In the final hours to sign or veto bills sent to him by the California Legislature, Governor Brown vetoed AB 313 by Assemblymember Adam Gray, a Western Growers-supported bill that would have inserted much-needed balance into the state’s water rights enforcement activities.

The current system gives the State Water Resources Control Board (Water Board) authority to not only allocate water rights and permits, but to unilaterally enforce these rights and mete out punishment if they believe there has been a violation by a water user.

Gail Delihant

The California Legislature closed out the legislative year on September 15, 2017, and will not be returning to Sacramento until January 3, 2018. All attention is now on Governor Brown who has until October 15 to sign or veto the bills that have made it to his desk. It is important to note that the bills that did not pass out of the Legislature this year have become two-year bills and have the opportunity to be pursued next year.

Provided below is some of the key bills that Western Growers (WG) has been lobbying on behalf of our members:

Stephanie Metzinger

The final days of California’s legislative session ended last week with a flurry of activity. High on the list of priorities for leadership included housing, the gas tax, cap-and-trade and a park bond, all of which required a 2/3rds vote for passage. These bills left little room to move other legislation, including SB 623, a Western Growers-supported bill that would create the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund to secure access to safe drinking water for all Californians.      

Jeff Janas

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