California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a series of bills designed to protect ocean and environmental resources.
The bills include AB 740 by Assembly member John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) that appears to impose significant new compliance requirements on vessels visiting California. It expands the marine invasive species program by requiring specified inwater cleaning and record keeping for vessels that visit a California port or place, and requires State Lands Commission to develop regulations governing the management of hull fouling on vessels by January 1, 2012.
AB 1056 by Assembly member Mark Leno (D-San Francisco): Authorizes the Ocean Protection Council to establish a science advisory team to identify scientific research priorities necessary to protect coastal water and ocean ecosystems and authorizes the Ocean Protection Council to spend funds without the approval of the State Coastal Conservancy.
AB 1280 by Assembly member John Laird (D-Santa Cruz): Expands the eligible uses of monies in the California Ocean Protection Trust Fund to include the development of fisheries management plans and authorizes expenditures from that fund for community-based management and allocation strategies that would increase incentives for ecosystem improvement.
AB 800 by Assembly member Ted Lieu (D-Torrance): Requires a person, without regard to intent or negligence, who permits or causes the discharge of sewage or waste in or on any waters of the state to notify the local health officer (LHO) or director of environmental health (DEH) as soon as the person has knowledge of the discharge and requires the Office of Emergency Services (OES) to immediately notify the appropriate LHO or DEH. Upon receiving notification of the discharge, requires the LHO or the DEH to determine whether notification of the public is required to safeguard public health and safety.
AB 1220 by Assembly member John Laird (D-Santa Cruz): Makes a number of substantive and technical amendments pertaining to the Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill and Response Act.
AB 1396 by Assembly member John Laird (D-Santa Cruz): Requires the Department of Transportation, consistent with existing law, to annually identify excess coastal zone property and provide the information to specified agencies, including the State Coastal Conservancy. Existing law authorizes the Legislature to transfer excess specified coastal zone property to specified agencies, including the State Coastal Conservancy.