Welcome to Capitol Corner, a new series dedicated to providing updates on CalTrout’s legislative and policy work. CalTrout’s policy team includes Redgie Collins (Legal and Policy Director) and Analise Rivero (Policy Associate). Between the two, Redgie and Analise are responsible for the development and implementation of CalTrout’s natural resource and water policy agenda in the California state legislature. This includes supporting CalTrout’s organizational goals through regulatory and public funding advocacy, agency relationship building, partnership development and other policy-related objectives that add to CalTrout’s success. In our first Capitol Corner dispatch, we will dive into our latest efforts to advocate for native fish within the state budget process and cover examples of legislation we support.
By Redgie Collins and Analise Rivero
This year, the California legislature is grappling with how to spend a record-breaking $262.6 billion budget – demonstrating a much larger budget surplus than predicted at the beginning of the pandemic. Naturally, there are countless worthy issue areas that need funding and the CalTrout policy team has engaged to advocate for programs that assist with fish passage, barrier removal, drought response and more. The state budget, as currently proposed, allocates approximately $3 billion for drought response. Though much of the detail still needs to be hashed out, the CalTrout policy team is pushing hard to ensure our priorities will be reflected in the final budget language. Our internal team and external partners have been championing for the following items to be included in the budget:
Funding to the State Water Resources Control Board in order to:
Funding to California Department of Fish and Wildlife:
Funding to The Wildlife Conservation Board:
Funding to the California Natural Resources Agency:
In addition to the policy team’s focus on budget negotiations, we have also engaged on several pieces of legislation. Below are examples of the types of bills we have supported during the 2021 legislative session.
Senate Bill (SB) 716:
Assembly Bill (AB) 315:
Policy and legislation advocacy is an exciting and fast-paced aspect of CalTrout’s work with far reaching impacts. We look forward to continuing this Capitol Corner series in order to provide you an insider look at our efforts.