Amended in Assembly February 14, 2013

Amended in Assembly February 5, 2013

California Legislature—2013–14 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 21


Introduced by Assembly Members Alejo and V. Manuel Pérez

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(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Salas)

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(Coauthor: Assembly Member Perea)

December 3, 2012


An act to add Section 116760.46 to the Health and Safety Code, relating to drinking water, and making an appropriation therefor.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 21, as amended, Alejo. Safe Drinking Water Small Community Emergency Grant Fund.

Existing law establishes the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, which is continuously appropriated to the department for the provision of grants and revolving fund loans to provide for the design and construction of projects for public water systems that will enable suppliers to meet safe drinking water standards. Existing law requires the department to establish criteria to be met for projects to be eligible for consideration for this funding.

This bill would authorize the department to assess a specified annual charge in lieu of interest on loans for water projects made pursuant to the Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, and deposit that money into the Safe Drinking Water Small Community Emergency Grant Fund, which the bill would create in the State Treasury. The bill would authorize the department to expend the money for grants for specified water projects that serve disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged communities, thereby making an appropriation.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: yes. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 116760.46 is added to the Health and
2Safety Code
, to read:

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116760.46.  

(a) The Safe Drinking Water Small Community
4Emergency Grant Fund is hereby created in the State Treasury.

5(b) The following moneys shall be deposited in the grant fund:

6(1) Moneys transferred to the grant fund pursuant to subdivision
7(c).

8(2) Notwithstanding Section 16475 of the Government Code,
9any interest earned upon the moneys deposited in the grant fund.

10(c) (1) For any loans made for projects meeting the eligibility
11criteria under Section 116760.50, the department may assess an
12annual charge to be deposited in the grant fund in lieu of interest
13that would otherwise be charged.

14(2) Any amounts collected under this subdivision shall be
15deposited in the grant fund.

16(3) The charge authorized by this subdivision may be applied
17at any time during the term of the financing and, once applied,
18shall remain unchanged.

19(4) The charge authorized by this subdivision shall not increase
20the financing repayment amount, as set forth in the terms and
21conditions imposed pursuant to this chapter.

22(d) (1) Moneys in the grant fund may bebegin insert expended end insert on grants
23for projects that meet the requirements stated in Section 116475
24and that serve disadvantaged and severely disadvantaged
25communities.

26(2) For the purpose of approving grants, the department shall
27givebegin delete equalend delete priority to projects that serve severely disadvantaged
28communities.

29(3) Funds expended pursuant to this section shall be expended
30in a manner consistent with the federal EPA grant regulations
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2Federal Regulations.



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