2021 Legislation

Clean Seas and CalRecycle’s Priority Bills for 2021 Legislative Session, as of 4/12/21

The Clean Seas Lobby Coalition had initially identified 62 Bills of interest, from which a Priority List of 18 Bills emerged. Of the 15 selected for support, NCRA has been included as a signatory onto each of the group sign-on letters.

CalRecycle had released their list of Priority Bills, which initially included 88 Bills and 1 Assembly Joint Resolution. From this list, 40 Bills and 1 AJR have been initially selected as having potential interest to NCRA, most likely for support (Y) or likely opposition (N). Not yet selected were some Bills that are potential candidates for NCRA support, but merely would make non-substantive changes or state the intent to enact subsequent legislation.

Listed below in the following order:
Priority Bills of both the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition and CalRecycle – 11
Additional Priority Bills of the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition – 4
Additional Priority Bills of CalRecycle – 31

Bills also supported by Californians Against Waste are denoted by [*]

Priority Bills of both the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition and CalRecycle (11)

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.
3/22 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 622 Friedman D Washing machines: microfiber filtration.
Current law, to protect public health and water quality, regulates a broad range of consumer products and processes, including water softeners, water treatment devices, and backflow prevention devices, among others. This bill would require, on or before January 1, 2024, that all washing machines sold as new in California contain a microfiber filtration system with a mesh size of 100 microns or smaller.
4/7 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

AB 802 Bloom D Microfiber pollution.
Would require the Water Resources Control Board to identify the best available control technology for filtering microfibers from an industrial, institutional, or commercial laundry facility on or before an unspecified date, and would require the state board to consult with owners and operators of laundry facilities on the types of filtration systems currently in use and with universities, scientific organizations, and experts on plastic pollution in identifying the best available control technology. The bill would also require, on or before an unspecified date, any entity that operates an industrial, institutional, or commercial laundry facility to adopt the use of the best available control technology to capture microfibers that are shed during washing.
4/7 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

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.
3/25 – Coauthors revised. From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (March 24). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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.
2/25 – Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

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.
4/08 – Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

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.
4/06 – 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.
4/06 – 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.
3/08 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

SB 54 Allen D Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act.
Would establish the Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act, which would prohibit producers of single-use, disposable packaging or single-use, disposable food service ware products from offering for sale, selling, distributing, or importing in or into the state such packaging or products that are manufactured on or after January 1, 2032, unless they are recyclable or compostable.
4/08 – Set for hearing April 26.

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.
4/08 – Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

Additional Priority Bills of the Clean Seas Lobby Coalition (4)

AB 649 Bennett Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery: Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Relations.
This bill would establish the Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Relations within the department. The bill would prescribe the duties of the office, including, among others, ensuring that the department’s programs effectively address the needs of disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, California Native American tribes, and farmworkers.
3/15 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

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.
4/07 – From E.S. & T.M. committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on JUD. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (April 7). Re-referred to Com. on JUD.

AB 1371 Bloom D Recycling: plastic: packaging and carryout bags.
This bill would prohibit an online retailer that sells or offers for sale and delivers purchased products in or into the state from using single-use plastic packaging that consists of shipping envelopes, cushioning, or void fill to package or transport the products, on and after January 1, 2023, for large online retailers, as defined, and on and after January 1, 2025, for small online retailers, as defined. The bill would prohibit a manufacturer, retailer, producer, or other distributer that sells or offers for sale and delivers purchased products in or into the state from using expanded polystyrene packaging to package or transport the products.
4/08 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

SB 467 Wiener 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.
03/24 Set for Nat Res & Water Comm hearing 4/13

Additional NCRA Supported Bill with Most CSLC Signatories:

AB 20 Lee D Political Reform Act of 1974: campaign contributions: The Corporate-Free Elections Act
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.
03/02 Re-referred to Com. on ELECTIONS.

