2003 Environmental Bills

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Feb. 28, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Apparently the state budget crisis has done little to temper the appetite of the legislature for new state programs. More than 1000 bills were introduced on Friday alone, including a broad range of environmental legislation.

Many of these call for product- or chemical-specific fees on users and manufacturers to cover program expansion costs. Examples include AB 1699, a Committee bill that would exact five cents on the purchase of every mercury-containing lightbulb to fund collection and recycling, and AB 1500 (Manny Diaz, D-San Jose, and Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills) which would levy a $1 tax on every barrel of crude oil delivered to a California refinery to finance a variety of air quality, water quality and transportation projects.

CMTA has compiled a preliminary list of these measures, along with several air quality, water quality, solid and hazardous waste and land use measures of potential concern to manufacturers. This list is available by calling Marisa Hull at (916) 498-3321.

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