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AB-2538 Municipal separate storm sewer systems: financial capability analysis.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Rubio (A)
Portantino (S) , Stern (S)
Municipal separate storm sewer systems: financial capability analysis.
An act to add Section 13185 to the Water Code, relating to water quality.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/28/18 Vetoed by Governor.
09/10/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3:30 p.m.
08/30/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 80. Noes 0. Page 7015.).
08/29/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.
08/29/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 38. Noes 0. Page 5981.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2538 without my signature.

This bill would require the State Water Resources Control Board to establish financial capability assessment guidelines for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permittees by July 1, 2019.

The State Water Board is currently working on guidelines to assist local agencies in estimating and tracking the cost of compliance with their stormwater permits. Additionally, the State Water Board and Regional Water Boards work with permittees to create customized compliance schedules and offer grants and loans.

Municipal finances are diverse and a generic financial analysis, as this bill suggests, will not meaningfully advance our understanding of the ability of municipalities to meet stormwater permitting requirements.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.