When ranchers violated an emergency order to stop pumping water from the drought-plagued Shasta River last year, state officials fined them $4,000, or roughly $50 each. Now California legislators are weighing a bill that would triple fines for such infractions — and could allow the penalty to climb higher than a million dollars.
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Who gets California’s water, and how much, is a high-stakes affair, and it’s based on a system of water rights born long ago, when the West was wild — and often unfair.
Sacramento, CA –Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan (D-Orinda) has successfully achieved passage of 19 bills from the California State Assembly to the State Senate.
Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, AB 1042 and today, AB 363authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer Kahan (D-Orinda) passed the Assembly floor.
Sacramento, CA – Today, AB 460 authored by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) passed off the Assembly floor.
Civil liberties groups told police in 71 California communities Thursday they must stop sharing automated license plate information with law enforcement agencies in other states that could use the data to track people seeking or providing abortions.
California lawmakers advanced a bill that would prohibit hedge funds and other institutional investors from buying and selling agricultural water resources for financial gain.
Under the measure, which passed the State Assembly by a 46 to 17 vote on Monday afternoon, speculation or profiteering by investment funds in the sale, transfer or lease of water rights on agricultural land would be considered a waste or unreasonable use of water.
Sacramento CA – Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s (D-Orinda) AB 254 has passed the Assembly floor with bipartisan support. The bill ensures the privacy and security of individuals' information when they opt to use apps and websites that provide reproductive and sexual health services.
“The governor’s budget has shown California is facing a tough situation, with nearly $32 billion in deficit. I appreciate the governor proposing that we maintain education funding and thrilled at the critical increase in funding for flood resilience. However, there are serious gaps for youth mental health, transportation, and climate that need to be prioritized.
California’s inability to prevent illegal and wasteful use of its water supply is more annoying than a leaky faucet. And far more costly.
When water is illegally diverted, it severely reduces the amount available to urban and agricultural users throughout the state. But the state Water Resources Control Board lacks the tools needed to enforce water rights and protect the limited supply.