The California Outdoor Recreation Partnership (CORP) hosted a lobby day on February 25th. The event was attended by 30 representatives from California’s outdoor industry and its as well as its nonprofit, coalition, NGO, and trade industry partners. Representatives from San Diego to Mount Shasta and everywhere in between were present, as well leaders from the skiing, biking, climbing, environmental education and youth sectors.
Attendees spoke with over 20 policy makers, lawmakers, committee members, and legislative staff about the industry’s impact, the future of outdoor recreation in California, and CORP’s key policy objectives for the coming year. Conversations were positive and the group gathered bipartisan support for CORP and its mission.
The Lobby day focused on three pieces of pending legislation AB 1111, which would establish an office of sustainable recreation in the state of California, AB 209 to create an Outdoor Equity Grants Program increase access to the outdoors for underserved and at-risk populations, and SB 45, a comprehensive Wildfire, Drought, and Flood Protection Bond Act.
AB1111, CORP’s largest ask of legislators in 2019, is authored by Laura Friedman, who was elected to the California State Assembly in November 2016 to represent the 43rd Assembly District which encompasses the cities of Burbank, Glendale, and La Cañada Flintridge, as well as the communities of La Crescenta and Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Beachwood Canyon, Los Feliz, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, and Silver Lake.
She serves as the Chair of the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, which covers air quality, climate change, renewable energy, coastal protection and many more key environmental issues. Laura also serves as a member of the Assembly Committees on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism, and Internet Media; Human Services; Transportation; and Water, Parks, and Wildlife.
CORP’s largest lobby day since it’s formation in 2017, Feb. 25 represented the growth and momentum of not only California’s active recreation economy but the outdoor industry’s ability to shape policy in one of the most powerful economies in the world, let alone the country.