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DIVISION 1. GENERAL STATE POWERS OVER WATER [100 - 540]

  ( Division 1 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 368. )

CHAPTER 2. State Administration Generally [120 - 190]

  ( Chapter 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 368. )

ARTICLE 2. California Water Commission [150 - 166]
  ( Heading of Article 2 amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1941. )

150.
  

There is in the Department of Water Resources the California Water Commission.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 180.)

151.
  

The California Water Commission consists of nine members who are appointed by the Governor subject to the confirmation of the Senate, as provided in this article.

(Amended by Stats. 1959, Ch. 2112.)

152.
  

Seven members of the California Water Commission appointed by the Governor shall be selected and approved for appointment on the basis of their general educational and business qualifications, and their knowledge of, interest in, and experience with problems relating to the control, storage, and beneficial use of water. They shall be appointed in such a manner as to afford representation on the commission of all parts of the state so far as it is practicable. In considering qualifications of such members of the commission, engineering ability and experience shall be deemed advisable. Two members of the commission appointed by the Governor shall be members of the public having an interest in and knowledge of the environment and need have none of the other qualifications specified in this section. The next two members appointed to the commission by the Governor after the effective date of the amendment of this section at the 1970 Regular Session of the Legislature shall be members of the public having such interest in and knowledge of the environment.

(Amended by Stats. 1970, Ch. 1437.)

153.
  

(a) The terms of the members of the California Water Commission in office as of January 1, 1958, shall expire as follows:

(1) One member on January 15, 1958.

(2) Two members on January 15, 1959.

(3) Two members on January 15, 1960.

(4) Two members on January 15, 1961.

(b) The terms of the two additional members of the commission provided for by Chapter 2112 of the Statutes of 1959 shall expire as follows:

(1) One member on January 15, 1962.

(2) One member on January 15, 1963.

(c) The terms of the successors to the members shall be for four years.

(Amended by Stats. 2010, Ch. 125, Sec. 1. (AB 1260) Effective January 1, 2011.)

153.5.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Sections 153 and 154, the term of any member of the California Water Commission, whose appointment has been confirmed by the Senate and who is serving a term that is unexpired as of January 1, 2011, shall expire on May 14, 2014.

(b) Commencing May 14, 2014, members shall be appointed to the unexpired terms succeeding to the terms specified in Section 153.

(Added by Stats. 2010, Ch. 125, Sec. 2. (AB 1260) Effective January 1, 2011.)

154.
  

Appointments shall be for terms of four years. Vacancies shall be immediately filled by the Governor for the unexpired portion of the terms in which they occur.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1932.)

155.
  

The appointments made by the Governor to membership on the California Water Commission shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate at the next regular or special session of the Legislature and the refusal or failure of the Senate to confirm an appointment shall create a vacancy in the office to which the appointment was made.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1941.)

156.
  

The members of the California Water Commission may be removed from office by the Legislature, by concurrent resolution adopted by a majority vote of all members elected to each house, for dereliction of duty or corruption or incompetency.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1941.)

157.
  

Each member of the California Water Commission shall receive one hundred dollars ($100) for each day during which the member is engaged in the performance of official duties, but shall not be compensated for more than 40 days in any one fiscal year, except that the chairperson of the commission may be compensated for up to 60 days for performance of those duties. In addition to that compensation, each member shall be reimbursed for necessary traveling and other expenses incurred in the performance of official duties.

(Amended by Stats. 1987, Ch. 796, Sec. 3. Effective September 18, 1987.)

158.
  

The California Water Commission shall maintain its headquarters at Sacramento and shall hold meetings at such times and at such places as shall be determined by it. All meetings of the commission shall be open and public.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1941.)

159.
  

Special meetings may be called at any time by the chairman or by the executive officer at the request of any four members, upon notice specifying the matters to be acted upon at such meeting, but no other matters shall be acted upon at special meetings which were not so noticed, unless all members are present and consent thereto.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1041.)

160.
  

The members of the California Water Commission shall select one of the members to serve as chairman, who shall hold office as chairman at the pleasure of the commission.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1941.)

161.
  

The California Water Commission shall confer with, advise, and make recommendations to the director with respect to any matters and subjects under his jurisdiction. The rulemaking power of the department shall be exercised in the following manner. All rules and regulations of the department, other than those relating exclusively to the internal administration and management of the department, shall be first presented by the director to the commission and shall become effective only upon approval thereof by the commission.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 1941.)

161.5.
  

The California Water Commission shall have the power to name all facilities of the State Water Resources Development System owned by the state. The commission may receive testimony from the public on matters involving its responsibilities under this section, and, after public hearing for the purpose of considering all proposed names for such facilities, may, by resolution, express its decision regarding the naming of specific facilities of the State Water Resources Development System.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1486.)

162.
  

It is the intention of the Legislature that in the making of all major departmental determinations, policies and procedures, such as departmental recommendations to the Legislature, the director and the California Water Commission shall be in agreement whenever possible; but for the purpose of fixing responsibility to the Governor and to the Legislature, in the event of disagreement between the director and the commission upon such matters, the views of the director shall prevail.

(Amended by Stats. 2012, Ch. 728, Sec. 180. (SB 71) Effective January 1, 2013.)

163.
  

The commission may employ an executive officer, exempt from civil service, under subdivision (e) of Section 4 of Article XXIV of the Constitution, and a staff engineer from the staff of the department who shall be responsible to the commission. The commission may also employ such clerical assistants as may be necessary for the proper discharge of its duties and may purchase or rent necessary supplies, instruments, tools, equipment and conveniences.

(Amended by Stats. 1974, Ch. 545.)

163.5.
  

The department shall furnish to the California Water Commission, at its request, such assistance, including technical, legal, and clerical services, as is required to the extent funds are made available therefor.

(Amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 1041.)

164.
  

The commission may hold any hearings and conduct any investigations in any part of the state necessary to carry out the powers vested in it, and for such purposes has the powers conferred upon heads of departments of the state by Article 2 (commencing with Section 11180), Chapter 2, Part 1, Division 3, Title 2 of the Government Code.

Any hearing or investigation by the commission may be conducted by any member or nominee upon authorization of the commission, and he shall have the powers granted to the commission by this section, but any final action of the commission shall be taken by a majority of the members of the commission at a meeting duly called and held.

(Amended by Stats. 1967, Ch. 1656.)

165.
  

The California Water Commission shall conduct an annual review of the progress of construction and operation of the State Water Resources Development System, and shall make a report on its findings to the department and to the Legislature, together with whatever recommendations it deems appropriate.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 180.)

166.
  

The California Water Commission shall hold public hearings on all additional facilities proposed to be added to the State Water Resources Development System by the department pursuant to the authority granted by Sections 12931 and 12938.

(Added by Stats. 1967, Ch. 180.)

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