Two regulatory reform bills die for this year

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, July 21, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

During the last week before summer recess, the Senate Environmental Quality Committee put two assembly regulatory reform bills on hold.

AB 1095 (Bill Berryhill, R-Stockton) sponsored by the Council for Environmental and Economic Balance would have created a new panel within the Air Resources Board (ARB) to resolve enforcement disputes and variance requests pertaining to the implementation of AB 32, the 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act.  CMTA and many others supported the bill and there was no opposition. It sailed through the Assembly. However, it came to be well known that ARB opposed the bill, although no position was formalized.  In response to the bill not passing, the Senate committee staff claimed that the proposal lacked detail about how the panel would function.

The other bill that was stopped by the committee was AB 880 (V. Manuel Perez, D-Cathedral City).  It would have eased rules under the California Environmental Quality Act that applied to projects designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The use of focused environmental impact reports would have been expanded for installation of required pollution control equipment to also include projects that consist of installation of direct emission reductions required under AB 32.  AB 880 was supported by CMTA and many others, but opposed by environmental and labor groups.

The authors of both measures are expected to renew these bills in 2012.

Read more Environmental Impacts articles

Capitol updates archive 989898989