California Farm Bureau v. California State Water Board

Date: August 11, 2011

California Supreme Court

At issue is whether the legislature may order a state agency to fund the budget of one of its divisions by "fees" imposed on a discrete subset of persons, even though many of the division's activities don't relate to them; for example, the state admitted that 30 percent of the division's activities benefit the public generally. Court approval of this legislative scheme would give the legislature free rein to do the same for a myriad of other agencies, including funding ever-larger agency budgets on the backs of small segments of society, such as businesses, through the imposition on them of unfair "fees."

Status:  DECIDED.  Brief in support of CA Farm Bureau on 08/29/07.  Oral Argument Held: December 8, 2010.  Court remanded for further proceedings.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe For Free News And Tips

Enter your email to get FREE small business insights. Learn more

Get to know NFIB

NFIB is America's leading small business association, promoting and protecting the right of our members to own, operate and grow their business

Find out more about
NFIB Membership

Or call us today