A bill proposed by Assemblyman James Gallagher which would take the State Water Project out of the hands of the state Department of Water Resources passed unanimously on Tuesday through a legislative committee.
Assembly Bill 3045 passed 15-0 through the Assembly Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee and is now headed to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
For the record, I think that this is a fantastic idea. I believe the Assembly Committeee suggested that the new operating entity be headed by an appointed nine-person board. Gallegher is exactly right when he says that DWR is co-opted by the SWC. Further, the new entity that receives the SWP should also acquire the CVP and operate them jointly.