ASSEMBLY BILL 759 (FARR – 1985)
CHAPTER 420, STATUTES OF 1985 - AB 759
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As enacted, Assembly Bill 759 added Elections Code section 23509.2 and repealed and added Water Code sections 13625 through 13633. (See Exhibit #1d) Assembly member Sam Farr introduced this bill on February 15, 1985 on behalf of the State Water Resources Control Board. (See Exhibits #1a and #12)
Assembly Bill 759 was assigned to the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks and Wildlife and the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources where policy issues raised by the bill were considered. (See Exhibits #3 and #8) The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Appropriations. (See Exhibits #5 and #2) Two amendments were made to Assembly Bill 759. (See Exhibits #1b, #1c, and #2) Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor George Deukmejian signed the bill on July 30, 1985 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on that day as Chapter 420 of the Statutes of 1985. (See Exhibits #1d and #2)
Assembly Bill 759 contained an urgency clause which caused the bill to go into effect immediately. (See Exhibit #1d) The reason for the urgency clause is set forth in uncodified section 5 of the bill. (Id. at page 6)
The Office of Senate Floor Analyses’ Third Reading analysis of Assembly Bill 759 as last amended on June 24, 1985 summarizes the provisions of this legislation as follows:
This bill includes supervisors and operators of private utility waste water treatment plants in provision of law that requires the possession of a certificate of competency issued by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB).
This bill authorizes the State Water Resources Control Board to review and revise the status of municipal waste water treatment plant certifications. The board could refuse to grant, suspend, or revoke any certificate or could place certificate holders on probation or reprimand upon any reasonable ground, including specified reasons.
Provides that prior to adopting or amending any regulations or approving any courses for operator training, the board is to appoint an advisory committee to assist it in carrying out its responsibilities under the bill.
Lastly, the bill allows the governing board of the Marina County Water District to revise the date for the conduct of its elections to either the day of the statewide direct primary election or the day of the statewide general election. Makes a statement of legislative intent that a general statute cannot be made applicable, based upon specified facts.
(See Exhibit #12, page 1)