April 29, 2015
Issue #42

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Governor Brown Announces New Drought Legislation to Help Locals Enforce Water Conservation Requirements

Maximum Daily Penalties Would Rise from $500 to $10,000 per Violation

Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday held a meeting with a group of mayors to discuss the drought and release preliminary details on legislation he is proposing to help with the enforcement of water restrictions. According to the Governor’s Office, cities, counties and water agencies will be given greater authority to increase the penalties for water waste. The legislation has not yet appeared in draft form, but it reportedly will supplement not replace, local ordinances on the same subject, with penalties from enforcement be used for local conservation efforts. Separately, the Governor announced he has directed state agencies to help local water agencies by streamlining the state’s environmental reviews of local water supply projects.

Water, Legislation

Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Legislation Passes First Committee

The Assembly Business and Professions Committee on a unanimous 12-0 bipartisan vote yesterday passed AB 266 (Cooley). This measure would enact a structure for the business-based distribution and regulation of marijuana in California with an emphasis on local government enforcement. The bill will next advance to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

Marijuana Regulation, Hot Bills, Legislation, Senate, Public Safety

Senate Transportation Funding Proposal Moves to Next Committee

Assembly Bill to Lower Voter Threshold on Local Special Taxes for Local Transportation Projects Also Passes First Committee

Sen. Jim Beall (D-San Jose) presented his transportation funding proposal on Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing, the committee he chairs. The committee passed SB 16 after a long line of advocates for cities, counties, transportation and other groups expressed their support. The League announced its support of the proposal on April 15 when the senator released it. The bill will be heard next in the Senate Governance and Finance Committee next Wednesday, May 6.

Senate, Transportation, Hot Bills, Legislation

Comments on Proposed Emergency Water Conservation Regulations due May 4

The Proposed Emergency Regulation to implement the urban water conservation called for in Gov. Jerry Brown’s April 1 Executive Order is now available on the State Water Resources Control Board website. The Water Board is asking stakeholders to review and submit comments on the Proposed Emergency Regulation and supporting documents by 10 a.m. on Monday, May 4.

Water, Action Item
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