Vidak and a Bipartisan Coalition of CA State Legislators Express Support for Rep. Valadao's 'GROW' Act

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) announced today that a bipartisan coalition of state legislators joined him in sending a letter to Congressman David G. Valadao (R-Hanford) expressing support for introducing House Resolution 23 – the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act of 2017 – in the United States Congress.

The GROW Act is intended to protect California from future droughts by streamlining infrastructure permitting for water storage and capture, expanding water storage and protecting water rights. A total of 32 legislators, from both the Senate and Assembly, signed the following letter:

Dear Congressman Valadao,

Businesses, families and entire communities across California are suffering as a result of these historic drought conditions. While less-than-normal rainfall has greatly contributed to the dire conditions Californians are experiencing, both state and federal regulations have severely exacerbated their suffering.

Agriculture drives the American economy and is the backbone of California’s economy – a $35 billion dollar industry that produces over 400 commodities and accounts for over a half of our nation’s fruits and vegetables. Today, California produces over 12 percent of all nationwide agricultural exports and 30 percent of all dairy exports. Agriculture is vitally important to the economic security of our state. 

The effects of this drought impact more than just the agriculture industry. With each passing day we hear from our constituents about the devastating consequences of this historic drought. Thousands of acres of farmland are left fallowed, parents are losing their jobs, and the cost of fruits and vegetables is skyrocketing at the grocery store.

Legislation cannot provide rain, but thoughtful legislation can deliver relief by addressing complex and contradictory laws, court decisions and regulations at the state and federal level, while working to improve water storage infrastructure throughout the Western United States.

We support your introduction of H.R. 23 – the Gaining Responsibility on Water (GROW) Act of 2017 – in the United States Congress.  We believe this legislation will ensure reliable water deliveries, secure private property and senior water rights, save millions of dollars by ending wasteful protectionist plans, and will expedite the construction of current and future water storage facilities.

Now is the time to enact long-term, meaningful solutions to California’s water supply issues.  We are hopeful this legislation is the next step in addressing the challenges we face. We look forward to working with you to achieve a solution to bring our constituencies the drought relief they desperately need at both the state and federal level.

For a copy of the signed letter, click here.

Following is the list of legislators who signed the letter:

Senators:

Joel Anderson (R-Alpine)
Pat Bates (R-Laguna Niguel)
Tom Berryhill (R-Twain Harte)
Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres)
Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield)
Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills)
Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton)
Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga)
John Moorlach (R-Costa Mesa)
Jim Nielsen (R- Gerber)
Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove)
Jeff Stone (R- Temecula)
Andy Vidak (R-Hanford)
Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita)

Assemblymembers:

Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach)
Joaquin Arambula (D-Kingsburg)
Frank Bigelow (R O’Neals)
Bill Brough (R-Dana Point)
Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside)
Steven Choi (R-Irvine)
Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton)
Brian Dahle (R-Bieber)
Adam Gray (D-Merced)
Heath Flora (R-Ripon)
Vince Fong (R-Bakersfield)
Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale)
Devon Mathis (R-Visalia)
Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley)
Jim Patterson (R-Fresno)
Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield)
Marc Steinorth (R- Rancho Cucamonga)
Randy Voepel (R-Santee)