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AB-2050 Small System Water Authority Act of 2018.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Caballero (A)
Small System Water Authority Act of 2018.
An act to amend Sections 56017.1, 56017.2, 56069, 56653, 56658, and 56895 of, and to add Section 56666.5 to, the Government Code, and to add Division 23 (commencing with Section 78000) to the Water Code, relating to small system water authorities.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/28/18 Vetoed by Governor.
09/05/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/27/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 58. Noes 21. Page 6631.).
08/22/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 24 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/22/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 34. Noes 3. Page 5590.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2050 without my signature.

This bill establishes the Small System Water Authority Act of 2018, which authorizes the creation of small system water authorities to operate small public water systems that can't afford to serve safe drinking water.

While I appreciate the author's intent, this bill creates an expensive, bureaucratic process and does not address the most significant problem with providing safe drinking water - a stable funding source to pay for ongoing operations and maintenance costs.

My administration remains committed to a comprehensive solution to address safe drinking water issues based on shared responsibility between water users and water providers that will not result in ongoing costs to the General Fund. I urge the Legislature and stakeholders to work towards a stable funding solution in 2019.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.