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AB-2629 Imperial Irrigation District: retail electric service.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/28/2020 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  May 04, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2629


Introduced by Assembly Member Mayes

February 20, 2020


An act relating to irrigation districts.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2629, as amended, Mayes. Imperial Irrigation District: retail electric service.
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 State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Energy Commission), the Imperial County Local Agency Formation Commission, and the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission to meet to determine the sphere of influence of the Imperial Irrigation District and options for electrical service to the Coachella Valley energy service area of the Imperial Irrigation District at the end of a certain lease of electrical rights and to evaluate related issues of the water rights of the Imperial Irrigation District and would, on or before June 30, 2021, require the Imperial Irrigation District to submit any requested documents and information to the Energy Commission for these purposes. The bill would require the Energy Commission to study options to extend representation on the board of directors of the Imperial Irrigation District, for a specified time, to residents within the energy service area of the Imperial Irrigation District but outside its jurisdictional boundaries. The bill would, on or before June 30, 2022, require the Energy Commission to submit a report to the Legislature on the determination and options, these issues, as specified. To the extent the bill would impose new duties on the Imperial Irrigation District or local agency formation commissions, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
This bill would make legislative findings and declarations as to the necessity of a special statute for the Imperial County Local Agency Formation Commission, the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission Commission, and the Imperial Irrigation District.

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.

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 with regard to certain mandates no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
With regard to any other mandates, this bill would provide that, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that the bill contains costs so mandated by the state, reimbursement for those costs shall be made pursuant to the statutory provisions noted above.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: YES  

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


SECTION 1.

 (a) (1) The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, the Imperial County Local Agency Formation Commission, and the Riverside County Local Agency Formation Commission shall meet for the purposes of determining the sphere of influence of the Imperial Irrigation District and options for electrical service to the Coachella Valley at the end of the 99-year lease of electrical rights in both of the following purposes related to the 1934 Compromise Agreement between the Imperial Irrigation District and the Coachella Valley Water District. District:
(A) Determining the sphere of influence of the Imperial Irrigation District and options for electrical service to the energy service area of the Imperial Irrigation District as delineated in the 1934 Compromise Agreement at the end of the 99-year lease of electrical rights in the 1934 Compromise Agreement.
(B) Evaluating issues relating to the water rights of the Imperial Irrigation District pursuant to the 1934 Compromise Agreement and options for the Imperial Irrigation District to maintain those rights under any proposals considered under paragraph (1).
(2) The State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission shall study options to extend representation on the board of directors of the Imperial Irrigation District, through the end of the 99-year lease of electrical rights in the 1934 Compromise Agreement, to residents within the energy service area of the Imperial Irrigation District but outside its jurisdictional boundaries. The options shall include the extension of representation though appointed members, ex officio members, and elected officials.

(2)

(3) Notwithstanding any other law, no later than June 30, 2021, the Imperial Irrigation District shall submit to the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission any documents and information requested by the commission for the purposes of paragraph (1).
(b) (1) On or before June 30, 2022, the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission shall report to the Legislature on the determination and options determination, options, and issues described in subdivision (a).
(2) The requirement for submitting a report imposed under paragraph (1) is inoperative on June 30, 2026, pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code.
(3) A report to be submitted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.

SEC. 2.

 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 unique circumstances surrounding the provision of electrical service to the Coachella Valley. energy service area of the Imperial Irrigation District.
SEC. 3.

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.

SEC. 3.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because a local agency or school district has the authority to levy service charges, fees, or assessments sufficient to pay for the program or level of service mandated by this act, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code.
However, if the Commission on State Mandates determines that this act contains other 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.