2021 Legislation

Clean Seas and CalRecycle’s Priority Bills for 2021 Legislative Session, as of 7/11/21

Listed below in the following order:
Priority Bills of both the CSLC and CalRecycle, in Alternate House (8)
Additional Priority Bill of the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition, in Alternate House (1)
Additional Priority Bills of CalRecycle, in Alternate House (17)
Bills which Failed Committee Passage, Failed Deadline, or Inactive (22)
Bills also supported by Californians Against Waste are denoted by [*]
Added – Priority Bills of the Sierra Club (5)

Priority Bills of both the CSLC and CalRecycle, Passed to Alternate House (8)

AB 478 Ting D Solid waste: thermoform containers: minimum recycled content.
Would, on and after January 1, 2024, require the total thermoform plastic containers, as defined, sold by a producer, as defined, in the state to contain, on average, specified amounts of postconsumer recycled plastic, as defined, per year pursuant to a tiered plan that would require the total thermoform plastic containers to contain, on average, no less than 30% postconsumer recycled plastic per year on and after January 1, 2030.
05/27 – Asm Floor Vote: 54-3-21 (Ayes-Noes-NVR) Pass
07/05 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

AB 881 Gonzalez, Lorena D Plastic waste: diversion: recycling: export. *
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, which is administered by CalRecycle, requires the source reduction and recycling element to divert from disposal 50% of all solid waste subject to the element through source reduction, recycling, and composting activities, with specified exceptions. This bill would make the export out of the country of a mixture of plastic wastes “disposal” for purposes of the act, unless the mixture includes only certain plastics destined for separate recycling and satisfies other specified requirements, in which case that export would constitute diversion through recycling. These provisions would not apply to exports to Canada or Mexico pursuant to a trade agreement.
05/20 – Asm Floor Vote: 76-0-2, Pass
06/30 – In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

AB 962 Kamlager D California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: reusable beverage containers. *
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act requires CalRecycle to certify processors and requires certified processors to comply with specified requirements for operation, including, among others, taking the actions necessary and approved by the department to cancel containers to render them unfit for redemption. A violation of the act is an infraction. This bill would authorize, for a reusable beverage container, a processor approved by the department to handle reusable beverage containers to satisfy those operation requirements by transferring the reusable beverage container to a washer approved by the department.
05/20 – Asm Floor Vote: 76-0-2. Pass
07/01 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1200 Ting D Plant-based food packaging: cookware: hazardous chemicals.
Would prohibit, beginning January 1, 2023, any person from distributing, selling, or offering for sale in the state any food packaging that contains intentionally added perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS, as defined. The bill would require a manufacturer to use the least toxic alternative when replacing PFAS chemicals. The bill would define “food packaging,” in part, to mean a nondurable package, packaging component, or food service ware that is comprised, in substantial part, of paper, paperboard, or other materials originally derived from plant fibers.
04/22 – Asm Floor Vote: 48-14-17. Pass
05/12 – Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and E.Q.

AB 1201 Ting D Solid waste: plastic products: labeling: compostability and biodegradability
Would prohibit a person from selling a plastic product that is labeled with the term ‘compostable,’ ‘home compostable,’ or ‘soil biodegradable’ unless the product meets specified standards and satisfies specified criteria. The bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt regulations for plastic product labeling to ensure that plastic products labeled ‘compostable’ or ‘home compostable’ are clearly distinguishable from noncompostable products upon quick inspection by consumers and solid waste processing facilities.
05/28 – Asm Floor Vote: 77-0-2. Pass
07/07 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (July 7). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1276 Carrillo D Single-use food accessories and service ware.
Would prohibit a food facility or a third-party food delivery platform, as specified, from providing any single-use food accessories, as defined, to consumers unless requested by the consumer and, commencing on January 1, 2023, would prohibit a full-service restaurant that has adequate dishwashing capacity to sanitize reusable service ware from providing single-use service ware to consumers except under specified conditions. The bill would require enforcement of these prohibitions by officers of an agency that the bill would require each city, county, or city and county governing body to select on or before June 1, 2022.
06/01 – Asm Floor Vote: 58-14-7. Pass
07/08 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (July 8). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1454 Bloom D The California Beverage Container and Litter Reduction Act. *
Would establish the Beverage Container Recycling Program Advisory Board, consisting of 9 members in specified categories appointed by the Director of Resources Recycling and Recovery, and would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to consult with the board when initiating, reviewing, or expanding policies, guidelines, or budgetary changes impacting the beverage container recycling program. The bill would provide that board members are entitled to payment of necessary traveling expenses, to be paid, upon appropriation by the Legislature from the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund, to the board for that purpose.
Note: NCRA Support Withdrawn
06/03 – Asm Floor Vote: 78-0-1. Pass
07/05 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

