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SB-1249 Water quality: state policy: public hearing.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2020 02:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 1249


Introduced by Senator Hurtado

February 21, 2020


An act to amend Section 13147 of the Water Code, relating to water quality.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 1249, as introduced, Hurtado. Water quality: state policy: public hearing.
Under existing law, the State Water Resources Control Board and the California regional water quality control boards prescribe waste discharge requirements in accordance with federal law and the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act. The act prohibits the state board from adopting state policy for water quality control unless a public hearing is first held respecting the adoption of the policy, and requires the state board to notify any affected regional boards, unless notice is waived, at least 60 days before the hearing. The act requires the regional boards to submit written recommendations to the state board at least 20 days before the hearing.
This bill would instead require the state board to provide that notice at least 30 days before the hearing and would instead require the regional boards to submit those recommendations at least 25 days before the hearing.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 13147 of the Water Code is amended to read:

13147.
 The state board shall not adopt state policy for water quality control unless a public hearing is first held respecting the adoption of such the policy. At least 60 30 days in advance of such hearing the hearing, the state board shall notify any affected regional boards, unless notice is waived by such boards, the regional board, and shall give notice of such the hearing by publication within the affected region pursuant to Section 6061 of the Government Code. The regional boards shall submit written reommendations recommendations to the state board at least 20 25 days in advance of the hearing.