Mike Rogge

A drop in bill introductions

By Mike Rogge

Capitol Update, Feb. 26, 2016 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This year’s deadline to introduce legislation was February 19th. The good news is that we saw about a 25 percent reduction in the number of new bills this year over last, 2094 to 2772, respectively. Normally, we see almost as many bills introduced the second year of a two year session as in the first. In addition, an unprecedented high percentage of the bills in all issue areas were what we call “spot bills,” simply stating a topic with little or no substance. These bills are created to give the legislator the opportunity to amend it at a later date into something meaningful. The reality is, that in the past, only about 10 percent of these bills bear fruit.

Likewise, the number of well thought out environmental bills were slim. We did see a significant number of environmental spot bills in four subject areas:

1.     Those spawned by the Aliso Canyon methane leak.

2.     Bills related to water conservation and the drought: recycled water use, desalination, groundwater management and storm water retention.

3.     CEQA exemptions; primarily transportation projects and drought projects.

4.     Projects wanting to capture Cap & Trade funds.

All of these spot bills that might potentially affect CMTA members will be closely monitored in the coming months.

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