Additional Priority Bills of CalRecycle (31)

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.
3/26 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 67 Petrie-Norris D Sea level rise: working group: economic analysis. Y
Would require a state agency to take into account the current and future impacts of sea level rise based on projections provided by the Ocean Protection Council when planning, designing, building, operating, maintaining, and investing in infrastructure located in the coastal zone, within the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, or otherwise vulnerable to flooding from sea level rise or storm surges, or when otherwise approving the allocation of state funds, including, but not limited to, bonds, grants, and loans, for those purposes. The bill would provide that new or expanded infrastructure built pursuant to the above-described provision shall only qualify for state funds if the project is not anticipated to be vulnerable to sea level rise risks during the life of that project.
4/06 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 284 Rivas, Robert D California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: climate goal: natural and working lands. Y
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.
3/25 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 8. Noes 1.) (March 24). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 318 Levine D Hazardous waste: classification: exclusions: green waste. Y
Would exclude from classification as a hazardous waste green waste, as defined, that has not been contaminated by a chemical that the Department of Toxic Substances Control determines is hazardous or toxic during the production, harvest, or processing stage. The bill would require that green waste to be disposed of in a permitted class I, II, or III disposal unit or in a compostable materials handling operation, as defined. Because disposal of green waste in violation of this requirement would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
4/07 – In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

AB 501 Garcia, Cristina D Reduction of human remains and the disposition of reduced human remains. Y
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.
4/07 – Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.

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.
3/25 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (March 24). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 659 Mathis R Dumping. ?
Would make dumping waste matter on private property, including on any private road or highways, without the consent of the owner, punishable by a fine between $250 and $1,000 for a first conviction, between $500 and $1,500 for a 2nd conviction, and between $750 and $3,000 for a 3rd conviction. The bill would make a 4th or subsequent conviction a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than 30 days and by a fine of not less than $750 nor more than $3,000. The bill would also require the fine to be doubled for the 4th or subsequent violation if the prosecuting attorney pleads and proves, or, in an infraction case, if the court finds, that the waste placed, deposited, or dumped includes used tires.
4/06 – In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

AB 680 Burke D Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: California Just Transition Act. Y
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.
4/08 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 5. Noes 1.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 683 Grayson D Recycling: procurement. Y
Current law relating to public contracting establishes the State Agency Buy Recycled Campaign (SABRC), which requires state agencies to ensure specific percentages of reportable purchases from prescribed product categories to be recycled products. Current law requires each state agency, if fitness and quality are equal, to purchase recycled products instead of nonrecycled products whenever recycled products are available at the same or a lesser total cost than nonrecycled products. Current law establishes minimum content requirements for recycled products. Current law requires a state agency to report annually to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery its progress in meeting the recycled product purchasing requirements using a SABRC report format. Current law requires the Department of General Services (DGS), if a requirement has not been met, in consultation with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, to review purchasing policies and make recommendations for immediate revisions to ensure that the recycled product purchasing requirements are met. This bill would authorize CalRecycle, on or after January 1, 2022, to add additional products based on criteria selected by the Department of General Services.
3/22 Re-referred to Com. on A. & A.R.

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.
4/07 – Coauthors revised. From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on ED. (Ayes 6. Noes 0.) (April 7). Re-referred to Com. on ED.

AB 842 Garcia, Cristina D California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. [Solid waste: single-use plastic packaging and products.] [Industry Bill?]
Would enact the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act, which would establish a comprehensive regulatory scheme for producers, retailers, and wholesalers of single-use packaging, as defined, and single-use products, as defined, made partially or entirely of plastic, to be administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. The bill would require producers, within 6 months of the department’s adoption of regulations to implement the act, to individually, or to collectively form or join a stewardship organization that will, develop, finance, and implement a convenient and cost-effective program to source reduce, recover, and recycle single-use packaging and single-use products discarded in the state, and develop and submit to the department a stewardship plan, annual report, and budget, as prescribed.
3/23 – Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

AB 1027 Seyarto R Solid and organic waste. * N
Current law declares the policy goal of the state that not less than 75% of solid waste generated be source reduced, recycled, or composted by the year 2020, and annually thereafter. Existing law requires each jurisdiction to implement a solid waste recycling program appropriate for that jurisdiction designed to divert commercial solid waste from businesses subject to specified commercial solid waste recycling requirements. Current law also requires each jurisdiction to implement an organic waste recycling program appropriate for the jurisdiction and designed to specifically divert organic waste generated by businesses subject to specified organic waste recycling requirements. This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation to provide relief from those solid waste recycling, composting, and source reduction requirements and organic waste recycling requirements, for no more than one year, to cities and municipalities struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19.
2/19 – From printer. May be heard in committee March 21.

