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Current Priority Bills

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Status of Priority Bills, 2015-2016 Session

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AB 45
MullinD)

Amended: 1/21/2016
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Household hazardous waste.
6/8/2016 - In committee: Set, second hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
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 133
Committee on Budget)

Chaptered: 3/1/2016
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Budget Act of 2015.
3/1/2016 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 2, Statutes of 2016
The Budget Act of 2015 appropriated specified amounts for the support of state government for the 2015-16 fiscal year. This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2015 by adding and amending items of appropriation. This bill contains other related provisions.
AB 435
ChangR)

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
BonillaD)

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
DahleR)

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
BloomD)

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
QuirkD)

Amended: 6/15/2016
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Rendering: inedible kitchen grease: registration fee: additional fees.
6/22/2016 - Withdrawn from committee. Re-referred to Com. on RLS. Re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
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
LevineD)

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 1005
GordonD)

Amended: 6/14/2016
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California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: market development payments.
6/14/2016 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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
BontaD)

Amended: 4/7/2015
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Environmental Justice Small Grant Program.
6/13/2016 - In committee: Set, final hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
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
WilliamsD)

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
DoddD)

Amended: 6/6/2016
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Solid waste disposal: self-haulers.
6/15/2016 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 0.) (June 15). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, generally regulates the disposal, management, and recycling of solid waste. Current law requires exporters, brokers, and transporters of recyclables or compost to submit periodic information to the department on the types, quantities, and destinations of materials that are disposed of, sold, or transferred. This bill would require a self-hauler to submit that information to the department and would require the department to develop regulations that define "self-hauler" to include specified persons and entities.
AB 1108
LowD)

Amended: 5/5/2015
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Beverage containers: recycling.
6/16/2016 - In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
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
GordonD)

Amended: 6/23/2016
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Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee and waste tire program.
6/23/2016 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
Would require, until January 1, 2024, a waste tire generator that is a retail seller of new tires to end user purchasers to pay a California tire regulatory fee and to remit that fee to the state on a quarterly schedule for deposit in the California Tire Recycling Management Fund. The bill would authorize a retail seller to retain 1 1/2 % of the California tire regulatory fee as reimbursement for any costs associated with the administration and remittance of the fee.
AB 1419
EggmanD)

Amended: 6/23/2016
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Hazardous waste: cathode ray tube glass.
6/23/2016 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
Would provide that used, broken CRT panel glass and processed CRT panel glass that is recycled is not subject to the Department of Toxic Substances Control 's regulations on the export of materials. The bill would prohibit the use of that CRT panel glass except in specified end uses. Because a violation of this requirement would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. This bill contains other related provisions and other existing laws.
AB 1435
AlejoD)

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 1669
Hernndez, RogerD)

Amended: 6/9/2016
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Displaced employees: service contracts: collection and transportation of solid waste.
6/22/2016 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 4. Noes 1.) (June 22). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
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 is required to offer employment to those employees, except for reasonable and substantiated cause. This bill would expand the application of these provisions to exclusive contracts for the collection and transportation of solid waste. The bill would require the information provided to a bona fide bidder to be made available in writing at least 30 days before bids for the service contract are due.
AB 1817
Stone, MarkD)

Chaptered: 6/10/2016
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Solid waste: garbage and refuse disposal districts: board of directors.
6/10/2016 - Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter No. 21, Statutes of 2016
Current law authorizes the formation of garbage and refuse disposal districts under certain conditions, and requires that a board of directors of not less than 3 members be appointed for each district. This bill would authorize a district board to provide, by ordinance or resolution, compensation to a member of the board in an amount not to exceed $100 per day for each day of attendance at a meeting of the board or for each day of service rendered as director by request of the board, and would authorize a member of a district board to receive that compensation for no more than 6 days in a calendar month.
AB 2313
WilliamsD)

Amended: 6/14/2016
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Renewable natural gas: monetary incentive program for biomethane projects: pipeline infrastructure.
6/20/2016 - In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.
Would require the Public Utilities Commission to modify the monetary incentive program for biomethane projects so that the total available incentive limitation for a project, other than a dairy cluster biomethane project, as defined, is increased from $1,500,000 to $3,000,000. The bill would require the commission to increase the total available incentive limitation for a dairy cluster biomethane project to $5,000,000 and would require that gathering lines for transport of biogas to a centralized processing facility for the project be treated as an interconnection cost.
AB 2334
MullinD)

