2019-2020 STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION YEAR ONE ENDS
On September 13, the Legislature completed year one of the two-year 2019-2020 legislative session. We saw many proposals relating to water issues, including the reappearance of a proposed water tax. As you may recall, this tax would have added a monthly fee to most customers’ bills to pay for repairing failing water systems in other parts of the state. Camrosa joined water agencies from across the state in what was ultimately a successful fight against this unfair burden on our customers; the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund was established by SB 200, but its funding is not coming from a tax on your water bill.
Governor Newsom had until October 13 to sign or veto bills, and the Legislature will remain in recess until January 6, 2020. At that time, some of the bills that didn’t pass in year one may return. Camrosa will continue to weigh in through coalitions, commentary, testimony, and direct communication with our representatives on bills that would impact our operations and ratepayers.