The California Farmland Conservancy Program Act establishes a program for grants from the Department of Conservation for the acquisition of agricultural conservation easements or fee title. The act imposes requirements for the funding of agricultural conservation easements. The act creates the California Farmland Conservancy Program Fund. The moneys in the fund, upon appropriation, are required to be used for the purposes of the program, including the purchase of agricultural conservation easements. The act requires an applicant for an agricultural conservation easement to meet specified eligibility criteria related to commercial agricultural production and agricultural land conservation, and specifies criteria the Director of Conservation is required to consider in evaluating the proposal. This bill, notwithstanding any other provision of the act, would authorize the Director of Conservation to make grants from a source other than the fund, and, upon appropriation by the Legislature from that source, disburse moneys for those grants to an applicant for the acquisition of an agricultural conservation easement, if the director determines that the grant meets the purposes of the act and additional specified requirements, including that the easement does not, and will not, substantially prevent agricultural uses on the easement property and that any restriction on the current or reasonably foreseeable agricultural use of the easement property would only be imposed to restrict those areas of the property that are not in cultivation. Existing law also establishes the Soil Conservation Fund, which provides money, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for specified land use purposes. This bill would establish the Farm, Ranch, and Watershed Account within the Soil and Conservation Fund from which money would be disbursed to provide the above grants.
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 323, Statutes of 2010.
Approved by Governor.
Enrolled. To Governor at 4 p.m.
Senate concurs in Assembly amendments. (Ayes 23. Noes 14. Page 4921.) To enrollment.
In Senate. To unfinished business.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 76. Noes 1. Page 6507.) To Senate.
Assembly Rule 69(d) suspended. (Page 6352.)
Read third time. Amended. (Page 6324.) To third reading.
Read second time. To third reading.
(Heard in committee August 12.)
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 17. Noes 0.)
Joint Rule 62(a) file notice suspended. (Page 5989.)
(Heard in committee on June 30.)
From committee: Do pass as amended, but first amend, and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.)
(Heard in committee on June 21.)
From committee: Do pass, but first be re-referred to Com. on AGRI. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) Re-referred to Com. on AGRI.
To Coms. on NAT. RES. and AGRI.
Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 23. Noes 11. Page 3694.) To Assembly.
In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Read second time. To third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 8. Noes 0. Page 3498.)
Set for hearing May 10.
Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Set for hearing May 3.
From committee: Do pass, but first be re-referred to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 1. Page 3307.) Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Set for hearing April 19.
Joint Rule 61(a) file notice suspended. (Page 3209.)
Hearing postponed by committee.
Set for hearing April 21.
Withdrawn from committee.
Set for hearing April 13.
To Com. on N.R. & W.
From print. May be acted upon on or after March 21.
Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/18/10 - Introduced|
|08/02/10 - Amended Assembly|
|08/18/10 - Amended Assembly|
|08/31/10 - Enrolled|
|09/27/10 - Chaptered|
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