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          Date of Hearing:  May 20, 2015


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                                 Jimmy Gomez, Chair


          AB  
          606 (Levine) - As Amended May 12, 2015


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  NoReimbursable:  No


          SUMMARY:


          Requires the Department of General Services (DGS) and Caltrans,  
          when replacing or installing landscaping or irrigation on state  
          property, as applicable, to reduce water consumption and  
          increase water efficiency, where feasible, by installing drought  








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          tolerant plants, replacing spray sprinklers with less  
          use-intensive devices like drip irrigation, and implementing  
          recycled water irrigation.


          FISCAL EFFECT:


          Negligible fiscal impact on DGS and Caltrans, as the bill's  
          requirements apply only when replacing existing irrigation  
          systems or landscaping newly acquired state property, and when  
          the specified measures are deemed to be feasible.


          COMMENTS:


          Purpose. According to the author's office, this bill seeks to  
          direct the state in a proactive manner to conserve water on  
          state-owned lands through drought-tolerant landscaping and  
          replacement of irrigation timers, spray sprinkler heads and the  
          use of recycled water.  This bill seeks to reduce water  
          consumption by requiring state properties to implement  
          drought-tolerant landscaping, with an emphasis on native plant  
          species, and to apply the use of recycled water irrigation  
          wherever feasible.


          This bill was brought to the author's office by Ms. Honda's  
          fourth grade class at Manor Elementary in Fairfax, California.  


          Analysis Prepared by:Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081













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