GAINES & ASSOCIATES
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS “GAINES REPORT”
CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE 2021 SESSION UPDATE
MAY 4, 2021
As we approach mid-May, action at the California State Capitol is going full tilt. This Gaines & Associates “California State Legislature – 2021 Session Update” will provide you with a summary and the latest status of all legislation of interest and concern to our wildlife and conservation clients.
Bills are placed in numerical order, not in order of priority or interest.
The latest activity on each bill is shown in italics.
For more information on any of the below bills, please contact Gaines & Associates at [email protected] 2021 State Legislative Session
• AB 311 (Ward) – Firearms: Gun Shows
AB 311 by Assembly Member Christopher M. Ward (D/78-San Diego) would prohibit a vendor at a gun show or event from possessing, displaying, offering to sell, selling, or transferring any firearm precursor parts. Among other things, the bill would make a violation of these provisions a misdemeanor and prohibit a vendor who has been convicted of violating these provisions from participating in any gun show or event in California for one year after the date of the conviction.
AB 311 is yet another attempt to take firearms out of the hands of law abiding citizens by making firearm parts more difficult and expensive to obtain. Further, not only would AB 311 dump additional duties on an already overloaded Department of Justice (DOJ), it would also open the door for government cross-referencing of parts purchased to what firearms an individual has registered in his/her name – possibly making innocent law-biding gunowners victims of senseless criminal investigations.
AB 311 was heard in the Assembly Public Safety Committee on April 6th, passing out on a party-line vote.
AB 311 must now go to the Assembly Appropriations Committee but has not yet been set to be heard.
AB 311 must be heard in Assembly Appropriations Committee and passed out to the Assembly Floor by Friday, May 21st to meet deadline.
To view all the information currently available on AB 311, click AB 311 Detail
• AB 564 (Gonzalez) – Biodiversity Protection and Restoration Act AB 564 by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez (D/80-San Diego) would establish the “Biodiversity Protection and Restoration Act” and require all state agencies, boards, and commissions to consider and prioritize the protection of biodiversity in carrying out their statutory mandates. The bill would require strategies related to the goal of the state to conserve at least 30% of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030 to be made available to the public and provided to certain legislative committees by no later than June 30, 2022.
AB 564 was not heard in Assembly policy committee prior to the April 30th legislative deadline. AB 564 is now a “two-year bill” and cannot be heard until January 2022.
Throughout the 2020 State Legislative Session, we actively opposed AB 3030 – similar legislation which also would have declared it to be goals of the state to protect at least 30% of California’s land and waters by the year 2030. Our opposition to AB 3030 was not to the proposal to protect more of California’s lands and waters, but rather to the details of how it would be done. To address our concerns, we aggressively called for multiple amendments to the bill. Although some of the amendments we pushed for were ultimately amended into the legislation, our two primary concerns were left unaddressed. As such, we continued to actively oppose the bill and successfully defeated the proposal when it failed to pass out of Senate fiscal committee in the final days of Session.
The two primary concerns that the bill’s sponsors refused to address in the language of AB 3030 were:
• The bill did not expressly define what the legislation meant by the word “protect” – allowing for the “protections” it called for to also result in sweeping closures to public access and hunting and fishing opportunity on much of California’s lands and waters
• Although the bill called out goals for the total percentage of our lands and waters that should be “protected”, its language failed to identify the extent of existing protections already in place (i.e., the baseline).
In October 2020, following the defeat of AB 3030, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-82-20 (EO N-82-20) which establishes a goal of the state to conserve at least 30 percent of California’s land and coastal waters by 2030. Although we joined many lawmakers and others in frustration over the Governor sidestepping the State Legislature and appropriate public input and vetting by signing EO N-82-20, it is worth noting that the Governor’s EO did address our remaining concerns that the sponsors of AB 3030 refused to address.
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