Dawn Koepke

Legislature hits ground running with introduction of environmental quality spot bills

By Dawn Koepke

Capitol Update, Dec. 14, 2018 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

It is not uncommon for the Legislature to begin introducing legislation on the day they are sworn in for a new two-year session and this year was no exception. Specific to environmental quality (EQ), CMTA notes a number of spot bills introduced that will likely be of interest to EQ Committee members:

  • AB 60 (Laura Friedman, D-Burbank) Sunscreen: oxybenzone and octinoxate – would prohibit the sale, offering of sale, or distribution for sale in the state, of any sunscreen that contains oxybenzone, as defined, or octinoxate, as defined, or both, without a prescription.
  • AB 129 (Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica) Waste management: plastic microfiber – would declare the intent of the Legislature to, among other things, enact legislation to recognize the emerging threat that microfibers pose to the environment and water quality and would make related findings and declarations.
  •  SB 1 (pro Tem Toni Atkins, D-San Diego) California Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019 – would require specified agencies to take prescribed actions regarding certain federal requirements and standards pertaining to air, water, and protected species.
  •  SB 33 (Nancy Skinner, D-Oakland) Solid waste: reduction and recycling – would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would address the collapse of foreign recycling markets by reducing solid waste generation, encouraging transition to compostable or recyclable materials, and fostering domestic recycling markets.
  • SB 54 (Benjamin Allen, D-Redondo Beach) Single-use plastic waste: reduction– would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste entering California’s waste stream, polluting our oceans, littering our local communities and beaches, and costing local governments millions of dollars in cleanup costs.

As most of the measures are currently just placeholders (“spot bills”) without much detail, we are working to obtain additional information from the authors and sponsors on the direction they intend to take. In the meantime, buckle your seatbelts….2019 is going to be a wild environmental quality ride!

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