Regulatory review: Senate and Assembly leaders have introduced a bill to further protect farms and businesses from undue regulatory burdens. The bill, SB 295, would require the re-adoption of regulations every seven years and provides for substantial legislative review over the process. This proposal complements the REINS Act, which is through the Legislature and ready for the governor’s signature.
Implements of husbandry: The current regulatory structure for IOH, put in place by a series of bills in 2015, is set to expire in 2020. However, Farm Bureau is pursuing a change in the budget to remove the sunset language from laws. The change wouldbe included in the transportation segment, which is likely to be one of the last parts finalized due to the divide of opinions on transportation funding.
Water well: SB 168 and AB 226 would allow municipalities to remediate or make a low-interest or interest-free loan to the owner of a contaminated well or failing wastewater treatment system to rehabilitate, replace or abandon it. A second part of the bill increases the limit on the amount of a grant awarded under the state’s well compensation grant program from a maximum of $9,000 to $12,000.