James C. Ramos
- District 45
Existing law establishes the Natural Resources Agency, which consists of various departments and commissions, including the Department of Conservation, Department of Parks and Recreation, and State Lands Commission. Existing law vests in the agency various powers, including those related to conservation of lands. Pursuant to the agency's general authority, the agency established the California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names to be a liaison to the United States Board on Geographic Names. The duties, powers, and responsibilities of the committee are established by its internal charter. Commencing on January 1, 2025, this bill would require the term "squaw" to be removed from all geographic features and place names in the state. The bill would require the Natural Resources Agency to direct the committee to revise its existing charter to perform specified responsibilities, including notifying public agencies, as defined, of each geographic feature and place name that includes the term "squaw." The bill would require the committee to choose a replacement name, under its discretion, and in consultation with advisory bodies, if the local governing body fails to recommend a replacement name within the allotted 180 days. The bill would require the committee to work in formal consultation with California Native American tribes on the list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission to establish a procedure for receiving name recommendations. This bill would require public agencies to no longer replace signs, interpretive markers, or any other marker or printed material with the discontinued name containing the word "squaw." The bill would require each agency or local governing body to ensure that map updates and sign replacements use the new name. Commencing January 1, 2025, the bill would require the committee to annually report to the Legislature regarding the implementation of these provisions, and would require that report to include specified information, including each geographic feature and place name that uses the term "squaw" in that public agency's jurisdiction and the proposed replacement name. By imposing requirements on local governments to remove the term "squaw" from geographic features and place names and to report specified information to the committee, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. 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, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Approved by the Governor.
Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 479, Statutes of 2022.
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 4 p.m.
Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 75. Noes 0.).
Assembly Rule 77(a) suspended.
Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 40. Noes 0. Page 5053.).
In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 26 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (August 11).
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on APPR.
In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on G.O. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 20).
In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.
Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 75. Noes 0.)
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (May 19).
Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (April 26). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on W.,P., & W. Read second time and amended.
From printer. May be heard in committee March 17.
Read first time. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|02/14/22 - Introduced|
|04/19/22 - Amended Assembly|
|05/19/22 - Amended Assembly|
|06/21/22 - Amended Senate|
|08/01/22 - Amended Senate|
|08/29/22 - Enrolled|
|09/23/22 - Chaptered|
|04/22/22- Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife|
|05/09/22- Assembly Appropriations|
|05/24/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS|
|06/15/22- Senate Natural Resources and Water|
|06/24/22- Senate Governmental Organization||PDF PDF|
|08/05/22- Senate Appropriations|
|08/13/22- Sen. Floor Analyses|
|08/24/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS|
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