Bills on Water Bond Reduction, Peripheral Canal Fail in Assembly Committee

ACWA-opposed legislation to reduce the size of the 2012 water bond and prohibit construction of a peripheral canal without legislative approval failed passage in the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on Jan. 10.

AB 157 (Jeffries) proposed to reduce by 25% the total amount of bonds that would be authorized under the Safe, Clean, and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2012, which is slated for the November ballot.  ACWA led testimony in opposition to the bill, saying any effort to reduce the size of the bond is premature at this time. The bill failed on a 1-10 vote, with seven votes needed for passage.

The second bill, AB 550 (Huber) proposed to prohibit the construction of a peripheral canal unless the Legislature expressly authorized such construction.ACWA, as part of a coalition, actively opposed the bill on the basis that it would add restrictions to the Bay-Delta Conservation Plan process that were not part of the 2009 comprehensive legislative water package.  The bill failed passage on a 5-7 vote, with seven votes needed for passage.