2019 LEGISLATIVE SESSION WRAP-UP NOW POSTED

summary of 2019’s Bay area climate change Legislative Work

350 Bay Area Action’s all-volunteer Legislative Cmt. has worked hard all year for stronger California climate change 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 ended Sept 13, and 350BAA experienced some wins and some disappointments. This session was marked by Big Oil weakening bills with many amendments that passed, as the Fossil Fuel lobbyists tried to create barriers to implementing 100% clean electricity by 2045 (SB100).

RESULTS FOR OUR KEY CLIMATE BILLS

[SB = Senate bill / AB = Assembly bill, click on bill to see what happened]

SB 1 - Defend and Protect Ca’s Health, Environment and Worker Safety from Trump rollbacks | Vetoed

SB 1 would have protected California’s climate policies from Trump’s Federal rollbacks. We worked hard with our partners to pass SB 1, and then Governor Newsom VETOED it. Big loss! See SB1

AB 342 - Stopping new oil and gas shipments on state lands | Passed & Signed!

AB 342 prohibits new oil and gas shipments across state land, which also stops shipments of new oil and gas from Federal lands adjacent to state land. Passed and signed. Big win!

See AB342
SB 127 - Increase protection for walkers and cyclists on state highways | Vetoed

SB 127 increased protection for walkers and cyclists on state highways. It was an important step towards creating cities for people and neighborhoods rather than only for cars. We worked hard with partner groups for a big win in Legislature, then VETOED by governor. Big loss!

See SB127
AB 1080 & SB 54 - Ending Single Use Plastic by 2030 | Carried Over to next year

SB 54 and AB 1080 would phase out single use plastics by 2030. These bills were doing great in the Legislature with lots of public support. Then Big Oil, which makes Big Profits from making plastics from fracking byproduct, fought behind a fake “recycle plastics” group to weaken support for these bills in the final stretch. These bills were pulled from a final vote and became two-year bills, meaning they will be carried over to next year. Big push needed to Ban Single Use Plastic next session! See AB1080 See SB54

SB 44 & SB 210 - Reduce pollution from diesel trucks | Passed + Action Item

SB 44 and SB 210 were aimed at cleaning up big diesel trucks, which are the single biggest source of smog and air pollution. SB44 started off as “Ditch Diesel” to mandate clean diesel trucks, but the amended law that passed and was signed by Gov. SB 210 that mandates smog checks for big trucks was passed and signed, and it will ensure enforcement of the current regulations that require trucks to meet emissions standards. Important step forward to reduce air pollution! See SB44 See SB210

ACT NOW for Clean Trucks! Now that we have passed a weak SB 44, we’re joining a campaign with other groups https://www.electrictrucksnow.com/ to urge the state Air Resource Board (ARB) to set an ambitious realistic target for Zero Emissions trucks .  Please sign this petition to the ARB now.
AB 857 – Allows cities to set up public banks and control investments of public funds | Passed & Signed!

AB 857 allows local governments to charter local public banks, in partnership with “existing local financial institutions” so as to increase the lending capacity of the local banking system. Passed and signed. Big win! See AB857

AB 936 - Requires safer tar sands shipping and oil spill prevention | Passed & Signed!

AB 936 requires shipping entities to develop additional oil spill response plans for tar sands (non-floating crude oil) and requires additional liability for companies doing this shipping. Passed and signed. Big win! See AB936

Thank You!

We want to thank all of you who took action this summer calling and writing your legislators on important bills. 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!

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.
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Legislative Committee activities include:

  • Legislative training: how to track legislation and prepare for meetings with legislators
  • Analyzing and tracking bills for action
  • Writing fact sheets, blogs and social media to inform and activate supporters
  • Meetings with legislators
  • Letter writing, calling and lobbying
  • Attending meetings and hearings in Sacramento
  • Working with other groups on legislative campaigns
  • Following state rule making and regulatory actions once bills are passed (e.g. Air Resources Board)

2019 ACTION ITEMS

Aug/Sep 2019 Action Toolkit

We need to take action before the end of the session on September 12th. Visit the 350 Bay Area toolkit to find out how to call your legislators, send letters, and/or post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, blog, etc. to help pass our top priority bills AB1080 & SB 54, SB1 and SB210.

