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          Bill No:  SB 1169
          Author:   Lowenthal (D)
          Amended:  8/20/10
          Vote:     21


           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  :  74-1, 8/23/10 - See last page for vote

           SUBJECT  :    Water

           SOURCE  :     Author

           DIGEST  :    This bill makes numerous technical amendments to  
          update and clarify the Water Code.

           Assembly Amendments  delete the version of the bill that  
          passed the Senate regarding health care coverage and now  
          addresses the issue of water resources.  The amended bill  
          clarifies that the State Water Resources Control Board, on  
          its own motion, may review regional water quality control  
          board basin planning actions and updates cross-references,  
          deletes obsolete provisions, and makes technical changes.

           ANALYSIS  :    Existing law creates the State Water Resource  
          Control Board (SWRCB), and nine regional water quality  
          control boards, with authority over water allocation and  
          water quality protection.  The regional boards develop and  
          enforce water quality objectives and regional basin plans,  
          issue waste discharge requirements and monitor water  


                                                               SB 1169


          This bill:

          1. Extends the terms of two board members on each of the 9  
             regional water quality control boards in the state to  
             September 30, 2014, in order to make the terms for each  
             board member consistent and uniform.

          2. Requires an agency delivering recycled water to a  
             condominium project, prior to the indoor use of the  
             water, to file a report with the State Department of  
             Public Health, instead of the regional water quality  
             control board.

          3. Deletes an existing exemption from constitutional  
             subvention requirements which has been found to be  
             unconstitutional by a court of appeal.

          4. Deletes a requirement for notice in permit or license  
             revocation procedures where the permit or license holder  
             themselves is requesting the revocation.

          5. Clarifies existing provisions relating to unlawful  
             discharges for which a federal Clean Water Act permit  
             has not been issued.

          6. Clarifies that the State Water Resources Control Board,  
             on its own motion, may review regional water quality  
             control board basin planning actions.

          7. Updates cross-references, deletes obsolete provisions,  
             and makes various other technical or clarifying changes.

          This bill is a technical water cleanup bill sponsored by  
          the State Water Resources Control Board, and makes numerous  
          technical, clarifying and non-substantive changes to update  
          and improve the Water Code.  It also makes a few  
          non-controversial substantive changes to conform to other  
          existing laws and to clarify procedures.  There is no  


                                                               SB 1169

           FISCAL EFFECT  :    Appropriation:  No   Fiscal Com.:  Yes    
          Local:  No

          According to the Assembly Appropriations Committee,  
          negligible costs, if any.

           ASSEMBLY FLOOR  : 
          AYES: Adams, Ammiano, Anderson, Arambula, Bass, Beall, Tom  
            Berryhill, Block, Blumenfield, Bradford, Brownley,  
            Caballero, Charles Calderon, Carter, Chesbro, Conway,  
            Cook, Coto, Davis, De La Torre, De Leon, DeVore, Eng,  
            Evans, Feuer, Fletcher, Fong, Fuentes, Fuller, Gaines,  
            Galgiani, Garrick, Gatto, Gilmore, Hagman, Hall, Harkey,  
            Hayashi, Hernandez, Hill, Huber, Huffman, Jeffries,  
            Jones, Knight, Lieu, Logue, Bonnie Lowenthal, Ma,  
            Mendoza, Miller, Monning, Nava, Nestande, Niello,  
            Nielsen, V. Manuel Perez, Portantino, Ruskin, Salas,  
            Saldana, Silva, Skinner, Smyth, Solorio, Audra  
            Strickland, Swanson, Torlakson, Torres, Torrico, Tran,  
            Villines, Yamada, John A. Perez
          NOES: Buchanan
          NO VOTE RECORDED: Bill Berryhill, Furutani, Norby, Vacancy,  

          CTW:do  08/24/10   Senate Floor Analyses 


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