Date of Hearing: July 2, 2008
ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS
Mark Leno, Chair
SB 1172 (Dutton) – As Amended: June 25, 2009
Policy Committee: Water, Parks &
Wildlife Vote: 12-0
Urgency: No State Mandated Local Program:
This bill restructures the process by which the Department of
Fish and Game (DFG) deposits and spends the revenue generated by
the sale of various hunting tags, stamps, and validations, and
requires DFG to propose adequate funding for implementing a new
specified program in the 2009-10 governor’s budget.
1)Major reallocation, in the range of $3 million annually
starting 2008-09, of revenue generated by various hunting
tags, stamps, and validations, from the Fish and Game
Preservation Fund (FGPF) to newly-created accounts to benefit
the hunting of various types of game animals.
2)Major GF cost pressures, starting in 2008-09, to replace
funding no longer available to support DFG’s general
activities as a result of the above reallocation.
3)Moderate GF cost pressures, in the range of $500,000 in
2009-10, to develop plans to implement the strategies in the
already-adopted California Comprehensive Wildlife Action Plan
Specifically, this bill:
1)Reallocates revenue generated by the sale of various hunting
tags, stamps, and validations and the use of hunting areas
operated by DFG to the following proposed accounts:
a) Antelope Tag Account.
b) Elk Tag Account.
c) Wildlife Management Areas Hunting Programs Account.
d) Upland Game Bird Account.
e) Deer Tag Account.
f) Wild Pig Account.
g) Bear Tag Account.
h) Bighorn Sheep Account.
2)Allows DFG to make grants or enter into contracts with
nonprofit organizations for the use of the funds in each of
the accounts listed in #1, and exempts funded projects from
the State Contract Act and provisions encouraging the use of
small business enterprises run by disabled veterans.
3)Requires DFG to annually maintain on its Internet website, and
include in the governor’s budget, a fund condition statement
that displays information on the condition of revenues and
expenditures for each of the accounts listed in #1.
4)Requires DFG, as part of its 2009-10 budget proposal, to
include adequate funding to begin the process of developing
plans to implement CalCWAP strategies.
1)Rationale . This bill’s sponsor, the California Outdoor
Heritage Alliance, a private organization comprised of
wildlife conservation and hunting groups, contends that
revenue generated by the sale of hunting tags, stamps, and
validations for particular game animals should be dedicated
exclusively to the management of those individual animals and
to providing hunting opportunities. The sponsor also believes
that funding should be identified to begin implementing the
CalCWAP’s recommendations to protect and conserve non-game
2)Background . The FGPF, the primary funding source for the
DFG, receives most of the revenue generated from hunting and
fishing related fees. Total revenue deposited into the FGPF
is projected to be $85.2 million in 2008-09, with $72.8
million of this amount generated from hunting and fishing
licenses, tags, and permits. The FGPF is composed of both
dedicated and non-dedicated accounts, the latter being
available to support DFG’s general activities related to fish
and game programs. DFG’s non-game programs are required to be
paid from the General Fund or other available sources.
This bill shifts a significant portion of the $13.3 million of
revenue generated from the sale of specific tags, stamps, and
validations from the FGPF to the proposed dedicated accounts.
While most of this revenue is already being used to support
programs directly related to individual game species, this
bill dedicates that revenue in statute and removes the
department’s discretion to use it for other purposes.
3)CalCWAP . The State Wildlife Grants Program, enacted by
Congress in 2000, requires states, as a condition of receiving
federal grant funds, to prepare and submit a comprehensive
wildlife conservation strategy or wildlife action plan to the
U.S. Fish and Game Service. The grant program supports state
programs that provide broad wildlife and habitat benefits.
The DFG submitted CalCWAP in 2006 and is in the process of
implementing plan provisions.
Prop 84, approved by voters at the November 2006 statewide
election, authorized the issuance of $5.388 billion worth of
state general obligation bonds for various resources-related
projects and programs. Prop 84 earmarks $135 million to the
Wildlife Conservation Board to develop, rehabilitate, restore,
acquire, and protect habitat that, among other things,
implements the recommendations of CalCWAP.
Analysis Prepared by : Steve Archibald / APPR. / (916)
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