Go to Toolkit

2019 Legislative List

[Bills are subject to amendments so these short descriptions may not always reflect the latest changes]

Bills we support - Priority 1

Support! SB 1 (Atkins) - CA Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019
Makes current federal clean air, climate, clean water, worker safety, and endangered species standards enforceable under state law, even if the federal government rolls back and weakens those standards. Passed Senate. Passed all policy Committees on the Assemble side as of 7/9. Referred to Appropriations Committee and will be hear sometime after August 15th

In Assembly

[amended and moved to its second house for review again] Full Text
Support! SB 54 (Allen) / AB 1080 (Gonzalez) – California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act
Requires plastic and other single-use materials be reusable, fully recyclable or compostable by 2030; would also require CA to recycle or otherwise divert from landfills 75% of single-use plastics (from 44% of all solid waste diverted as of 2017). AB 1080  passed Assembly now in Senate and referred to Senate Environmental Quality Committee for Hearing on July 3rd. After amendments it passed 5-0-2 and was referred to Appropriations.  SB 54 was referred tp Assembly Natural Resources and was heard on 7/8. With some amendments it passed 7 - 3 - 1 and was referred to Appropriations where it will be heard sometime after August 15th.

SB 54 Passed Senate and was referred to Assembly Committee on Natural Resources for a hearing on July 8th.

SB 54 In Assembly

[amended and moved to its second house for review again]Full Text
Support! SB 210 (Leyva) – Smog checks for heavy duty vehicles
Imposes smog check requirements for heavy-duty diesel trucks in California (unlike personal vehicles, current law does not require heavy-duty vehicles to have the same types of smog checks that have been required for passenger cars for decades).Imposes smog check requirements for heavy-duty diesel trucks in California (unlike personal vehicles, current law does not require heavy-duty vehicles to have the same types of smog checks that have been required for passenger cars for decades). (This bill has been amended/weakened to be a pilot program)  Passed Senate. Referred to Assembly Committees on Transportation and Natural Resources.  Passed Committee on Transportation on 7/1 (12-2-1). Hearing in Natural Resources on 7/8. Passed there 8-3 with only Republicans voting against. Referred to Appropriations and will be heard there after August 15th.

Moved to Assembly

Full Text
Support! AB 342 (Muratsuchi) – Oil and gas leasing restrictions on protected lands
Prohibits development of infrastructure on state lands that would support transport of oil or gas from protected, or formerly protected federal lands. Covers tidal lands, tribal lands, and lands which the Trump administration has removed from protected status. Passed Assembly.  Referred to Senate Committee on Appropriations.  Passed and referred to Senate Floor for Vote which will not occur until sometime after August 15th.

In Senate

Full Text

Bills we support - Priority 2

Support! SB 127 (Wiener)- Cal Trans Bike and Pedestrian planning, complete streets
Requires Cal Trans to incorporate bike and walking needs into certain kinds of upgrade and maintenance projects on state highways that run through specified urban areas. This bill would also require certain expenditures (SHOPP) to improve biking and walking access and facilities in areas covered by this bill. Passed Senate. Referred to Assembly Committee on Transportation where Committee Chair challenged the author and forced amendment, but allowed ti to pass.  Referred to Appropriations Committee where it will be heard sometime after August 12th.

Moved to Assembly

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Support! AB 857 (Chiu) – Public banks
Allows local governments to charter local public banks, in partnership with “existing local financial institutions” so as to increase the lending capacity of the local banking system. Referred to Senate Government and Finance. Hearing set for July 3rd.  After amendment that did not damage the bill, It passed 4-3 on a party line vote. On to Appropriations Committee where it will be heard sometime after August 12th.

In Senate

Full text Letter of Support
Support! AB 936 (Rivas) Tar Sands Oil Spill and Liability bill
Requires shipping entities to develop additional oil spill response plans for tar sands (non-floating crude oil) and requires additional liability for companies doing this shipping. Passed Assembly.  Referred to Senate Environmental Quality Committee for Hearing on 7/3. Also referred to Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee. Passed both Committees easily and referred to Appropriations Committee to be heard sometime after August 12th.

In Senate

Full Text
Support! AB 1046 (Ting) Charge Ahead California
Revises the state’s current EV rebate program and puts goal of 5 million EVs into statute.  Passed Assembly. Referred to Senate Environmental Quality Committee.  Hearing on 7/3. Amended. Passed 5-2 on a party line vote.  Also referred to Senate Transportation Committee.  Hearing on July 9th. After amendments was passed on a party line vote 9-4 and referred on to Appropriations to be heard sometime after August 12th.

