EQ bills fall by the wayside

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, June 10, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Ten bills from CMTA’s Environmental Quality Committee’s Top 25 (27 this year) did not make it through their house of origin.

Two of those, however, were support bills.  AB 128 (Dan Logue, R-Chico), which would have provided alternative solutions for the use of funds that would otherwise be meted out in penalties by the Air Resources Board, failed to make it out of a policy committee before the deadline in early May.  Likewise, AB 698 (Curt Hagman, R-Chino Hills), which would have required a report on the Air Resources Board’s progress in streamlining air pollution permits (pursuant to a 1992 law) met a similar fate.

The following bills that CMTA opposes also failed to gain policy committee approval prior to the deadline:

    SB 915 (Ronald Calderon, D-Montebello) Recycling: Plastic Bags
    AB 1002 (Betsy Butler, D-Torrance) Stormwater Recovery
    AB 942 (Alyson Huber, D-El Dorado Hills) General Fund Fines
    AB 1227 (Huber) California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act


There were also two very troubling bills that were held on Suspense in their house’s Appropriation Committee.  AB 553 (Bill Monning, D-Santa Cruz) would have required OSHA to automatically adopt the strictest permissible emission workplace standards utilized by any of four agencies.  Also held was SB 515 (Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro) which would have set up an elaborate, expensive extended producer responsibility framework program to deal with all batteries, rechargeable and alkaline, at the expense of manufacturers and/or the people who sold products containing batteries.

Dying on the floor of the Senate were two bills by Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco).  SB 932 would have required that manufacturers and sellers of cell phones post warnings for potential buyers that cell phones contain radio frequency energy. SB 147, which would have loosened flammability standards and banned the use of the most effective fire retardants was never even brought up for a vote.

These bills are now considered “Two-Year” and may be acted upon again in January of next year.

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