Welcome to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water

Natural Resources and Water committee hearings for Assembly bills are Wednesday, August 5th ~ 9:00 am ~ Senate Chamber and Wednesday, August 12th ~ 9:00 am ~ Room 4203

Please note: We do not have a finalized list of which bills are being set on each hearing date.  You are strongly advised to submit your position letter(s) ASAP, do not wait for bills to be noticed in the Daily File.  


For specific requirements and deadlines for submitting position letters to the committee please refer to the "Position Letters" tab above.

For information on how to submit a position letter by using the advocacy portal please see the directions below:

Advocacy Quick Reference Guide

Submit Position Letter

Teleconference Instructions:


Due to the statewide stay-at-home order and guidance on physical distancing, seating for committee hearings will be very limited for press and for the public. All are encouraged to watch our hearing from its live stream on the Senate’s website at https://www.senate.ca.gov/

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.

The Capitol will be open for attendance of committee hearings, but the public is strongly encouraged to participate via the web portal or telephonically.

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

Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water hearing call-in information for August 12, 2020 

               {Participant number: 1-844-291-6364}      {ACCESS CODE: 5718846} 


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” of the bill to please press 1-0.  The moderator will again prompt those waiting in “Opposition” when the committee moves to opposition.  You should press 1-0 when you are prompted by the moderator – be sure to listen for support or opposition and DO NOT press 1-0 until the proper position has been asked for. 

  • 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” 



To protect public health and slow the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are often working remotely.  However, while we are working remotely, we continue to serve you. 

  • We are receiving office phone calls and responding to all email communication during the business hours of 9:00 am ~ 5:00 pm ~ Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. 


  • We will continue to receive position letters on all legislation via the advocacy portal, fax, email, and mail. Please see "Position Letters" above for more specific information.

  • We will continue to keep our website up to date on the status of our bill hearings.


Please note the various ways we are available to assist you:

Committee phone:  (916) 651-4116

Committee Staff:

Dennis O'Connor: dennis.oconnor@sen.ca.gov

Katharine Moore: katharine.moore@sen.ca.gov

Catherine Baxter: catherine.baxter@sen.ca.gov

Grayson Doucette: grayson.doucette@sen.ca.gov

Patty Hanson: patricia.hanson@sen.ca.gov



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


Senator Henry I. Stern (Chair)
Senator Brian W. Jones (Vice Chair)
Senator Benjamin Allen
Senator Andreas Borgeas
Senator Anna M. Caballero
Senator Robert M. Hertzberg
Senator Ben Hueso
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
Senator Bill Monning

Committee Address