Archives: 2015-16 Legislative Session

Welcome to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water

The Natural Resources and Water Committee will be holding a hearing for 2-year Senate bills in early January, 2024.  Date and time TBA.

The deadline for support & opposition letters to be submitted via the portal is Friday, December 15th by 5:00 p.m.

Letters can be submitted via the Advocacy Portal by clicking on this link:   Submit Position Letter   

For more information, please refer to the Position Letters tab at the top of this website.


Bills relating to conservation and management of public resources, fish and wildlife, regulation of oil, mining, geothermal development, wetlands and lakes, global atmospheric effects, ocean and bay pollution, coastal resources, forestry practices, recreation, parks and historical resources, and water supply management.


The Capitol and O Street buildings are open for in-person attendance of committee hearings.  Please utilize the teleconference service if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

The Senate strongly recommends that all members of the public wear a mask in all shared spaces in the Capitol and the 1021 O Street building. Masks are available at all security entrances.

We encourage the public to submit written testimony before the hearing through the position letter portal. Please note that any written testimony submitted to the committee is considered public comment and may be read into the record or reprinted.

Teleconference Instructions:

Information regarding a call-in option for testimony will be made available and updated the night prior to the hearing date.

Please note: In order for your testimony to be heard clearly, you must mute any devices you are using to live stream the committee hearing prior to calling into the teleconference service. Please do not testify using speakerphone or bluetooth, this can cause acoustic feedback and make it very difficult to hear your testimony. 

  • Upon calling in, you will be placed in a “waiting room” where you will be muted but you can listen to the committee hearing as you wait.
  • When a committee moves to public comment, a moderator will ask for anyone who is wishing to testify in “Support” or “Opposition” of the bill to please press 1-0.   You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator. When you press 1-0 on your phone, you will wait and an operator will assign you a line number, at that time you will be placed in the queue for identification.  Remember your line number, the moderator will call out that number to identify YOU when it is your turn to testify.  OF IMPORTANT NOTE: If you press 1-0 a second time, you will remove yourself from the queue and you will not be identified to testify. Every time you press 1-0 you either put yourself “In queue” or take yourself “out of queue” so listen carefully, and press 1-0 only once when you are prompted by the moderator.
  • When you are successfully in the queue, with your assigned line number, the moderator will call out your line number, open your line, and at that time you may address the committee. You must have your own phone unmuted before you begin testimony.

A more detailed explanation of the teleconference instructions can be found by clicking the Teleconference Instructions

Committee Contact Information:

Committee phone:  (916) 651-4116

Committee Staff:

Katharine Moore:

Genevieve Wong:

Catherine Baxter:

Sandra Sanders:




Senator Dave Min (Chair)
Senator Kelly Seyarto (Vice Chair)
Senator Benjamin Allen
Senator Brian Dahle
Senator Susan Talamantes Eggman
Senator Shannon Grove
Senator Melissa Hurtado
Senator John Laird
Senator Monique Limón
Senator Steve Padilla
Senator Henry I. Stern

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