Legislation

What is legislation and why is it important?

Legislation is one of the most important instruments of government in organizing society and protecting citizens. It determines amongst others the rights and responsibilities of individuals and authorities to whom the legislation applies.

The Rural Caucus has these bills as top priorities:

Clean Affordable Drinking Water – SB 200 (Monning)
The Rural Caucus is extremely gratified that the Governor has signed emergency legislation to solve California’s drinking water crisis with reliable, secure, sustainable funding for safe drinking water for all.

The next step will be to ensure transparency and accountability. Our metric for accountability is demonstrably reducing the number of Californians burdened by unsafe water, county by county.

Water companies out of compliance as of 2/8/19
County Population
Alpine 350
Amador 18,404
Butte 407
Calaveras 180
Colusa 381
Eldorado 100
Fresno 68,124
Imperial 23,706
Inyo 85
Kern 216,392
Kings 28,213
Lake 3,327
Los Angeles 12,860
Madera 10,499
Marin 121
Mariposa 157
Merced 63,750
Mono 4,940
Monterey 2,398
Napa 924
Nevada 75
Placer 250
Plumas 2,182
Riverside 8,466
Sacramento 620
San Benito 23,831
San Bernardino 117,759
San Diego 2,915
San Joaquin 83,741
San Luis Obispo 2,035
San Mateo 668
Santa Barbara 250
Santa Clara 402
Santa Cruz 3,029
Siskiyou 40
Sonoma 801
Stanislaus 157,710
Tehama 1,705
Tulare 99,277
Tuolumne 3,600
Ventura 115,298
Yolo 314
Total 1,080,286
(Source: Water Quality Control Board)

These are people, not statistics! Failing water systems governance needs to bring down these numbers county by county.

VoIP and IP Regulations – AB 1366 (Gonzalez)
The Rural Caucus opposes AB 1366 (Gonzalez) which would allow the telecommunications companies free reign over Voice over Internet Protocol Communications. We had supported approval if amended to ensure enforceable, reliable and resilient access to 911, minimum standards for the reliability and quality of the State’s communications grid – especially in times of emergency, consumer protection and maintain the State’s universal service programs that support communities across the state, such as the deaf, disabled, poor, rural, schools and nonprofit entities – in the Public Utilities Code. But the amendments as the bill heads into the Appropriations Committee, and then on to the Senate floor, are inadequate. The bill sponsors are ATT&T and Verizon.