Environmental Bills Move in the Assembly

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Aug. 31, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Thursday, August 30th, with a party line vote (termed a "B" roll call), the Assembly Appropriations committee passed to the Assembly floor 134 of the 189 bills they had placed on Suspense (bills with an economic impact on the State budget of $150,000 or more).

Among those bills passed were virtually all of the Senate-authored environmental bills opposed by CMTA: SB 140 (Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego) Renewable Diesel Fuel, SB 210 (Kehoe) Greenhouse Gas Fuel Standards, SB 456 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto) Diacetyl Ban, SB 974 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) Port Container Tax, SB 990 (Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica) Santa Susana Field Laboratory Land Restriction, SB 1001 (Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata, D-Oakland) Regional Water Quality Control Board Membership, and SB 1020 (Alex Padilla, D-Pacoima) Increased Solid Waste Diversion Goal.

Many author amendments moved the bills along.  Most of the changes are not in writing at this time.  

SB 1020 ratchets up the state diversion goal from the current 50% to 60% by January 1, 2013 and then to 75% by January 1, 2020.  Recycling plans are mandated for businesses that generate more than four cubic yards of total solid waste and recyclables per week.  Of special interest to manufacturers, the bill reinforces the Integrated Waste Management Board’s mission to work with stakeholders "to develop and implement strategic directives aimed at increasing producer responsibility for the safe stewardship of their materials in order to promote environmental sustainability".  

SB 1001 was amended to reduce the number of triggers that would enable the state water board to take punitive actions toward the regional water boards.  

The bills now go to the full Assembly.

One piece of good news is that SB 375 (Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento) was held in Appropriations. Senator Steinberg’s staff has reported that it will now be a two-year bill, meaning that it won’t be heard again until January, at the earliest. The bill requires regional transportation planning agencies to adopt preferred growth scenarios that reduce greenhouse gases and vehicle miles traveled per household.

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