2020 Legislation

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CalRecycle’s Priority Bills Descriptions – – 2019-2020 Session – – As of 3/20/20
https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Laws/Legislation/PriorityRpt/

During this second half of the 2019-2020 California Legislative Session, as of 3/20/20, CalRecycle’s Priority Bills that are active include 33 Assembly Bills and 15 Senate Bills, 48 total and nearly all new.

Bills marked with (*) are those expected to be worthy of NCRA support, or at lease exhibit promising language. Anyone with the time and interest is invited to weigh in and share your preferences. To help further by assessing the merits of any particular Bills of interest, you could either ctrl-click on the blue highlighted Bill number, or visit https://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/Laws/Legislation/ and select “Bill Search”. Please send any recommendations and comments to dougrecycle@yahoo.com, and thanks for sharing with others.

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AB 238 Santiago D Unlicensed automobile dismantlers: enforcement and compliance activities. (2019) *
Current law, until January 1, 2020, requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to collaborate with specified state agencies to review and coordinate enforcement and compliance activity related to unlicensed and unregulated automobile dismantling, including resulting tax evasion, environmental impacts, and public health impacts. Existing law requires the department, in consultation with those agencies, on or before January 1, 2019, to submit a report to the Legislature including specified enforcement and compliance information. This bill would extend those provisions relating to the review and coordination requirement to January 1, 2023, and would make related technical changes.
1/30/2020 – Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

AB 432 Quirk D Released waste: certification of local officers.
Current law authorizes a party responsible for the release of waste requiring remedial action to request a local officer, as defined, to supervise the remedial action. Current law authorizes the local officer to enter into a remedial action agreement with the responsible party to supervise the remedial action, as specified, and governs the duties of the local officer and the terms of the agreement. Current law establishes the State Water Resources Control Board to exercise certain powers relating to water rights, water quality, and safe and reliable drinking water. Current law also establishes the Department of Toxic Substances Control to enforce hazardous waste control laws. This bill would require the board, in cooperation with the department, to develop and implement a certification program for local officers who enter into remedial action agreements.
2/3/2020 – From committee: Filed with the Chief Clerk pursuant to Joint Rule 56.

AB 1506 McCarty D Solid waste: commercial and organic waste: recycling bins. *
(Similar to AB 827 McCarty D Solid waste: commercial and organic waste: recycling bins. 2019)
Current law requires a business that generates 4 cubic yards or more of commercial solid waste or organic waste per week to arrange for recycling services, as specified. Existing law requires a business subject to either of those requirements to provide, on or before July 1, 2020, customers with a recycling bin or container for that waste stream that complies with prescribed requirements. Current law exempts full-service restaurants, as defined, from the requirement to provide customers with a recycling bin or container if the full-service restaurant, on or before July 1, 2020, provides its employees a recycling bin or container for that waste stream to collect material purchased on the premises and implements a program to collect that waste stream. This bill would specify that, with respect to a theme park, amusement park, water park, resort or entertainment complex, zoo, attraction, or similar facility that is subject to either of those requirements, the requirement to provide customers with a recycling bin or container only applies to permanent, non-mobile food service facilities with dedicated seating areas that are not full-service restaurants.
1/21/2020 – Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

AB 1567 Aguiar-Curry D Organic waste: scoping plan. *
Would, on or before December 31, 2021, require the Strategic Growth Council, in consultation with stakeholders and relevant permitting agencies, to prepare and submit to the Legislature a report that provides a scoping plan for the state to meet its organic waste, climate change, and air quality mandates, goals, and targets and would require the scoping plan to include, among other things, recommendations on policy and funding support for the beneficial reuse of organic waste.
1/28/2020 – In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

AB 1840 Ting D Recycling: reports. *
Would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, on or before January 1, 2022, to make recommendations to the Legislature on how to improve the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act to increase recycling of beverage container materials within the state and increase consumer redemption convenience.
1/17/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 1860 Santiago D Hazardous waste: facilities: permits.
Current law, as part of the hazardous waste control laws, requires a facility handling hazardous waste to obtain a hazardous waste facilities permit from the Department of Toxic Substances Control. Current law requires an application for a hazardous waste facilities permit or other grant of authorization to use and operate a hazardous waste facility to include a disclosure statement, as specified. This bill would make a nonsubstantive change to the provision requiring the application to include a disclosure statement.
1/8/2020 – From printer. May be heard in committee February 7.

