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SCGA Public Affairs Updates - "Legislation / Regulation"


THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

To live in Southern California is not only to understand how it is possible to be on flood watch and drought watch at the same time, it is to understand also how it is possible to live during the greatest growth period in the game’s history in the most golf starved market in the United States while losing golf courses of all types and sizes.

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Major Coastal Resorts Environmental Accountability Act AB 1590 [Friedman; D-Burbank]

Introduced as a spot or placeholder bill on the final day to file bills in this year’s session (February 17), AB 1590 was populated with substantive content subsequent thereto that among many other things would “prohibit the use of any nonorganic pesticide, as defined, or fertilizing material, as defined, at a major coastal resort.”

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IT’S STILL THE LAND, STUPID

Whether it was golf’s ability to kill AB 672 and AB 1910 so effectively in the last two legislative sessions or legislators’ realization that offering financial bounties to chop municipal parkland golf courses into housing complexes was a bad idea, this year’s legislative session has nothing resembling either bill.

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RECENT EVENTS ALLOW FOR REGROUPING NOT RESTING

Mother Nature may be blessing us, and the state legislature may be giving us a rest, but the fundamentals that make the surcease so welcome remain firmly in place.

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2023 LEGISLATIVE SESSION – THE EARLY RETURNS

Not all of the 19th Century rules governing the rhythms of California’s legislative session are without value. The one requiring that bills must sit idle for a minimum of 30 days after filing is one of them. This gives everyone plenty of time to sift through the roughly 2,500 bills that were filed for consideration this session, most of which were filed within 10 days of last Friday’s deadline.

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THE POSTURING BEGINS

January 31 came and went without the seven (7) states that form the Upper and Lower Basins of the Colorado River Compact coming to agreement on how to cede enough of their extant river allocations to meet the federal government’s (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation) short-term 2023-2026 requirements.

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RINGING IN THE NEW YEAR

As 2023 opens, there is some good news, some bad news, some interesting news, and some no news to report.

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NOVEMBER ELECTION AND LEGISLATION UPDATE

When the subject is golf in California, and that’s the subject of our concern, what happens at the national level has little impact. Most of what affects the game in California happens at the state, regional, and even much more so, the local level.

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ELECTION AND FEDERAL WATCH

We haven’t reported much if at all on the following subject, but there is more at stake in California’s 2022 election than most have been led to believe

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ADDENDUM TO MONDAY’S “WEATHER REPORT”

Yesterday four of California’s key water districts – Metropolitan Water District (MWD), Imperial Irrigation District (IID), Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD), and Palo Verde Irrigation District (PVID) – pledged to cede 400,000 acre-feet of their current allotments back to the Colorado River Basin.

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Update Types

Covid-19

The SCGA is committed to ensuring that golf remains a safe and viable activity during the pandemic.


Legislation / Regulation

The SCGA advocates for the game at those junctures where the game and public policy intersect by engaging elected officials, regulatory agencies, special districts, and commissions and committees of all types.


Municipal Golf

Municipal golf’s continued success is key to the game’s continued success, and SCGA Governmental Affairs is laser focused on promoting policies conducive of that success.


Water / Environment

SCGA is committed to reducing the water footprint of the game in a manner consistent with sound agronomic practice and conducive of long-term sustainability.