Feb. 11, 2018 – – The Department of Finance released the first draft of the budget trailer bill language on the topic of “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water.” As anticipated, the language was nearly identical to SB 623 (Monning, 2018) with the inclusion of funds to cleanup Exide. The trailer bill specifically included language on agriculture fees and enforcement protections, a .95 cent tax to water customers, and an allocation of 50 million dollars for Exide cleanup in the City of Vernon. This trailer bill will be the start of the conversation from the administration and will receive multiple hearings by both the Assembly and Senate Budget Committees.

To read the Department of Finance “Safe and Affordable Drinking Water” Draft Language, click here.