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Two Wins for Cities: Governor Signs League-Supported SB 965 and SB 1278

September 26, 2012

Yesterday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed League-supported bills, SB 965 (Wright) and SB 1278 (Wolk). Both of these bills were priorities for the League and will improve issues related to water regulation, permitting and planning.


SB 965 clarifies that there is no prohibition on ex parte communications between members of the State Water Resources Control Board or the California Regional Water Quality Control Boards and the regulated community in connection with specific permit proceedings, including those involving the issuance or modification of general stormwater permits. The legislation will help cities communicate with water boards as permits are in development.

SB 1278 makes changes to the 200-year flood requirements enacted in 2007, including addressing timing issues for cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley (northern border of California down to Fresno) that are required to amend their general plan within 24 months of the adoption of the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan.

The League sincerely thanks both Sens. Lois Wolk (D-Davis) and Roderick Wright (D-Los Angeles) and their respective staff for their work on these issues over the last year.

The League also wishes to thank the cities that sent support letters for these bills and strengthened the League’s lobbying efforts.

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