SB 222

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 14, 2021
  • Passed Senate Jun 01, 2021
  • Assembly
  • Governor

Water Rate Assistance Program.

Abstract

Existing law, the California Safe Drinking Water Act, requires the State Water Resources Control Board to administer provisions relating to the regulation of drinking water to protect public health. Existing law declares it to be the established policy of the state that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes. Existing law requires the state board, by January 1, 2018, to develop a plan for the funding and implementation of the Low-Income Water Rate Assistance Program, as prescribed. Existing law requires the state board, by February 1, 2018, to report to the Legislature on its findings regarding the feasibility, financial stability, and desired structure of the program, including any recommendations for legislative action that may need to be taken. This bill would establish the Water Rate Assistance Fund in the State Treasury to help provide water affordability assistance, for both drinking water and wastewater services, to low-income residential ratepayers. The bill would make moneys in the fund available upon appropriation by the Legislature to the state board to provide, in consultation with relevant agencies, direct water bill assistance, water bill assistance to residential ratepayers served by eligible systems, as defined, and by tribal water systems that choose to participate and would require 80% of total funds to be directly applied to customer assistance. The bill would authorize the state board to identify and contract with a third-party fund administrator. The bill would impose requirements on the state board in connection with the program, including, among others, within 270 days of the effective date, as defined, adopting guidelines in consultation with relevant agencies and an advisory group for implementation of the program and preparing a report to be posted on state board's internet website identifying how the fund has performed. The bill would require, within 270 days of the effective date, the Public Utilities Commission to establish a mechanism for electrical corporations and gas corporations to, and would authorize the state board to enter into agreements with local publicly owned electric utilities and local publicly owned gas utilities to, regularly share specified customer data with the state board, subject to certain protections. The bill would require the state board to, among other things, coordinate with the commission to cease existing rate assistance programs offered by investor-owned water utilities and transition the customers to the program through a process established by the commission. The bill would make the operation of these provisions contingent on an appropriation in the annual Budget Act or another statute for these purposes.

Bill Sponsors (9)

Votes


Actions


Jun 23, 2022

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

Read third time and amended.

Jun 21, 2022

Assembly

Ordered to third reading.

Assembly

From inactive file.

Jun 20, 2022

Assembly

Notice of intention to remove from inactive file given by Assembly Member Robert Rivas.

Sep 03, 2021

Assembly

Ordered to inactive file on request of Assembly Member Robert Rivas.

Aug 31, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 30, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 13. Noes 3.) (August 26).

Aug 19, 2021

Assembly

August 19 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Jul 15, 2021

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 05, 2021

Assembly

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Jul 01, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 12. Noes 0.) (June 30).

Jun 17, 2021

Assembly

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on U. & E.

Jun 16, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on U. & E. (Ayes 7. Noes 2.) (June 16). Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on U. & E.

Jun 10, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on E.S. & T.M. and U. & E.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on E.S. & T.M. and U. & E.

Jun 02, 2021

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

Jun 01, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 31. Noes 7. Page 1319.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 24, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 20, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 1183.) (May 20).

May 18, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 20.

May 17, 2021

Senate

May 17 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

May 07, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing May 17.

May 03, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 29, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 2. Page 985.) (April 29).

Apr 21, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing April 29.

Apr 20, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E.Q.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E.Q.

Apr 19, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on E.Q. (Ayes 11. Noes 2. Page 755.) (April 12).

Apr 05, 2021

Senate

From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E., U. & C.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Committee-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E., U. & C.

Mar 23, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing April 12.

Mar 10, 2021

Senate

March 15 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.

Mar 02, 2021

Senate

Set for hearing March 15.

Feb 08, 2021

Senate

Re-referred to Coms. on E., U. & C. and E.Q.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on E., U. & C. and E.Q.

Senate

Withdrawn from committee.

Jan 28, 2021

Senate

Referral to Com. on JUD. rescinded because of the limitations placed on committee hearings due to ongoing health and safety risks of the COVID-19 virus.

Senate

Referred to Coms. on EQ., E., U. & C., and JUD.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on EQ., E., U. & C., and JUD.

Jan 15, 2021

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 14.

Jan 14, 2021

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB222 HTML
01/14/21 - Introduced PDF
04/05/21 - Amended Senate PDF
04/20/21 - Amended Senate PDF
05/03/21 - Amended Senate PDF
05/20/21 - Amended Senate PDF
06/17/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
07/05/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
07/15/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
08/30/21 - Amended Assembly PDF
06/23/22 - Amended Assembly PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/09/21- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications PDF
04/28/21- Senate Environmental Quality PDF
05/14/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/20/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/25/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
06/11/21- Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials PDF
06/29/21- Assembly Committee on Utilities and Energy PDF
08/16/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
08/31/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
06/24/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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