AB 1642 Update

In mid-June the Senate Agriculture Committee members voted unanimously to pass legislation re-authorizing the Pierce’s Disease Control Program, the PD/GWSS Board, the PD Advisory Task Force, and the winegrape assessment. If enacted, AB 1642 would provide for a referendum to be held in 2015 allowing California winegrape growers to decide if they want the PD/GWSS assessment and PD/GWSS Board to continue for another five years. Wine industry groups sponsoring the bill include¬†California Association of Winegrape Growers (CAWG), Family Winemakers of California, and the Wine Institute.

Allied Grape Growers, while not a sponsor of the bill, does support the referendum.

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