Existing law establishes the California Coastal Commission in the Natural Resources Agency and designates the commission as the state coastal zone planning and management agency for all purposes. Existing law prohibits a commission member or an interested person, as defined, from conducting an ex parte communication unless the commission member fully discloses and makes public that communication within 7 days after the communication or, if the communication occurs within 7 days of the next commission hearing, to the commission on the record of the proceeding at that hearing. This bill would require a commission member to fully disclose in writing 24 hours before a commission hearing any ex parte communication conducted within 7 days of the commission hearing relating to a matter that will be discussed at the hearing, and would prohibit a commission member or an interested person from conducting such an ex parte communication within 24 hours before the commission hearing. The Political Reform Act of 1974 provides for the regulation of the lobbying industry, including defining the term "lobbyist" and regulating the conduct of lobbyists. Among its provisions, the act prohibits lobbyists from engaging in certain activities, including accepting or agreeing to accept any payment in any way contingent upon the defeat, enactment, or outcome of any proposed legislative or administrative action. Under the act, a lobbyist is, among others, an individual whose principal duties as an employee are to communicate with, among others, any agency official for the purpose of influencing legislative or administrative action. For these purposes, "administrative action" is defined as the proposal, drafting, development, consideration, amendment, enactment, or defeat by a state agency of any rule, regulation, or other action in any ratemaking or quasi-legislative proceeding and "agency official" is defined as any member, officer, employee, or consultant of any state agency who participates in any administrative action in other than a ministerial capacity. This bill would revise the definition of "administrative action" to include, with regard to proceedings before the California Coastal Commission, specified actions relating to the review, approval, and appeal of certain permit actions and coastal plans and programs. The bill would, however, exclude from these provisions relating to lobbyists an employee of a local government agency seeking, within the scope of his or her employment, to influence quasi-judicial decisions of the commission. The bill would also, for purposes of those matters before the California Coastal Commission, limit the definition of "agency official" to a member of the commission. Existing law makes a knowing and willful violation of the Political Reform Act of 1974 a misdemeanor and subjects offenders to criminal penalties. This bill would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding those crimes. The Political Reform Act of 1974, an initiative measure, provides that the Legislature may amend the act to further the act's purposes with a 23 vote of each house and compliance with specified procedural requirements. This bill would declare that it furthers the purposes of the act. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Motion to reconsider made by Senator Allen.
Ordered to inactive file at the request of Senator Allen.
Reconsideration granted. (Ayes 39. Noes 0. Page 5575.)
Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 22. Noes 13. Page 5575.).
(Ayes 26. Noes 13. Page 5510.)
Ordered to third reading.
Withdrawn from committee.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (August 11).
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 2.) (June 28). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on N.R. & W. (Ayes 4. Noes 1.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on N.R. & W.
Referred to Coms. on E. & C.A. and N.R. & W.
In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 54. Noes 23. Page 5247.)
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 14. Noes 6.) (May 27).
In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 2.) (April 18). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. Read second time and amended.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 6. Noes 1.) (March 30). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on E. & R. Read second time and amended.
Referred to Coms. on E. & R. and NAT. RES.
From printer. May be heard in committee March 18.
Read first time. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/16/16 - Introduced|
|03/28/16 - Amended Assembly|
|04/12/16 - Amended Assembly|
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