2021 LEGISLATIVE Actions

our Legislative Work in 2021

350 Bay Area Action’s all-volunteer Legislative Committee has hard work to do this year for stronger state legislation in Sacramento, including:

  • A just transition away from ALL fossil fuels and to clean energy
  • Zero emissions transportation and decarbonized (electric) bldgs
  • A strong foundation of climate justice in state climate policies, and more

The state legislative session started in January and will end in Sept, and 350BAA will work hard to support these issues. Bills that are important this year are listed below.

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350 Bay Area Action Legislative Committee: working for progressive climate legislation in California

The Legislative Committee of 350 Bay Area Action works on state climate, clean energy, and climate justice legislation through public education and advocacy at the district level and in Sacramento. We study, track, and recommend positions, direct outreach to legislators at their Sacramento or local offices, testify at committee hearings, and work with other environmental, social justice, and progressive groups to promote strong climate legislation.

KEY CLIMATE BILLS

[SB = Senate bill / AB = Assembly bill, click on bill to get more info]

Clean Energy

SB 582 - Climate Emergency Mitigation, Safe Restoration, and Just Resilience Act of 2021

Ensure that statewide greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to at least 80% below the 1990. Adopt a state policy to lead a Promotes global effort to restore oceanic and atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions to preindustrial levels as soon as possible to secure a safe climate for all
See SB582

SB 31 - Funds projects that decarbonize existing and new buildings | FOR

SB 31 – Funds projects that decarbonize existing and new buildings if they reduce GHG generation.

See SB31
SB 32 - Building decarbonization bill | FOR

SB 32 – Building decarbonization bill that requires cities and counties to update their general plans with targets, objectives and policies to decarbonize newly constructed buildings

See SB32
SB 67 - Establishes interim goals of 85% by 2030 and 90% by 2035 | FOR

SB 67 – Establishes interim goals of 85% by 2030 and 90% by 2035 for retail sales from clean energy resources.

See SB67
SB 99 - Implements a grant program for local governments | FOR

SB 99 – Implements a grant program for local governments to develop community energy resilience plans.

See SB99
SB 345 – Would eventually require CPUC to establish common definitions of nonenergy benefits | FOR

SB 345 – Would eventually require CPUC to establish common definitions of nonenergy benefits, prioritize support for some distributed energy resource programs but prohibit cost-shifting of nonenergy benefits to nonparticipating customers.

See SB345
AB 525 - 10 GW of Offshore wind by 2040 | FOR

AB 525 – 10 GW of Offshore wind by 2040, interim goal of 3 GW by 2030, plan by 2022

See AB525

ELIMINATE FOSSIL FUELS

SB 27 - CARB establishes carbon sequestration goals | FOR

SB 27 – CARB establishes carbon sequestration goals (includes natural & working lands, and direct air capture) by July 2022; OPR has registry of projects seeing state funds for carbon sequestration.

See SB27
SB 47 - Aims to increase the cap on allowed expenditure of the Oil, Gas, and Geothermal | FOR

SB 47 – Aims to increase the cap on allowed expenditure of the Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Administrative Fund for the purposes of plugging and abandoning oil and gas wells or other gas-related sites that pose danger to life, health, water quality, wildlife, or natural resources

See SB47
SB 54 - Will set a statewide goal of reducing the waste generated by single-use disposable packaging | FOR

SB 54 – Will set a statewide goal of reducing the waste generated by single-use disposable packaging and food serviceware by 75 percent by 2032 through source reduction, recycling, and composting

See SB54
SB 260 - Requires large corporations doing business in California to publicly disclose all of the greenhouse gas emissions | FOR

SB 260 – Requires large corporations doing business in California to publicly disclose all of the greenhouse gas emissions that they are directly and indirectly responsible for throughout their supply chains, and to make plans for reducing those emissions that are compatible with keeping warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

See SB260
SB 467 - Addresses environmental racism and our climate emergency | FOR

SB 467 – Addresses environmental racism and our climate emergency by banning new and renewed fracking and dangerous drilling permits in California as of 2022 while protecting our frontline communities by mandating 2500 foot health and safety setbacks and providing just transition for affected oil and gas workers.

See SB467
SB 596 - Requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions | FOR

SB 596 – Requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to establish a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the cement and concrete industries by 40% by 2030, and to achieve carbon neutrality in those industries no later than 2045

See SB596
AB 427 - Electricity: resource adequacy requirements

Would allow home and car battery owners to feed excess power into the state’s grid during peak usage, helping to prevent blackouts and excess fossil fuel emissions

See SB427

TRANSPORTATION/LAND USE

AB 117 - Air Quality Improvement Program: electric bicycles

AB 117 Would provide additional funding for Electric Bike (e-Bike) rebates to help more people invest in this mode of clean transportation + 35% of funding would go to low income folks

See AB117
AB 455 - Requires the establishment of a transit-only lane along the Bay Bridge corridor | FOR

AB 455 – Requires the establishment of a transit-only lane along the Bay Bridge corridor.

See AB455
AB 1218 - Establishes fleet-wide greenhouse gas emissions limits on vehicles | FOR

AB 1218 – Establishes fleet-wide greenhouse gas emissions limits on manufacturers of light duty and passenger vehicles. These regulations are enforced through a revenue-neutral civil penalty whose proceeds may go towards rebates for new EV purchases.

See AB1218
AB 1401 - Prohibits cities from enforcing minimum parking requirements for new developments | FOR

AB 1401 – Prohibits cities from enforcing minimum parking requirements for new developments near transit stops or in low-VMT areas.

See AB1401
SB 261 - Updates and strengthens SB 375 requirements | FOR

SB 261 – Updates and strengthens SB 375 requirements for regions to implement plans to reduce VMT.

See AB261
SB 372 - Implements a purchasing assistance program for EV trucks | FOR

SB 372 – Implements a purchasing assistance program for EV trucks, with a focus on EJ communities.

See SB372
SB 500 - Requires that as of January 1, 2025, autonomous vehicles must be be a zero-emission | FOR

SB 500 – Requires that as of January 1, 2025, autonomous vehicles must be be a zero-emission vehicles.

See SB500

Thank You!

Your voice and actions really matter.

Together we can make a big impact this coming year and create the change we need—eliminate fossil fuel production and use in California!