With the California legislature nearing the end of its session, some important bills will be up for a vote. They may come up as early as Monday, August 15, with a deadline of August 31.
These bills need our support! With one call to your State Senator and one to your State Assemblymember you can make your voice heard.
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SUMMARY OF SENATE BILLS ON THE ASSEMBLY FLOOR (see details below)
SB 260 (Wiener & Stern) Climate Corporate Accountability Act – Failed Assembly floor vote 37-53-18 on 8/31
SB 379 (Wiener) Residential solar energy systems: permitting – Passed 8/23!
SB 1010 (Skinner & Gonzalez) CA state vehicle fleet Zero Emission Vehicles – Passed 8/30 but significantly weakened; no longer a priority bill.
SB 1013 (Atkins) Beverage container recycling: reports: electronic submittal – Passed 8/31!
SB 1203 (Becker) Net-zero emissions of greenhouse gasses: state agency operations – Passed 8/30!
SB 1230 (Limón) Zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicle incentive programs – Passed 8/30!
SB 1314 (Limón) Enhanced Oil Recovery Prohibition – Passed 8/30!
SB 1391 (Kamlager) Cap & Trade Reforms – Failed Assembly floor vote 34-23-23 on 8/29
SB 1482 (Allen) EV charging new multi-family housing – Passed 8/31!
SUMMARY OF ASSEMBLY BILLS ON THE SENATE FLOOR (see details below)
AB 1369 (Bennett) Buy Clean California Act – Pulled without a vote.
AB 1857 (Cristina Garcia) Incineration Reform – Passed 8/30!
AB 2061 (Ting) Transportation Electrification: EV Charging Infrastructure – Passed 8/30!
AB 2201 (Bennett) Groundwater sustainability agency: groundwater extraction permit: verification – Passed Senate 8/29 but didn’t get a concurrence vote in Assembly.
AB 2204 (Boerner Horvath) Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Deputy Secretary for Climate – Passed 8/30!
AB 2247 (Bloom) PFAS Disclosure – Passed 8/30!
Senate Bills on the Assembly Floor
SB 260 (Wiener & Stern) Climate Corporate Accountability Act Requires U.S.-based companies — those doing business in California and generating over $1 billion in gross annual revenue — to disclose all of their greenhouse gas emissions to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Requires CARB to publish a report detailing the reductions a company must make to align them with warming levels at or below 1.5 degree celsius of pre-industrial levels.
SB 379 (Wiener) Residential solar energy systems: permitting Streamlines permitting for residential solar installations. As debate rages at the CPUC about how much to compensate residential solar installations for the power they generate, lowering the costs of installing solar has been an overlooked opportunity.
SB 1010 (Skinner & Gonzalez) CA state vehicle fleet Zero Emission Vehicles requires the state’s vehicle fleet to transition to 100% zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), with at least 50% of newly purchased medium- and heavy-duty required to be ZEV beginning in 2024, and 100% of light, medium, and heavy-duty vehicles ZEV beginning in 2027.
SB 1013 (Atkins) Beverage container recycling: reports: electronic submittal Improves recycling of glass by including wine and spirit bottles in the state’s CRV (CA Redemption Value) program.
SB 1203 (Becker) Net-zero emissions of greenhouse gasses: state agency operations Requires state agencies to achieve net-zero emissions of greenhouse gasses resulting from their operations no later than January 1, 2035.
SB 1230 (Limón) Zero-emission and near-zero-emission vehicle incentive programs will make low emission vehicles more accessible for more Californians by bundling existing clean car financial incentive programs into a single, simplified application and web portal, including a prequalification option.
SB 1314 (Limón) Enhanced Oil Recovery Prohibition Prohibits using Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage ( CCS/CCUS ) in oil and gas wells for Enhanced Oil Recovery / EOR to increase fossil fuel production.
SB 1391 (Kamlager) Cap & Trade Reforms One major concern about California’s Cap & Trade system is that companies have been able to save an excessive number of credits allowing them to emit greenhouse gases. This means in coming years, emissions may not fall as much as desired as companies deploy those credits rather than reduce emissions. This bill requires CARB to review the Cap & Trade system to address the concerns related to allowance overallocation and credit eligibility every three years, starting next year.
SB 1482 (Allen) EV charging new multi-family housing Requires mandatory new building standards for the installation of EV charging infrastructure for parking spaces in multifamily dwellings, giving residents of new apartment buildings the same access to EV charging that’s already mandated for new single-family homes.
Assembly Bills on the Senate Floor
AB 1369 (Bennett) Buy Clean California Act: eligible materials: product-specific global warming potential emissions This bill would add additional materials to the Buy Clean California Act, which sets a maximum global warming potential for materials used in fulfilling state contracts.
AB 1857 (Cristina Garcia) Incineration Reform Would close a loophole that allows burning trash to count as recycling and make investments in communities transitioning to a zero-waste circular economy.
AB 2061 (Ting) Transportation Electrification: EV Charging Infrastructure requires utilities and public entities receiving money to build charging stations to monitor “up time” to make sure that stations are not malfunctioning/off line in certain areas, particularly low-income neighborhoods, more than others.
AB 2201 (Bennett) Groundwater sustainability agency: groundwater extraction permit: verification to regulate groundwater extraction, including the prohibiting permits for new or expanded facilities in a probationary basin unless the area is properly managed; prohibit a groundwater extraction in a basin designated as subject to critical conditions of overdraft from extracting water without a valid permit with certain exceptions.
AB 2204 (Boerner Horvath) Labor and Workforce Development Agency: Deputy Secretary for Climate Establishes a Deputy Secretary for Climate within the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to coordinate California’s workforce transition to a sustainable and equitable carbon neutral economy, including retraining of fossil fuel workers into new jobs.
AB 2247 (Bloom) PFAS Disclosure Contamination of water, soil, and air in the state from perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, poses a significant threat to the environment and human health. PFAS, however, are contained in a number of products. This bill would require publicly available disclosure and reporting of intentionally added PFAS.