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                                 THIRD READING

          Bill No:  SB 1450
          Author:   Simitian (D)
          Amended:  3/23/10
          Vote:     21

           SENATE NATURAL RES. & WATER COMMITTEE  :  7-2, 4/13/10
          AYES:  Pavley, Cogdill, Kehoe, Lowenthal, Padilla,  
            Simitian, Wolk
          NOES:  Hollingsworth, Huff

           SUBJECT  :    Water:  Delta Stewardship Council:  contracts

           SOURCE  :     Author

           DIGEST  :    This bill provides that a contract made or  
          entered into by the Department of Water Resources (DWR) is  
          not binding on the council unless the contract is approved  
          by the council.

           ANALYSIS  :    The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of  
          2009, among other things, establishes the Delta Stewardship  
          Council.  The council, among other things, is required to  
          develop, adopt, and commence implementation of a  
          comprehensive management plan for the Delta by January 1,  
          2012.  The act provides that the council is the successor  
          to the California Bay-Delta Authority and requires the  
          council to administer contracts, grants, easements, and  
          agreements made or entered into by the authority.



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          To help jumpstart the council's efforts, DWR, on January  
          25, 2010, issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) to  
          "provide project management, technical services, and  
          environmental services for the Delta Plan on behalf of, and  
          under the general direction of the Delta Stewardship  
          Council."  Among other things, the RFQ stated "The  
          Contractor may be required to work independently or partner  
          with other DWR employees or private professionals but  
          always at the specific direction of the DWR."

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

           SUPPORT  :   (Verified  >)


           OPPOSITION  :    (Verified  >)


           ARGUMENTS IN SUPPORT  :    According to the author's office,  
          DWR has initiated contracts that will affect the workings  
          of the Delta Stewardship Council.  The author wishes to  
          ensure that the council has the discretion to ratify such  
          contracts, or not ratify such contracts, before those  
          contracts become binding on the council.

           ARGUMENTS IN OPPOSITION  :    >  

          CTW:nl  4/14/10   Senate Floor Analyses 

                         SUPPORT/OPPOSITION:  SEE ABOVE



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