By Kenneth J. Price*
As you have likely heard, the State Legislature approved the upcoming fiscal year’s record-setting $108 billion general fund budget on Father’s Day, just hours before the June 15 deadline. Attached to the budget are a number of trailer bills. None of the bills discussed in this update passed with the State budget.
As I mentioned in the last issue, our historic drought has made water a hot topic this legislative cycle. Both bills covered in my last issueâSenator Pavley’s SB 1168 Groundwater Management and Senator Hueso’s SB 1292 Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fundâhave each been approved by the Senate. Assemblymember Dickinson’s AB 1739 – Groundwater Management has also passed in the Assembly. AB 1739 is considered a parallel bill to SB 1168, and each seek to implement a groundwater sustainability plan. In fact, Senator Pavley and Assemblymember Dickinson have agreed to work together to merge their bills.