AENR Bills of Interest
March 31, 2016
Water Service/Indian Tribes
AB 2470 (Gonzales) – Request Comments
As Amended March 28, 2016
AB 2470, by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzales, specifies that upon the request of an Indian tribe, a water district shall provide permanent or temporary service of water at the same terms available to the current customers of the district to an Indian tribe’s lands that are not within a municipal water district but are contiguous with at least two municipal water districts and lie within the special study area of at least one municipal water district, if at least 75 percent of the Indian tribe’s total Indian lands are currently within the boundaries of one or more municipal water districts. This bill would exempt the provision of water pursuant to these provisions from the California Environmental Quality Act.
AB 1142 (Gray) – Support
As Amended March 16, 2016
SB 209 (Pavley) – Support
As Amended March 17, 2016
AB 1142, by Assembly Member Adam Gray, and SB 209, by Senator Fran Pavley, would make significant changes to the Surface Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA) that would affect annual mine inspections, financial assurances, reclamation plans, local and state enforcement of SMARA, and the role of the State Mining and Geology Board.
AB 1142 is awaiting action on the Senate Floor. SB 209 is pending on the Senate Floor awaiting concurrence in the amendments taken in the Assembly.