Bad environmental bills on hold

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 16, 2013 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Four environmental bills that were of major concern to business and industry have now been made into “Two-Year Bills.” Others are still moving along.

Two of the held bills pertained to extended producer responsibility and the pharmaceutical industry. AB 403 (Mark Stone, D-Scotts Valley) would have required producers to set up a stewardship program statewide for the collection of sharps (needles, razor blades, etc.) under the auspices of the Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery. Likewise, SB 727 (Hannah Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) would have mandated that pharmaceutical manufacturers establish a “takeback” program for leftover household drugs, potentially including controlled substances.

Assemblymember Robert Blumenfield’s (D-Woodland Hills) AB 818 would have allowed city and county attorneys to recover civil penalties for air pollution violations. Under current law, such violations are handled by the air district and/or the Attorney General. 

The last bill, SB 747 (Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord) would have enacted what he deemed the Public Health Epidemic Prevention Act of 2013. It required the manufacturers of products that potentially contributed to a major public health problem to create a public health impact report that specified the possible negative impacts and recommended mitigations actions for approval by the Department of Public Health (DPH). It also gave DPH the power to restrict sales. There was little specificity in the bill concerning what types of health impacts would be included. It may have covered such things as alcoholism or obesity.

Two-year bills may be brought back up in 2014, but sometimes they simply fade away. 

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