SB 76/AB 105: Death by a Thousand Straws

This bill is:

Date Introduced:
February 21, 2017

Legislative Categories:

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Bill Description

All water is connected. When groundwater is depleted, all water users—businesses, municipalities, farmers, fishermen, boaters, waterfront property owners, and more—pay the price. SB 76 & AB 105 would limit the ability of the DNR to address groundwater over pumping in critical areas by granting ‘forever’ permits for high capacity wells that are tied to the land. This prevents regular reviews by the DNR of on-the-ground conditions as they change. As a result, this bill will make it more difficult for local communities to address serious groundwater over pumping problems that lead to lakes, rivers, and drinking water wells drying up.

Current Status

SB 76 was introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform. AB 105 was introduced and referred to the Assembly Agriculture Committee. Both committees conducted a joint public hearing on March 15, 2017. The Senate Committee voted it out of committee by a vote of 3 to 2 on March 28, 2017. The full Senate voted to pass SB 76 by a vote of 19 to 13 on April 5, 2017. The Assembly Committee has not voted on the bill yet.

Committee History

Full Vote Data

Assembly:  Awaiting Action

Senate:  Passed Senate

Governor:  Awaiting Action


Citizen Action Needed

Call you legislators and ask them to oppose SB 76 & AB 105.