|April 29, 2015
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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 ViolationGov. 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.
Marijuana Regulation, Hot Bills, Legislation, Senate, Public Safety
Assembly Bill to Lower Voter Threshold on Local Special Taxes for Local Transportation Projects Also Passes First CommitteeSen. 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
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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