Bills of Interest – September 7, 2017
Stormwater Bill Awaits Action by the Governor
SB 231 (Hertzberg) – Support
Enrolled on September 1st, 2017
SB 231, by Senator Bob Hertzberg, passed off the Assembly floor this week and is headed to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. This bill would clarify the constitutional and statutory authority of counties, cities, and local water agencies to finance stormwater projects by the same process used for similar water infrastructure fees and charges as enacted by California voters under Proposition 218.
Due in part to court decisions that interpret the term “sewer” as ambiguous, water and sewer projects are subject to one set of transparency requirements requiring public notification and protests while stormwater projects are subject to different and more stringent set of requirements under Proposition 218.
This bill would amend the definition of “sewer” in the Proposition 218 Omnibus Implementation Act to include storm drainage. This change would allow county governments to finance stormwater projects using the existing transparency and accountability requirements that currently exist under Proposition 218 for nearly identical water infrastructure projects.
CSAC urges counties to submit request for signature letters to the Governor in support of this measure as soon as possible.
Butane Tracking Bill Heads to Senate Floor for Vote
AB 1120 (Cooper) – Support
AB 1120, by Assemblymember Jim Cooper, is likely to be taken up and voted off the Senate Floor this week. This bill would limit the purchase of butane in California and will help monitor the sale of this flammable and potentially dangerous solvent.
Butane is an explosive, colorless, odorless solvent that can be used in the production of various cannabis products. AB 1120 would limit the sale of butane to no more than 600 milliliters per person per 30-day period. The limitation would have exceptions for resale and for use in a lawful commercial enterprise like a medical cannabis collective operating in compliance with state and local regulations.
AB 1120 would also require the sellers to record information about butane sales, and to retain the information for a set amount of time. Subject to a budget appropriation, the Department of Justice would create a database to track butane sales, and would require sellers of butane to submit a quarterly report. Violations of this act could be punished by civil penalty.
Several counties and cities in California have local ordinances that limit or prohibit the use of products like butane in the cultivation or processing of cannabis. CSAC supports this bill due to an increasing number of dangerous incidents related to this hazardous material and the need for a statewide solution.