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AB-732 Delta levee maintenance.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 05/30/2017 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 30, 2017
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 23, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 732


Introduced by Assembly Member Frazier

February 15, 2017


An act to amend Section Sections 12986 and 12987.5 of, and to amend and repeal Section 12986 of, of the Water Code, relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 732, as amended, Frazier. Delta levee maintenance.
Existing law establishes a delta levee maintenance program pursuant to which a local agency may request reimbursement for costs incurred in connection with the maintenance or improvement of project or nonproject levees in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Existing law declares legislative intent to reimburse eligible local agencies under this program, until July 1, 2018, in an amount not to exceed 75% of those costs that are incurred in excess of $1,000 per mile of levee. Existing law, until July 1, 2018, authorizes the board to provide funds to an eligible local agency under this program in the form of an advance in an amount that does not exceed 75% of the estimated state share.
This bill would extend indefinitely until July 1, 2020, the operation of that declaration of legislative intent and the authorization to advance funds.
Existing law, on and after July 1, 2018, declares the intent of the Legislature to reimburse eligible local agencies under this program in an amount not to exceed 50% of those costs that are incurred in excess of $1,000 per mile of levee in any year for the maintenance and improvement of levees. Existing law, on and after July 1, 2018, declares the intent of the Legislature that the maximum total reimbursement under the program shall not exceed $2,000,000 annually.
This bill would repeal postpone the operation of these provisions. provisions until July 1, 2020.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 12986 of the Water Code, as amended by Section 3 of Chapter 549 of the Statutes of 2012, is amended to read:

12986.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to reimburse an eligible local agency pursuant to this part for costs incurred in any year for the maintenance or improvement of project or nonproject levees as follows:
(1) No costs incurred shall be reimbursed if the entire cost incurred per mile of project or nonproject levee is one thousand dollars ($1,000) or less.
(2) Not more than 75 percent of any costs incurred in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per mile of project or nonproject levee shall be reimbursed.
(3) (A) As part of the project plans approved by the board, the department shall require the local agency or an independent financial consultant to provide information regarding the agency’s ability to pay for the cost of levee maintenance or improvement. Based on that information, the department may require the local agency or an independent financial consultant to prepare a comprehensive study on the agency’s ability to pay.
(B) The information or comprehensive study of the agency’s ability to pay shall be the basis for determining the maximum allowable reimbursement eligible under this part. Nothing in this paragraph shall be interpreted to increase the maximum reimbursement allowed under paragraph (2).
(4) Reimbursements made to the local agency in excess of the maximum allowable reimbursement shall be returned to the department.
(5) The department may recover, retroactively, excess reimbursements paid to the local agency from any time after January 1, 1997, based on an updated study of the agency’s ability to pay.
(6) All final costs allocated or reimbursed under a plan shall be approved by the Central Valley Flood Protection Board for project and nonproject levee work.
(7) Costs incurred pursuant to this part that are eligible for reimbursement include construction costs and associated engineering services, financial or economic analyses, environmental costs, mitigation costs, and habitat improvement costs.
(b) Upon completion of its evaluation pursuant to Sections 139.2 and 139.4, by January 1, 2008, the department shall recommend to the Legislature and the Governor priorities for funding under this section.
(c) Reimbursements made pursuant to this section shall reflect the priorities of, and be consistent with, the Delta Plan established pursuant to Chapter 1 (commencing with Section 85300) of Part 4 of Division 35.
(d) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2020, and, as of January 1, 2021, is repealed.

SEC. 2.Section 12986 of the Water Code, as amended by Section 2 of Chapter 549 of the Statutes of 2012, is repealed.

SEC. 2.

 Section 12986 of the Water Code, as amended by Section 2 of Chapter 549 of the Statutes of 2012, is amended to read:

12986.
 (a) It is the intent of the Legislature to reimburse from the General Fund an eligible local agency pursuant to this part for costs incurred in any year for the maintenance or improvement of project or nonproject levees as follows:
(1) No costs incurred shall be reimbursed if the entire cost incurred per mile of levee is one thousand dollars ($1,000) or less.
(2) Fifty percent of any costs incurred in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000) per mile of levee shall be reimbursed.
(3) The maximum total reimbursement from the General Fund shall not exceed two million dollars ($2,000,000) annually.
(b) This section shall become operative on July 1, 2018. 2020.

SEC. 3.

 Section 12987.5 of the Water Code is amended to read:

12987.5.
 (a) In an agreement entered into under Section 12987, the board may provide for an advance to the applicant in an amount not to exceed 75 percent of the estimated state share. The agreement shall provide that no advance shall be made until the applicant has incurred costs averaging one thousand dollars ($1,000) per mile of levee.
(b) Advances made under subdivision (a) shall be subtracted from amounts to be reimbursed after the work has been performed. If the department finds that work has not been satisfactorily performed or where advances made actually exceed reimbursable costs, the local agency shall promptly remit to the state all amounts advanced in excess of reimbursable costs. If advances are sought, the board may require a bond to be posted to ensure the faithful performance of the work set forth in the agreement.
(c) This section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2020, and, as of January 1, 2021, is repealed.