead any relevant current plan for the unit.





 

 

 

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SB 1078

(Evans D)  State lands: delinquent rent program: state park revenue generation program.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/14/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/14/2012

 

Status: 3/8/2012-Re-referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

 

Location: 3/8/2012-S. N.R. & W.

 

Summary: Would require the State Lands Commission, no later than April 30, 2013, to develop and implement a plan to collect delinquent rents and renegotiate expired and undervalued leases for state land and properties under the commission's control. The bill would provide for the loan of $1,000,000 from the General Fund to be made available to the commission, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to develop and implement the plan, including the hiring of necessary new staff. This bill contains other related provisions.





 

 

 

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SB 1166

(Berryhill R)  Department of Fish and Game: wildlife-dependent recreational activities.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/22/2012

 

Status: 3/1/2012-Referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

 

Location: 3/1/2012-S. N.R. & W.

 

Summary: Would require the Department of Fish and Game to exercise its authority to manage lands in a manner to support, promote, and enhance wildlife-dependent recreational activities, including hunting and sport fishing opportunities, to the extent authorized by law. The bill would prohibit, to the greatest practicable extent, department decisions and actions relating to land management from resulting in any net loss of available wildlife-dependent recreational opportunities that exist on January 1, 2013.





 

 

 

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SB 1174

(Walters R)  Vehicles: length semitrailers: exemption: motorsports.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/22/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/22/2012

 

Status: 3/2/2012-Set for hearing April 10.

 

Location: 3/1/2012-S. T. & H.

 

Calendar: 4/10/2012  1:30 p.m. - John L. Burton Hearing Room (4203)  SENATE TRANSPORTATION AND HOUSING, DESAULNIER, Chairman

 

Summary: Current law authorizes the Department of Transportation or local authorities, with regard to highways under their respective jurisdiction, to issue a special permit authorizing the operation of a combination of vehicles consisting of a truck tractor semitrailer combination with a maximum length from kingpin to rearmost axle measurement of not more than 46 feet, if the trailers are used exclusively or primarily in connection with motorsports, as defined. This bill would instead exempt a combination of vehicles consisting of a truck tractor and semitrailer, or of a truck tractor, semitrailer, and trailer, from all limitations on the length of trailers if the trailer is used exclusively or primarily in connection with motorsports, as defined.





 

 

 

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SB 1249

(Wolk D)  Department of Fish and Game: lands.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/23/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/23/2012

 

Status: 3/8/2012-Referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

 

Location: 3/8/2012-S. N.R. & W.

 

Summary: Would authorize the Department of Fish and Game to enter into contracts or other agreements with nonprofit conservation groups for the management and operation of department-managed lands, defined to include public shooting grounds, state marine recreational management areas, and wildlife management areas. The bill would state that hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing, wildlife photography, conservation education, and fish and wildlife research are the priority uses compatible with wildlife management areas, and would prohibit other uses in wildlife management areas unless specifically authorized by regulations adopted by the commission. The bill would authorize the commission to require the purchase of a special use permit for those other uses in wildlife management areas as provided in regulations adopted by the commission and subject to terms and conditions imposed by the department. The bill would require the purchase of an entry permit as provided in regulations adopted by the commission for access to department-managed lands for uses other than hunting and fishing, as defined, except as provided.





 

 

 

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SB 1511

(Evans D)  State parks: general plan: submission to the Legislature.

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/24/2012   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/24/2012

 

Status: 2/27/2012-Read first time.

 

Location: 2/24/2012-S. PRINT

 

Summary: Current law vests with the Department of Parks and Recreation control of the state park system. Current law requires the department to furnish a copy of the general plan for any unit of the state park system for which a plan has been prepared to any Member of the Legislature, upon request. This bill would also require the department to furnish a copy of the general plan for any unit of the state park system for which a plan has been prepared to the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife and to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water.





 

 

 

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SCR 14

(Steinberg D)  "Parks Make Life Better!" Month

 

Current Text: Introduced: 2/18/2011   pdf   html

 

Introduced: 2/18/2011

 

Status: 2/18/2011-Introduced. Referred to Com. on RLS.

 

Location: 2/18/2011-S. RLS.

 

Summary: This measure would declare March 2011 as "Parks Make Life Better!" Month.





 

 

 

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