For regularly updated news of importance to rural counties, read RCRC's newsletter, The Barbed Wire.

July 11, 2014
State Water Board Releases Draft Emergency Water Conservation Regulations

Late this week, the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) released Draft Emergency Water Conservation Regulations in light of the current drought. 

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June 27, 2014
U.S. Senate Passes Workforce Investment Act Reauthorization Measure

This week, the U.S. Senate voted in overwhelming support (95-3) of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). 

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June 20, 2014
Governor Signs 2014-15 State Budget

Earlier today, Governor Brown signed the 2014-15 State Budget into law, as well as a number of Budget trailer bills that make most of the spending plan functional.

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June 13, 2014
Final Groundwater Basin Prioritization Results Now Available

In January, 2014, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) published the draft results of the prioritization of California’s 515 groundwater basins and subbasins.

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June 6, 2014
Conference Committee Starts and Stalls

This week, the Joint Budget Conference Committee began work on finalizing decisions on key Budget issues of difference between the Senate and Assembly budget plans.

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May 30, 2014
2014-15 State Budget Conference Committee to Convene

Members of the 2014-15 Joint Legislative Budget Conference Committee (Conference Committee) were announced late this week. The Conference Committee will be co-Chaired by Senate Committee Budget Chair, Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), and Assembly Budget Chair, Assembly Member Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley).

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May 23, 2014
RCRC Vice Chair Testifies About Concerns with Proposed AB 32 Scoping Plan Update

On Thursday, RCRC First Vice Chair Lee Adams (Sierra County) testified on behalf of RCRC before the California Air Resources Board (Board) on the proposed First Update to the Assembly Bill 32 Scoping Plan (Scoping Plan).

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May 16, 2014
Rainy-Day Measure Headed to November Ballot

On Thursday, legislation to place a Rainy Day Fund constitutional amendment on the November ballot received bipartisan approval.

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May 9, 2014
Cost-Saving Elections Bill First Defeated, Then Passed

On Tuesday, a bill which would have allowed counties to decide how to conduct special elections for Congress and the Legislature failed passage in the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee.

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May 2, 2014
Key Medical Marijuana Bill Changes Course

Senator Lou Correa’s (D-Orange) medical marijuana regulatory measure, Senate Bill 1262, was heard in the Senate Health Committee this week where the Senator accepted a significant number of amendments of importance to California’s rural counties.

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