California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Current Priority Bills

Check this report regularly for information on current bills of interest to CalRecycle. Information on past bills of interest from prior legislative sessions is available from the archives.

Status of Priority Bills, 2015-2016 Session

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Measure Topic-Status Description
AB 45
MullinD)

Amended: 3/19/2015
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Household hazardous waste.
3/23/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.
This bill would require each jurisdiction that provides for the residential collection and disposal of solid waste, on or before an unspecified date, to increase the collection and diversion of household hazardous waste in its service area by an unspecified percentage over a baseline amount, to be determined in accordance with department regulations. The bill would authorize the department to adopt a model ordinance for a door-to-door collection and diversion program to facilitate compliance with those provisions, and would require each jurisdiction to annually report to the department on progress achieved in complying with those provisions.
AB 190
HarperR)

Amended: 3/11/2015
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
3/12/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would repeal the plastic bag ban.
AB 191
HarperR)

Amended: 3/11/2015
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
3/12/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would declare that the plastic bag ban would only become effective if it is approved by voters at the 2016 general election.
AB 199
EggmanD)

Introduced: 1/29/2015
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Alternative energy: recycled feedstock.
3/25/2015 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on REV. & TAX. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (March 23). Re-referred to Com. on REV. & TAX.
This bill would expand projects eligible for the sales and use tax exclusion to include projects that process or utilize recycled feedstock, but would not include a project that processes or utilizes recycled feedstock in a manner that constitutes disposal.
AB 435
ChangR)

Amended: 3/18/2015
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California Environmental Protection Agency: Natural Resources Agency: Web casts of public meetings and workshops.
3/25/2015 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 9. Noes 0.) (March 25). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Would require that each department, board, and commission of the Natural Resources Agency and each department, board, and office of the California Environmental Protection Agency Web cast all public meetings and workshops, 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 or workshop. The bill would require the agencies to archive the recording of a Web cast for subsequent reasonable viewing by interested members of the public.
AB 577
BonillaD)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Public utilities: biogas.
3/9/2015 - Referred to Com. on U. & C.
Existing law requires the Public Utilities Commission to direct electrical corporations to collectively purchase 250 megawatts of cumulative rated generating capacity from developers of bioenergy projects for a, "broad range of purposes." This bill limits the range of purposes to the following activities that: encourage the diversion of landfill waste, foster the development of ultralow carbon transportation fuel, and the generation of electricity through bioenergy resources.
AB 590
DahleR)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
3/9/2015 - Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and U. & C.
This bill creates the Biomass State Cost Share Account and appropriates an unspecified amount of moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to the account. Moneys in the account would be available for expenditure by the State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission in support of biomass power generation in the state.
AB 628
BloomD)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Used oil.
3/9/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
Current law defines used oil as oil that has been refined from crude oil, or any synthetic oil, that has been used.....This bill would specify that synthetic oil derived from any source can be considered synthetic oil.
AB 640
DahleR)

Introduced: 2/24/2015
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Household hazardous waste.
2/25/2015 - From printer. May be heard in committee March 27.
This bill is currently a committee spot bill and makes nonsubstantive changes to the Health and Safety code related to household hazardous waste.
AB 761
LevineD)

