Amended in Assembly May 12, 2015

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 addbegin insert Section 14107 to, and to addend insert Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 14714) to Chapter 2 of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2begin delete ofend deletebegin insert of,end insert the Government Code, relating to state property.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

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 and property, and maintain a statewide property inventory of all real property held by the state. 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.

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Existing law provides that the Department of Transportation has full possession and control of all state highways and associated property. Existing law authorizes the Department of Transportation to perform work required to alleviate or repair damage to property during declared emergencies, as specified.

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This bill would, when the Department of General Services replaces landscaping or irrigation onbegin delete publicend delete property or when newbegin delete publicend delete property is added to the department’s statewide property inventory, require the department to reduce water consumption and increase water efficiencies for that property, where feasible, through replacement of landscaping, irrigation timers, or spray sprinkler heads, implementation of recycled water irrigation, or any combination thereof.begin insert The bill also would impose similar water conservation requirements on the Department of Transportation.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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begin insertSection 14107 is added to the end insertbegin insertGovernment Codeend insertbegin insert,
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(a) When the department replaces landscaping or
4irrigation on property or acquires new property, the department
5shall reduce water consumption and increase water efficiencies
6for that property, where feasible, through any or all of the
7following:

8(1) Replacement of landscaping with drought-tolerant plants
9with an emphasis on native plant species.

10(2) Replacement of irrigation timers to permit efficient watering
11schedules.

12(3) Replacement of spray sprinkler heads with bubblers, drip
13irrigation, and soaker hoses.

14(4) Implementation of recycled water irrigation.

15(b) For purposes of this section, “feasible” means capable of
16being accomplished in a successful manner within a reasonable
17period of time, taking into account life-cycle cost analyses, and
18environmental, social, historical, and technological factors.

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Article 6.5 (commencing with Section 14714) is added
21to Chapter 2 of Part 5.5 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government
22 Code
, to read:

 

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14714.  

(a) When the department replaces landscaping or
4irrigation onbegin delete publicend delete property or when newbegin delete publicend delete property is added
5to the department’s statewide property inventory, the department
6shall reduce water consumption and increase water efficiencies
7for that property, where feasible, through any or all of the
8following:

9(1) Replacement of landscaping with drought-tolerant plants
10with an emphasis on native plant species.

11(2) Replacement of irrigation timers to permit efficient watering
12schedules.

13(3) Replacement of spray sprinkler heads with bubblers, drip
14irrigation, and soaker hoses.

15(4) Implementation of recycled water irrigation.

16(b) Work on public property of the California State University
17shall be subject to the consent of the California State University.

18(c) For purposes of this section,begin delete the following terms have the
19following meanings:end delete

20begin delete(1)end deletebegin deleteend deletebegin delete“Feasible”end deletebegin insert end insertbegin insert“feasibleend insertbegin insertend insert means capable of being accomplished
21in a successful manner within a reasonable period of time, taking
22into account life-cycle cost analyses, and environmental, social,
23 historical, and technological factors.

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24(2) “Public property” means property managed by the
25department or the Department of Transportation.

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