AB 1922 Rivas, Luz D Pupil instruction: science requirements: climate change. *
Current law requires the adopted course of study for grades 1 to 6, inclusive, and the adopted course of study for grades 7 to 12, inclusive, to include certain areas of study, including, among others, English, mathematics, social sciences, science, and visual and performing arts, as specified. This bill, with respect to both of the above-referenced adopted courses of study, would require the science area of study to include an emphasis on the causes and effects of climate change. The bill would require that appropriate coursework including this material be offered to pupils as soon as possible, commencing no later than the 2021–22 school year.
1/23/2020 – Referred to Com. on ED.

AB 1941 Gallagher R California Renewables Portfolio Standard: hydroelectric and nuclear generation and suspension.
Would revise the definition of an eligible renewable energy resource for the purposes of the California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program to include all hydroelectric generating facilities in operation as of January 1, 2021, and nuclear electric generating facilities and would make conforming changes.
2/19/2020 – Re-referred to Com. on U. & E.

AB 1952 Stone, Mark D Washing machines: microfiber filters: state laundry facilities: pilot program. *
(Similar to AB 129 (Bloom) Microfiber Pollution. 2019)
Would require the Department of General Services, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency and as soon as feasible, to implement a pilot program for one year to assess the efficacy of microfiber filtration systems in removing microfiber from waste washwater from state-owned laundry facilities. The bill would require the department to monitor the presence of microfiber in waste washwater from 10 state-owned laundry facilities chosen to participate in the pilot program. The bill would require the department, by January 1, 2023, to submit a report to the Legislature on the results of the pilot program.
2/25/2020 – Re-referred to Com. on A. & A.R.

AB 2028 Aguiar-Curry D State agencies: meetings.
The Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act requires that all meetings of a state body, as defined, be open and public, and that all persons be permitted to attend any meeting of a state body, except as otherwise provided in that act. Current law requires the state body to provide notice of its meeting, including specified information and a specific agenda of the meeting, as provided, to any person who requests that notice in writing and to make that notice available on the internet at least 10 days in advance of the meeting. This bill would, except for closed sessions, require that this notice include all writings or materials provided for the noticed meeting to a member of the state body by staff of a state agency, board, or commission, or another member of the state body, that are in connection with a matter subject to discussion or consideration at the meeting.
2/14/2020 – Referred to Com. on G.O.

AB 2089 Rivas, Luz D Resilient Economies and Community Health Pilot Program. *
Would establish the Resilient Economies and Community Health Pilot Program from January 1, 2021, through December 31, 2025, and would have the program be administered by the Strategic Growth Council as a grant pilot program for eligible community-based organizations, as defined, to provide a comprehensive suite of coordinated incentives and services to disadvantaged communities, as defined, at the resident household level to provide economic savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution, and improve resiliency to the impacts of climate change. The bill would require the council to submit specified reports to the Legislature on the program no later than January 1, 2025.
3/10/2020 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES
3/16/2020 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

AB 2093 Gloria D Public records: writing transmitted by electronic mail: retention.
Would, unless a longer retention period is required by statute or regulation, or established by the Secretary of State pursuant to the State Records Management Act, require a public agency, for purposes of the California Public Records Act, to retain and preserve for at least 2 years every public record, as defined, that is transmitted by electronic mail.
3/10/2020 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 10. Noes 1.) (March 10). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 2214 Carrillo D Administrative Procedure Act: notice of proposed action.
Current law, under the Administrative Procedure Act, requires a state agency proposing to adopt, amend, or repeal specific administrative regulations to prepare, submit as specified, and make available to the public upon request, certain documents relating to the proposed regulation, including, among other things, a copy of the express terms of the proposed regulation. This bill would require the state agency to conspicuously post those documents on the state agency’s website within 24 hours of submitting those documents to the office, instead of making those documents available to the public upon request. The bill would also remove an obsolete provision.
2/20/2020 – Referred to Com. on A. & A.R.

