Fiscal Assessment of SB1172 which will come before the CA Assembly Appropriations Committee in mid-August

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: 
          No     Reimbursable:              

          SUMMARY

          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.

          FISCAL EFFECT

          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 
            (CalCWAP).

         

SUMMARY CONTINUED

         

 

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:

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             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.
         
          COMMENTS

          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 
            wildlife species.

          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 

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            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) 
          319-2081

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