Legislation Overview

One of CASA’s primary objectives is to identify issues that may affect the clean water efforts of our member agencies and tackle them head-on. This means we often advocate at both the state and federal levels on a variety of topics.

We work with a team of lobbyists who are among the best in their field. Working closely with CASA staff, these influencers engage CASA members to write letters, attend meetings, and take other actions to ensure a powerful and influential voice at the Capitol.

2017 State Legislation

2017 Position Letters


2016 State Legislation

View the 2016 California State Legislation Matrix

SB 163 (Hertzberg) – Recycled Water: Ocean Dischargers

CASA’s Involvement/Position: Oppose
Status: Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee; hearing cancelled at the request of the author.
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Overview

SB 163 by Senator Bob Hertzberg would prohibit wastewater treatment plants with ocean outfalls from discharging into the Pacific Ocean and instead require them to recycle 100% of their treated effluent by 2036. Because of the substantial impact and precedent this legislation would set for all waste dischargers in California, CASA has formed a subcommittee of agency representatives to provide technical assistance with our advocacy efforts. CASA is working with our partner organizations in Sacramento to advocate that SB 163 reflect reasonable approaches to increasing water recycling in California.

2016 Position Letters


2015 State Legislation

AB 888 (Bloom) – Ban on Plastic Microbeads

CASA’s Involvement/Position: Support/Co-Sponsor
Status: Enacted (Chapter 594, Statutes of 2015)
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Overview

AB 888, authored by Assembly member Richard Bloom will prohibit the use of plastic microbeads in personal care products like face wash, soap, and toothpaste after January 1, 2020. CASA is co-sponsoring AB 888 with Clean Water Action, Californians Against Waste, 5 Gyres, and the Story of Stuff Project because it offers the simplest solution for addressing microbead pollution, which is source control.


AB 1144 (Rendon) – Wastewater RECs

CASA’s Involvement or Position: Support/Sponsor
Status: Held in Senate Appropriations Committee
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Overview

AB 1144 by Assembly member Anthony Rendon would increase the value of Renewable Energy Credits generated at wastewater treatment plants. CASA is sponsoring this important legislation which will recognize the importance of on-site generation in meeting the state’s renewable energy goals and addressing the water-energy nexus.


SB 119 (Hill) – Underground Excavations

CASA’s Involvement or Position: Watch, As Amended
Status: Vetoed
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Overview

SB 119 by Senator Jerry Hill would make changes to the state’s existing underground alert system. Of particular interest to CASA members are proposed changes to provisions relating to marking non-pressurized lines and the installation of tracer wire for new private sewer laterals. CASA has been working with the author, sponsors, and other stakeholders to ensure excavation safety while also advocating that the unique nature of wastewater infrastructure be recognized in the bill’s provisions.