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Committees approve key Cunningham legislation 

Jordan Cunningham

Jordan Cunningham

Legislation addresses water supply for the Central Coast as well as drug-impaired driving

Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham (R-Templeton) announced today key legislation has been approved by Assembly Policy Committees. AB 457, which would commission a study on the feasibility of repurposing for local use the existing desalination plant at Diablo Canyon, was approved by the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee. AB 903, which will direct the California Highway Patrol to study whether there should be a limit on THC for impaired driving purposes, was approved by the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

“With the recent legalization of marijuana we need to ensure our roads are safe,” said Assemblyman Cunningham. “AB 903 is an important first step.”

Assembly Bill 903 – which carries the support of the California Police Chiefs Association and the Peace Officers Research Association of California – calls on the California Highway Patrol to study and identify options for a legal limit for marijuana-related drug impaired driving.  Current law sets limits for alcohol (in California it is .08% blood-alcohol content).  However, there are no established limits for marijuana impairment, unlike other states.

Assembly Bill 457 – which carries the support of the County of San Luis Obispo – will study the viability of repurposing for local use the Diablo Canyon water desalination facility, and expand our local water supply. The existing desalination facility could have the capacity to deliver potable drought-proof water to the Central Coast.

“We learned from the years-long drought that we need to promote drought-proof water supply,” added Cunningham. “We should be masters of our own water destiny.”



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