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Current Priority Bills

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Status of Priority Bills, 2015-2016 Session

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Measure Topic-Status Description
AB 45
Mullin D)

Amended:   1/21/2016
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Household hazardous waste.
2/4/2016 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
Would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt one or more model ordinances for a comprehensive program for the collection of household hazardous waste and would authorize a local jurisdiction that provides for the residential collection and disposal of solid waste that proposes to enact an ordinance governing the collection and diversion of household hazardous waste to adopt one of the model ordinances adopted by the department.  
AB 385
Chu D)

Amended:   7/1/2015
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Solid waste facilities: Newby Island Landfill: stakeholder group.
7/17/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was E.Q. on 7/1/2015)
Would, until January 1, 2019, require the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to establish a South Bay Odor Stakeholder Group, composed of representatives of specified local and state government agencies, members of the public, and a representative of the landfill operator, among other entities, to hold public meetings, relating to odors that emanate from the Newby Island Landfill and locations around the landfill and take other actions as provided. By imposing new duties on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, this bill would create a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
AB 435
Chang R)

Amended:   8/18/2015
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California Environmental Protection Agency: Natural Resources Agency: Web casts of public meetings and workshops.
8/28/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(11). (Last location was APPR. on 8/27/2015)
Would require that each department, board, and commission of the Natural Resources Agency , except as specified, and each department, board, and office of the California Environmental Protection Agency Web cast all onsite public meetings, in a manner that enables listeners and viewers to ask questions and provide public comment by telephone or electronic communication commensurate with those attending the meeting. The bill would require the agencies to make the recording of a Web cast available online for no less than 3 years for subsequent viewing by interested members of the public.  
AB 577
Bonilla D)

Amended:   7/6/2015
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Biomethane: grant program.
9/11/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(14). (Last location was RLS. on 9/8/2015)
Would require the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission to develop and implement a grant program to award grants for projects that produce biomethane, that build or develop collection and purification technology or infrastructure, or that upgrade or expand existing biomethane facilities. The bill would, upon appropriation, authorize moneys in the fund to be used to fund grants awarded pursuant to the program.  
AB 590
Dahle R)

Amended:   7/9/2015
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
8/28/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(11). (Last location was APPR. on 8/27/2015)
Would provide that moneys in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, upon appropriation, may be made available for expenditure by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission for the purposes of maintaining the current level of biomass power generation or geothermal energy generation in the state and revitalizing currently idle facilities in strategically located regions. The bill would establish requirements for an applicant to receive available funding for a facility's eligible electrical generation.  
AB 628
Bloom D)

Introduced:   2/24/2015
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Used oil.
7/17/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was E.Q. on 5/21/2015)
Current law authorizes the Department of Toxic Substances Control to regulate the disposal of hazardous waste, including used oil, and, for those purposes, defines "used oil" to mean oil that has been refined from crude oil, or any synthetic oil, that has been used, and, as a result of use or as a consequence of extended storage, or spillage, has been contaminated with physical or chemical impurities. This bill would clarify that the synthetic oil referred to in the definition of "used oil" may be from any source.  
AB 655
Quirk D)

Amended:   7/1/2015
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Rendering: inedible kitchen grease: registration fee: additional fees.
7/17/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was AGRI. on 7/1/2015)
Current law, operative until July 1, 2020, authorizes the Department of Food and Agriculture, in addition to the license fee, to charge each licensed renderer and collection center an additional fee to cover the reasonable costs of administering provisions regulating renderers, collection centers, and transporters of inedible kitchen grease, and requires that the additional fees may not exceed $3,000 per year. This bill would increase the maximum amount of these additional fees to $10,000 per year. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
AB 761
Levine D)

Amended:   6/2/2015
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Carbon sequestration: working lands.
8/28/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(11). (Last location was APPR. on 8/27/2015)
Would require the Department of Food and Agriculture, upon an appropriation of moneys therefor, to establish a grant program to fund voluntary projects that increase carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions reductions on working lands, as defined. The bill would require the department, in consultation with the Department of Conservation, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, the State Air Resources Board, and the Department of Water Resources, to develop and adopt project solicitation and evaluation guidelines for the program, as specified.  
AB 988
Stone, Mark D)

Amended:   6/30/2015
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Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program.
8/28/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(11). (Last location was APPR. on 8/27/2015)
Would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to establish, on or before March 30, 2016, an Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program with the purpose of increasing the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor recreation and educational experiences by awarding grants to public organizations, nonprofit organizations, or both. The bill would require the director to develop criteria, procedures, and accountability measures as may be necessary to implement the program and to administer the program to ensure that priority is given to underserved populations, as specified.  
AB 1005
Gordon D)

