Legislative Agenda | Cal Parks

Legislative Agenda

As part of our role in advancing state parks issues for the last decade, California State Parks Foundation has provided leadership in lobbying the California legislature on relevant bills and budget actions as well as proactively sponsoring legislation. We have sponsored legislation to achieve park protection as well as facilitate fiscal sustainability for the state park system.

In addition to sponsoring legislation, we also maintain regular communication with key policy committee members and provides testimony to legislative hearings and coordinates with other like-minded organizations on policy priorities.

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AB 30 — Parks: access to nature by Assemblymember Ash Kalra of San Jose

This bill makes it the policy of the state of California that all Californians have safe and affordable access to nature and access to the benefits of nature when making budget and infrastructure decisions. 

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Senate Rules

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AB 1789 — Outdoor recreation: California Trails Commission authored by Assemblymember Steve Bennett of Ventura

This legislation creates an 8-person Trail Commission to promote policies for trials and investment opportunities to maximize the health, fitness, and social benefits of non-motorized trails. This legislation also asking for a one-time $75 million investment in trail infrastructure and a $15 million on-going investment to create, expand, and improve natural surface trails in the state. 

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Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife

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AB 2128 — State parks: California Admission Day: discounted admission authored by Assemblymember Cooley of Rancho Cordova

This legislation creates a 50% discount upon entry to California State Parks on California Admission Day, which takes place every year on September 9. 

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Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife

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AB 2146 — Neonicotinoid pesticides: prohibited nonagricultural use by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan of Orinda

This legislation protects pollinators, like western monarchs, by banning five key neonicotinoid pesticides from use in most non-agricultural settings. 

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Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials

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Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve during a wildflower bloom.
AB 2225 — Resource conservation: traditional ecological knowledge: land management plans by Assemblymember Ward of San Diego

This legislation advances the policy of traditional ecological knowledge from Native American tribes by requiring the California Natural Resources Agency to conduct a listening tour and incorporate feedback from the listening tour into conservation and management of land owned by California State Parks. 

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Assembly Natural Resources Committee

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AB 2346 — Outdoor recreation: Equitable Access Grant Program by Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel of the San Fernando Valley

This legislation creates the Equitable Access Grant Program to enhance park access for all ages, extend outdoor education, and develop career pathways outdoors. 

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Assembly Water Parks and Wildlife

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AB 2479 — Forest restoration and protection: wildfire prevention by Assemblymember Jim Wood of Santa Rosa

This legislation requires all state agencies funding restoration efforts on natural and working lands to prioritize restoration projects with permanent measures to ensure they are sustainably managed. 

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Assembly Natural Resources Committee

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AB 2609 — Oil: facility response plan. by Assemblymember Cottie Petrie-Norris of Laguna Beach with Assembly Bill 2609.

Current federal law requires oil facilities to prepare a plan for how they will respond in the event of an oil spill. This legislation requires oil facilities to give the State Land Commission this plan and allows them to hold public comment. 

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Assembly Natural Resources Committee

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SB 867 — Sea level rise planning: database by Senator John Laird of Santa Cruz

The Planning for Sea Level Rise Database describes steps being taken throughout the state to prepare for, and adapt to, sea level rise. This legislation extends the database’s use until 2028. 

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Senate Appropriations

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