The Legislative Affairs Office provides the Commission with strategies to advance the Commission’s management of public trust lands and resources. The Legislative Affairs Office provides expert policy advice to the Administration and the Legislature on policy and fiscal implications of public land and resource management-related legislation. The Legislative Affairs Office also articulates the Commission’s position on proposed legislation and represents the Commission at committee hearings.
Below is the legislation enacted in 2022 that directly impacts the Commission.
This bill enacts the California Seabed Mining Prevention Act. The bill prohibits the Commission or a local trustee of granted public trust lands from issuing a lease or permit to extract or remove hard minerals from state waters subject to tidal influence, with certain exceptions. This bill, co-sponsored by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Surfrider Foundation, and Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis, is intended to proactively safeguard thousands of miles of seafloor and habitat.
Sponsored by Commission Chair and California State Controller Betty Yee, this bill directs the Commission to develop a study that quantifies the fiscal impact of a voluntary lease relinquishment of the remaining lease interests in the State’s 11 actively producing offshore oil and gas leases. The 2022-23 budget appropriates $1 million to the Commission for the study.
Removes the $300 million cap in the Oil Trust Fund, resuming deposits from the State’s share of Long Beach oil operation revenues until the Fund reaches a balance that will cover the State’s abandonment liabilities.
Below is a list of legislation enacted in 2021 that affect the Commission.
AB 148 expanded the definition of “Oil” under the Commission’s spill prevention authority to include renewable fuels that are refined primarily from plant and animal matter, as opposed to crude oil. AB 148 also increases the oil spill prevention and administration fee to $0.085 per barrel of crude oil or petroleum products and extends the fee to renewable fuel operators.
AB 525 requires the California Energy Commission to establish 2030 and 2045 planning goals, for offshore wind energy generation and required the California Energy Commission, in coordination with specified agencies, including the State Lands Commission, to develop a five-part strategic plan for offshore wind energy development and to submit the plan to the Natural Resources Agency and the Legislature by June 30, 2023. AB 525 also requires the California Energy Commission, in coordination with the California Coastal Commission, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Ocean Protection Council, and State Lands Commission, to identify suitable sea space for a future phase of offshore wind leasing to accommodate the 2045 offshore wind planning goal.
AB 1390 makes it easier for the Commission to invest in property to generate revenue for CalSTRS. It authorizes the Commission to delegate authority to its Executive Officer to make acquisition down payments, removes a cap on acquisition expenses, and clarifies that the Commission can use School Land Bank Fund revenue for acquisition costs. The bill also deletes obsoletes statutes and gives the Commission flexibility not to retain an access easement when it sells or conveys school lands.
Below is the legislation enacted in 2020 that directly impacts the Commission.