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AB-1021 Imperial Irrigation District.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 03/18/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  March 18, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1021


Introduced by Assembly Member Mayes

February 18, 2021


An act to amend Section 21550 of the Water Code, relating to irrigation districts. An act to add Section 56378.2 to the Government Code, and to add Section 21562.6 to the Water Code, relating to irrigation districts.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1021, as amended, Mayes. Irrigation districts: divisions. Imperial Irrigation District.
(1) The Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg Local Government Reorganization Act of 2000 provides the authority and procedure for the initiation, conduct, and completion of changes of organization, reorganization, and sphere of influence changes for cities and districts, as specified. Under the act, each local agency formation commission is required to initiate and make studies of existing governmental agencies, including, but not limited to, studies to determine each local agency’s maximum service area and service capacities.
This bill would require the commissions for the County of Imperial and the County of Riverside to conduct and publish on their internet websites, by December 1, 2022, a joint study of voting rights, and options for providing electricity, in the Imperial Irrigation District. The bill would require the joint study to include a description of voting rights in the district and a determination of whether and how the district can extend voting rights to its residents, as well as options for providing electricity in the district’s jurisdiction and other affected service areas, in the circumstance that the district desires to no longer provide electrical service in its jurisdiction. By imposing new duties on the specified local agency formation commissions, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
(2) Existing law, the Irrigation District Law, with certain exceptions, requires a director on the board of an irrigation district that provides electricity for residents of the district to be a voter of the district and a resident of the division that the director represents. Existing law authorizes an irrigation district to sell, dispose of, and distribute electricity for use outside of the district’s boundaries.
This bill would require the membership of the board of directors of the Imperial Irrigation District to increase from 5 to 8 members, with the 3 additional directors being nonvoting members with all of the other rights as the existing directors, and meeting certain qualifications. The bill would require the 3 nonvoting directors to be appointed by the county supervisor who represents the Fourth District on the Board of Supervisors of the County of Riverside, thereby imposing a state-mandated local program.
(3) This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Imperial Irrigation District.
(4) The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.

Existing law, the Irrigation District Law, provides for the formation of irrigation districts with prescribed powers. The law authorizes an irrigation district to control, distribute, store, spread, sink, treat, purify, recapture, and salvage any water, as specified. Existing law provides that each district shall contain 5 divisions unless otherwise specified.

This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to the law providing for those 5 divisions.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NOYES  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 56378.2 is added to the Government Code, to read:

56378.2.
 Notwithstanding any other law, the commissions for the County of Imperial and the County of Riverside shall conduct and publish on their internet websites, by December 1, 2022, a joint study of both of the following:
(a) Voting rights in the Imperial Irrigation District. The joint study shall include a description of voting rights in the district and a determination of whether and how the district can extend voting rights to its residents.
(b) Options for providing electricity in the Imperial Irrigation District’s jurisdiction and other affected service areas, in the circumstance that the district desires to no longer provide electrical service in its jurisdiction.

SEC. 2.

 Section 21562.6 is added to the Water Code, to read:

21562.6.
 (a) This section applies to the Imperial Irrigation District.
(b) Notwithstanding Sections 21100 and 21550 and Division 3 (commencing with Section 56000) of Title 5 of the Government Code, the membership of the board of directors shall increase from five to eight.
(c) The directors of the board added pursuant to subdivision (b) shall be nonvoting directors with all of the other rights as existing directors.
(d) The nonvoting directors shall be appointed by the county supervisor who represents the Fourth District on the Board of Supervisors of the County of Riverside and shall be appointed subject to the following conditions:
(1) One director shall be a representative of local cities and be an elected member of city government.
(2) One director shall be a representative of the County of Riverside.
(3) One director shall be a representative of the environmental justice community.
(e) The nonvoting directors shall represent the electrical service area and shall live in the service area at the time of their appointment.
(f) For the purposes of this section, “electrical service area” means the area where the district provides retail electrical service that is outside of the district’s boundaries.

SEC. 3.

 The Legislature finds and declares that a special statute is necessary and that a general statute cannot be made applicable within the meaning of Section 16 of Article IV of the California Constitution because of the conditions unique to the Counties of Imperial and Riverside and the Imperial Irrigation District.

SEC. 4.

 If the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains costs mandated by the state, reimbursement to local agencies and school districts for those costs shall be made pursuant to Part 7 (commencing with Section 17500) of Division 4 of Title 2 of the Government Code.
SECTION 1.Section 21550 of the Water Code is amended to read:
21550.

Each district shall contain five divisions unless otherwise provided by the more recent of any of the following:

(a)The order on final hearing on the formation petition.

(b)An order made pursuant to this article.

(c)An order made pursuant to Article 2 of this chapter.