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SB-541 School facilities: water capture design standards.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 02/16/2017 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill No. 541


Introduced by Senator Allen

February 16, 2017


An act to add Section 17255.5 to the Education Code, relating to school facilities.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 541, as introduced, Allen. School facilities: water capture design standards.
Existing law requires the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, in consultation with the State Department of Education and the Division of the State Architect and the Office of Public School Construction within the Department of General Services, to recommend best design practices that include energy efficiency measures for all new public schools, and to report the recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by October 1, 2003.
This bill would require the State Department of Education, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Division of the State Architect and the Office of Public School Construction within in the Department of General Services, to consult and recommend best design practices that include water capture design standards for all new, reconstructed, or altered public schools, including school grounds. The bill would require these recommendations to be reported to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2019. The bill would define “water capture” for these purposes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 17255.5 is added to the Education Code, to read:

17255.5.
 (a) The State Department of Education, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Division of the State Architect and the Office of Public School Construction within the Department of General Services, shall consult and recommend best design practices that include water capture design standards for all new, reconstructed, or altered public schools, including school grounds.
(b) These recommendations shall be reported to the Governor and the Legislature on or before January 1, 2019.
(c) For purposes of this section “water capture” means to control water pollutants, pollutant loads, and water runoff volume to the maximum extent feasible by minimizing impervious surface area and controlling runoff from impervious surfaces through infiltration, evapotranspiration, bio-retention, and rainfall harvest and use. Water capture may be used in open space, parks, fields, rooftops, streetscapes, parking lots, sidewalks, and medians.
(d) (1) The reporting requirement pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be inoperative on January 1, 2023, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(2) A report submitted by the Legislature pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.