Bill Text: CA AB691 | 2011-2012 | Regular Session | Amended

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Bill Title: Agency regulations and economic impact.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)

Status: (Introduced - Dead) 2012-02-01 - Died pursuant to Art. IV, Sec. 10(c) of the Constitution. From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56. [AB691 Detail]

Download: California-2011-AB691-Amended.html
BILL NUMBER: AB 691	AMENDED
	BILL TEXT

	AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY  MARCH 31, 2011

INTRODUCED BY   Assembly Member Perea

                        FEBRUARY 17, 2011

    An act relating to agricultural land conservation.
  An act to add Article 10 (commencing with Section 590)
to Chapter 3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the Food and Agricultural
Code, relating to permitting   . 


	LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


   AB 691, as amended, Perea.  Agricultural land: one-stop
permit assistance pilot program.   Department of Food
and Agriculture: ombudsman. 
   Existing law requires the Department of Food and Agriculture to
regulate various laws regulating agriculture and farmland in the
state.  Existing law provides that the department is under the
control of a civil executive officer known as the Secretary of Food
and Agriculture and authorizes the department to provide for the
issuance and renewal on a two-year basis of licenses, certificates of
registration, or other indicia of authority issued by the department
or any agency in the department.  
   This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact
subsequent legislation that would require the Department of Food and
Agriculture to establish a one-stop permit assistance pilot program
that would allow farmers and agribusiness owners to obtain all
necessary city, county, and state regulatory permits in one location.
The bill would further declare the intent of the Legislature that
the pilot program should institute a process for the department to
coordinate the work of state and local government officials and
agency representatives at various levels of government to facilitate
the automation and streamlining of regulatory permitting processes in
the state and to provide information to the public on the
appropriate state agency information Web sites, and the Governor's
Office of Economic Development Web site.  
   This bill would designate the secretary as the ombudsman for the
department and would require the ombudsman to provide assistance in
understanding the process for obtaining permits, assistance in the
expeditious completion of the process for obtaining permits, and
agriculture related information and education to assist policy
development regarding agricultural issues. The bill would make the
ombudsman responsible for reviewing and identifying duplicative
agriculture regulations that exist within the state and other
government agencies, and to conduct a cumulative impact report prior
to any new agriculture regulation. The bill would authorize the
ombudsman to initiate the review of duplicative regulations by the
Office of Administrative Law, as provided. 
   Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee:  no
  yes  . State-mandated local program: no.


THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

   SECTION 1.    Article 10 (commencing with Section
590) is added to Chapter 3 of Part 1 of Division 1 of the  
Food and Agricultural Code   , to read:  

      Article 10.  Ombudsman


   590.  (a) The secretary is hereby designated as the ombudsman for
the Department of Food and Agriculture. The ombudsman shall provide
all of the following:
   (1) Assistance in understanding the process for obtaining permits
required by the department, and in resolving concerns with that
process.
   (2) Appropriate direction and assistance in the expeditious
completion of the process for obtaining permits required by the
department.
   (3) Agriculture-related information and education to assist policy
development regarding agricultural issues.
   (b) The ombudsman shall be responsible for the following:
   (1) Reviewing and identifying duplicative agricultural regulations
that exist within the state and other government agencies. The
ombudsman may initiate review of a duplicative regulations by the
Office of Administrative Law pursuant to the process specified in
Article 7 (commencing with Section 11349.7) of Chapter 3.5 of Part 1
of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
   (2) Conducting a cumulative impact report prior to the enactment
of any new agricultural regulation.  
  SECTION 1.    It is the intent of the Legislature
to enact subsequent legislation that would require the Department of
Food and Agriculture to establish a one-stop permit assistance pilot
program to allow farmers and agribusiness owners to obtain all
necessary city, county, and state regulatory permits in one location.
It is further the intent of the Legislature that the pilot program
should institute a process for the department to coordinate the work
of state and local government officials and agency representatives at
various levels of government to facilitate the automation and
streamlining of regulatory permit processes in the state and to
provide information to the public on state agency Web sites and the
Governor's Office of Economic Development Web site. 
          
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