Amended:   1/4/2016
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California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: market development payments.
2/4/2016 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
Current law authorizes the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, until that authorization is repealed on January 1, 2017, to annually expend up to $10,000,000 from the fund to make market development payments to an entity certified by the department as a recycling center, processor, or dropoff or collection program for empty plastic beverage containers that are subsequently washed and processed into flake, pellet, or other form, and made usable for the manufacture of a plastic product, or to a product manufacturer for empty plastic beverage containers that are subsequently washed and processed into flake, pellet, or other form, and used by that product manufacturer to manufacture a product. This bill would postpone that repeal until January 1, 2022.  
AB 1062
Bonta D)

Amended:   4/7/2015
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Environmental Justice Small Grant Program.
7/17/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was E.Q. on 6/11/2015)
Current law establishes the Environmental Justice Small Grant Program under the jurisdiction of the California Environmental Protection Agency, and prescribes specific criteria and procedures for the implementation of the program. Current law requires that grants be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that are based in communities with the most significant exposure to pollution. This bill would additionally include physical projects, including planning, engineering, and construction, monitoring or filtering technology, and environmental assessments that improve the environment or the environmental health of the community, or that address a specific environmental justice need, among the purposes for which a grant may be awarded. 
AB 1063
Williams D)

Amended:   8/17/2015
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Solid waste: charges.
8/19/2015 - In committee: Set, second hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Would raise the fee imposed on an operator of a disposal facility to $4 per ton commencing January 1, 2017. The bill would require a minimum of $1.50 per ton of the fee collected from each operator, until January 1, 2022, and would authorize some or all of the fee collected thereafter, to be allocated to activities that promote recycling and the highest and best use of materials, as specified. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
AB 1103
Dodd D)

Amended:   7/16/2015
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Solid waste: organic waste.
7/17/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was E.Q. on 7/16/2015)
Would require a person who transports a certain amount of food waste to be registered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, except as specified. The bill would require a registered transporter to maintain a record of food waste transported that contains specified documents and information, and to certify, under penalty of perjury, to the accuracy of the record. By expanding the application of the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.  
AB 1108
Low D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Beverage containers: recycling.
7/17/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was E.Q. on 6/4/2015)
Would prohibit a certified recycling center from paying the refund value to a consumer for more than 50 pounds of aluminum beverage containers or plastic beverage containers, or any combination thereof, or 500 pounds of glass beverage containers, submitted by that consumer to the certified recycling center in a single 24-hour period. Since a violation of this requirement would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
AB 1239
Gordon D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.
7/17/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was E.Q. on 6/11/2015)
Would require a waste tire generator, as defined, that is a retail seller of new tires to end user purchasers to pay a California tire regulatory fee. The bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to establish the California tire regulatory fee in an amount that is sufficient to generate revenues equivalent to the reasonable regulatory costs incurred by the department incident to audits, inspections, administrative costs, adjudications, manifesting, registration, and other regulatory activities regarding these retail sellers as generators of waste tires , but not to exceed $1.25 per new tire sold, as provided.  
AB 1419
Eggman D)

Amended:   5/5/2015
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Recycling centers.
7/17/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(10). (Last location was E.Q. on 6/4/2015)
Would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to revoke a certification of a certified recycling center found to be abandoned, as specified. The bill would provide an opportunity for a hearing on that revocation to be conducted in the same manner as a hearing for an applicant whose original application for certification is denied.  
AB 1435
Alejo D)

Amended:   8/18/2015
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Hazardous waste: toxics: packaging.
8/28/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(11). (Last location was APPR. on 8/18/2015)
The Toxics in Packaging Prevention Act generally prohibits a manufacturer or supplier from offering for sale or for promotional purposes in this state a package or packaging component that includes intentionally introduced lead, mercury, cadmium, or hexavalent chromium in the package or in a packaging component. The act exempted from this prohibition, until January 1, 2010, a package or a packaging component if the manufacturer or supplier complied with specific documentation requirements and the package or packaging component did not contain any intentionally introduced lead, mercury, cadmium, or hexavalent chromium, but exceeded a specific maximum concentration level because of the addition of a recycled material. This bill would provide a similar exemption, until January 1, 2019, for a glass beverage, food, or drink container.  
AB 1550
Gomez D)

Introduced:   1/4/2016
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Greenhouse gases: investment plan: disadvantaged communities.
2/1/2016 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Current law requires the Department of Finance, in consultation with the state board and any other relevant state agency, to develop, as specified, a 3-year investment plan for the moneys deposited in the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. This bill would require the investment plan to allocate a minimum of 25% of the available moneys in the fund to projects located within disadvantaged communities and a separate and additional 25% to projects that benefit low-income households. 
AB 1555
Gomez D)