AB 2287 Eggman D Solid waste: plastic products: certification. *
Current law prohibits a person from selling a plastic product in the state that is labeled with the term “compostable,” “home compostable,” or “marine degradable” unless, at the time of sale, the plastic product meets the applicable ASTM standard specification or the Vincotte OK Compost HOME certification, as provided. Current law prohibits the sale of a plastic product that is labeled as “biodegradable,” “degradable,” or “decomposable,” and prohibits implying that a plastic product will break down, fragment, biodegrade, or decompose in a landfill or other environment, unless the plastic product meets one of several specified standards relating to environmental marketing claims. This bill would authorize the Director of Resources Recycling and Recovery to issue guidelines for determining whether a plastic product is not compliant with these labeling requirements, and whether a plastic product is designed, pigmented, or advertised in a manner that is misleading to consumers.
2/24/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 2323 Friedman D California Environmental Quality Act: specific plan: community plan: exemption. *
CEQA requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment. CEQA exempts from its environmental review provisions certain residential, employment center, and mixed-use development projects meeting specified criteria, including that the project is undertaken and is consistent with a specific plan for which an environmental impact report has been certified. This bill would require, in order to qualify for the CEQA exemption, that the project is undertaken and is consistent with either a specific plan prepared pursuant to specific provisions of law or a community plan as defined in a specific provision of law. Because a lead agency would be required to determine the applicability of this exemption, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
3/2/2020 – Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and L. GOV.

AB 2381 Choi R The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. Act: processing payments and handling fees.
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery is required to calculate the processing fee of each beverage container sold or offered for sale in the state in a specified manner, so that the actual processing fee generally equals 65% of the processing payment that the department is required to pay to processors if the scrap value of the container having a refund value pursuant to the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act is less than the cost of recycling. The act establishes the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund and, except for administrative costs, continuously appropriates moneys in the fund to the department for specified purposes, including the amount necessary to pay processing payments to processors and to pay handling fees to certain types of recyclers to provide an incentive for the redemption of empty beverage containers in convenience zones. This bill would require, notwithstanding the provisions establishing the calculation of processing payments and handling fees, until January 1, 2024, processing payments and handling fees to be set at the rate in effect on July 1, 2020.
3/12/2020 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 2562 Holden D California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: Empty beverage container redemption. *
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act requires dealers within a convenience zone where no recycling location has been established, or within a convenience zone that is unserved for 60 days and not exempt from convenience zone requirements, to alternatively (1) submit an affidavit to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery stating that the dealer has met specified standards for empty beverage container redemption or (2) pay $100 per day to the department, for deposit in the continuously appropriated California Beverage Container Recycling Fund, until a recycling location is established or until the dealer meets the standards for redemption specified in the affidavit provisions. This bill would revise that alternative requirement to instead require those dealers to submit that affidavit to the department unconditionally. The bill would make a dealer who does not submit that affidavit liable for a civil penalty of an unspecified amount per day that is greater than $100.
3/5/2020 – Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and JUD.

