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

September 19, 2014
State of Emergency Declared for El Dorado and Siskiyou Counties

On Wednesday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a statewide emergency for El Dorado and Siskiyou Counties due to the devastating effects of recent wildfires, which have burned tens of thousands of acres and destroyed hundreds of homes. 

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September 12, 2014
Governor Signs Timber Harvest Plan (THP) Exemption

This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2142 (Chesbro) into law. AB 2142 is an expansion of AB 744 from last session, authored by Assembly Members Dahle and Gordon.

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August 29, 2014
2013-14 Legislative Session Wraps Up

Midnight on August 31, 2014 marks the Constitutional deadline for the 2013-14 Legislative Session.  As of this writing, the Assembly and Senate are expected to act on approximately 100 remaining bills prior to adjournment.

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September 5, 2014
Groundwater Management Legislation Heads to Governor

In the last days of the 2014 Legislative Session, the Senate and Assembly approved a three bill package to advance the sustainable management of groundwater. 

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August 22, 2014
Groundwater Bills on Senate and Assembly Floors

There is a concerted effort underway to enact, prior to the end of the 2014 Legislative Session, significant changes to groundwater management law.

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August 18, 2014
Governor Brown Meets with RCRC Board of Directors

Governor Jerry Brown addressed the August Board of Directors meeting in Sacramento.

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August 8, 2014
Appropriations Committees Kick Off Last Month of Session

This week, both the State Senate and Assembly reconvened after summer recess with massive Appropriations Committees Hearings. 

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August 1, 2014
GAO Releases Report on Building Requirements and Guidance for Agricultural and Rural Areas

On Tuesday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its report on the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) and Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) building requirements and guidance for agricultural areas and rural communities that have a high risk of flooding.

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July 18, 2014
Federal PILT and Wildfire Provisions Update

This week, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Interior and Environment funding bill, readying the bill for a vote in the full House before the August recess. 

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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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