Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 446 News & Views Magazine EDITION 1, 2016 The California Legislature is in its second year of a two-year session. The current Legislature makeup includes many newly elected members, as well as a new assembly speaker – Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), who reassigned all of the committee chairs. Such changes and new faces required CLFP to be very active in realigning itself and establishing new, mutually beneficial legislative relationships. An election year also adds a new dynamic as organizations use the election to bring their issues to the forefront. More than 2,200 bills have been introduced this year. CLFP has identified approximately 100 bills that may affect the food processing industry. The key bills and issues that CLFP is following include: ■ Groundwater ■ Food waste ■ Targeted tax on sugared sweetened beverages ■ Labor bills GROUNDWATER CLFP has joined with agricultural organizations in opposition to SB 1317 (Wolk; D-Davis), which would circumvent the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) by mandating local entities to create a process to issue conditional use permits for the development of groundwater extraction in high or medium priority basins. According to Senator Wolk,“We have to recognize that there are urgent problems in some groundwater basins that must be addressed before SGMA regulations start to take effect in 2020. Local governments need to take responsibility for their critically overdrafted basins. Local governments must actively analyze the condition and sustainability of its groundwater basins before approving new drilling permits. In other words, if you have a problem, you stop digging.” CLFP and other agricultural organizations are opposed to SB 1317 as it would get ahead of the GSA/GSP process and would intervene in the local agency decision-making process, which is a key element and foundation of SGMA. FOOD WASTE Food waste is an emerging issue in the Legislature. While CLFP supports the concept of reducing food waste, we are opposed to an ill-conceived legislative proposal put forward by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Californians Against Waste (CAW). In an effort to reduce consumer confusion about date labels and prematurely throwing food away, NRDC and CAW are sponsoring AB 2725 (Chiu; D-San Francisco) which would require food manufac- turers that use a quality date to use the phrase“best if used by”on the product by July 2017. CLFP opposes this measure as it imposes a California-only standard not required by other states. CLFP argues that this measure is unnecessary as the private sector is already work- ing collaboratively to provide solutions. Legislative By TRUDI HUGHES AND JOHN LARREA - CLFP Government Affairs Directors Update What is the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act? According to the Association of California Water Agencies, the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) legislation provides a framework for sustainable management of groundwater supplies by local authorities, with a limited role for state intervention only if necessary to protect the resource.