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This week Assemblyman Scott Wilk spoke about…
- Senator Steve Knight and Assemblyman Scott Wilk sent a letter to U.S. Congressman Buck McKeon urging him to take action on the most important issue in Santa Clarita, stopping the CEMEX mega-mine.
o If CEMEX begins mining Soledad Canyon site, it would become the largest aggregate mega-mine in the nation. The mega-mine will generate traffic of approximately 700 trucks trips per day, cause dust and particulates in the air, clog freeways, and harm wildlife, all while aiming to remove up to 56 million tons of aggregate over the next 20 years.
o This week the House Armed Services Committee will begin marking up the Defense Authorization Bill and as chairman of the committee, McKeon controls the legislative process.
o Over a decade ago McKeon submitted such as amendment to the Defense Bill. While the amendment language was accepted by his House colleagues it was pulled from the bill during Conference Committee. As Chairman of the Committee McKeon is in a place of authority to insert the amendment and protect the amendment when the bill goes to Conference Committee.
o State Highway 14 is an important transportation corridor that serves as a link between L.A. Air Force Base and Naval Base Ventura County to Edwards Air Force Base, China Lake Naval Weapons Center and the defense and aerospace prime contractors headquartered at Plant 42 in Palmdale.
- Assembly bill 1701 requires the State Water Resources Control Board to post on their web site the external peer review studies when a regional board imposes a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) on a community, passed out of the Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committee with a 7-0 vote.
o AB 1707 would require the State Water Quality Resource Control Board to post a copy of the external scientific peer review to their website – a website that already exists,” said Wilk.
o Assembly Bill 1707 will alleviate concerns regarding the assessment of and access to the scientific peer review for TMDLs, and will implement a more effective strategy through mandatory reporting of the peer review and mandatory online availability for interested parties. It is important that sound science be employed before requiring ratepayers to fund these mitigations and AB 1707 will be an incremental step in accomplishing that goal.
- Assembly bill 2551 passed the Assembly Elections and Redistricting committee with a 6-0 vote. This establishes greater transparency regarding the fiscal impact of local bond measures passed.
o Since 1997, the non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) has been required to include the in the ballot pamphlet the fiscal effect of each statewide General Obligation Bond. The LAO is required to follow a list of criteria including the ultimate cost to state or local government. Assembly Bill 2551 would apply this same process to local bonds to ensure voters are fully aware of the complete cost of a proposed bond measure.
o AB 2551 seeks to provide more comprehensive financial information so voters know the full costs of a bond proposal before they cast a ballot.
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