Amended in Assembly April 13, 2015

California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 606

Introduced by Assembly Member Levine

February 24, 2015

An act to add Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 14714) to Chapter 2 of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state property.


AB 606, as amended, Levine. Water conservation.

Existing law requires the Department of General Services to provide planning, acquisition, construction, and maintenance of state buildings andbegin delete property.end deletebegin insert property, and maintain a statewide property inventory of all real property held by the state.end insert Existing law requires the department, in consultation with the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, and with the concurrence of the Department of Finance, to identify each public building in the department’s state property inventory where it is feasible for that building to reduce energy consumption and achieve energy efficiencies, as specified, and make retrofits, as specified.

This billbegin delete would requireend deletebegin insert would, whenend insert the Department of General Servicesbegin insert replaces landscaping or irrigation on public property or when new public property is added to the department’s statewide property inventory, require the departmentend insert tobegin delete identify each public property added to the department’s state property inventory beginning January 1, 2015, where it is feasible forend deletebegin insert reduceend insert water consumptionbegin delete to be reducedend delete andbegin insert increaseend insert water efficienciesbegin delete to be achievedend deletebegin insert for that property, where feasible,end insert through replacement of landscaping, irrigation timers, or spray sprinkler heads,begin insert implementation of recycled water irrigation,end insert or any combinationbegin delete thereof, and would require the appropriate replacements where feasible, except as specified.end deletebegin insert thereof.end insert

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 14714) is
2added to Chapter 2 of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the 3Government Code, to read:


5Article 6.5.  State Property Water Use




(a) begin deleteThe end deletebegin insertWhen the end insertdepartmentbegin delete shall identify eachend delete
8begin insert replaces landscaping or irrigation on public property or when
9newend insert
public propertybegin delete thatend delete is added to the department’sbegin delete stateend delete
10begin insert statewideend insert propertybegin delete inventory beginning January 1, 2016, including,
11but not limited to, property managed by the Department of
12Transportation,end delete
begin insert inventory, the department shall reduce water
13consumption and increase water efficiencies for that property,end insert

14 wherebegin delete it is feasible for water consumption to be reduced and water
15efficiencies to be achievedend delete
begin insert feasible,end insert through any or all of the

17(1) Replacement of landscaping withbegin delete drought tolerantend delete
18begin insert drought-tolerantend insert plants with an emphasis on native plant species.

19(2) Replacement of irrigation timers to permit efficient watering

21(3) Replacement of spray sprinkler heads with bubblers, drip
22irrigation, and soaker hoses.

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23(b) The department shall make the appropriate replacements for
24each public property identified pursuant to subdivision (a) to reduce
25overall water consumption where feasible, except that work

end delete
begin insert

26(4) Implementation of recycled water irrigation.

end insert

27begin insert(b)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insertWorkend insert on public property of the California State University
28shall be subject to the consent of the California State University.

29(c) For purposes of this section,begin delete “feasible”end deletebegin insert the following terms
30have the following meanings:end insert

31begin insert(1)end insertbegin insertend insertbegin insert“Feasible”end insert means capable of being accomplished in a
32successful manner within a reasonable period of time, taking into
P3    1account life-cycle cost analyses, and environmental, social,
2begin insert historical,end insert and technological factors.

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3(2) “Public property” means property managed by the
4department or the Department of Transportation.

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