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AB-636 State Water Resources Control Board: water quality objectives.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/15/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 636


Introduced by Assembly Member Gray

February 15, 2019


An act to add Section 13170.7 to the Water Code, relating to water.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 636, as introduced, Gray. State Water Resources Control Board: water quality objectives.
Existing law establishes the State Water Resources Control Board and the 9 California regional water quality control boards as the principal state agencies with authority over matters relating to water quality. Existing law requires the state board to formulate and adopt state policy for water quality control. Existing law requires each regional board to formulate and adopt water quality control plans for all areas within the region, as provided. Existing law authorizes the state board to adopt certain water quality control plans.
This bill would prohibit the state board from implementing water quality objectives for which the state board makes a certain finding relating to environmental quality until it has submitted the water quality objectives and a statement of that finding to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature and each committee has held a hearing on these matters.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13170.7 is added to the Water Code, to read:

13170.7.
 The state board shall not implement water quality objectives for which the state board adopted a statement of overriding consideration pursuant to Section 21081 of the Public Resources Code until the state board has submitted the water quality objectives and statement of overriding consideration to the appropriate policy committees of the Legislature and each committee has held a hearing, with notice to the public, during which a representative of the state board shall be available to answer questions about the water quality objectives and the statement of overriding consideration.