Update on environmental bills as we near end of session

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 7, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Today, September 7th is the last day for the floor of either chamber to entertain amendments to bills. The last day of session is officially next Friday, September 14th although Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata (D-Oakland) has indicated that the Senate will end this Wednesday, the 12th.  We expect that the Assembly will adjourn then too.

Various last minute versions of AB 558 (Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles), the Toxic Use Reduction Program, have been proposed. Many of the changes are even worse for manufacturers than language in its last amended version, July 18th. This bill is scheduled for Third Reading on the Senate floor as this article is being written.

Also on the Senate floor are AB 833 (Ira Ruskin, D-Redwood City) which would set up a Toxic Release Inventory Program in California and AB 888 (Ted Lieu. D-Torrance), the Sustainable Commercial Building Mandate.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote on SB 719 (Mike Machado, D-Linden) regarding the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District’s board membership and SB 1001 (Don Perata) that deals with the membership of Regional Water Quality Control Boards.

AB 1108 (Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco), a ban on phthalates in children’s products, passed both branches of the legislature and has gone to the Governor. Scientific findings do not back the prohibition of this product which is widely used in children’s toys, baby bottles, product packaging, etc. Also enrolled was SB 990 (Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica) relating to the Santa Susana Field Laboratory.  CMTA will be urging the Governor to veto both bills.  

On the other hand, SB 974 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach), a port container tax, has now been made into a two-year bill (not to be acted upon until January at the earliest). It will be incumbent upon industry to work with the author to fashion a legal alternative to address the real congestion and pollution problems around the ports.

SB 240 (Dean Florez, D-Shafter), linking drivers license fees with trip reduction plans, was held on Suspense in Assembly Appropriations, making it a two-year bill as well.  

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