Amended in Assembly April 4, 2016

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 2373


Introduced by Assembly Member Gray

February 18, 2016


An act relating to the Merced Irrigationbegin delete Districtend deletebegin insert District,end insert and making an appropriation therefor.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

AB 2373, as amended, 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.begin insert The bill would require, on or before April 30, 2018, the Merced Irrigation District to report to the Legislature how the appropriated funds were spent, how the funds resulted in improvement to irrigation efficiency, and how the funds reduced energy, fuel, and water usage. The bill would additionally require the report, to the greatest extent possible, to evaluate the effectiveness of expanding the program to assistance on small farms statewide.end insert

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.  

begin insert(a)end insertbegin insertend insert There is hereby appropriated forty-five thousand
7dollars ($45,000) from the General Fund to the Merced Irrigation
8District for implementing irrigation and water use efficiency
9strategies for small communal farms in the County of Merced. For
10purposes of this appropriation, small communal farms may include
11a farm that is operated through an informal agreement by one or
12more families.

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(b) (1) For purposes of determining the effectiveness of the
14appropriation in subdivision (a) on small communal farms, and
15the cumulative impact on the County of Merced as a whole, on or
16before April 30, 2018, the Merced Irrigation District shall report,
17at a minimum, to the Legislature all of the following:

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(A) How the appropriated funds were spent.

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(B) How the funds resulted in improvement to irrigation
20efficiency.

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(C) How the funds reduced energy, fuel, and water usage.

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(2) To the greatest extent possible, the report shall evaluate the
23effectiveness of expanding the program to assistance on small
24farms statewide.

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(3) A report to be submitted pursuant to this subdivision shall
26be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government
27Code.

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SEC. 3.  

The Legislature finds and declares that a special law
29is necessary and that a general law cannot be made applicable
30within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California
31Constitution because many communal farms in the County of
32Merced lack adequate economic opportunities as the county is
33home to a disproportionate number of disadvantaged communities
34with traditionally high levels of unemployment and poverty.



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