SB 343 Allen D Environmental advertising: recycling symbol. *
Current law declares that it is the public policy of the state that environmental marketing claims, whether explicit or implied, should be substantiated by competent and reliable evidence to prevent deceiving or misleading consumers about the environmental impact of plastic products and that, for consumers to have accurate and useful information about the environmental impact of plastic products, environmental marketing claims should adhere to uniform and recognized standards. This bill would further declare that it is the public policy of the state that claims related to the recyclability of a plastic product be truthful and that consumers deserve accurate and useful information related to how to properly handle the end of life of a plastic product.
06/01 – Sen Floor Vote: 31-6-3. Pass.
07/08 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Additional Priority Bill of the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition, in Alternate House (1)

AB 818 Bloom D Solid waste: premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes.
This bill would require, except as provided, certain premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes manufactured on or after July 1, 2022, to be labeled clearly and conspicuously with the phrase “Do Not Flush” and a related symbol, as specified. The bill would prohibit a covered entity, as defined, from making a representation about the flushable attributes, benefits, performance, or efficacy of those premoistened nonwoven disposable wipes, as provided. The bill would establish enforcement provisions, including authorizing a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 per day, up to a maximum of $100,000 per violation, to be imposed on a covered entity who violates those provisions.
05/13 – Asm Floor Vote: 75-0-3. Pass.
07/01 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Additional Priority Bills of CalRecycle, in Alternate House (17)

AB 39 Chau D California-China Climate Institute. Y
Would establish the California-China Climate Institute, housed at the University of California, Berkeley, as specified, and in partnership with the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development at Tsinghua University and other entities and institutions in China and California. The bill would require the institute to foster collaboration to inform and shape climate policy and advance the goals of the Paris Agreement, advance joint policy research on major climate issues, support high-level dialogue on specific climate issues, and provide training to specified entities to advance climate and environmental policies. The bill would require the institute to work closely with other University of California campuses, departments, and leaders, and would authorize the institute to receive guidance and support from experts and state entities.
05/13 – Asm Floor vote: 50-16-12. Pass
06/21 – In committee: Referred to APPR suspense file.

AB 284 Rivas, Robert D California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: climate goal: natural and working lands. Y    Sample Letter
The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 requires the State Air Resources Board to prepare and approve a scoping plan for achieving the maximum technologically feasible and cost-effective reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and to update the scoping plan at least once every 5 years. This bill would require the state board, when updating the scoping plan and in collaboration with the Natural Resources Agency and other relevant state agencies and departments, to take specified actions by January 1, 2023, including, among others, identifying a 2045 climate goal, with interim milestones, for the state’s natural and working lands, as defined, and identifying practices, policy incentives, market needs, and potential reductions in barriers that would help achieve the 2045 climate goal. The bill would require the state board, no later than January 1, 2024, to develop standard methods for state agencies to consistently track greenhouse gas emissions reductions, carbon sequestration, and additional benefits from natural and working lands over time.
06/01 – Asm Floor Vote: 52-18-9. Pass
06/29 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

