In an era when water is in such scarce supply, agriculture must examine methods to reuse or repurpose this resource. The re-use of tail water from irrigation systems has been discouraged in some areas despite the fact that it could be reclaimed and used as irrigation water.
The Office of Administrative Law has approved amendments to the heat illness prevention regulations recommended by the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board. The new regulations go into effect May 1. All operations must be ready to provide the necessary training and processes to be in compliance by that date.
On February 20, 2015, the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board adopted an amendment to the state Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) regulation, changing the requirements for potable water, shade, cool-down periods, high-heat procedures, emergency preparedness, acclimatization, training, and HIP plans. The board is seeking a May 1 effective date from the Office of Administrative Law which has 30 days to review the rulemaking record to determine whether the Board has satisfied the procedural requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act.
Bob Sakata, the patriarch and founding father of Sakata Farms Inc., Brighton, Colo., grew up in California and first began farming in the Golden State. However, World War II led to his internment in a camp and negated the start of his farming career. After the war ended, Bob Sakata moved to Colorado and started anew.
Get ready to hear a lot about tax reform in California, but be warned: What most taxpayers would think of as reform may not be what we see from the California Legislature and the many interest groups that want to increase state spending. They will use the word “reform” all day long, which in a technical sense may be correct. Taking the system as it is, and changing it to something fundamentally different, is to re-form it. Reform can refer to a process, but it’s more important to focus on reform as a policy outcome.
As we previously reported in Spotlight, the California Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board approved amendments to the state’s Heat Illness Prevention (HIP) Regulations (Cal. Code of Regs. tit. 8, § 3395). The revisions are expected to go into effect on May 1, 2015.
Governor Ducey signed Executive Order 2015-01 on January 5th. This order, to promote job creation and more customer-oriented agencies, requires all state agencies to provide an evaluation of their rules with recommendations for amending or repealing those that inhibit economic development, are burdensome, antiquated, or contradictory.