Introduced: 2/25/2015
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Carbon farm planning.
3/12/2015 - Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and W., P., & W.
This bill would, upon appropriation by the Legislature, direct the Department of Conservation to adminster a grant program to fund projects that increase carbon sequestration in agricultural soils, improve soil water retention, and increase the resilience of working lands to climate change and drought.
AB 864
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Solid waste facilities: temporary permits.
3/16/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill requires CalRecycle to adopt regulations that authorize a local enforcement agency to issue a temporary solid waste facilities (SWF) permit, with CalRecycle approval, to a person operating a SWF that has been determined by an LEA to require a permit. The regulations shall require the owner/operator of a SWF to submit an application for a temporary permit within 60 days of a determination by an LEA that a permit is needed; include the period of time the temporary permit shall be in effect, the types and operational status of SWF facilities eligible for a temporary permit, and an agreement to a monthly inspection of the facility by the LEA.
AB 876
McCartyD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Compostable organics.
3/16/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Requires CalRecycle to work with the Air Resources Board to promote the use of compostable organics as, alternatives to agricultural amendments and for low-carbon fuel manufacturing to reduce fugitive methane emissions associated with landfill and other waste operations.
AB 888
BloomD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Waste management: plastic microbeads.
3/16/2015 - Referred to Coms. on NAT. RES. and E.S. & T.M.
This bill would prohibit, on and after January 1, 2020, the sale or offer for promotional purposes, any personal care products containing plastic microbeads. It would also establish the Plastic Pollution Fund to implement and administer this law.
AB 901
GordonD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Solid waste: reporting requirements: enforcement.
3/16/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill provides CalRecycle with enforcement authority for existing disposal reporting requirements and streamlines reporting authority for recycling facilities and operations.
AB 988
Stone, MarkD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program.
3/16/2015 - Referred to Com. on W., P., & W.
This bill would require the Department of Parks and Recreation to establish an Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Grants Program to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor recreation and educational experiences by awarding grants to public or nonprofit organizations.
AB 997
Allen, TravisR)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Recycling: plastic material.
3/16/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would include in the state's 75 percent diversion goals, solid waste that is used for power generation in dedicated anaerobic digesters.
AB 1030
Ridley-ThomasD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill Would require state agencies that allocate moneys from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to prioritize projects that include project labor agreements with targeted hire goals, community workforce agreements that connect local residents to jobs or training opportunities, or partnerships with training entities that have a proven track record of placing disadvantaged workers in career-track jobs.
AB 1045
IrwinD)

Amended: 3/26/2015
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Organic waste: composting.
3/26/2015 - From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. Read second time and amended.
This bill would require the California Environmental Protection Agency, in coordination with the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, to develop and implement policies to aid in diverting 50% of organic waste from landfills by 2020 by promoting the composting of organic waste. The bill would require the agency to promote a goal of reducing at least 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year through the development and application of compost on working lands, and would authorize the agency to work with the Department of Food and Agriculture to achieve this goal.
AB 1062
BontaD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Environmental Justice Small Grant Program.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would include the implementation, including planning, engineering, significant infrastructure improvements, and constructing, of physical projects 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 for projects that are based in communities with the most significant exposure to pollution may be awarded. It would further require each entity within CalEPA to expend and amount equal to not less than 1 percent of its annual operating budget for these grants.
AB 1063
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Solid waste: disposal facility: fees.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would set the maximum disposal fee at an unspecified per ton amount and requires any moneys in excess of $1.40 per ton to be used to cover reasonable regulatory costs incurred by the department for solid waste oversight.
AB 1071
AtkinsD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Supplemental environmental projects.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would require each board, department, and office within the California Environmental Protection Agency to establish policy on supplemental environmental projects that benefits environmental justice communities.
AB 1103
DoddD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Solid waste: organic waste.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Every jurisdiction is required to implement a mandatory organic waste recycling program by January 1st 2016. As it relates to jurisdiction's programs, this bill would define the terms "food-soiled paper" and "food waste," which are materials that must be included in a jurisdiction's program.
AB 1108
LowD)

Amended: 3/26/2015
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Beverage Containers: recycling.
3/26/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES. From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. Read second time and amended.
This bill Would make technical, nonsubstantive changes to a the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.
AB 1136
SteinorthR)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Reusable grocery bag and recycled paper bag: fee: exemptions.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Coms. on AGING & L.T.C. and NAT. RES.
Subject to the referendum petition, this bill would expand the group of customers who would be provided a reusable grocery bag or a recycled paper bag at no cost at the point of sale to include a customer who is 65 years of age or older and a customer who provides proof of current attendance at a California college or university.
AB 1144
RendonD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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California Renewables Portfolio Standard Program: unbundled renewable energy credits.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Coms. on U. & C. and NAT. RES.
This bill would allow unbundled renewable energy credits to be used to meet a portion of the renewables portfolio content requirements, if the energy is generated from landfill gas or digester gas technology used for the generation of electricity, and meets certain conditions.
AB 1159
GordonD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Tire recycling: incentive program.
3/23/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to establish a waste tire recycling incentive program designed to achieve, by January 1, 2018, a 75% recycling rate for waste tires generated in California.
AB 1239
GordonD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Tire recycling: California tire regulatory fee.
3/23/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill would authorize the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to determine a 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 waste tire generators, but not to exceed $1.25 per new tire sold. It would require a waste tire generator to pay the regulatory tire fee according to a schedule of amounts to be determined by the department.
AB 1247
IrwinD)

