ASSEMBLY BILL 413 (PORTER – 1969)
CHAPTER 482, STATUTES OF 1969, AB 413
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Numerous sections of the Water Code, along with selected Business and Professions, Government and Health and Safety Code sections were affected by the legislative passage of Assembly Bill 413 in 1969. (See Exhibit A, #1i) Assembly member Carley V. Porter introduced this measure on February 10, 1969, on behalf of the State Water Resources Control Board and the Resources agency. (See Exhibit A, #1a, and Exhibit A, #9, document PE-2) Chapter 482 was commonly known as the “Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act.” (See Exhibit A, #9, document PE-2)
Assembly Bill 413 was heard in the Assembly Committee on Water and the Assembly Committee on Ways and Means. (See Exhibit A, #2) In the Senate, the measure was heard in the Committee on Water Resources and the Committee on Finance. (See Exhibit A, #2 and #3) Seven amendments were made to Assembly
Bill 413 while it was before the Legislature. (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1h and #2) Assembly Bill 413 was approved by the Legislature on July 9, 1969, signed by Governor Ronald Reagan on July 14, 1969, and enacted as Chapter 482 of the Statutes of 1969. (See Exhibit A, #1i and #2)
A summary of Assembly Bill 413 as enrolled is given in an Enrolled Bill Memorandum to Governor Reagan dated July 14, 1969:
AB 413 enacts the California Water Quality Improvement Act of 1969. The bill revises the laws governing water quality and water pollution control, including provisions relating to the State Water Resources Control Board, regional water quality control boards, the Water Quality Advisory Committee, state financial assistance for water pollution control, waste water reclamation and reuse, and other related matters.
THIS BILL IS PART OF THE GOVERNOR’S LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM.
(See Exhibit A, #9, document PE-1)
The provisions enacted by Assembly Bill 413 were, according to the author, “the product of more than five years’ work by the Assembly Water Committee, including a year’s special study undertaken at my request by the State Water Resources Control Board and A Study Project Panel of distinguished experts on California’s Water Quality Program.” (See Exhibit A, #8, document A-3)