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March 25, 2021

FLC is currently monitoring the more that 2,200 bills introduced for the 2021-2022 Legislative session through Brian White, your legislative advocate in Sacramento. The table below lists those that he and the Board believe are most important at the present time. We will continue to update you as the legislative process moves forward.

For those of you with rural home sites you may also want to monitor the Board of Forestry’s website for proposals dealing with legislatively mandated Fire Safe Regulations. Here is a link to a draft proposal submitted at the March Board meeting under the Full Board binder materials: https://bof.fire.ca.gov/business/
Please contact Deidre Bryant or one of the FLC Board if you have questions or suggestions.

Summary of Legislative Bills Potentially Affecting Forest Landowners of California.

Bill No. Author Description Position
AB 9 Wood Changes prescribed burn liability Support
AB 52 Frazer Calif. Global Solutions Act Watch
AB 267 Valladares CEQA exemption for thinning, fuel reduction projects Support
AB 297 Gallagher Funding for fire prevention projects. Likely to be amended Support
AB 416 Kalra Language is currently vague re deforestation. This bill was also introduced last year and did not pass. Oppose unless amended
AB 431 Patterson Extends life of exemptions for fuel reduction around homes Support
AB 575 Fong Similar to SB 332  
AB 697 Chau Expands use of Good Neighbor Authority to use completed CEQA or NEPA documents to facilitate fuel treatment projects. Watch
AB 910 Bigelow Expands size of small landowner exemption. Support
AB 912 Bigelow Restores Working Forest Mgt. plan sixe toe 15,000 ac. Support
AB 952 Mathis Amends Ca. Rev. & Tax law to permit limited deduction of passive losses for forest mgt. expenses for nonindustrial owners. Support
AB 1500 E. Garcia Creates bond for forest mgt. activities Support
SB 12 McGuire Limits development in high hazard fire zones Oppose unless amended
SB 45 Portantino See AB 1500 above Support
SB 55 Stern Limits development in high hazard fire zones Oppose unless amended
SB 208 Dahle Changes definitions for Sierra Nevada Conservancy; could increase funding for fuels management. Support
SB 332 Dodd Limits liability for prescribed fire under certain conditions. Support
SB 709 Dahle One time 2 year extension on THPs that will otherwise expire in 2021 Support
SB 396 Dahle Changes regulations regarding fire tools Watch

Track Bills by visiting http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov and use the Quick Bill Search function.

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Good News -- Exemptions and NTMPs

CAL FIRE has reversed its policy change regarding the acceptance of exemptions for NTMPs. Please refer to the link below to view the letter from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Ken Pimlott) to the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection (Keith Gilless).

Should you have any questions, please send an email to the FLC Legislative Committee at legchair@forestlandowners.org.
Letter and Supporting Content from CAL FIRE to Board of Forestry

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Legislative Committee Assignments

Public Policy Institute of California

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) issued a report in mid-September on the status of forest health in the Headwaters Forests. On September 20, there was a panel debriefing on the report. Click on the links below to download the documents.

If you are interested in wathcing the panel debrief, the video is posted on the PPIC's website:

Agency and Advocacy Letters