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SB-744 Water submeters: testing.(2011-2012)

Senate:
1st
Cmt
2nd
Cmt
2nd
3rd
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Pass
Veto
Assembly:
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Cmt
2nd
Cmt
2nd
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Pass
Bill Status
SB-744
Wyland (S)
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Water submeters: testing.
03/21/11
An act to amend Section 12531 of, and to add and repeal Chapter 17 (commencing with Section 13850) of Division 5 of, the Business and Professions Code, relating to water submeters.
Senate
09/05/12
08/21/12

Type of Measure
Active Bill - In Floor Process
Majority Vote Required
Non-Appropriation
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Urgency
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
11/30/12 Consideration of Governors veto died on file.
09/25/12 In Senate. Consideration of Governor's veto pending.
09/25/12 Vetoed by the Governor.
09/10/12 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 9:45 a.m.
08/30/12 Assembly amendments concurred in. (Ayes 30. Noes 8. Page 5033.) Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 744 without my signature.

This bill would provide that any water submeter tested by the National Institute of Standards and Technology will be deemed sealed and approved for commercial use without state or local review. Currently, more than one out of every ten meters is found to be inaccurate. In fact, last year, nearly 15% were found to be inaccurate. For Californian's living in submetered dwellings, having accurate metered water use is an important consumer protection.

By allowing non-sealers to verify the accuracy of these commercial devices, the bill removes the Department of Food and Agriculture's cornerstone tenet of weights and measures protections for the public.

I do, however, believe that having a more uniformed process for certification of water meters, especially hot water meters, as well as water treatment devices is necessary and merited. I am directing the Department of Food and Agriculture and the Department of Public Health to work with the Legislature on restructuring these certifications.

Sincerely,



Edmund G. Brown Jr.