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CASA Achieves Significant Victory in Opposing AB 371 - Bill Moved to Assembly "Inactive File" and Unlikely to be Heard in 2013
After several weeks of strong lobbying efforts and significant grassroots efforts by CASA members, AB 371 was placed on the Assembly "Inactive File" during this morning's Assembly Floor Session. CASA, the City of Los Angeles, San Francisco PUC, LACSD, OCSD and several other groups engaged in a concerted effort in recent weeks to oppose AB 371 which would have banned the use of biosolids in Kern County setting a bad precedent and threatening the use of land application of biosolids which is a safe, sustainable, highly regulated process.
CASA asks members to continue to keep up the heat in opposition of AB 371 (Salas). AB 371 is the bill which would authorize Kern County to regulate or prohibit by ordinance the land application of biosolids in unincorporated areas in the county. AB 371 passed out of the Local Government Committee this week but not without significant efforts by CASA, CASA members and others to stop the bill with opposition letters and persuasive and science-based testimony.
Early yesterday afternoon, the Senate, and subsequently the Assembly, passed, on a party-line vote, what is being labeled the “On-Time Budget,” meeting the June 15th Constitutional deadline for the first time in 25 years. Absent an agreement by the Republicans to extend the temporary sales tax, VLF, and personal income tax increases due to expire June 30th, for another five years, the Democrats drafted an alternative proposal, known as “Plan B” in an attempt to address the nearly $10 billion shortfall created without the tax extensions.
"Plan C" Budget is Sent to the Governor: 'Triggered" Reductions May be Necessary if Revenues Fail to Materialize
Late last night the Assembly and the Senate Democrats successfully passed the State Budget, SB 87, with a solid majority vote – using the powers that the voters bestowed on them when they enacted Proposition 25 (majority vote Budget) in November of 2010. Over the last several weeks, when talks broke down with a group of Republican Senators, known as the “GOP 4,” over extending the current taxes that were set to expire on June 30th, the Democrats and the Governor worked to craft an alternative Budget, known as “Plan C.”
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For the next two and a half days, the State Legislature will be scrambling to process approximately 300 remaining pieces of legislation before their official adjournment of the 2011 session at midnight on Friday evening. The Senate and Assembly have spent a large portion of the day today holding expedited policy committee hearings to vet last minute amendments to controversial or complex pieces of legislation.
A discussion took place on a recently released report by the Orange County Grand Jury titled, Let There Be Light: Dragging Special Districts from the Shadows. As part of the Special District Caucus, CASA was asked to be a signatory to a joint response to the Orange County Grand Jury spearheaded by the California Special Districts Association.
Notice Of Opportunity To Comment Proposed Amendment To The Recycled Water Policy To Incorporate Monitoring Requirements For Constituents Of Emerging Concern
Governor Brown Jr. announced the following appointments to the State Water Resources Control Board:
Felicia Marcus has been western director at the Natural Resources Defense Council since 2008 and was executive vice president and chief operating officer at the Trust for Public Land from 2001 to 2008. She served as the administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 from 1993 to 2001. Marcus was a commissioner on the City of Los Angeles Board of Public Works. She has been a member of the Delta Stewardship Council since 2010.
Governor Jerry Brown was scheduled to release his January 2012-13 Budget tomorrow, January 10, per the annual constitutional deadline. However, last Thursday the Administration became aware that someone in the Department of Finance had accidentally posted an early copy of the Governor's 2012-13 Budget to its public website, which necessitated a quick change in plans for the Governor. We received word that the Governor would call the press corps together shortly thereafter to unveil the Budget a little ahead of schedule.
Today Assemblymember Roger Dickinson released his long-awaited report from the Legislative Analyst’s Office on Special Districts, in conjunction with the return of the Legislature for the commencement of the 2012 Legislative Session. The report is dated October 21, 2011.
Governor Brown had until Sunday at midnight to sign or veto approximately 600 bills that were sent to him during the final weeks of the 2011 legislative session, and like Governor's before him, he had Capitol watchers in rapt anticipation heading up to the deadline.
By Eric Sapirstein, Federal Legislative Advocate
Ranking Member of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, Representative Tim Bishop (D-NY), has released a draft rewrite of his proposal to renew the state revolving loan fund program that supports POTW construction. The draft is under review by the Federal Legislative and Liaison Committee.
The Senate and Assembly recessed the Regular Legislative Session for 2011, in the early hours of Saturday morning, after voting on hundreds of pieces of legislation in the final days leading up to the September 9th deadline for bills to be passed to the Governor.