At the last Council on Forestry meeting (14 May), the Council finalized its recommendations for the Legislature to consider in revising the Managed Forest Law. For those familiar with recent efforts to change, update, re-envision, etc. the MFL, you'll find ideas both old and new.There are 24 specific recommendations for the Legislature and others to ponder: Degree of traction is unclear, but I would expect hearings and committee action at the least. The full report is available as a pdf at the link below.
On Monday, 22 April, The Council on Forestry will discuss a series of sub-committee recommendations that might form the basis of legislative changes. The sub-committee's report is available here.
Senate Bill 161 passed unanimously out of the Senate Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education Committee on Thursday.
Further action or, at least, enactment, though, is unlikely in this legislative session. The session is supposed to end on March 15 and no action on the Assembly version of the bill is planned (at least at this point).
On Nov 1, the Assembly Forestry Committee will take public testimony on AB342.
The Legislative Reference Bureau summarizes the bill as follows: