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CA SB 1448

Title: Farm to Community Food Hub Advisory Committee: California Agricultural Land Equity Task Force.
Author: Melissa Hurtado

Summary
SB 1448, as amended, Hurtado. Farm to Community Food Hub Advisory Committee: California Agricultural Land Equity Task Force. (1) Existing law establishes the Farm to Community Food Hub Program, which is administered by the Office of Farm to Fork in the Department of Food and Agriculture, which is under the control of the Secretary of Food and Agriculture. Existing law requires the secretary to establish the Farm to Community Food Hub Advisory Committee for the purpose of advising the secretary with respect to their responsibilities regarding the program. Existing law requires the advisory committee to comprise 10 members from specified regions, including 4 members who are an executive or manager of a food supply chain business headquartered in California, 4 members who are an executive or director of a civil society organization or a representative of an academic institution, and one member who is a farmer or rancher meeting specified qualifications. Existing law repeals these provisions on January 1, 2028.This bill would instead require the advisory committee to comprise 7 members, and would require the secretary to ensure geographic diversity within the advisory committee. The bill would require the advisory committee to instead include 2 members who are representatives of food supply chain businesses headquartered in California, 2 members who are representatives of civil society organizations or of an academic institution, one member who is a member of the department’s BIPOC Producer Advisory Committee, and one member who is a member of the department’s Small-Scale Producer Advisory Committee, as specified. The bill would require a member or alternate member to recuse themselves on certain matters if an entity for which they serve on the board of directors or in any other role intends to apply, or has applied, for a grant under the program. The bill would extend the operation of the program until January 1, 2030.(2) Existing law appropriated $1,000,000 to the Strategic Growth Council to establish the California Agricultural Land Equity Task Force to develop recommendations on how to equitably increase access to agricultural land for food production and traditional tribal agricultural uses. Existing law requires the task force, on or before January 1, 2026, to submit a report to the Legislature and Governor that includes a set of policy recommendations on how to address the agricultural land equity crisis.This bill would authorize the council, using existing or private funds, to provide public task force members a reasonable per diem allowance, as specified, or at a higher rate authorized by the task force, for each day’s attendance at a noticed meeting of the task force. The bill would require the report to be posted on the council’s internet website.

Status
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (June 26). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Bill Documents
CA SB 1448 - 06/18/24 - Amended Assembly
06/18/24 - CA SB 1448 (06/18/24 - Amended Assembly)


CA SB 1448 - 03/18/24 - Amended Senate
03/18/24 - CA SB 1448 (03/18/24 - Amended Senate)

CA SB 1448 - 02/16/24 - Introduced
02/16/24 - CA SB 1448 (02/16/24 - Introduced)

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  • Melissa Hurtado - D
    Senator - State Senate - CA

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