Will EQ bills on suspense survive?

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 11, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Every bill with a fiscal impact must go through the Appropriations Committee in each house.  If the bill is deemed to have an impact in excess of $150,000, it goes on "Suspense" where it is reviewed in depth.  Many bills die on Suspense because they are not considered a high priority in relation to the cost or because of political pressures.

The following six bills which are opposed by CMTA’s Environmental Quality Committee have now gone to the Suspense file:

SB 1205 (Martha Escutia, D-Whittier), titled Children's Breathing Rights Act/Air pollution Penalties, would impose extremely heavy civil and criminal penalties for air violations (up to $100,000/day and one year in prison).  The cost of implementation is estimated at $2.3 million for the first two years.

SB 1379 (Don Perata, D-Oakland), a biomonitoring bill, fails to call for scientifically sound, peer reviewed procedures for interpreting biomonitoring results and incorporating these into risk assessment guidance, policies and regulations, as well as into materials to communicate and educate the public. The Appropriations Committee consultant’s analysis shows that the estimated cost for this program will by $7.4 million the first year with ongoing costs of approximately $6.5 million annually.

SB 1478 (Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough) and AB 2490 (Ira Ruskin, D-Redwood City) are similar bills that would both create a California-only Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Reporting Program to assure that current federal TRI requirements are not reduced.  The Senate Appropriations Committee’s analysis estimates start-up costs in the first two years at $2.4 million with an additional $50,000 annual cost ongoing for enforcement while the Assembly estimates one-time costs of $1.5 million with ongoing costs of $400,000 annually.

AB 2202 (Lori Saldana, D-San Diego) expands the existing hazardous waste substance restrictions on electronic devices in California from six electronic device product types to over 100,000.  The estimated cost for the program is $200,000 in the first year (2007-2008) plus ongoing enforcement costs of $250,000 annually.

AB 3018 (Sally Lieber, D-Mountain View) would give the Air Resources Board authority to impose a new layer of unnecessary and burdensome re-regulation on a wide array of products to control indoor air pollution.  The fiscal effect is estimated at $300,000 in one-time costs to develop the program and ongoing costs of $500,000 annually.
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