All Current Active Bills

CalMutuals establishes its legislative and regulatory priorities at its annual meeting.  As legislation and regulations evolve, CalMutuals adapts and takes positions on specific proposed legislation and regulations through its Joint Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

The Committee includes the board of directors as well as members who are interested in participating, and/or are interested in specific topics such as water quality, governance or bonds and grants.  The Joint Committee meets at least monthly, and more frequently as needed when the legislature is in session or a regulatory proceeding is underway.

From time to time, CalMutuals will help its members on local matters with regional agencies, usually when two or more members in a region feel like they are out of options and need more capacity to plan and execute a strategy.

If you are interested in participating in the Joint Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Committee meetings, please contact Susan Allen at susan@calmutuals.org.

 

Current Legislative Priorities and Focus:

  • Safe Drinking Water and Economic Feasibility of CR6+ and PFAS legislation
  • Mandated Consolidation of Small Systems
  • Monitor Legislation to include language regarding Mutuals’ 501(c)3 Tax Status
  • Legislation regarding groundwater sustainability planning
  • Planned MCL Compliance Periods
  • Alternatives to the Meter Tax

 

Current Regulatory Priorities:

  • Economic Feasibility and Chromium 6 – upcoming standard
  • Perfluorooctane Sulfate (PFAS) – upcoming standard
  • Perchlorate — upcoming standard

Current Priorities

If you are interested in specific bills and regulatory documents please check out the links below:

Affordability

Drought Resiliency

Water Quality

Small Systems and Consolidation

CalMutuals tracks a variety of bills related to water companies. We’ve consolidated the bills (and our position on the bills) into a quick list for your review.

Small Systems and Consolidation

 

Topic: CalMutuals collaborates with CWSA in Study of Common Pitfalls When Large Water Systems Help Small Water Systems

 CalMutuals collaborated with the Community Water systems Alliance (‘CWSA’) in developing a white paper after conducting a review of three Southern California water providers to gain an understanding of their efforts and programs directed at assisting small and/or disadvantaged water systems in their region. Participants were interviewed about a variety of topics related to their water system consolidations or assistance projects including collaboration, project funding, time management and resource allocation.

The review found that the state grant funding process can be difficult for some California water suppliers to access and a section of the paper includes recommendations for policy updates from these systems who have worked through it.

Read an introduction to the material, CWSA’s recent press release here.

Read Community Water Systems Alliance’s white paper here.

 

Water Quality

 

Topic: Planned Compliance Legislation

CalMutuals has collaborated with Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia on its initiative to implement planned compliance with his bill AB588 which would allow water suppliers to take up to five years to implement compliance plans for new water quality standards.  When the Chromium 6 standard was enacted in July 2014 CalMutuals supported a similar bill, SB385 (Hueso) to accomplish the same thing. AB588 would apply to all contaminants and would require the State Water Board to have a plan for helping systems that can’t afford to comply with a new standard.
 
CalMutuals is calling on our members to affirm the importance of this legislation to mutual water companies by drafting a letter of support.  A  template for your reference is available by clicking here.
 
CalMutuals is pleased that to date a number of sister associations have expressed support of the bill including the Community Water Systems Alliance, ACWA and the San Gabriel Valley Water Association.
 

Please do not hesitate to contact Logan Largent, CalMutuals Public Affairs Associate, by email at logan@calmutuals.org  if you have any questions.

 

 

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