AB 501 Garcia, Cristina D Reduction of human remains and the disposition of reduced human remains. Y Sample Letter
Would, commencing July 1, 2022, require the Cemetery and Funeral Bureau to license and regulate reduction facilities, as defined, and would enact requirements applicable to reduction facilities substantially similar to those applicable to crematoria and hydrolysis facilities and would enact provisions relating to the disposition of reduced human remains by integration into the soil. By expanding the definition of crimes relating to the disposition of human remains and creating new crimes, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
05/27 – Asm Floor Vote: 75-0-3. Pass
06/24 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

AB 504 McCarty D Solid waste: commercial and organic waste: recycling bins. Y?
Would, for a theme park, amusement park, water park, resort or entertainment complex, zoo, attraction, or similar facility, restrict the requirement to provide customers with a recycling bin or container to permanent, nonmobile food service facilities with dedicated seating areas that are not full-service restaurants. The bill would authorize those facilities, instead of providing an organic recycling bin or container, to implement a process for recycling organic waste that yields results comparable to or greater in volume and quality to results attained by providing an organic waste recycling bin or container. The bill would also make other revisions to these provisions, including revising the definition of “full-service restaurant,” deleting obsolete provisions, and making conforming changes.
04/22 – Asm Floor Vote: 77-0-2. Pass
07/09 – Enrolled. Signed by the Governor

AB 680 Burke D Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: California Jobs Plan Act of 2021 Y   Sample Letter
Would enact the California Just Transition Act, which would require the Labor and Workforce Development Agency to work with the state board to update, by July 1, 2023, the funding guidelines for administering agencies to ensure that all applicants to grant programs funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund meet specified standards, including fair and responsible employer standards and inclusive procurement policies, as defined. The bill would require administering agencies to give preference to applicants that demonstrate a partnership with an educational institution or training program targeting residents of disadvantaged, tribal, and low-income communities.
06/02 – Asm Floor Vote: 61-13-5. Pass
07/05 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

AB 762 Lee D Hazardous emissions and substances: schoolsites: private and charter schools. Y
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 current or former hazardous waste disposal site or solid waste disposal site, a hazardous substance 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 emissions or handle hazardous or extremely hazardous substances or waste, as provided. This bill would prohibit an environmental impact report or negative declaration from being approved for a project involving the purchase of a schoolsite or the construction of a new elementary or secondary school by a charter school, unless those specified conditions are met.
06/01 – Asm Floor Vote: 61-2-16. Pass
07/07 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 2.) (July 7). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1035 Salas D Department of Transportation and local agencies: streets and highways: recycled materials.
Would require the Department of Transportation and a local agency that has jurisdiction over a street or highway, to the extent feasible and cost effective, to use advanced technologies and material recycling techniques that reduce the cost of maintaining and rehabilitating streets and highways and that exhibit reduced levels of greenhouse gas emissions through material choice and construction method. The bill would require, on and after January 1, 2025, a local agency that has jurisdiction over a street or highway, to the extent feasible, to apply standard specifications that allow for the use of recycled materials in streets and highways, as specified. By increasing the duties of local agencies, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
05/27 – Asm Floor vote: 73-0-5. Pass
06/28 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1086 Aguiar-Curry D Organic waste: implementation strategy. Y   Sample Letter
Would require the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with specified state agencies, and in consultation with stakeholders and relevant permitting agencies, to prepare and submit to the Legislature, by January 1, 2023, a report that provides an implementation strategy to achieve the state’s organic waste, and related climate change and air quality, mandates, goals, and targets. The bill would authorize the Natural Resources Agency to, by July 1, 2022, contract with outside entities, including the California Council on Science and Technology and the University of California, to prepare the report. The bill would require the implementation strategy to include, among other things, recommendations on policy and funding support for the beneficial reuse of organic waste.
05/28 – Asm Floor Vote: 77-0-2. Pass.
07/08 – Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1261 Burke D State Air Resources Board: greenhouse gas emissions: incentive programs.  Sample Letter
Would require the State Air Resources Board, to establish specified processes to assist the state in achieving its greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, including a process to identify any overlap among its incentive programs, as defined, that share the same objectives and a process to define, collect, and evaluate data on the behavioral changes that result from each of its incentive programs. The bill would require the state board to use the information collected pursuant to these processes to refine the greenhouse gas emissions estimates for each of its incentive programs in its annual reports to the Legislature, its funding plans, and any long-term planning documents or reports. The bill would require the state board to develop a process to define, collect, and evaluate data that will translate to metrics demonstrating the socioeconomic benefits that result from each of its incentive programs, and to use this data to make funding and design recommendations in its annual reports to the Legislature and funding plans, as provided.
06/02 – Asm Floor Vote: 76-0-3. Pass.
07/05 – In committee: Referred to suspense file.

