Legislation Update April 3, 2014

by Cate Moore on April 3, 2014

The gut-and-amend tango is underway already.  Here are the latest updates

 AB-1707 just changed from a bill that theoretically discusses the composition of water quality control boards to a bill that adds Total Maximum Daily Load to a list of items that need an external scientific peer review before being enacted into a rule/regulation.  It might be a good thing.  Follow the link to have a look.  
AB-1674 just changed for one of a pile of prospective water bonds to a bill providing an exemption from existing standards of water vending machines for those machines which utilize a sufficiently clean water source.
AB-2629  just changed from a bill seeking expedited review and approval for conservation and mitigation banks to a bill that changes what goes into the annual report about a conservation bank site.
AB-2465 just changed from a bill providing tax benefits for constructing water diversions on salmon-bearing streams to a bill that “would require the department, by July 1, 2015, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board and local air districts, to, among other things, develop a page on the department’s Internet Web site that provides certain information relating to prescribed burns, including information on the regulations that govern prescribed burns for forest fuel treatment.
AB-2193  which creates a streamlined/expedited method of getting permits for small habitat restoration and enhancement projects, just got amended and it will be heard Tuesday April 8.  Most of the bill looks good, but it’s missing Safe Harbor.  That means you could potentially shoot yourself in the foot if you participate.
Check the current status on all the bills, including committee assignments and hearing dates on our handy legislation table CA Legislation Progress 2014 4-3-14.




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