In Senate

Full Text

Letters to the Legislature

Bills we oppose

[due to negative effects on our local clean energy programs]
OPPOSE! AB 1584 (Quirk): Electricity: Cost Allocation
Focuses on costs that should be determined and charged to any load-serving entity (LSE) that might be unable to purchase enough energy to meet their integrated resource plans ,  Reasons for failure might be that municipal utilities have not bought enough, or IOU's have not shared what they overbought or the CPUC failed to tell them in time. By highlightling the issue, this bill implies Community Choice energy programs that are starting up may fail and saying that they should have costs applied to them as penalties.  Unnecessary as current rule-making in CPUC is dealing with the issues the bill is saying the CPUC should deal with. Passed Assembly. Referred to Senate Energy and Utilities Committee - On 7/2 it passed this committee 11-0-2 and was referred to Senate Appropriations Committee but no hearing set yet.  Author said he was open to amendments.

IN SENATE

Full TextLetter of opposition
Oppose SB 520 (Hertzberg) Provider of Last Resort - Electricity Services
This bill empowers the CPUC to determine what load serving entity should serve as the provider of last resort (POLR), based on certain criteria. It chooses to make IOU's the POLR which is its first problem. Additionally, it gives the IOUs veto control over the POLR application process. If another LSE (e.g., a CCA) wants to become the POLR, the incumbent IOU must agree to the application submitted to the CPUC.
The bill has passed both sides of the legislature pretty easily and has been referred to Assembly Appropriations Committee. Hearing is scheduled for Wednesday August 21.Full TextLetter of opposition

Letters to the Legislature

Join In: We need YOU to help push these critical bills over the finish line!

SB 1: California Environmental Defense Act

UPDATE 9/17/2019: SB 1 is in trouble, call, write & tweet the Governor's office!

We all worked very hard, and together with a large coalition, SB 1 (Water interests are fighting California’s bid to block Trump’s environmental rollbacks - LA Times) was passed hours before the end of the legislative session. Now Governor Newsom is saying he will veto the bill and "doesn’t see why it is needed”. (See Newsom on wrong side of environmental bill - SF Chronicle).

We need to make a lot of noise and show support for this hard won and important bill.

Here are three more things we can all do to show support for SB 1 becoming law — please start now to call his office and talk to someone. He may try to veto this quickly to “get it out of the way”.

1) CALL the Governor's office:

Call Governor Newsom at 916-445-2841 - then push 6 - it should connect you to a real person during business hours 9am- 5pm — if not, you can leave a message. (I just called now at 7:45pm and it did not allow me to leave a message) Every call counts!

2) Write a message on the Governor’s website:

https://govapps.gov.ca.gov/gov40mail/
On the website click on “Contract the Governor” click on COMMENT — scroll WAAAAAAY down the long bill list until you find SB 00001 The Environmental, Public Health, and Workers Defense Act of 2019, - click on the “ PRO" button and then write a short comment about why he should SIGN & NOT VETO SB1.

3) TWEET:

If you are on twitter please send a tweet to @GavinNewsom. He (or his staff) is very active on twitter.
Here is a sample:
Labor, health & environmental orgs all agree – Gov @GavinNewsom must support #SB1 to protect CA’s environment & communities. This is not about fish versus people. It's about preventing a private #cawater grab: https://bit.ly/2mkUyg4. #PreserveCA @sfchronicle @SenToniAtkins

Write a message on the Governor’s website now

Write a Letter in Support of SB 54 & AB 1080

THE BILLS BANNING SINGLE USE PLASTICS (AB 1080 AND SB54) ARE TWO OF OUR PRIORITY CLIMATE BILLS!  We need to take action before the end of the session – Sept 12th. Join hundreds of environmental justice communities, elected leaders, health associations, and student and youth groups from across California to urge our Senators and Assembly members to pass AB 1080 and SB 54.

Write a letter now!

Write a Letter in Support of SB210

Help us pass SB 210 to require heavy-duty trucks to pass smog tests. This is a priority climate bill as the California Legislature comes to an end September 12. Under SB 210, CARB (California Air Resources Board) will develop and implement a heavy-duty truck inspection and maintenance program, similar to smog checks for cars and pick-up trucks.

Write a letter now!

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