AB 1311 Wood D Recycling: beverage containers.
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act provides that a recycling center that is a reverse vending machine that accepts all types of empty beverage containers except those that are 3 or more liters in volume and those that are pouches is open for business if it provides an attendant to accept all types of empty beverage containers for no less than 10 hours per week, as provided, and is operable and properly functioning for no less than 70 hours per week. The act requires the department to pay handling fees to those recycling centers, and requires those recycling centers to pay refund values, on the basis of the number of beverage containers redeemed through the reverse vending machines, and not on the basis of weight. This bill would apply the above-specified provisions applicable to reverse vending machines to bag drop recycling centers, defined to mean a recycling location operated by a recycling center at which consumers can drop off bagged empty beverage containers for redemption. The bill would require a bag drop recycling center to pay the refund value for beverage containers within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 3 business days.
05/28 – Asm Floor Vote: 77-0-2. Pass. Ordered to the Senate.
07/07 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (July 7). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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AJR 4 Garcia, Cristina D Basel Convention: ratification. *
This measure would declare California to be in favor of the United States’ ratification of the Basel Convention at the earliest opportunity and would request the Biden Administration to accomplish this ratification as a matter of urgency.
04/05 Asm vote 60-0-18. To Senate.
07/05/21 – Adopted and to Assembly. (Ayes 34. Noes 0.) In Assembly. Ordered to Engrossing and Enrolling.
07/06 – Enrolled.

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SB 27 Skinner D Carbon sequestration: state goals: natural and working lands: registry of projects. Y Sample Letter
Would require, no later than July 1, 2022, the Natural Resources Agency, in coordination with the California Environmental Protection Agency, the State Air Resources Board, and the Department of Food and Agriculture, to establish carbon sequestration goals for natural and working lands, as provided. The bill would require the state board, as part of its scoping plan, to establish specified carbon dioxide removal targets for 2030 and beyond.
05/28 – Sen Floor Vote: 34-3-3. Pass.
06/28 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

SB 38 Wieckowski D Beverage containers. N?
Would require distributors of beverage containers in the state to form a beverage container stewardship organization. The organization would be required to develop and submit to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery a plan, annual report, and budget for the recovery and recycling of empty beverage containers in the state similar to that described in the Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act. The bill would require the organization to establish a stewardship fee, to be paid by distributor members of the organization, to assist in covering the costs of implementing the beverage container stewardship program. The bill would require the organization to reimburse the department for the department’s costs of enforcing the program. The bill would require the department to deposit all moneys submitted for reimbursement into the Beverage Container Stewardship Fund, which the bill would create in the State Treasury.
06/03 – Sen Floor Vote: 23-8-9. Pass. Ordered to the Assembly.
06/30 – From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

SB 244 Archuleta D Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: fire prevention. Y   Sample Letter
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, unless the container or receptacle is designated for the collection of batteries for recycling, as provided.
06/01 – Sen vote 39-0-1. Pass.
07/07 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To consent calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (July 7). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

SB 451 Dodd D Beverage container recycling: pilot projects. Y?
Would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to establish a recycling pilot program for the collection and recycling of beverage containers. The bill would define the terms “beverage” and “beverage containers” for purposes of the pilot program to include certain beverage containers that are otherwise excluded for other purposes. The bill would make an appropriation by changing the terms and conditions under which the department is authorized to make payments from a continuously appropriated fund.
06/01 – Sen Floor Vote: 39-0-1. Pass.
06/10 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

