Gino DiCaro

Environmental Bill Update

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, June 6, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

This year's bills had to make it out of their house of origin by the end of May unless they had special dispensation. The following "Oppose" bills from CMTA's Environmental Top 25 are now dead:
SB 1211 (Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento) Would have allowed for both civil and criminal prosecution for air violations. AB 2732 (Mervyn Dymally, D-Compton) Banned the use of laundered shop towels. AB 1940 (Wilma Chan, D-Oakland) Required chemical manufacturers to develop and provide analytical methods for biomonitoring and detection. SB 1224 (Ortiz) Would have made it difficult to remain permitted if you used hazardous chemicals in proximity to schools. SB 1614 (Tom Torlakson, D-Antioch) Imposed a 10 cent tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for highway funding and environmental purposes.AB 1020 (John Laird, D-Santa Cruz) Would have created a new and undefined right of action for public and private water systems to sue responsible parties for recovery of cleanup costs.In addition, CMTA also lobbied in opposition to the following bills which also died or were amended into acceptable language:
AB 2025 (Judy Chu, D-Monterey Park) Banned the manufacture, processing, or distribution of cosmetic or personal care consumer products that contain even insignificant amounts of certain chemicals, relying upon European Union standards.AB 2943 (Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) A mercury pollution prevention bill now amended into dealing strictly with mercury vaccine.AB 2166 (Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley) Required mailers of CD’s and DVD’s to provide an unworkable recycling program.AB 1466 (Paul Koretz, D-W. Hollywood) Initially a recycling bill, now amended into an anti-littering publicity bill.AB 2587 (Chan) Would have banned a third brominator, deca, an extensively used fire retardant.Along the way, there were two bills which CMTA supported that the authors dropped prior to introduction in their first committee: AB 2826 (Joe Canciamilla, D-Pittsburg) would have required planned infrastructure for dealing with a banned substance prior to a ban going into effect and AB 2379 (John Campbell, R-Irvine) would have limited Proposition 65 lawsuits (a similar bill however, SB 1722 (Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego), moved passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly).

Unfortunately, the following "Oppose" bills are still moving although amendments have been made along the way:
SB 1168 (Ortiz) Biomonitoring.SB 1477 (Byron Sher, D-Stanford) Wetlands.SB 1180 (Liz Figueroa, D-Sunol) Mercury Lamp Recycling.SB 1446 (Martha Escutia, D-Whittier) Environmental Health Tracking.SB 1397 (Escutia) Locomotive Emissions.SB 1456 (Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica) Radioactive Site Cleanup. AB 406 (Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara) CEQA Site Accessibility and Consultant Confidentiality.These "Support" bills are also still alive and are now in their second house:
AB 2877 (Greg Aghazarian, R-Stockton) Universal Waste Authority Extension.SB 1722 (Ducheny) Proposition 65 Lawsuit Relief.AB 1942 (Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach) Hazardous Waste Facility Permitting.AB 2683 (Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View) Smog Check Requirement. AB 2955 (Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield) Underground Storage Tank Requirements.
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