AB 1086 Aguiar-Curry D Organic waste: implementation strategy. Y
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.
4/06 – Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

AB 1453 Muratsuchi D Environmental justice: Just Transition Advisory Commission: Just Transition Plan. Y
Would, until January 1, 2028, establish the Just Transition Advisory Commission, consisting of specified members, in the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and would require the commission, though a public process, to develop and adopt, on or before January 1, 2024, the Just Transition Plan that contains recommendations to transition the state’s economy to a climate-resilient and low-carbon economy that maximizes the benefits of climate actions while minimizing burdens to workers, especially workers in the fossil fuel industry, and their communities, especially communities that face disproportionate burdens from pollution. The bill would require the commission to submit the plan to the Legislature on or before January 1, 2024.
4/08 – From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (April 8). Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.

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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.
4/06 – In Senate. To Com. on RLS.

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SB 27 Skinner D Carbon sequestration: state goals: natural and working lands: registry of projects. Y
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.
3/25 – Set for hearing April 27.

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.
4/05 – April 5 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

SB 207 Dahle R Photovoltaic Recycling Advisory Group. Y?
Would require the Secretary for Environmental Protection to, on or before April 1, 2022, convene the Photovoltaic Recycling Advisory Group, consisting of specified members, to review and advise the Legislature on policies pertaining to the recovery of photovoltaic panels and their components. The bill would require the advisory group to consult with relevant entities in order to develop and, on or before April 1, 2025, submit to the Legislature policy recommendations aimed at ensuring that, to the extent possible, 100% of photovoltaic panels in the state are reused or recycled at end of life in a safe and cost-effective manner.
4/05 – April 5 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

SB 240 Eggman D Income tax: credits: food banks. Y
The Personal Income Tax Law and the Corporation Tax Law allow various credits against the taxes imposed by those laws, including, for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2017, and before January 1, 2022, a credit for qualified taxpayers in an amount equal to 15% of the qualified value of fresh fruits or vegetables and specified raw agricultural products or processed foods donated to a food bank. In accordance with specified requirements imposed on bills containing new tax expenditures, current law requires the Franchise Tax Board to report to the Legislature on or before December 1, 2019, and each December 1 thereafter until January 1, 2021, regarding the utilization of those tax credits and requires specified data to be included in the report. This bill would extend the authorization for those tax credits to a taxable year beginning before January 1, 2027.
4/06 – Set for hearing April 19.

SB 244 Archuleta D Lithium-ion batteries: illegal disposal: fire prevention. Y
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.
3/25 – Set for hearing April 27

SB 260 Wiener D Climate Corporate Accountability Act. Y
Would require the State Air Resources Board, on or before January 1, 2023, to develop and adopt regulations requiring publicly traded domestic and foreign corporations with annual revenues in excess of $1,000,000,000 that do business in California, defined as “covered entities,” to publicly disclose their greenhouse gas emissions, categorized as scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions, as defined, from the prior calendar year. The bill would require the state board, on or before January 1, 2024, to develop and adopt regulations requiring covered entities to set science-based emissions targets, as defined, based on the covered entity’s emissions that have been reported to the state board.
4/05 – From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E.Q.

SB 289 Newman D Recycling: batteries and battery-embedded products. * Y
Would make the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Act of 2006 and the Cell Phone Recycling Act of 2004 inoperative as of June 30, 2025, and would repeal those acts as of January 1, 2026. The bill would enact the Battery and Battery-Embedded Product Recycling and Fire Risk Reduction Act of 2021, which would require producers, as defined, either individually or through the creation of one or more stewardship organizations, to establish a stewardship program for batteries and battery-embedded products.
4/05 – From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on E.Q

SB 342 Gonzalez D Environmental justice. Y [Dropped from CalRecycle Priority List]Current law requires the Secretary for Environmental Protection to convene a Working Group on Environmental Justice composed of various representatives, as specified, to assist the California Environmental Protection Agency in developing an agencywide environmental justice strategy. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation to increase environmental justice representation at a local level.

