SACRAMENTO (August 20, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 2509 was signed into law on Friday by Governor Brown. This bill allows for an exemption in the State Mining and Reclamation Act (SMARA), specifically allowing for the excavation or grading of lands affected by a flood or natural disaster.
"We appreciate the governor signing AB 2509 into law," said Nielsen. "This will ensure that farmers can continue to farm land that has been affected by floods, and it will also be good for flood protection for people throughout the valley."
"I would like to thank Assemblyman Nielsen for his hard work and interest in this important piece of legislation for the people of Sutter County and throughout our watersheds," said James Gallagher, Sutter County Supervisor. "The passage of AB 2509 affirms that with effective leadership the legislative process in Sacramento can work for citizens."