Legislature near midnight on Aug. 31, the last day of the session.
The bill passed 79-0 in the Assembly and 38-0 in the Senate.
Under the terms of the bill, the Orange County Sanitation District
would be exempt from a string of onerous fines as long as the agency
continues to implement full treatment of its sewage. The bill
requires the district to have full treatment in place by 2013.
Maddox, who would represent Costa Mesa if re-elected in November,
dropped the bill in July after the agency voted 13-12 to move to full
treatment and drop a controversial federal waiver exempting them from
the standards of the Clean Water Act. The district could face fines
of up to $2,500 per day without the waiver.
After Maddox dropped the bill, Assemblyman Bill Campbell
(R-Orange) picked it up and wrote in a provision protecting the
district from the penalties as long as a good-faith effort was made
to improve treatment, Maddox Chief of Staff Mark Reeder said.
Maddox signed on again as a co-author, shortly before the bill
sailed through, Reeder said.