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Assembly Bill 3382 (Hart 1976)

Chapter 771, Statutes of 1976

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As enacted in 1976, Assembly Bill 3382 amended Public Resources Code section 6815 only.  (See Exhibit #1d)  Assembly member Gary Hart introduced this single-section bill relating to the draining of oil and gas on state lands, on March 19, 1976 on behalf of the State Lands Commission.  (See Exhibits #1a; #6, page 2; and #7, document SP-1) 


Assembly Bill 3382 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Resources, Land Use and Energy and the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibits #3 and #6)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance.  (See Exhibits #2 and #4)  Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 3382 during legislative consideration.  (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., signed the bill on September 6, 1976, and it was recorded by the Secretary of State the following day as Chapter 771 of the Statutes of 1976.  (See Exhibits #1d and #2)


The Third Reading analysis by the Senate Republican Caucus provides the following digest of Assembly Bill 3382 as it was last amended on August 2, 1976:


This bill extends the authority of the State Lands Commission to negotiate for state compensation or to enter into development leases when it appears that oil and gas wells on areas adjoining state-owned lands are draining oil and gas from state lands.


Specifically, the bill extends the authority of the commission to negotiate when wells on public (federal) lands as well as private lands are involved.  Also, the commission would be able under the bill to enter into negotiations when lands underlying the Pacific Ocean or its bays and harbors are involved except when the state lands being drained are oil and gas sanctuaries on state offshore areas specified in Public Resources Code Section 6871.2.

(See Exhibit #9)