Potential “No Growth” Bills Introduced

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, March 11, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

There were a number of bills introduced this year that could be interpreted as endorsing "no growth."

SB 44 Kehoe (D-Los Angeles) – General Plans: Requires local governments (cities and counties) to include an air component in their general plan emphasizing the serious air problems in the state. This will impose a cost on the communities, but it could be viewed as a "no growth" bill with the State Air Resources Control Board poised to approve draft ozone standards which would put the whole state into non-attainment.

AB 1430 Goldberg (D-Los Angeles) – Air Contaminants: Would prohibit the use of air emission reduction credits. This bill will definitely make our Top 25. These credits have significant monetary value. Without credits, expanding industry would be difficult (if not impossible) and new industry would have no chance of being sited.

AB 1365 Ruskin (D-Redwood City) – Greenhouse Gas Emission Levels: Would establish a State planning priority of a 7 percent reduction by 2010 and 10 percent reduction by 2020 over 1990 levels. While not as stringent as the Kyoto Protocol, achieving this goal would be virtually impossible by 2010 even if most of the remaining industry were to leave the State.

AB 646 Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) – Water discharge requirements waivers: Prohibits the State Water Resources Control Board and the regional boards from granting a waiver for discharge into a water body that is deemed impaired. The bill also has a fee associated with waivers.
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