Gov. Newsom Veto on SB 1 Now Official

  • by Will Holbert
  • Sep 30, 2019
  • Water News

Gov. Gavin Newsom followed through on his stated intention to veto SB 1 (Atkins) and returned the bill to the Senate without his signature Sept. 27.

“While I disagree about the efficacy and necessity of Senate Bill 1, I look forward to working with the Legislature in our shared fight against the weakening of California’s environmental and worker protections,” Newsom wrote in a veto letter.

ACWA opposed SB 1 because it could have derailed negotiations toward Voluntary Agreements regarding the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay-Delta.

“ACWA applauds Governor Newsom for recognizing that SB 1 would have derailed the ongoing Voluntary Agreement negotiations and led to unnecessary regulatory uncertainty for water agencies throughout California,” said ACWA President Brent Hastey. “His commitment to the collaborative Voluntary Agreement process reflects a belief in California and the people who are working hard, and working together, to truly benefit our communities, our economy and the environment.

“We regret that the coalition wasn’t able to reach an agreement with Senate President pro Tem Atkins over the concerns with the bill,” Hastey said. “We look forward to productively working with her and the Legislature on advancing California’s water future moving forward.”

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