AB 2612 Maienschein D Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: recycling: appropriation. *
Would, beginning in the 2020–21 fiscal year, would continuously appropriate $100,000,000 from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund annually to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for in-state organic waste recycling projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve certain organic waste disposal goals, as specified. The bill, beginning in the 2020–21 fiscal year, would also continuously appropriate $100,000,000 from the fund annually to the department for in-state recycling projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help achieve a specified state policy relating to solid waste, as specified.
3/2/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 2680 Aguiar-Curry D Solid waste: green material: land application. *
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, generally regulates the disposal, management, and recycling of solid waste. The act requires a disposal facility operator to submit information to the department on the disposal tonnages that are disposed of at the disposal facility. This bill would require that information to be submitted to the department quarterly and would additionally require a disposal facility operator to submit information on the disposal tonnages that are applied to the land as green material.
3/17/2020 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 2706 Fong R California Environmental Quality Act: record of proceedings.
In an action or proceeding alleging the lead agency violated CEQA, CEQA requires the lead agency to prepare and certify the record of proceedings and requires the parties to pay any reasonable costs or fees imposed for the preparation of the record of proceedings, as specified. CEQA authorizes the plaintiff or petitioner to elect to prepare the record of proceedings or for the parties to agree to an alternative method of preparation of the record of proceedings, subject to certification of its accuracy by the public agency. This bill would make the above authorization for the plaintiff or petitioner to elect to prepare the record of proceedings or to agree to an alternative method of record preparation inapplicable in a proceeding challenging a project that will be exclusively located or implemented in a county with fewer than 1,000,000 residents and, if the project is located in a city within that county, the city has fewer than 500,000 residents.
3/12/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 2733 Flora R California Beverage Container Recycling Fund: Reporting.
Existing law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, not less than once every 3 months, to provide to the Legislature an updated fund condition statement for the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund, and other specified information, for the current fiscal year and budget year. Existing law requires the department, not less than once every 3 months, to post that information on the department’s internet website. Current law requires the department, not less than once every 3 months, to review the information included in the fund condition statement, as provided, and to immediately notify the Legislature if the department determines that there may be inadequate funds to pay the payments required by the act. This bill would change the minimum frequency of the periodic requirements described above from 3 months to 2 months.
3/2/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 2734 Chiu D California Environmental Quality Act.
The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires a lead agency, as defined, to prepare, or cause to be prepared, and certify the completion of an environmental impact report on a project that it proposes to carry out or approve that may have a significant effect on the environment or to adopt a negative declaration if it finds that the project will not have that effect. CEQA also requires a lead agency to prepare a mitigated negative declaration for a project that may have a significant effect on the environment if revisions in the project would avoid or mitigate that effect and there is no substantial evidence that the project, as revised, would have a significant effect on the environment. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to a provision relating to the title of CEQA.
2/21/2020 – From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

AB 2737 Garcia, Cristina D Community emissions reduction programs. *
Current law requires the State Air Resources Board, by October 1, 2018, to prepare and update, at least once every 5 years, a statewide strategy to reduce emissions of toxic air contaminants and criteria air pollutants in communities affected by a high cumulative exposure burden. Current law requires the state board to select locations around the state for the preparation of community emissions reduction programs, and to provide grants to community-based organizations for technical assistance and to support community participation in the programs. Current law requires an air quality management district or air pollution control district containing a selected location, within one year of the state board’s selection, to adopt a community emissions reduction program. This bill would prohibit a district that contains a selected location from authorizing a new major source, or revisions to an existing source, that increases toxic air contaminants and criteria air pollutants above the levels included in the community emissions reduction plan for that location without requiring the major source to mitigate the increased emissions directly in the affected communities.
3/2/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 2744 Limón D Environmental protection: environmental data.
Current law requires the Secretary for Environmental Protection to develop and adopt information technology standards by which public agencies and the regulated community may use computers and other information technology to comply with environmental data reporting requirements, and to establish a standardized electronic format and protocol for the exchange of electronic data for the purpose of meeting the environmental data reporting requirements of specified laws. This bill would make nonsubstantive revisions to legislative findings and declarations relative to the purposes of the above-described law.
2/21/2020 – From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

AB 2831 Flora R Greenhouse gas reduction: carbon sequestration.
Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation regarding carbon sequestration through whole orchard recycling.
2/21/2020 – From printer. May be heard in committee March 22.

