California Association of Sanitation Agencies
Senator Dianne Feinstein last week introduced the California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015, along with co-sponsor, Senator Barbara Boxer. CASA worked with the Senator’s staff on provisions related to water recycling infrastructure. In partnership with the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), we provided Senator Feinstein updated information on agencies that are investing in water recycling projects. The Senator used the information to identify agencies for funding consideration under her bill.
Clean Water Act citizen suit reform has been on of CASA’s highest federal priorities for many years. Earlier this week, Congressman Duncan Hunter of San Diego introduced legislation that would address a significant number of CASA’s issues with the citizen suit provisions.
The approach in Representative Hunter’s legislation is grounded in preserving the intent of Congress, but revises the law to address excessive and disproportionate attorneys fees that can incentivize lawsuits, and establishes reasonable defenses for agencies challenged by frivolous litigation.
On July 22, CASA joined the League of California Cities (League) in filing an amicus brief with the California Supreme Court in City of San Jose v. Smith. This is a Public Records Act (PRA) case where the court will determine whether certain private emails and other electronic communications of public officials are subject to disclosure under the PRA. The Supreme Court granted review back in June of 2014, but is only now accepting amicus briefs in the case.