Legislative Process WQCC February 24, 2009


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Legislative Process WQCC
February 24, 2009

Office of Legislative Affairs
Primary Contact point between the Water Boards and the Legislature, and between the Water Boards, Cal/EPA and the Governor’s Office on legislative matters.
Legislative Proposals Bill Review Bill Analysis and EBRs Education/Relationship Building/Partnerships Monitor Federal Legislation Report Tracking and Follow Up Legislative Correspondence and Communication

State of California’s Legislative Process

Branches of Government
Judicial interprets the laws

Governor and State Agencies implement the laws

Legislature writes the laws

The Legislature – the basics
Composed of two houses - Senate & Assembly Two year bill cycle Majority vote needed for most bills 2/3 vote needed for bills that make an appropriation and urgency measures

How a Bill Becomes Law

1st House
Legislator Introduces a bill

2nd House

Bill is heard in a Policy Committee i.e. Enviro. Safety, Natural Resources, etc.

Bill is heard in a Policy Committee i.e. Enviro. Quality, Natural Resources, etc.

Bill is heard in Fiscal Committee

Bill is heard in Fiscal Committee

Floor Vote Enrolled bills
Governor's Desk

Floor Vote
YES
Veto – Bill dies Sign – Most bills become law Jan. 1st of the next year Not Signed or Vetoed – bill becomes law

State Water Board’s Internal Legislative Processes

Legislative Concepts and Proposals
Legislative Concept Development (July/August)

Legislative Proposal Development (Sept/October)
Cal/EPA Review and Approval
Governor’s Office Review and Approval

BOARD SPONSORED LEGISLATION!!!

State Water Board Internal Bill Analysis Process

Time Frames and Routing of Analysis

OLA Daily Bill Review
OLA assignment to SWRCB Divisions and Regional Boards as appropriate:
•Analyze •Watch •Info Res

OLA consolidates input, reviews, and edits analysis & routes to Executive Office and to Board Members
Analysis revised as needed, Executive Director signature Analysis to Cal/EPA
Ca/lEPA Review/Recommendation

Bill Analysis Drafting and Comments--SWRCB Divisions and Regional Boards -- 10 days

Governor’s Office Review Governor's Office approved position?

Yes – OLA communicate position

NO – No Action

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Legislative Process WQCC February 24, 2009