California Government Code

Sec. § 8670.53.3


(a)

For purposes of this section, the following definitions shall apply:

(1)

“Bond” means any bond, note, commercial paper, bond anticipation note, or other evidence of indebtedness that the Treasurer is authorized to issue for purposes of this chapter.

(2)

“Standby arrangement” means a line of credit, letter of credit, or other financial arrangement with a financial institution or lending entity that allows for ready access to money.

(b)

To provide funds to pay for costs of an oil spill, as set forth in Section 8670.48, in excess of money in the fund as set forth in subdivision (a) of Section 8670.53.1, the Treasurer shall make necessary financial arrangements to obtain the additional money needed to pay those costs, and that borrowing shall be reimbursed or repaid from future deposits into the fund. The Treasurer may also enter any financial arrangement necessary or appropriate to refund any draw by the administrator pursuant to subdivision (o) of Section 8670.48, and that borrowing shall be reimbursed or repaid from future deposits into the fund. The financial arrangements may take the following forms, or any combination thereof:

(1)

Establishment of one or more standby arrangements.

(2)

Sale of bonds to provide funds for purposes of this chapter, to repay any prior drawings by the Treasurer on a standby arrangement or any drawings by the administrator on the financial security obtained by the Treasurer pursuant to subdivision (o) of Section 8670.48, to repay money borrowed from the Pooled Money Investment Account, or to refund or extend any previously issued bonds.

(3)

Borrowing from the Pooled Money Investment Account.

(4)

Any other financial arrangement the Treasurer determines to be appropriate and cost effective.

(c)

The Treasurer may enter into any financial arrangement authorized in subdivision (b) at any time, or from time to time, on a negotiated or competitive bid basis, as the Treasurer shall determine to be advisable.

(d)

(1)The Governor, in any written request to the Treasurer pursuant to subdivision (c) of Section 8670.53.1, shall, to the extent feasible, state both of the following:

(A)

The amount of funds needed each month over the period covered by the request.

(B)

The estimated income to the fund each month from all sources that will be available to pay or retire any debt service or to pay any other expenses, fees, or costs incurred in connection with obligations issued pursuant to this chapter.

(2)

The Governor may submit multiple requests to the Treasurer with respect to the same oil spill, or with respect to different oil spills. On receipt of a written request pursuant to this section, the Treasurer may draw on a standby arrangement, may use any other financial arrangement, or may issue bonds to provide funds not exceeding the amounts requested.

(e)

Upon receipt of a written request for funds from the Governor, the following shall occur:

(1)

The Treasurer shall convene a meeting of the Pooled Money Investment Board to obtain the funds through interim borrowing from the Pooled Money Investment Account except that no meeting is required where the request to borrow is for the purpose of repayment of a loan from the Pooled Money Investment Account.

(2)

The Treasurer shall ensure that the funds will thereafter be available in accordance with a financing schedule mutually agreeable to the administrator and the Treasurer.

(f)

This article does not require the Treasurer to borrow more money than can be repaid from amounts available to the fund for that purpose. The Treasurer shall not be required to consider as available to the fund any future deposits resulting from an increase of the fees specified in Section 8670.48.5 until that increase has actually become effective. Once effective, the administrator shall not retract, reduce, or reject the increase unless the Treasurer certifies to the administrator that the retraction, reduction, or rejection will not diminish the security for, or ability to repay, amounts borrowed under this article or drawn pursuant to subdivision (o) of Section 8670.48. The amount of borrowing that can be repaid from amounts available to the fund for that purpose shall be determined by the Treasurer in his or her sole discretion, giving due consideration to factors concerning security for, marketability of, and repayment of, any financial arrangements or other obligations that the Treasurer elects to make, incur, or issue for the purposes of complying with this chapter.
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