Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) introduced a bill to block any federal money from being used for the state’s twin tunnels project. While the cost of the twin tunnels is to be paid by water users benefiting from them, the Bay Delta Conservation Plan also calls for more than $3.5 billion in federal money to pay for...
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078 (Southerland, R-FL-2), legislation that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from redefining “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. Opponents claimed the proposed changes would expand the EPA’s regulatory...
Passage of three bills by the California Legislation, AB 1739, SB 1168 and SB 1319, will mandate sustainable groundwater management throughout the State if signed by Governor Brown. The legislation will enact the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGNA) and provide a framework for management of groundwater...
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), U.S. Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced “W21: Water in the 21 st Century,” legislation that would help communities nationwide better prepare for the future by providing new incentives...
Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to put a comprehensive water bond before voters in November. The legislation, AB 1471 by Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), replaces the current $11.1 billion water bond on the November ballot. The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate 37-0 and the Assembly 77-2. It...
The Third District Court of Appeal has cleared the way for the sale of bonds for California’s high speed rail project, reversing a lower court ruling that blocked the state from issuing the bonds. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny has ruled in November 2013 that the state’s High Speed Rail Finance...
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the creation of the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research (FFAR) and the appointment of a 15-member board of directors. FFAR was authorized by the 2014 farm bill and will operate as a nonprofit corporation funding research through private donations. Congress...
The US Senate confirmed Darci Vetter as the chief US agricultural negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR). Vetter has been an Agriculture deputy undersecretary for farm and foreign agriculture service since 2010. “American farmers and ranchers are central to our effort to support jobs across the...
President Obama announced a government-wide strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators, which are vital to many crops. The strategy includes the establishment of a health task force to be co-chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina...
House Republicans elected Kevin McCarthy as the new majority leader following the resignation of Eric Cantor, who was defeated in the Virginia primary election. He has served as majority whip since 2010. He will take over the majority leader position on July 31. McCarthy, a Bakersfield native, was first elected to the...

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