9 p.m., Feb. 22
Governor Vetoes Assemblyman Garrick's Storm Water Bill
Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill from Assemblyman Martin Garrick, which would have made it easier for construction contractors to develop storm water prevention plans. The plans, which are in place to prevent water contamination from construction sites, require that only qualified persons who have undergone state-sponsored testing are allowed to prepare and inspect the storm water plans.
Assembly Bill 1210 would have scrapped that requirement, allowing only registered civil engineers to draft storm water plans for construction sites.
Proponents claimed the bill would have eased regulations while opponents said that excluding licensed hydrologists and other experts from the process would endanger local waterways.
"Many of these storm plans are found to be deficient and those preparing them need a much better understanding of the necessary elements of a solid plan," wrote Governor Brown in a October 9 message. "It is not feasible to inspect every plan or every construction site but it is essential to have some process in place to ensure compliance in preparing complete and sound storm water plans."
Governor Brown said that he is requesting the State Water Board to look into alternatives.
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