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California Legislation Update – June 5

June 7, 2015

June 5 was the deadline for a legislative bill to pass out of its house of origin in order to remain alive for this year’s legislative session.   The week of June 1-5 was dedicated to finalizing action on those bills still remaining in their house of origin and there were no committee meetings allowed […]

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California legislation update – June 1

June 2, 2015

June 5 is the deadline for a legislative bill to pass out of its house of origin in order to remain alive for this year’s legislative session.   The week of June 1-5 is dedicated to finalizing action on those bills still remaining in their house of origin and there are no committee meetings allowed […]

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Legislation Update – May 3

May 6, 2015

The second major milestone in the legislative calendar occurred on May 1.  This is the deadline for bills to leave their policy committees in their house of origin to remain active for this year.  In other words, a bill must be at least as far as the Appropriations Committee or on the floor to be […]

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CA legislation update April 24, 2015

April 20, 2015

We have submitted several letters to the legislature concerning our positions on a wide variety of bills.  Below, you may read the list.  We have also included our updated legislation table. This is a very unusual year in that there are several bills we find worthy of support and very few threats to our businesses […]

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CA legislation update March 12 2015

March 14, 2015

Legislation 2015 – The bills are introduced The deadline for introducing new legislation (February 27) has passed.  Like usual, the bulk of the bills arrived in the last week, a total of 1500 bills in the Assembly and nearly 800 in the Senate.  There could be up to a dismaying 500+ “spot” bills that just […]

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EPA Proposes Tightening Ground-level Ozone Limits

February 9, 2015

We first caught wind of this move at the Northern California Prescribed Fire Council conference in early December.  Briefly, the EPA is proposing to tighten the existing ground-level ozone standards from 75 ppb (parts per billion) to 65-70 ppb while taking comment on a 60 ppb level. The prescribed fire community was very alarmed about this […]

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Our local legislators’ committee assignments

January 30, 2015

In this article we highlight our local representatives and list the committees they are participating in. Local Assemblymembers: Mark Stone Santa Cruz/Monterey Judiciary (Chair) Natural Resources Human Services Banking and Finance Select Committee on Coastal Protection (Chair) Luis Alejo Watsonville/Salinas Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials (Chair) Governmental Organization Judiciary Local Government Veterans Affairs Select Committees: […]

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The shape of this year’s legislative committees

January 30, 2015

Bills of interest to our membership will pass through one or more of these committees.  We watch not only bills directly related to forestry, but also bills that affect rural living and the side aspects of running a forestry business, including water policy, air policy, wildlife policy, including endangered species, taxation, markets, and use of […]

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2015 CA legislative calendar in a nutshell

January 30, 2015

Calendar: Jan 1 Statutes from previous legislation take effect Jan 5 Legislature reconvenes Jan 10 Budget must be submitted by Governor Jan 19 Martin Luther King Jr Day Holiday Jan 30 Last day to submit bill requests to the Office of Legislative Counsel Feb 16 Presidents’ Day Holiday Feb 27 Last day for bills to […]

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Conservation Stewardship Program changes are proposed 

November 15, 2014

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill continues, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program, one of USDA’s largest conservation programs for working agricultural lands. “Farmers, ranchers, and non-industrial forestland owners enrolled in the Conservation Stewardship Program are our nation’s conservation leaders as they […]

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