CASA Achieves Significant Victory in Opposing AB 371 – Bill Moved to Assembly “Inactive File” and Unlikely to be Heard in 2013
After several weeks of strong lobbying efforts and significant grassroots efforts by CASA members, AB 371 was placed on the Assembly “Inactive File” during this morning’s Assembly Floor Session. CASA, the City of Los Angeles, San Francisco PUC, LACSD, OCSD and several other groups engaged in a concerted effort in recent weeks to oppose AB 371 which would have banned the use of biosolids in Kern County setting a bad precedent and threatening the use of land application of biosolids which is a safe, sustainable, highly regulated process. The numerous compelling letters sent by CASA members played a significant role in this effort and many legislative offices noted that they had received numerous letters from our member agencies in their districts expressing opposition to the bill.
While this development represents a significant victory for CASA and our colleagues, there is still a possibility that the bill could be moved from the “Inactive File” in the next few weeks and be heard on the Assembly Floor. CASA will remain vigilant in ensuring the bill does not move off of the “Inactive File” and will keep members updated on any developments in the coming weeks.
CASA would like to thank members who took the time to write their individual legislators and we believe these letters were an incredibly important tool in defeating this measure.