California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2373


Introduced by Assembly Member Gray

February 18, 2016


An act relating to the Merced Irrigation District and making an appropriation therefor.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 2373, as introduced, Gray. Merced Irrigation District

The Irrigation District Law provides for the formation of irrigation districts with prescribed powers, including acting to put to any beneficial use any water under the district’s control.

This bill would appropriate $45,000 from the General Fund to the Merced Irrigation District for implementing irrigation and water use efficiency strategies for small communal farms in the County of Merced.

This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the County of Merced.

Vote: 23. 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.  

The Legislature finds and declares that the
2implementation of irrigation and water use efficiency by farms
3benefits the public as a whole, reducing greenhouse gas emissions
4in the production of food and reducing the production costs of
5food, helping to keep food prices affordable for all Californians.

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SEC. 2.  

There is hereby appropriated forty-five thousand dollars
7($45,000) from the General Fund to the Merced Irrigation District
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2small communal farms in the County of Merced. For purposes of
3this appropriation, small communal farms may include a farm that
4is operated through an informal agreement by one or more families.

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SEC. 3.  

The Legislature finds and declares that a special law
6is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable
7within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California
8Constitution because many communal farms in the County of
9Merced lack adequate economic opportunities as the county is
10home to a disproportionate number of disadvantaged communities
11with traditionally high levels of unemployment and poverty.



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