Relevant 2019 California State Legislation

Below is a summary of relevant state legislation from the 2019 session. You can also check out the California Environmental Justice Alliance's 2019 Legislative wins here as well as the California State Park Foundation's legislative agenda here.

Approved by Governor:

AB-209 (Limón): Parks: Outdoor Environmental Education: Grant Program : This bill will require the Director of Parks and Recreation to establish the Outdoor Equity Grants Program to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor environmental educational experiences at state parks and other public lands where outdoor environmental education programs take place. Along with establishing the California Outdoor Equity Account, it will give priority for funding to outdoor environmental education programs that primarily provide outreach to and serve pupils who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals, foster youth, or pupils of limited English proficiency, as provided. 

SB-8 (Glazer) State parks: state beaches: smoking ban: This bill would make it an infraction punishable by a fine of up to $25 for a person to smoke on a state beach, or in a unit of the state park system, except as provided. 

AB-1680 (Limón) Coastal lands: public access program: Hollister Ranch : This bill wil develop a contemporary public access program for Hollister Ranch that will replace the existing coastal access program for Hollister Ranch that the commission adopted in 1982.

SB-442 (Dodd) State parks: resource exploitation exceptions: commercialization of investigation results: This bill authorizes slant or directionall drilling for oil in gas for depositing in the Tule Elk State Reserve in Kern County and allows for commercial fishing in some state conservation areas.  

Vetoed by Governor:

AB-556 (Carrillo) Outdoor experiences: community access program: grant program: This bill would have required the Natural Resources Agency to develop and implement a community access program focused on engagement programs especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities, to natural or cultural resources, community education programs, or recreational amenities. The governor vetoed the bill on the basis that he "cannot support the creation of these stand-alone grant programs." 

Held under suspension:

AB-1111 (Friedman) Office of Outdoor Recreation: Would have created an office of outdoor recreation supporting the outdoor recreation economy and working toward equitable access to outdoor areas. 

Many of you have been following (and advocating for) the creation of an outdoor office of recreation in California. This is an opportunity to press pause and engage stakeholders on the clear needs for equitable outdoor access throughout our state.

A huge thank you to so many people who have worked incredibly hard on this: 

There are currently 16 state outdoor offices of recreation throughout the country. In New Mexico, they’ve created an outdoor equity fund for the office. There’s work to be done in California to be inclusive and representative and we look forward to further collaboration.