Below is a list of legislation enacted in 2017 that directly impacts the Commission.
Chapter 535, Statutes of 2017 (SB 50, Allen): Federal public lands: conveyances.
This bill establishes a policy of the state to discourage conveyances of federal public lands in California from the federal government. The bill specifies that these conveyances are void ab initio unless the State Lands Commission was provided with the right of first refusal or the right to arrange for the transfer of the federal public land to another entity.
Chapter 645, Statutes of 2017 (SB 44, Jackson): State lands: coastal hazard and legacy oil and gas well removal and remediation program.
This bill will require the State Lands Commission to, within 2 years, administer a coastal hazard and legacy oil and gas well removal and remediation program. The bill authorizes the Commission to seek and accept on behalf of the state any gift, bequest, devise, or donation whenever the gift and the terms and conditions thereof will aid in actions undertaken to administer that program.
Chapter 521, Statutes of 2017 (SB 809, Committee on Natural Resources and Water): Natural resources.
This bill authorizes the Commission to make a conveyance of a tract of land that does not exceed 10 acres, belonging to the state and covered by navigable waters, for the site of a lighthouse, beacon, or other navigation aid.