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          Date of Hearing:   April 30, 2014

                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
                                  Mike Gatto, Chair

                   AB 1767 (Holden) - As Amended:  April 22, 2014 

          Policy Committee:                              Natural  
          ResourcesVote:6-3

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          Yes    Reimbursable:              No

           SUMMARY  

          This bill increases the maximum fine imposed for specific crimes  
          conducted on lands owned or managed by the Santa Monica  
          Mountains Conservancy (Conservancy).  Specifically, this bill:

          1)Increases the maximum misdemeanor fine from $1,000 to $1,500  
            for dumping any refuse, except by permit, on property, or  
            destroying property owned or managed by the Conservancy.  

          2)Increases the $100 minimum fine to $250, and the $500 maximum  
            fine to $750, if the misdemeanor violation is reduced to an  
            infraction.

          3)Requires revenues from these fines to be deposited into the  
            Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Fund , upon appropriation  
            by the Legislature, to pay the costs of any necessary property  
            repairs or clean up related to violations. Any remaining funds  
            may be used by the Conservancy to award specified resource  
            conservation and park grants.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          Minor penalty revenue increases, likely less than $10,000,  
          resulting from the imposition of higher minimum and maximum  
          fines (Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy fund.)     

           COMMENTS

          1)Purpose.   According to the author, fine levels for damage to  
            property or the environment have not increased at Conservancy  
            area since 2002.   The author seeks to provide the Conservancy  








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            increased revenue and flexibility by increasing fines and  
            using the revenue to pay for repairs and grants, if the fines  
            collected exceed the cost of the repairs.  

             According to Conservancy staff, in 2003 about $5,000 in costs  
            were incurred from vandalism and dumping in Conservancy  
            parklands.

           1)Background.     The Conservancy was established by the  
            California State Legislature in 1980.  Since that time, it has  
            helped to preserve over 69,000 acres of parkland in both  
            wilderness and urban settings, and improved more than 114  
            public recreational facilities throughout Southern California.  
             Additionally, it has given grants to nonprofit organizations  
            for educational and interpretation programs that have served  
            hundreds of thousands of children and other park visitors.
             
             The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA), a  
            joint powers agency, provides ranger services on Conservancy  
            property.  The MRCA is the law enforcement agency who would  
            typically issues citations for violation of the Conservancy's  
            statutes.


           Analysis Prepared by  :    Jennifer Galehouse / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081