Amended: 5/27/2016
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Sales and use taxes: exclusion: alternative energy financing.
6/22/2016 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (June 22). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority Act authorizes, until January 1, 2021, the authority to provide financial assistance in the form of a sales and use tax exclusion for any lease or transfer of title of tangible personal property constituting a project to any participating party, and defines a project and participating party for those purposes. The act limits the sales and use tax exclusion to $100,000,000 for each calendar year. This bill would expand those persons eligible for the sales and use tax exclusion, which is limited in amount, to additionally include any contractor for use in the performance of a construction contract for the participating party that will use that property as an integral part of the approved project.
AB 2396
McCartyD)

Amended: 4/13/2016
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Solid waste: annual reports.
6/21/2016 - Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, which is administered by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, establishes an integrated waste management program. Current law requires each state agency to submit an annual report to the department summarizing its progress in reducing solid waste that is due on or before May 1 of each year. This bill would require each state agency to include in that annual report a summary of the state agency's compliance with specified requirements relating to recycling commercial solid waste and organic waste.
AB 2511
LevineD)

Amended: 3/28/2016
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Fertilizing materials: auxiliary soil and plant substances: biochar.
6/21/2016 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. with recommendation: To Consent Calendar. (Ayes 5. Noes 0.) (June 21). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would include biochar, as defined, as a product intended to be used for influencing soils, plant growth, or crop or plant quality for the purposes of the definition of auxiliary soil and plant substances.
AB 2530
GordonD)

Amended: 6/15/2016
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Recycling: beverage containers.
6/15/2016 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
Would, beginning March 1, 2018, require a manufacturer of a beverage sold in a plastic beverage container subject to the California Redemption Value to annually report to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, under penalty of perjur y, the amount of virgin plastic and postconsumer recycled plastic used by the manufacturer for plastic beverage containers subject to the California Redemption Value for sale in the state in the previous calendar year. By expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.
AB 2579
LowD)

Amended: 6/20/2016
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Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery: waste characterization study: food service packaging.
6/21/2016 - Re-referred to Com. on E.Q.
Current law establishes the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to administer the California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989, and authorizes the department to hold hearings and conduct investigations in any part of the state necessary to carry out its powers and duties. This bill would require the department, in the next regularly scheduled waste characterization study conducted by the department, to include specified information relating to food service packaging waste management.
AB 2781
Garcia, EduardoD)

Amended: 4/7/2016
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Supplemental environmental projects.
6/9/2016 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
Current law requires each board, department, and office within the California Environmental Protection Agency that has enforcement authority to establish a policy on supplemental environmental projects that benefits disadvantaged communities and that includes, among other things, allowing the amount of a supplemental environmental project to be up to 50% of the enforcement action. This bill would require the policy to also include a requirement that 10% of an enforcement action monetary penalty be deposited in the Supplemental Environmental Projects in the Disadvantaged Communities Fund, which would be created by the bill.
AB 2812
GordonD)

Amended: 5/27/2016
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Solid waste: recycling: state agencies and large state facilities.
6/9/2016 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
Would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, on or before July 1, 2017, to develop guidelines for collecting and recycling recyclable materials in office buildings of state agencies and large state facilities, except buildings and facilities of community college districts or their campuses. The bill would require that a covered state agency and large state facility, on and after July 1, 2018, provide adequate receptacles, signage, education, and staffing, and arrange for recycling services consistent with specified law, for each office building of the state agency or large state facility.
SB 86
Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)

Amended: 2/22/2016
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Budget Act of 2015.
3/7/2016 - Ordered to inactive file on request of Senator Leno.
The Budget Act of 2015 appropriated specified amounts for the support of state government for the 2015-16 fiscal year. This bill would amend the Budget Act of 2015 by adding and amending items of appropriation. This bill contains other related provisions.
SB 367
WolkD)

Amended: 8/17/2015
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Agricultural lands: greenhouse gases.
8/28/2015 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(11). (Last location was APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 8/26/2015)
Would authorize, rather than require, the environmental farming program to provide incentives, including loans, grants, research, technical assistance, or educational materials and outreach, to farmers whose practices promote the well-being of ecosystems, air quality, and wildlife and their habitat, and reduce on-farm greenhouse gas emissions or increase carbon storage in agricultural soils and woody biomass, or both.
SB 778
AllenD)

