Legislation

The Consortium is monitoring various pieces of federal and state legislation related to quagga and zebra mussel prevention efforts.

State legislation:

Assembly Bill 2443 (Williams) – Signed into law by Governor Brown in 2012

AB 2443, as amended, Williams. Vessels: registration fee: Quagga and Zebra Mussel Infestation Prevention Program.  This bill imposes an additional fee in specified amounts, as determined by the department, on a vessel required to pay that registration fee. The bill requires the department, in determining the fee, to consult with a technical advisory group, which would be established by the department. The bill requires funds from the fee to be used to, among other things, implement and administer dreissenid mussel monitoring, inspection, and infestation prevention programs, as prescribed. The bill requires the department to adopt an emergency regulation to prescribe procedures for the collection and use of the fee.