Business Law

Business Law News 2015, Issue 3

Regulate or Be Regulated: The Impact of Landmark Groundwater Legislation on Local Agencies*

Kenneth J. Price and Lauren D. Layne

Kenneth J. Price is a shareholder with Baker Manock & Jensen, PC in Fresno, where he chairs the firm’s Public Agency Practice Group. Mr. Price, who is a member of the Executive Committee of the Public Law Section, represents numerous public agencies and private businesses throughout Central California.

Lauren D. Layne is an associate attorney with Baker Manock & Jensen, PC in Fresno, where she is a member of the firm’s Public Agency and Reclamation and Water Law Practice Groups. She has a background in farming and her law practice focuses on water law, public agency law, agricultural business issues, eminent domain, condemnation, and various transactional matters.

It is an understatement to say that California is in the midst of a historic drought. According to the National Climatic Data Center, 2014 will go down as the warmest on record and will rank among the driest.1 Over one-half of the state is experiencing "exceptional drought conditions"—the most extreme drought classification.2

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