Amended: 6/23/2016
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Automotive repair: oil changes: notification to customers.
6/23/2016 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on B. & P.
The Automotive Repair Act, provides for the registration and regulation of automotive repair dealers by the Bureau of Automotive Repair (bureau), which is under the supervision and control of the Director of Consumer Affairs (director). Current law requires repair dealers to give the customer a written estimated price for labor and parts necessary for a specific job. Current law defines terms for purposes of these provisions. Current law makes a violation of that act, except as specified, punishable as a misdemeanor. This bill would recast these provisions as the Automotive Repair and Maintenance Act and would provide for the registration and regulation of automotive maintenance providers, as defined, in a manner similar to the provisions reg arding automotive repair dealers.
SB 842
Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review)

Amended: 6/23/2016
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California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act.
6/23/2016 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on BUDGET.
The California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to annually designate convenience zones, as defined, statewide, and requires at least one certified recycling center or location within every convenience zone that accepts all types of empty beverage containers and pays the refund value, if any, at one location, and that is open for business 30 hours per week. This bill would exempt from the requirement that each convenience zone be served by at least one certified recycling center a convenience zone that was served by, or exempted because of, a recycling center that closed between January 1, 2016, and March 31, 2016, inclusive, or that closed as a result of an action taken by the department on or after July 1, 2016.
SB 937
McGuireD)

Introduced: 2/2/2016
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Disaster relief: County of Lake: fires.
5/27/2016 - May 27 hearing: Held in committee and under submission.
The California Disaster Assistance Act generally provides that the state share for disaster project allocations to local agencies is no more than 75% of total state eligible costs, except for specified events for which the state share is up to 100% of state eligible costs. This bill would add the forest fires that occurred in the County of Lake in 2015 to the list of events for which the state share of state eligible cost is up to 100%. This bill contains other related provisions.
SB 970
LeyvaD)

Amended: 6/20/2016
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund: grant program: recyclable materials.
6/20/2016 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Current law requires certain moneys appropriated by the Legislature from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to be used by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery for a grant program to provide financial assistance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by promoting in-state development of infrastructure to process organic and other recyclable materials into new, value-added products. This bill would require the department, in awarding a grant for organics composting or anaerobic digestion under the program, to consider, among other things, the amount of greenhouse gas emissions reductions that may result from the project and the amount of organic material that may be diverted from landfills as a result of the project.
SB 1000
LeyvaD)

Amended: 6/20/2016
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Land use: general plans: environmental justice.
6/20/2016 - From committee with author's amendments. Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.
The Planning and Zoning Law requires the legislative body of each county and city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the county or city and of any land outside its boundaries that bears relation to its planning. This bill would add to the required elements of the general plan an environmental justice element, or related goals, policies, and objectives integrated in other elements, that identifies disadvantaged communities, as defined, within the area covered by the general plan of the city, county, or city and county, if the city, county, or city and county has a disadvantaged community.
SB 1229
JacksonD)

Amended: 6/14/2016
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Home-generated pharmaceutical waste: secure drug take-back bins.
6/23/2016 - From committee: Do pass as amended. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (June 21).
Under existing law, the Medical Waste Management Act, the State Department of Public Health regulates the management and handling of medical waste, including pharmaceutical waste, as defined. This bill would provide that a collector, as defined, is not liable for civil damages, or subject to criminal prosecution, for maintaining a secure drug take-back bin on its premises if the collector, in good faith and not for compensation, takes specified steps, including that the collector regularly inspects the area surrounding the secure drug take-back bin for potential tampering or diversion, to ensure the health and safety of consumers and employees and the proper disposal in the waste stream of home-generated pharmaceutical waste, as defined, contained in the bins.
SB 1383
LaraD)

Amended: 4/12/2016
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Short-lived climate pollutants.
6/13/2016 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Would require the State Air Resources Board, no later than January 1, 2018, to approve and begin implementing that comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants to achieve a reduction in methane by 40%, hydrofluorocarbon gases by 40%, and anthropogenic black carbon by 50% below 2013 levels by 2030, as specified.
SB 1386
WolkD)

Amended: 5/2/2016
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Resource conservation: working and natural lands.
5/19/2016 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Would declare it to be the policy of the state that the protection and management of natural and working lands, as defined, is a key strategy in meeting the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals, and would require all relevant state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions to consider this policy when revising, adopting, or establishing policies, regulations, expenditures, or grant criteria relating to the protection and management of natural and working lands.

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