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CHAPTER 734, STATUTES OF 1997, SB 1307

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As enacted, Senate Bill 1307 affected numerous sections of the Health and Safety Code, and added Water Code section 13169, relating to public water systems.  (See Exhibit A, #1i)  Senators Jim Costa and Mike Thompson, co-authors, introduced this bill on February 28, 1997 on behalf of the Department of Health Services.  (See Exhibit A, #1a) 


Senate Bill 1307 was assigned to the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials where policy issues raised by the bill were considered.  (See Exhibit A, #3, #5, and #10)  The fiscal ramifications of the bill were considered by both the Senate and Assembly Committees on Appropriations.  (See Exhibit A, #7 and #12)  Seven amendments were made to Senate Bill 1307.  (See Exhibit A, #1b through #1h and #2)  Subsequent to legislative approval, Governor Pete Wilson signed Senate Bill 1307 on October 6, 1997 and it was recorded by the Secretary of State on October 7th as Chapter 734 of the Statutes of 1997.  (See Exhibit A, #1i)



The Unfinished Business Analysis of Senate Bill 1307 as last amended on August 29, 1997 states that the bill “makes changes to California law necessary to conform to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act amendments of 1996.”  (See Exhibit A, #16, page 2)  It further states that the Assembly amendments made to the bill would:


1.         Increase the civil penalty for violation of the California Safe Drinking water Act, from $250 to $1,000.


2.         Authorize the State Water Resources Control Board to develop and implement a ground water protection program as provided under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.


3.         Make various clarifying changes.

(See Exhibit A, #16, page 2)