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.
Existing law requires the Department of Parks and Recreation to issue a park pass for free use of all park facilities in the state park system to veterans. This bill would additionally exempt these veterans from any requirement to pay a reservation fee.
StatusFailed to advance from Assembly Approporations Committee
This bill would enact the Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in an amount of $4,300,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects to restore fire damaged areas, reduce wildfire risk, create healthy forest and watersheds, reduce climate impacts on urban areas and vulnerable populations, protect water supply and water quality, protect rivers, lakes, and streams, reduce flood risk, protect fish and wildlife from climate impacts, improve climate resilience of agricultural lands, and protect coastal lands and resources.
This bill would require the State Coastal Conservancy to develop and implement a coastal climate adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program designed to, among other things, improve the climate change resiliency of the state’s coastal communities, infrastructure, and habitat, as prescribed, and host an international conference on coastal climate change not less than once every 2 years.
This bill would establish the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board and the Ocean Protection Council, to adopt regulations to source reduce and recycle 75% of single-use packaging and products sold or distributed in California by 2030.
This bill would exempt from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) the acquisition, sale, or other transfer of property by a public agency for certain purposes, or the funding of that acquisition, sale, or other transfer by a public agency, if the public agency conditions those transactions on compliance with CEQA before making physical changes to the transferred property.
This bill would require the Natural Resources Agency to develop and implement a community access program focused on engagement programs, technical assistance, or facilities that maximize safe and equitable physical admittance, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities, to natural or cultural resources, community education programs, or recreational amenities.
This bill would establish the Office of Outdoor Recreation in state government and would require the office to undertake certain activities, including supporting the outdoor recreation economy and working toward equitable access to outdoor areas of the state. The bill would also require the office to create an advisory committee to provide advice, expertise, support, and service to the office.
This bill would require prize compensation offered at competitive events to be identical between the gendered categories at each participant level that are held on state property.
StatusSigned by Governor
This bill would make it an infraction for a person to smoke, as defined, on a state coastal beach or in a unit of the state park system or to dispose of used cigar or cigarette waste on a state coastal beach or in a unit of the state park system, with certain exceptions, as specifically provided.