Rush for passage of environmental bills

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Sept. 1, 2006 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Late on the Assembly floor on August 29th, SB 1205 (Martha Escutia, D-Whittier), Air Violation Penalties (CMTA’s number one environmental bill this year), failed on a 29-34 vote.
Another bill relating to air quality violations, SB 109 (Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento), resurrected by the district attorneys, was expected to have a similarly hard time.  It was heard and amended on August 29th in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, but failed passage.  The amendments were not available as of this writing.  CMTA believes it is still a "double jeopardy" bill providing the possibility for both civil and criminal penalties for air violations. The bill is dead for this session.
SB 419 (Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto), Hazardous Substance Railcars, was defeated on the Assembly floor on Monday, August 28th, by a 29-32 vote.  SB 999 (Mike Machado, D-Linden) which would have changed the make-up of the San Joaquin Valley Air Quality Management District also failed passage in the Assembly on a 29-32.  In addition, both SB 1478 (Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough), Air Toxic Hot Spots Reporting, and SB 1252 (Dean Florez, D-Shafter), Particulate Matter Penalties, went down to defeat in the Assembly. 

Two bills that CMTA opposed, SB 1379 (Don Perata, D-Oakland), Biomonitoring, and AB 289 (Chan), Test Methods, were amended to satisfy our concerns (i.e. we have gone neutral).  Likewise, both Native American sacred sites bills, SB 1395 (Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego) and AB 2641 (Joe Coto, D-San Jose) were amended to satisfy the concerns of the opposition.

On August 30th AB 32 (Fabian Nunez, D-Los Angeles), Global Climate Change, passed the Senate and was sent back to the Assembly for concurrence in Senate amendments.  The Assembly concurred on a party-line vote with no republicans voting for the measure after 90 minutes of debate.
AB 1101 (Oropeza), Diesel Magnet Sources, went down to defeat in the Senate 9-20 as did SB 459 (Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles), Locomotive Emissions Tax. 
On the other hand, SB 927 (Lowenthal), Port Container Tax, passed the Assembly 41-26 and AB 1953 (Chan), Lead in Plumbing, also passed on a second vote 41-35.  CMTA will be asking for a veto on both.

SB 655 (Ortiz), Asbestos, failed passage.


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