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

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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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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