September 1, 2022

WG-Opposed AB 2201 Dies on Assembly Floor

On Wednesday, August 31, WG-opposed AB 2201 died on the Assembly floor during the final hours of California’s legislative season.

The bill, authored by Assemblymember Steve Bennett (D-Ventura), would have created an unworkable process for farmers to replace or drill a new well.

A broad coalition of business and agricultural organizations argued that AB 2201 would have:

  • Interfered with the right of landowners to beneficially use the groundwater beneath their property;
  • Imposed significant costs on well applicants; and
  • Increased the likelihood of legal challenges against counties and groundwater sustainability agencies for well permitting decisions.