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Agriculture, Environment and Land Use

April 27, 2017

AB 890 (Medina) Local Land Use Initiatives: Environmental Review
As amended on April 18, 2017 – Oppose

AB 890 passed out of the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on April 21 and has been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. CSAC opposes this bill, which would require all local initiatives to undergo an environmental review and be subject to CEQA; only those with a negative declaration would be permitted to appear on the ballot. CSAC opposes this bill because it would erode the local initiative process and is potentially unconstitutional in limiting initiatives from appearing on the ballot. Additionally, this bill would impose a significant mandate on county elections officials and planning departments.

SB 252 (Dodd) Water Wells
As amended on April 17, 2017 – Concerns

SB 252 passed out of the Senate Governance and Finance Committee on April 26. This bill would place requirements and limitations on applications for water wells in a critically overdrafted basin. CSAC has concerns with SB 252. Currently, the issuance of well permits is ministerial under local ordinances; these new requirements may also have the effect of potentially adding CEQA to the local process. Additionally, SB 252 is premature, given the upcoming deadlines for implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).

AB 626 (Garcia) California Retail Food Code: Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations
As amended on April 6, 2017 – Oppose

AB 626 passed out of the Assembly Health Committee on April 25, and has been referred to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. This bill would legalize the sale of food prepared in private homes directly to consumers. CSAC opposes AB 626 for public and environmental health reasons: cooling, cooking, and reheating foods while ensuring appropriate temperature controls can be challenging even in a commercial kitchen with appropriate training, equipment, and facilities.

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