SB 624 Hueso D Environmental Equity and Outdoor Access Act.
Would establish the Environmental Equity and Outdoor Access Act, which sets forth the state’s commitment to ensuring all Californians can benefit from, and have meaningful access to, the state’s rich cultural and natural resources. The bill would make related findings and declarations regarding the importance of the state’s natural resources and ensuring equal access to those resources. The bill would provide that the Legislature finds and declares that it is the policy of the state to, among other things, promote representation and ensure cultural competency among staff of the agency and each department, board, conservancy, and commission within the agency, to ensure all Californians and visitors of the state feel safe and welcome in the outdoors.
05/24 – Senate Floor vote: 39-0-1. Pass.
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6/21 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

SB 699 Eggman D School climate: statewide school climate indicator: surveys. Y
Would require the State Board of Education, on or before October 1, 2022, to adopt a statewide school climate survey indicator, based on data collected from the California Healthy Kids Survey. The bill would require the state board to adopt standards for school district and individual schoolsite performance and expectations for improvement on the school climate indicator, and to publicly report performance data. The bill would require the State Department of Education, contingent on funds being appropriated in the annual Budget Act or another statute, to administer and make available the California Healthy Kids Survey, provide technical assistance to school districts, and collect and analyze data regarding local and statewide pupil health risks and behaviors, school connectedness, pupil supports, and school violence.
06/01 – Sen Floor Vote: 33-6-1. Pass.
07/07 – July 7 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.

Failed Committee Passage ( 2)

AB 20 Lee D Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign contributions: The Corporate-Free Elections Act.  Sample Letter
The Political Reform Act of 1974 imposes various limitations on contributions that may be made to, or accepted by, candidates for elective office. A violation of the act’s provisions is punishable as a misdemeanor and subject to specified penalties. This bill, the Corporate-Free Elections Act, would prohibit a candidate for elective office from receiving a contribution from a business entity, and a business entity from making a contribution to a candidate for elective office, and would make related findings and declarations. By expanding the scope of existing crimes with regard to contribution limitations, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
04/29 – In Com. on ELECTIONS. First hearing. Held without recommendation.

SB 467 Wiener D Oil and gas: hydraulic fracturing, acid well stimulation treatments, steam flooding, water flooding, or cyclic steaming: prohibition: job relocation.
This bill would revise the definition of “well stimulation treatment” to include steam flooding and water flooding. The bill would prohibit the issuance or renewal of a permit to conduct hydraulic fracturing, acid well stimulation treatment, steam flooding, water flooding, or cyclic steaming for the extraction of oil and gas beginning January 1, 2022, and would prohibit new or repeated hydraulic fracturing, acid well stimulation treatments, steam flooding, water flooding, or cyclic steaming, except as conducted pursuant to a permit lawfully issued before that date. The bill would prohibit all hydraulic fracturing, acid well stimulation treatments, steam flooding, water flooding, cyclic steaming, or other well stimulation treatments beginning January 1, 2027.
04/13 – Failed passage in Nat Res & Water Comm.: 4-3-2 (Ayes-Noes-NVR) Reconsideration granted.

Failed Deadline (15)
[For policy committees to meet and report fiscal bills, pursuant to Rule 61(a)(2)]
Note – These Bills may be acted upon Jan. 2022.
Bill descriptions are available at: Current Bills Related to Recycling and Waste Management (ca.gov)

AB 67 Petrie-Norris D Sea level rise: working group: economic analysis. Y
5/25 – Failed deadline.

AB 318 Levine D Hazardous waste: classification: exclusions: green waste. Y
06/04 – Failed Deadline.

AB 622 Friedman D Washing machines: microfiber filtration.
05/07 – Failed deadline

AB 659 Mathis R Dumping.
4/30 – Failed Deadline.

