Gino DiCaro

Update on environmental bills

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, July 6, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Only a handful of bills considered "significantly bad" by CMTA's Environmental Quality Committee remain alive in the legislature.  

The latest bill to "bite the dust" was SB 899 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) regarding toxic packaging materials.  The Senator's office announced last week that it would become a two-year bill - meaning that it won't be heard again until January of next year.  It would have affected a high percentage of plastics used to package and produce goods.  Killing this bill had been a top CMTA priority in recent months.  

Last month, some of Senator Simitian's other bills were shelved:  SB 291, California Design for the Environment Program; SB 973, Chemicals of Concern; SB 578, High Production Volume Chemicals; and SB 509, Formaldehyde Ban.

Two bills have recently been amended sufficiently for CMTA to change its position from Oppose to Neutral: AB 800 (Ted Lieu, D-Torrance) Sewage Discharge Notification and AB 422 (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley), Underground Storage Tanks.
Four environmental bills of major concern are still moving:  AB 558 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles), Toxic Use Reduction Program; SB 1001 (Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata, D-Oakland), Regional Water Quality Control Board Membership; AB 1108 (Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco), Phthalates Ban; and SB 974 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach), Container Tax.  CMTA is in opposition.

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