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October 2013
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2013 Legislative Year Concludes

On October 13, the first year of another two-year legislative session concluded as the deadline for Governor Brown to sign or veto bills. Metropolitan closely monitored state legislation related to water policy all year and below are some highlights:

Governor Brown signed several bills of interest to Southern California, including AB 803 (Gomez, D-Los Angeles) and SB 322 (Hueso, D-San Diego) to facilitate increased use of recycled water and SB 135 (Padilla, D-Pacoima), which authorizes an earthquake early warning system.

CEQA reform, widely discussed as a policy goal of the governor and legislative leaders, failed to make significant progress this year. SB 731 by Sen. Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) at one point appeared to be taking shape as a compromise reform proposal, but in the final week of session, amendments were made to the bill that few supported. SB 731 stalled in committee.

California’s Drinking Water Program became the subject of much debate when AB 145 was introduced to transfer duties of the program from the California Department of Public Health to the State Water Resources Control Board. While the bill failed to pass this year, talks are continuing within the administration and legislative leaders about moving the program from DPH to the SWRCB in the coming year through the state budget process.

Finally, two different bill proposals, both designed to replace the water bond on the November 2014 ballot were introduced: AB 1331 (Rendon D-Lakewood) and SB 42 (Lois Wolk D-Davis). Both measures are pending before the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. At this stage, neither bond aligns with Metropolitan’s board-adopted bond priorities.

Check out Metropolitan’s new blog. It will cover an array of topics related to water and Southern California. Read it here.


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