AB 683 Grayson D Recycling: procurement. Y
4/30 – Failed Deadline. (Last location was A. & A.R. On 3/18)

AB 802 Bloom D Microfiber pollution.
4/30 – Failed Deadline.

AB 842 Garcia, Cristina D California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. [Solid waste: single-use plastic packaging and products.]
4/30 – Failed Deadline. (Last location was NAT. RES. On 3/18)

AB 1027 Seyarto R Solid and organic waste. * N
05/07 – Failed deadline.

AB 1371 Bloom D Recycling: plastic: packaging and carryout bags. (CSLC)
6/03 – Read third time. Refused passage. Asm Floor 36-28-15
06/24 – Failed deadline.

AB 1453 Muratsuchi D Environmental justice: Just Transition Advisory Commission: Just Transition Plan. Y
05/25 – Failed Deadline.

SB 54 Allen D Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act.
06/04 – Failed Deadline.

SB 260 Wiener D Climate Corporate Accountability Act. Y
05/25 – Failed Deadline.

SB 289 Newman D Recycling: batteries and battery-embedded products. * Y
05/25 – Failed Deadline

SB 557 Wieckowski D Hazardous waste: treated wood waste. ?
05/25 – Failed Deadline

SB 741 Archuleta D Trash receptacles and storage containers: reflective markings. Y
4/30 – Failed Deadline. (Last location was TRANS. On 3/03)

Inactive (5)

AB 649 Bennett Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery: Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Relations. (CSLC)
03/15 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES. (unchanged) No votes taken

SB 240 Eggman D Income tax: credits: food banks. Y
06/01 – Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Eggman.

SB 502 Allen D Hazardous materials: green chemistry: consumer products. Y?
06/01 – Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Allen.

SB 580 Hueso D Department of Transportation: highways and roads: recycled plastics study and specifications. N?
05/26 – Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Hueso.

SB 751 Gonzalez D Environmental justice. Y
3/03 – Referred to Com. on RLS. (unchanged) No votes taken

Other (1)

SB 207 Dahle R County road commissioner: County of Siskiyou. [Formerly Photovoltaic Recycling Advisory Group.] Removed from CalRecycle

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Added – Priority Bills of the Sierra Club – Support

AB 585 (L Rivas) Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program
This bill will make communities more resilient in the face of the climate crisis by establishing the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program to plan resiliency projects and award grants for their implementation.
06/02 – Asm Floor Vote: 67-1-11. Pass
06/30 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E.Q.

AB 896 (Bennett) Idle Gas and Oil Wells: liens and collections
This bill will authorize California Geologic Energy Management Division (“CalGEM”) to impose a claim or lien on an idle well if the operator has failed to pay idle well fees, if CalGEM has identified the well as unsafe, or if the state has incurred costs for remediating the well. This will provide an important tool to help motivate oil companies to obey the law.
06/01 – Asm Floor Vote: 65-12-2. Pass. Ordered to the Senate.
06/16 – Referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

SB 1 (Atkins) Coastal Resources: Sea Level Rise
This bill will protect coastal communities from sea level rise by requiring the coastal commission to adopt guidelines for the mitigation of sea level rise.
05/24 – Senate Floor vote: 33-5-2.
06/24 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

SB 47 (Limon) Oil and Gas: Remediating Deserted Wells: Expenditure limitations
This bill will allow CalGEM to spend up to $10 million a year on plugging and abandoning deserted oil wells and retain unspent funds up to $100 million. This will help ensure that deserted wells are properly dealt with without delay.
06/01 – Senate Floor vote: 25-10-5.
07/07 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 2.) (July 7). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

SB 222 (Dodd) Water Ratepayer Assistance Program
This bill would establish the Water Rate Assistance Fund to help provide water affordability assistance, for both drinking water and wastewater services, to low-income ratepayers and ratepayers experiencing economic hardship.
06/01 – Senate Floor vote: 31-7-2
07/05 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.