Most climate bills still moving

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 5, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

The Senate declined to pass to the Assembly SB 31 (Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica) which would have granted the California Air Resources Board (CARB) broad new authority to raise revenues under AB 32, California’s emission reduction law passed in 2006.  However, the Assembly passed to the Senate a similar measure, AB 231 (Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael), but only after lawmakers were assured that amendments would be made to restrict revenues to those necessary to pay the administrative costs of AB 32 programs.

Two other bills easily moved out of the Assembly.  AB 1404 (Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles) restricts the use of offsets to comply with emission reduction requirements in a cap and trade program.  The CARB scoping plan would allow 49 percent use of offsets, while the bill would allow only 10 percent. The other bill, also by De Leon, AB 1405, would create a community benefit trust fund to be used for disadvantaged communities with revenues derived from market mechanisms adopted by CARB.  Both measures prejudge the outcome of the deliberate process now underway at CARB and threaten the economy with higher costs.  

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