California Legislature – – 2020 Year End Summary
During the second half of the 2019-2020 California Legislative Session, CalRecycle had started with 48 Priority Bills, 33 Assembly and 15 Senate, nearly all new. At the 9/01 Session conclusion, there had been 51 Priority Bills, 29 Assembly and 22 Senate. Of these, only three Assembly Bills and no Senate Bills had been sent to Governor Newsom, which he signed.
Starting in 2020, NCRA had become a member of the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition (CSLC), under the guidance of EcoConsult. CSLC had supported 9 Priority Bills, 6 Assembly and 3 Senate, including AB 793 and AB 2287 which were also CalRecycle Bills. Of these, there had been one additional Assembly Bill and two Senate Bills sent to Gov. Newsom, which he signed.
NCRA Supported Bills – Approved by Governor and Enacted
1. Clean Seas Lobby Coalition’s Priority Bills are denoted with (*)
2. CalRecycle’s Priority Bills are denoted with (**)
AB 793 (Ting & Irwin) Recycling: plastic beverage containers: minimum recycled content. * ** Sample Letter
Would, on and after January 1, 2022, require the total number of plastic beverage containers filled with a beverage by a beverage manufacturer to contain, on average, specified amounts of postconsumer recycled plastic content per year, pursuant to a tiered plan that would require the total number of plastic beverage containers to contain, no less than 50% postconsumer recycled plastic content per year by 2030. The bill would impose civil penalties, on a beverage manufacturer for violating these requirements.
09/24 Approved, Chapter 115
AB 2287 Eggman D Solid waste: Plastic Film Compostability * ** Sample Letter
Polyethelene film is used widely in agriculture, which is not biodegradable and essentially not recyclable. Bill authorizes the use of mulch film plastic labeled “soil degradable” if it meets specified standards, and clarifies changes relating to biodegradable and compostable labeling. It prevents the sale of products making fraudulent claims of degradability. It gives the Statewide Commission on Recycling Markets and Curbside Recycling an additional six months to make market development policy recommendations, and to identify recyclable or compostable products.
09/29 Approved, Chapter 281
AB 2762 (Muratsuchi, Quirk, and Wicks) Cosmetic products: Safety Sample Letter
AB 2762 will explicitly prohibit the sale of beauty and personal care products in California containing 12 specific toxic chemicals, including mercury, formaldehyde, parabens, phthalates plus 13 per- or poly-fluoroalkyl compounds (PFAS chemicals). All of these ingredients are already banned in the European Union, which restricts the use of nearly 1,400 chemicals in cosmetics, compared to only 11 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. At least 88 different carcinogens and reproductive toxins are intentionally added to cosmetics sold in California today. AB 2762 would provide Californians the same protections from harmful cosmetics provided to people that shop for the exact same products in the European Union and numerous other countries.
09/30 Approved, Chapter 314
AB 3214 Limón D Oil Spills Fines and Penalties * Sample Letter
AB 3214 doubles financial penalties for violations, including failing to notify state and federal agencies of the discharge of oil into waters of the state, and allows a fine of up to $1,000 dollars per gallon spilled in excess of 1,000 gallons of oil. In May 2015, a highly pressurized oil pipeline ruptured in Santa Barbara County, releasing over 140,000 gallons of oil, severely damaging the coastal ecosystem and local economy. Plains All American Pipeline was convicted of one felony and eight misdemeanors for failing to maintain the pipeline, along with mishandling the response to the spill. Due to the current limit on criminal penalties, an $18 billion company was required to pay a penalty of a little over $3 million. AB 3214 gives the court flexibility, and a built-in accountability deterrent, to prevent these types of spills in the future.
09/24 Approved, Chapter 119
SB 312 (Leyva) Cosmetic Fragrance and Flavor Ingredient Right to Know Act of 2020 * Sample Letter
SB 312, would require the disclosure of potentially harmful ingredients in cosmetic and professional salon products, and require reporting such ingredients to the California Safe Cosmetics Program that appear on one or more of the 23 authoritative hazard lists referenced in the bill. Currently, there are no federal or state laws that require such disclosures. Professional salon workers are disproportionately exposed to fragrance chemicals, with hairdressers and beauticians have a 47-fold higher risk of fragrance skin allergies, and higher risks of asthma. SB 312 will provide all consumers and salon workers will important ingredients information that they want and deserve, so as to avoid and minimize their potential health risks.
09/30 Approved, Chapter 315
SB 1044 (Allen) Firefighting equipment and foam: PFAS chemicals * Sample Letter
PFAS are a class of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl man-made chemicals used widely in industrial and consumer products, from cookware and water- or stain-resistant clothing to firefighting foam. These persistent “forever” chemicals are linked to a long list of health problems, and can be harmful at extremely low doses. SB 1044 will protect Californians and firefighters from unnecessary exposures by prohibiting the sale and use of firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals in California, and mandating that purchasers of firefighting gear are provided written notice if the equipment contains PFAS chemicals.
09/29 Approved, Chapter 308
Priority Bills Failing to Pass the California Legislature in 2020
There is quite a long list of Priority Bills considered during 2020, which failed to make it through the Legislature before adjournment, August 31. The furlough of most environmentally proactive Bills has been attributed to prioritization of State resources towards Covid-19 relief, wildfires and homelessness.
Consider which Bills that you believe may/should be worthy of being reintroduced during 2021. Click on the highlighted Bill number to access the Legislature’s records, and check for any “Bill Analysis”. For others, visit http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?, and enter the Bill number. Your preferences and comments would be appreciated if sent to email@example.com, with your optional permission to share with NCRA Zero Waste Advocacy Committee members.
1. Clean Seas Lobby Coalition’s Priority Bills (Assembly 3, Senate 2)
AB 345 (Muratsuchi) Environmental Justice: Oil and Gas: Regulations
AB 1968 (Ramos) The Tribal Land Acknowledgment Act of 2021
AB 3030 (Kalra) Resource conservation: land and ocean conservation goals
SB 1052 (Hertzberg) Storm-water Capture and Diversion Authority
SB 1056 (Portantino) Methodologies to Measure Toxic PFAS Chemicals in Water
2. CalRecycle’s Priority Bills (Assembly 37, Senate 22)
SB 815 Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review – State government.
SB-246 Wieckowski D Oil and gas severance tax.