AB 2344

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly May 25, 2022
  • Senate
  • Governor

Wildlife connectivity: transportation projects.

Abstract

Under existing law, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) has jurisdiction over the conservation, protection, and management of fish, wildlife, native plants, and habitat necessary for biologically sustainable populations of those species. Existing law authorizes DFW to approve compensatory mitigation credits for wildlife connectivity actions taken under specified programs. Existing law vests the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) with full possession and control of the state highway system. Existing law requires Caltrans to complete assessments of potential barriers to anadromous fish prior to commencing any project using state or federal transportation funds and requires projects to be constructed without presenting barriers to fish passage. This bill would require DFW, in coordination with Caltrans, to establish a wildlife connectivity action plan on or before January 1, 2024, and to update the plan at least once every 5 years thereafter. The bill would require the plan to include, among other things, maps that identify the locations of certain areas, including connectivity areas and natural landscape areas, as defined. The bill would require Caltrans, in consultation with DFW, to establish a wildlife connectivity project list of wildlife passage projects where the implementation of wildlife passage features would reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions and enhance wildlife connectivity. The bill would require the list to be included in the wildlife connectivity action plan. The bill would require Caltrans to complete the initial list on or before January 1, 2024, and to update the list no later than January 1, 2025, and every 2 years thereafter. Before completing the initial list or an update to the list, the bill would require Caltrans to make a draft list publicly available for public comment. The bill would require Caltrans, in consultation with DFW, to prioritize the implementation of projects on the list based on specified factors, including, among others, the project's ability to enhance connectivity and permeability within a connectivity area or natural landscape area identified in the wildlife connectivity action plan. The bill would authorize Caltrans to develop a programmatic environmental review process with appropriate state and federal regulatory agencies for remediating barriers to wildlife movement that will streamline the permitting process for wildlife crossing projects. The bill would require Caltrans to complete assessments of potential barriers to wildlife movement before commencing any project that uses state or federal transportation funds and that is located in an area identified as a connectivity area or a natural landscape area in the wildlife connectivity action plan. The bill would require Caltrans to submit these assessments to DFW. The bill would also require projects to be constructed without presenting barriers to fish and wildlife movement.

Bill Sponsors (6)

Votes


Actions


Aug 11, 2022

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (August 11).

Aug 02, 2022

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jun 29, 2022

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 15. Noes 0.) (June 28). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jun 20, 2022

Senate

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on TRANS. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (June 20). Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on TRANS.

Jun 08, 2022

Senate

Referred to Coms. on N.R. & W. and TRANS.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on N.R. & W. and TRANS.

May 26, 2022

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

May 25, 2022

Assembly

Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 58. Noes 7. Page 4991.)

May 23, 2022

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 19, 2022

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered returned to second reading.

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended. (Ayes 12. Noes 2.) (May 19).

May 11, 2022

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Apr 19, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (April 18). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Assembly

Coauthors revised.

Apr 07, 2022

Assembly

Re-referred to Com. on TRANS.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on TRANS.

Apr 06, 2022

Assembly

Read second time and amended.

Apr 05, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on TRANS. (Ayes 11. Noes 2.) (April 5).

Mar 03, 2022

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on W.,P., & W. and TRANS.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on W.,P., & W. and TRANS.

Feb 17, 2022

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee March 19.

Feb 16, 2022

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB2344 HTML
02/16/22 - Introduced PDF
04/06/22 - Amended Assembly PDF
05/19/22 - Amended Assembly PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
03/31/22- Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife PDF
04/14/22- Assembly Transportation PDF
05/09/22- Assembly Appropriations PDF
05/24/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
06/15/22- Senate Natural Resources and Water PDF
06/24/22- Senate Transportation PDF
07/29/22- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/13/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF

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