AB 2882 Chu D Hazardous emissions and substances: schoolsites: private and charter schools. *
CEQA prohibits an environmental impact report or negative declaration from being approved for any project involving the purchase of a schoolsite or the construction of a new elementary or secondary school by a school district unless specified conditions are met, relating to, among other things, whether the property is located on a former hazardous waste disposal site or solid waste disposal site, a hazardous substances release site, or a site that contains a pipeline that carries specified substances, and the property’s proximity to facilities that might reasonably be anticipated to emit hazardous air emissions or handle hazardous or extremely hazardous materials, substances, or waste, as provided. This bill would additionally prohibit an environmental impact report or negative declaration from being approved for any project involving the purchase of a schoolsite or the construction of a new elementary or secondary school by a charter school, unless those same conditions are met.
2/24/2020 – Read first time.

AB 2959 Calderon D Solid waste: byproducts from the processing of food or beverages.
Current law prohibits a county, city, district, or local governmental agency from subjecting the hauling of certain byproducts from the processing of food or beverages to an exclusive franchise, contract, license, or permit if the byproducts meet certain conditions, including that the byproducts originate from agricultural or industrial sources. Current law defines “industrial source” for these purposes to include, among others, entities required to be registered for the manufacture, packing, or holding of any processed food in this state and certain entities exempt from that registration. This bill would provide that these provisions do not limit the authority of a county, city, district, or local government agency to establish reasonable requirements for the purpose of verifying compliance with the conditions for byproducts.
3/5/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 2993 Levine D Hazardous waste: classification: exclusions: green waste. *
Current law requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control to develop and adopt by regulation criteria and guidelines for the identification of hazardous wastes and extremely hazardous wastes, as provided. Current law exempts certain kinds of waste, including, among other things, wood waste, as defined, from regulation under the hazardous waste control laws under specified conditions. This bill would exclude from classification as a hazardous waste green waste, as defined, that would be classified as hazardous solely because a representative sample of the green waste is below a specified threshold pursuant to an acute aquatic toxicity test described in a specified regulation.
2/24/2020 – Read first time.
3/17/2020 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

AB 3046 Mathis R The Energy, Environment, and Economy Council.
Would establish the Energy, Environment, and Economy Council with 16 members, as specified. The bill would require the council to engage with stakeholders, subject matter experts, and state and local agencies with jurisdiction relevant to environmental protection and economic vitality in order to determine the policies can be implemented to meet the state’s environmental goals, while avoiding harm to the state’s economy and maintaining specified protections. The bill would require the council, by July 1, 2022, to submit a report to the Legislature that makes recommendations on appropriate policies to achieve the above-stated environmental goals, while maintaining specified protections, ensuring consumer choice is not compromised, and avoiding harm to the state’s economy.
3/11/2020 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 3141 Friedman D Retail plastics recycling program: plastic bags, packaging, and shipping envelopes. *
The At-Store Recycling Program law, required, among other things, an operator of a store, as defined, to establish an at-store recycling program that provides customers the opportunity to return clean plastic carryout bags to that store. The law required a plastic carryout bag provided by a store to have specified information printed or displayed on the bag, and required the placement of a plastic carryout bag collection bin in each store that is visible and easily accessible to the consumer. This bill would reestablish the operation of those requirements and would additionally require an at-store recycling program established by the operator of a store to provide an opportunity for a customer of the store to return to the store clean durable plastic bags, as specified.
3/9/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 3158 Melendez R Solid waste: Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act.
Would authorize the Department of Toxic Substances Control to include on its internet website the prior years’ previously posted information of the estimated amount, by weight, of each type of rechargeable batteries returned for recycling.
3/9/2020 – Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.

