Sacramento, CA – AB 240, authored by Assemblyman Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood), passed the Senate Governance & Finance Committee on a 4-1 vote.
AB 240 takes important steps to remedy the lack of transparency in mutual water companies like the three that currently provide water to the City of Maywood.
AB 240 expands the transparency of mutual water companies by requiring them to comply with stronger disclosure and public access to records, meetings, adoption of a budget and audits. This will give regular residents the power to participate in the governance of mutual water companies and allow them to take a more active role in improving their local water quality.
“AB 240 provides the people of Maywood increased transparency and oversight into the management of their water, and gives them the groundwork to establish a public water agency that will answer to the people. I continue to uphold my commitment to ensure that the people of Maywood receive clean and safe drinking water, and AB 240 will give them what they deserve,” stated Assembly Member Anthony Rendon.
This also bill allows mutual water companies to impose a lien on property where the owner has not paid the bill, instead of cutting off the water supply. Additionally, it mandates that company directors receive training on water quality improvements every six years.
Assembly Member Anthony Rendon was elected to the Legislature in November of 2012 to represent the 63rd Assembly District. The 63rd Assembly District covers the cities and communities of Bell, Cudahy, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, North Long Beach, Lynwood, Maywood, Paramount, and South Gate. Assembly Member Rendon serves on the following committees: Local Government; Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security; Joint Legislative Audit Committee; Utilities and Commerce; and Water, Parks and Wildlife.
Contact: Stacey Reardon, (916) 319-3412