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Political Watch 7/13/17

• Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) released a statement on H.R. 23, the Gaining Responsibility on Water Act, sponsored by California’s 21st District Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford). The joint statement criticized the bill, saying it would “weaken California’s ability to manage its own natural resources.” They also argued the bill would “pre-empt existing California environmental laws and regulations, giving the Trump administration greater control over water management in our state.” “Science should be at the center of all decisions affecting California’s water supply,” they said in the statement. “This bill would eliminate the existing biological opinions required under the Endangered Species Act. It also prevents California from using new scientific data to manage our water supply by reverting us back to outdated limits set more than two decades ago.” The senators pledged the fight the bill should it pass the House of Representatives.


• Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) toured the Fowler Packing Company in Fresno on July 5, and held a roundtable discussion with agricultural and area leaders about concerns, like the reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Fowler is one of the largest fresh table-grape and citrus growers in the U.S., according to a release from Harris’ office, and leads the industry in advanced, non-invasive farming practices. “I am here today to continue the conversation with our growers to make sure that when I’m addressing these issues in Washington, I am in touch with the real concerns of the folks in this community,” Harris said. “What came out of our meeting includes and reinforces what we know is a real issue for California in terms of our agricultural community, which is that we’re losing workers. So I’m also proud to be cosponsoring a bill with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Agricultural Worker Program Act, which will give folks who are working on the farms protections around their document status and allow them to work and get on a path towards citizenship.”


• A bill co-authored by California State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D-Santa Barbara), aimed at prohibiting new pipelines or other infrastructure that would support federal oil and gas development, passed the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on July 10 with a 6-3 vote. Also authored by Senate Leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) and Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), the bill is in response to President Donald Trump’s recent executive order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in federal waters off of the California coast. The bill would prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving any new leases for pipelines, piers, wharves, or other infrastructure for new federal oil development in state waters. It would also prohibit any lease renewal, extension, or modification that would support the production, transportation, or processing of new oil and gas. “California cannot control what happens in federal waters. But 3 miles from shore, where our power and jurisdiction lie, we can and will take strong and unequivocal action,” Jackson said in a statement. “SB 188 will prevent us from taking a step backward into the outdated, dirty, and destructive energy policies of the past, and protect our coast from potential oil spills which could devastate our multi-trillion dollar coastal economy, our coastal waters, and our marine life.”


• State Assemblymember Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) presented Assembly Concurrent Resolution 54, which she authored, to the California State Assembly, declaring June 28 as the first California Nonprofits Day. “Nonprofit organizations generate $26 billion in economic activity every year,” Limón said. “They employ more than a million people in our state, the fourth largest private employer in California.”

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