Introduced:   1/4/2016
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
1/5/2016 - From printer. May be heard in committee February 4.
Would state the intent of the Legislature to enact future legislation that would appropriate $1,700,000,000 from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for the 2015-16 fiscal year that would be allocated to different entities in amounts to be determined in the future legislation for purposes including low carbon transportation and infrastructure, clean energy communities, and community climate improvements, wetland and watershed restoration, and carbon sequestration. 
AB 1566
Wilk R)

Introduced:   1/4/2016
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Reports.
2/1/2016 - Referred to Com. on A. & A.R.
Would require a written report, as defined, submitted by any state agency or department to the Legislature, a Member of the Legislature, or any state legislative or executive body to include a signed statement by the head of the agency or department declaring that the factual contents of the written report are true, accurate, and complete to the best of his or her knowledge. 
AB 1569
Steinorth R)

Introduced:   1/4/2016
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California Environmental Quality Act: exemption: existing transportation infrastructure.
2/1/2016 - Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and TRANS.
Would exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act a project, or the issuance of a permit for a project, that consists of the inspection, maintenance, repair, rehabilitation, replacement, or removal of, or the addition of an auxiliary lane or bikeway to, existing transportation infrastructure and that meets certain requirements. The bill would require the public agency carrying out the project to take certain actions. 
AB 1589
Mathis R)

Introduced:   1/6/2016
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California Environmental Quality Act: exemption.
2/1/2016 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Would, for the duration of a state of emergency proclaimed by the Governor due to drought, flood, or fire, exempt from the requirements of CEQA projects that are undertaken, carried out, or approved by a public agency to mitigate the effects of, or conditions caused by, drought, flood, or fire. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws. 
AB 1669
Hernández, Roger D)

Introduced:   1/15/2016
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Displaced employees: solid waste collection and transportation services contracts.
2/4/2016 - Referred to Coms. on L. & E. and L. GOV.
Current law requires a local government agency letting a public transit service contract out to bid to give a bidding preference for contractors and subcontractors who agree to retain for a specified period certain employees who were employed to perform essentially the same services by the previous contractor or subcontractor. Such a contractor or subcontractor must offer employment to those employees, except for reasonable and substantiated cause. This bill would add employees of solid waste collection and transportation contractors and subcontractors to those provisions. 
AB 1683
Eggman D)

Introduced:   1/20/2016
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Alternative energy financing.
2/8/2016 - Referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
Would prohibit the sales and use tax exclusions from exceeding $200,000,000 for each calendar year. By increasing the limit on the sales and use tax exclusion, this bill would include a change in state statute that would result in a taxpayer paying a higher tax within the meaning of Section 3 of Article XIII A of the California Constitution, and thus would require for passage the approval of 2/3 of the membership of each house of the Legislature. The bill would specify that if less than $200,000,000 is granted in a calendar year, the unallocated amount may roll over to the following calendar year.  
AB 1776
Obernolte R)

Introduced:   2/3/2016
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Hazardous waste: disposal: exemption.
2/4/2016 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 5.
Current law defines the term "disposal" for purposes of the hazardous waste control laws as including the discharge, deposit, injection, dumping, spilling, leaking, or placing of a waste into or on any land. This bill would exclude, from the definition of the term "disposal" under those laws, the onsite movement of soil at an active outdoor sport shooting range, as defined, if this movement is done to facilitate the removal and recycling of spent ammunition materials existing on the site as a result of the normal use of the shooting range and the residual soil is replaced within the area from which it was originally removed.  
SB 778
Allen D)

Amended:   1/4/2016
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Automotive repair: oil changes: notification to customers.
1/26/2016 - In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Would require an automotive repair dealer to notify a customer, who is purchasing an oil change, of the recommended oil drain interval, oil grade, and viscosity specified in the maintenance schedule of the vehicle's owner's manual. The bill would also require, except as specified, an automotive repair dealer to use the oil drain interval specified in the maintenance schedule of the vehicle's owner's manual if the automotive repair dealer is recommending the date or mileage for the next oil change, as described.  
SB 820
Hertzberg D)

Introduced:   1/5/2016
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Hazardous materials: California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act of 2004.
1/28/2016 - Referred to Coms. on E.Q. and JUD.
Would extend the operation of the California Land Reuse and Revitalization Act of 2004 indefinitely, and would make a conforming change.  

Total Measures: 27

Total Tracking Forms: 27



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