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published on June 21, 2019 - 2:13 PM
Written by Gordon Webster, Jr.

Today’s edition of The Business Journal has an update on the status of the California Chamber of Commerce’s “Job Killer” legislation for 2019.

Out of 31 bills on this year’s list, five of them passed a key deadline at the end May, and could still be sent to the governor’s desk.

One of the most concerning is SB 1, which would give state agencies discretion to adopt rules and regulations they deem more stringent than federal regulations adopted after Jan. 19, 2017.

According to the CalChamber, this bill contains “vague, ambiguous, and broad language and lack of due process in the rulemaking process [that] would negatively impact the growth, employment, and investment decisions of almost every major California business.”

The bill would also have definite implications for the operation of the Central Valley Water Project. As pointed out by the California Farm Water Coalition, it would also undermine the “voluntary agreement” model for water management that marked a positive turning point under the Jerry Brown administration, which Gov. Newsom also supports.

It would undo the progress that local water managers have been working on for years now. In taking a shot at the environmental policies of the Trump Administration, SB 1 would invariably muck up the certainty of water supplies that these voluntary agreements provided.

The California Farm Water Coalition put it best: “We hope the Legislature can find a way to join the Governor in charting a new path to smarter water policy.”

One can only hope.


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