Water Quality Measure Clears Votes Despite Fiscal Groups

Owen Poindexter | September 24, 2010

AB 2554 is an act that would allow the Los Angeles County Flood Control District to impose a fee or charge to pay the costs of carrying out projects and providing services to improve water quality and reduce stormwater and urban runoff pollution in the district.

The bill was able to get enough votes in both houses for final passage despite opposition by tax policy groups. Based on an August 19, 2010 vote in the Senate,  fiscal and tax policy interests, a group that opposed the measure, gave eleven times more in contributions to senators voting no over those voting yes.

Includes reported contributions to campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from Fiscal & tax policy interest groups, July 1, 2006 – June 30, 2010. Contributions data provided by the National Institute on Money in State Politics (