California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 568


Introduced by Assembly Member Dodd

February 24, 2015


An act to amend Section 50906 of the Water Code, relating to reclamation districts.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 568, as introduced, Dodd. Reclamation District No. 108: hydroelectric power.

Existing law authorizes the formation of reclamation districts by owners of swamp and overflowed lands, salt-marsh, or tidelands, or other lands subject to flood or overflow and by owners of land already reclaimed, or in progress of reclamation, and not included in a reclamation district. Existing law authorizes Reclamation District No. 1004, in conjunction with the County of Colusa, to construct, maintain, and operate a plant, transmission lines, and other necessary or appropriate facilities for the generation of hydroelectric power, as prescribed. Existing law requires proceeds from the sale of electricity to be utilized to retire any time warrants issued for construction of the facilities and otherwise for the powers and purposes for which the district was formed.

This bill would grant the above-described hydroelectric power authority to Reclamation District No. 108.

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

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

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SECTION 1.  

Section 50906 of the Water Code is amended to
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50906.  

begin deleteReclamation District No. 1004 may, in conjunction
4with the County of Colusa, end delete
begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertA reclamation district specified in
5subdivision (d) may end insert
construct, maintain, and operate a plant for
6the generation of hydroelectric power, together with transmission
7lines for the conveyance thereof and with other facilities that may
8be necessary or appropriate for the construction, maintenance, and
9operation of that plant. Construction of the plant and transmission
10lines may be financed by the issuance of time warrants pursuant
11to Article 3 (commencing with Section 53040) of Chapter 1 of
12Part 9 to pay the cost of construction of the plant, transmission
13lines, and related facilities, except that the board may, by
14resolution, provide for the payment of those time warrants solely
15from the proceeds derived from the operation of the hydroelectric
16powerplant, in lieu of the assessment described in Section 53040,
17and may, in that event, pledge the plant, transmission lines, and
18related facilities and the revenues from the operation of the
19hydroelectric plant as the sole security for the payment of the time
20warrants.

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21The

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22begin insert(b)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertTheend insert hydroelectric plant, transmission lines, and related
23facilities constructed pursuant to this section may be leased for
24operation to, or the power generated may be sold to, a public utility
25or public agency engaged in the distribution, use, or sale of
26electricity, but shall not be offered for sale directly by the district
27to customers other than a public utility or public agency.

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28Proceeds

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29begin insert(c)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertProceedsend insert from the sale of electricity shall be utilized to retire
30any time warrants issued for construction of the facilities and
31otherwise for the powers and purposes for which the district was
32formed.

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33(d) This section applies only to the following reclamation
34districts:

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35(1) Reclamation District No. 1004 acting in conjunction with
36the County of Colusa.

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P3    1(2) Reclamation District No. 108.

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