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AB 2470 Municipal water districts: water service: Indian tribes.

AB 2470, as amended, Gonzalez. 1. Purpose of the bill . The original Sycuan reservation is currently served by a single well that is vulnerable to upstream contamination and could be threatened by an earthquake due to the geology of the area. But time-consuming and expensive local processes stand in the way of shoring up supplies for the reservation, even though there are two water districts that border the tribe's land and water lines have already been laid. AB 2470 cuts through the red tape of these processes by requiring a nearby district to serve the original reservation. It provides the Sycuan tribe with the independence that is warranted by its sovereign nation status and lets the tribe deal with the Legislature on equal footing instead of subjecting itself to local processes-the outcome of which is far from guaranteed. AB 2470 paves the way for quickly addressing the public safety risks currently faced by the tribe, while ensuring that it pays its fair share for water service.

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