AB 3162 Obernolte R Reports submitted to legislative committees.
Current law requires a report required or requested by law to be submitted by a state or local agency to the Members of either house of the Legislature, generally, to be submitted in a specified manner, including a requirement that a report submitted by a state agency be posted on the state agency’s internet website. This bill would additionally require a state agency to post on its internet website any report, as defined, that the state agency submits to a committee of the Legislature.
3/9/2020 – Re-referred to Com. on A. & A.R.

AB 3163 Salas D Biogas.
Would revise the definition of biogas to include gas that is produced from the non-combustion thermal conversion of certain biomass feedstock, as provided.
3/9/2020 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

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SB 702 Hill D California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: procurement. *
The California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program, beginning January 1, 2021, requires at least 65% of the procurement of a retail seller that counts toward specified requirements to be from its contracts of 10 years or more in duration or ownership or ownership agreements for eligible renewable energy resources. This bill would authorize a retail seller to rely on contracts of 10 years or more in duration or ownership agreements entered into before January 1, 2019, directly by its nonprofit educational institution end-use customer for eligible renewable energy resources located in front of the customer meter to satisfy the portion of the 65% requirement attributable to the retail sales of that end-use customer.
1/23/2020 – Read third time. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0.) Ordered to the Assembly. In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

SB 857 Bates R Solid waste: integrated waste management plans: composting component.
Current law, the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, establishes an integrated waste management program. The act requires each city to submit to the county in which the city is located a source reduction and recycling element containing specified components, including a composting component. This bill would make a non-substantive change to language concerning implementation of the composting component.
1/22/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 937 Hill D State agencies: web accessibility.
Would authorize a state agency to temporarily remove public documents from digital access if a justifiable impediment exists and the Director of Technology verifies the impediment prohibits full compliance and the state agency complies with certain requirements, including citing the reason for the document’s removal and listing options and instructions for how to access the document offline. The bill would make any file or document removed after October 14, 2017, subject to these requirements.
2/20/2020 – Referred to Coms. on G.O. and JUD.

SB 964 Skinner D Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: investment plan.
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 authorizes the State Air Resources Board to include the use of market-based compliance mechanisms. Existing law requires all moneys, except for fines and penalties, collected by the state board as part of a market-based compliance mechanism to be deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and to be available upon appropriation. Existing law requires moneys from the fund to be allocated for the purpose of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in this state and satisfying other purposes, if applicable and to the extent feasible, and authorizes specified investments if the investment furthers the regulatory purposes of the act and is consistent with law. This bill would make non-substantive changes to the provision related to the expenditure of moneys appropriated from the fund.
2/20/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 997 Borgeas R Administrative regulations.
Current law, for the purposes of reducing and improving administrative regulations establishes an Office of Administrative Law to review adopted regulations. Current law states findings and declarations of the Legislature relating to administrative regulations, noting, among other things, that the language of many regulations is frequently unclear and unnecessarily complex. This bill would make non-substantive changes to these findings and declarations.
2/27/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 1000 Hertzberg D Litter: receptacles.
Current law requires litter receptacles to be placed in all public places in the state, as specified, and provides that any person owning or operating any establishment or public place in which litter receptacles are required to be placed shall procure, place, and maintain those receptacles at that person’s own expense on the premises. This bill would make non-substantive changes to those provisions.
2/27/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 1028 Dodd D Agriculture: Cannella Environmental Farming Act of 1995: Environmental Farming Incentive Program. *
Would require the Advisory Panel on Environmental Farming to assist government agencies to incorporate the conservation of natural resources and ecosystem services practices into agricultural programs. The bill would require the Department of Food and Agriculture, with advice from the panel, to establish and administer the California Environmental Farming Incentive Program, subject to an appropriation by the Legislature. The bill would require the program to support on-farm practices seeking to optimize environmental benefits while supporting the economic viability of California agriculture by providing incentives, educational materials, and outreach to farmers or ranchers who want to pursue adopting management practices that contribute to wildlife habitat and result in on-farm activities that provide multiple conservation benefits, as specified.
3/13/2020 – Set for hearing March 31.
3/19/2020 – From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on AGRI.

