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Gaines rallies septic system inspection opposition

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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It’s closing in on committee crunch time for Assemblyman Ted Gaines’ bill to reel in a State Water Resources Control Board proposal requiring septic-tank inspections statewide. Gaines has sent out a letter to supporters of his rollback bill – which he describes as a repeal of one-size-fits-all regulation – asking them to ramp up pressure on legislators who sit on the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. The committee will hear Gaines Assembly Bill 268 within weeks, the Roseville Republican said. Gaines said that it’s important that members of the committee headed by Assemblyman Wesley Chesbro, D-Eureka, hear from Bill 268 supporters first-hand “how costly the current regulations will be.” Gaines said septic tank owners face having their septic tanks inspected every five years at a cost of up to $925. The assemblyman introduced the bill after hearing from constituents that the inspection proposal was financially onerous and intrusive. The committee, which Gaines does not sit on, consists of five Democrats and two Republicans. The bill has gained the support of the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Gaines’ office is posting up-to-date information on the status of the bill at his Web site, where contact information about his offices is also available. The Journal’s Gus Thomson can be reached at gust@goldcountrymedia.com.