The California State Legislature has reconvened for the 2018 Legislative Session.
Below are the bills we’re currently tracking:
Making Conservation a California Way of Life” Bills: AB 1323 (Weber, Friedman, Eduardo Garcia, Rubio), AB 1668 (Friedman, Hertzberg, Skinner), SB 606 (Friedman, Hertzberg, Skinner). All three bills are vehicles for the implementation of Governor Brown’s Executive Order B-37-16 which directed the State Water Board, the Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Department of Food and Agriculture, the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to take actions focusing on using water wisely, eliminating water waste, strengthening local drought resilience, and improving ag efficiency and planning. Of the three bills, AB 1323 is considered the “compromise” bill as it would require a stakeholder workgroup to develop, evaluate, and recommend proposals for establishing new water use targets for urban water suppliers and to report to the Governor and the Legislature by December 2019. To date, no action has been taken on the bills.
SB 623 (Monning) Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund: Would establish the state’s first tax on drinking water to fund safe drinking water solutions for disadvantaged communities. The bill received overwhelming opposition from Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) during last year’s session, but the bill’s author, Senator Bill Monning, and the bill’s principal sponsor, the Community Water Center, are committed to moving the bill forward.
ACA 21 (Mayes, Obernolte) Infrastructure Funding: Would create the California Infrastructure Investment Fund. The measure would require, for the 2019–20 fiscal year and each fiscal year thereafter – the amounts in the fund to be allocated to specified infrastructure investments, including the funding of deferred maintenance projects; including new water infrastructure projects. Estimate: $2.4 to $2.8 billion in annual funding.