(a) Unless the Legislature specifically provides that
approval is not required, every gift or dedication to the state of
personal property, or every gift to the state of real property in fee
or in any lesser estate or interest, shall be approved by the
Director of Finance, and every contract for the acquisition or hiring
of real property in fee or in any lesser estate or interest, entered
into by or on behalf of the state, shall be approved by the Director
of General Services. Any contract entered into in violation of this
section is void. This section applies to any state agency that, by
general or specific statute, is expressly or impliedly authorized to
enter into transactions referred to in this section.
   (b) This section does not apply (1) to unconditional gifts of
money, (2) to the acquisition or hiring by the Department of
Transportation of real property in fee or in any lesser estate or
interest for highway purposes, but does apply to the hiring by that
department of office space in any office building, (3) to contracts
entered into under the authority of Chapter 4 (commencing with
Section 11770) of Part 3 of Division 2 of the Insurance Code, (4) to
the receipt of donated, unencumbered personal property from private
sources received in conjunction with the administration of the
Federal Surplus Personal Property Program by the Department of
General Services, (5) to the receipt of gifts of personal property in
the form of interpretive or historical objects, each valued at
fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) or less, by the Department of
Parks and Recreation, or (6) the acceptance by the State Coastal
Conservancy of offers to dedicate public accessways made pursuant to
Division 20 (commencing with Section 30000) of the Public Resources
Code.