SB 451 Dodd D Beverage container recycling: pilot projects. Y?
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act authorizes the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to issue probationary operation certificates to pilot project recyclers for not more than 3 years and makes those recyclers eligible to apply for handling fees from the department. The act makes these provisions inoperative on July 1, 2022, and repeals them on January 1, 2023. The act establishes the California Beverage Container Recycling Fund and continuously appropriates moneys in the fund to the department for specified purposes, including the amount necessary to pay handling fees. This bill would postpone to January 1, 2023, the date by which the department may approve recycling pilot projects. The bill would increase the maximum number of pilot projects from 5 to 10.
4/08 – Set for hearing April 26.

SB 502 Allen D Hazardous materials: green chemistry: consumer products. Y?
The Green Chemistry program requires the Department of Toxic Substances Control to adopt regulations to establish a process to identify and prioritize chemicals or chemical ingredients in consumer products that may be considered as being chemicals of concern. Regulations adopted by the department refer to a chemical-product combination that has been identified and prioritized pursuant to that provision as a “priority product.” Current law requires the department to adopt regulations that establish a process for evaluating chemicals of concern in priority products, and their potential alternatives, to determine how best to limit exposure to or to reduce the level of hazard posed by chemicals of concern, as specified. Regulations adopted by the department require a responsible entity, defined to mean a manufacturer, importer, assembler, or retailer, for a priority product to conduct an analysis of alternatives for the priority product. Current law requires the department’s regulations to specify the range of regulatory responses that the department may take following the completion of the analysis of alternatives. This bill would authorize the department, in lieu of requiring the analysis of alternatives, following public notice and an opportunity for public comment, to instead rely on all or part of one or more applicable publicly available studies or evaluations of alternatives to the chemical of concern under consideration in a consumer product, in existence at the time of consideration, and to proceed directly to a regulatory response, as provided.
3/22 – March 22 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

SB 557 Wieckowski D Hazardous waste: treated wood waste. ?
Current law regulates the control of hazardous waste, but exempts from the hazardous waste control laws, wood waste that is exempt from regulation under the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976, as amended, if the wood waste is disposed of in a municipal landfill that meets certain requirements imposed pursuant to the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act for the classification of disposal sites, and the landfill meets other specified requirements. A violation of the state’s hazardous waste control laws, including a regulation adopted pursuant to those laws, is a crime. This bill would define the term “treated wood” and would require treated wood waste, as defined, to be disposed of in either a class I hazardous waste landfill or in a composite-lined portion of a solid waste landfill unit that meets specified requirements.
3/18 – Set for hearing April 12.

SB 580 Hueso D Department of Transportation: highways and roads: recycled plastics study and specifications. N?
Would authorize the department to conduct a study to assess the feasibility, cost effectiveness, and life-cycle environmental benefits of including recycled plastics in asphalt used as a paving material in the construction, maintenance, or rehabilitation of a highway or road. If the department determines that this use of recycled plastics is feasible and that recycled plastics can be included in asphalt in a manner that is cost effective and provides life-cycle environmental benefits, the bill would authorize the department to establish specifications for including recycled plastics in asphalt used as a paving material in the construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of a highway or road. The bill would require the department to prepare and submit, on or before January 1 of each year, commencing January 1, 2023, an analysis to the Assembly Committee on Transportation and the Senate Committee on Transportation on its progress studying recycled plastics and its progress toward establishing specifications for including recycled plastics in asphalt, as described above.
3/10 – Set for hearing April 13.

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.
4/05 – From committee with author’s amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on N.R. & W.

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.
4/08 – Set for hearing April 19.

SB 741 Archuleta D Trash receptacles and storage containers: reflective markings. Y
Would require a person who sells or provides for compensation a trash receptacle or storage container that is longer than 3 feet and taller than 4 feet and that is designed to be placed on a roadway or the curb of a roadway in order to be emptied or picked up to mark the receptacle or container with a reflector on each side. The bill would authorize a civil penalty against a person who violates this prohibition pursuant to an action brought by the Attorney General, a district attorney, or a city attorney.
4/05 – April 13 hearing postponed by committee.

SB 751 Gonzalez D Environmental justice. Y
Current law requires the Secretary for Environmental Protection to convene a Working Group on Environmental Justice composed of various representatives, as specified, to assist the California Environmental Protection Agency in developing an agencywide environmental justice strategy. This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact subsequent legislation to promote environmental justice by ensuring that disadvantaged communities, often low-income communities of color, do not continue to be overburdened with unfair shares of pollution.
3/03 – Referred to Com on RLS.