SB 1070 Leyva D Land use: general plans.
The Planning and Zoning Law requires the legislative body of each county and city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the county or city and of any land outside its boundaries that bears relation to its planning. That law requires the general plan to include several elements, including, among others, an environmental justice element, or related goals, policies, and objectives integrated in other elements, that identifies disadvantaged communities, as defined, if the city, county, or city and county has a disadvantaged community. This bill would make a non-substantive change to these provisions.
2/27/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 1132 Dodd D Recycling: beverage containers. *
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, is established to promote beverage container recycling and provides for the payment, collection, and distribution of certain payments and fees based on minimum refund values established for beverage containers. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation relating to the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.
2/27/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 1152 Skinner D Litter: receptacles.
Current law requires litter receptacles to be placed in all public places in the state, as specified, and provides that any person owning or operating any establishment or public place in which litter receptacles are required to be placed to procure, place, and maintain those receptacles at that person’s own expense on the premises. This bill would make non-substantive changes to those provisions.
3/5/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 1156 Archuleta D Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: penalties. *
(Somewhat similar to AB 1509 Mullin D Solid waste: lithium-ion batteries recycling. 2019)
Would prohibit a person from knowingly disposing of a lithium-ion battery in a container or receptacle that is intended for the collection of solid waste or recyclable materials. The bill would require a violation of that prohibition to be charged as a misdemeanor if the violation resulted in a fire that damaged property, as specified, but would otherwise allow a violation to be charged as a misdemeanor or an infraction.
3/10/2020 – Set for hearing April 1.
3/18/2020-April 1 hearing postponed by committee.

SB 1191 Dahle R Organic waste: reduction goals: local jurisdictions: noncompliance and penalties.
The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, in consultation with the State Air Resources Board, is required to adopt regulations that achieve specified targets for reducing organic waste in landfills that may include, among other things, different levels of requirements for local jurisdictions and phased timelines based upon their progress in meeting the organic waste reduction goals, and penalties to be imposed by the department for noncompliance. This bill would require the department, in determining whether or not to issue a compliance order or impose a penalty on a local jurisdiction pursuant to those provisions, or in determining the amount of any penalties imposed pursuant to those provisions, to consider specified information, including whether a local jurisdiction has made a good faith effort to implement its organic waste reduction program and whether any of specified factors affected the local jurisdiction’s ability to implement its organic waste reduction program or otherwise comply with those provisions, as provided.
3/5/2020 – Referred to Com. on EQ.

SB 1227 Skinner D Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program. *
Current law creates the Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Program to address deferred maintenance on the state highway system and the local street and road system. Current law requires the Department of Transportation and cities and counties receiving funds under the program, to the extent possible and cost effective, and where feasible, to use advanced technologies and material recycling techniques that reduce the cost of maintaining and rehabilitating the streets and highways and that exhibit reduced levels of greenhouse gas emissions through material choice and construction method. This bill would delete the condition in that requirement imposed on the department and those cities and counties to use advanced technologies and material recycling techniques to the extent possible.
3/5/2020 – Referred to Com. on TRANS.

SB 1235 Caballero D Administrative Procedure Act: adverse economic impact.
The Administrative Procedure Act governs, among other things, the procedures for the adoption, amendment, or repeal of regulations by state agencies and for the review of those regulatory actions by the Office of Administrative Law. Current law requires a state agency proposing to adopt, amend, or repeal specific administrative regulations to assess the potential for adverse economic impact on California business enterprises and individuals and to prepare an economic impact assessment, as specified, that addresses, among other things, the creation or elimination of jobs within the state. This bill would make non-substantive changes to those provisions.
3/5/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.

SB 1332 Allen D Solid waste: recycling and composting infrastructure. *
Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would improve California’s statewide recycling and composting infrastructure.
3/12/2020 – Referred to Com. on RLS.