SACRAMENTO (August 6, 2012) - Assemblyman Jim Nielsen (R-Gerber) announced that Assembly Bill (AB) 2509 was passed unanimously in the Assembly today after being returned with amendments from the Senate, and is now heading to the Governor, where he will have two weeks to sign or veto the bill. 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.
"I urge the Governor to sign this bill into law, as it will benefit many farmers and property owners who may suffer flood damages by accumulating debris and excess soil on their property," said Nielsen. "This bill would allow landowners to remove flood debris and to recover the excavation costs."
This bill also specifies that excess soil caused by these high flows can be removed and sold by land owners to offset costs associated with returning the land to its productive condition prior to such flooding or natural disaster.