Amended: 3/24/2015
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Sales and use taxes: exemption: organic input material.
3/26/2015 - Re-referred to Com. on RLS. pursuant to Assembly Rule 96.
This bill would exempt from sales and use taxes the gross receipts from the sale in this state of, and the storage, use, or other consumption in this state of, organic input material, as defined, to be applied to land, the products of which are to be used as food for human consumption or are to be sold in the regular course of business.
AB 1251
GomezD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Greenway Development and Sustainment Act.
3/23/2015 - Referred to Coms. on W., P., & W. and L. GOV.
This bill would enact the Greenway Development and Sustainment Act and would authorize tax-exempt nonprofit organizations that has as its promary purpose the preservation, protection, or enhancement of land in its natural, scenic, historical, agricultural, forested, or open-space condition or use; to acquire and hold a conservation easement if the organizations have as their primary purpose the development of a greenway.
AB 1256
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Solid waste: administration.
3/2/2015 - Read first time.
This would make nonsubstantive changes to the provision establishing the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. According to the Author's office this bill is not intended to be moved forward.
AB 1324
WilliamsD)

Amended: 3/26/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
3/26/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES. From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. Read second time and amended.
This bill would make changes to findings and declarations related to the states 2020 emission cap. The changes specify that Air Resources Board plan for emission reduction beyond 2020.
AB 1367
WilliamsD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
3/2/2015 - Read first time.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to the requirement that the Air Resources Board adopt regulations to require the reporting and verification of statewide greenhouse gas emissions and to monitor and enforce compliance with the program.
AB 1377
ThurmondD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Solid waste: recycling: diversion: green material.
3/23/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
This bill deletes obsolete provisions of The California Integrated Waste Management Act of 1989 related to the adoption of regulations.
AB 1419
EggmanD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Recycling centers.
3/26/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES.
Would authorize CalRecycle to revoke the certification of a certified recycling center that is found to be abandoned.
AB 1435
AlejoD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Hazardous waste: toxics: packaging.
3/26/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.S. & T.M.
Current law defines a package to mean any container, produced either domestically or in a foreign country, providing a means of marketing, protecting or handling a product from its point of manufacture to its sale to a consumer and also includes unsealed receptacles, including carrying cases, crates, cups, pails, rigid foil, and other trays, wrappers and wrapping films, bags, and tubs. This bill would exclude a glass beverage container and a glass food or drink container from the definition of a package.
AB 1447
LowD)

Amended: 3/26/2015
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Solid waste: PET food and beverage packaging.
3/26/2015 - Referred to Com. on NAT. RES. From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on NAT. RES. Read second time and amended.
Requires, on and after January 1, 2017, a California manufacturer of containers primarily composed of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) to report to the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, information regarding the total amount of tons of new PET plastic packaging made for sale by that manufacturer.
SB 47
HillD)

Amended: 3/25/2015
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Environmental health: synthetic turf.
3/25/2015 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
This bill would prohibit public and private schools, and local governments from installing synthetic turf fields, constructed with recycled crumb rubber from waste tires, from January 1st, 2016 - January 1st 2018, unless certain conditions are met. The bill requires The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to complete a study on potential health impacts from exposure to synthetic turf fields constructed with crumb rubber derived from waste tires, and an evaluation of the differences between fields and playgrounds covered with synthetic and nonsynthetic turf, by July of 2017. This bill would require CalRecycle to consult on the study conducted by OEHHA.
SB 162
GalgianiD)

Introduced: 2/3/2015
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Treated wood waste: disposal.
3/18/2015 - Set for hearing April 15.
This bill deletes the January 1, 2017 sunset date on a provision of law that requires treated wood waste to be disposed of in a class I landfill, or in a composite lined portion of a solid waste landfill that meets specific requirements, making the section permanently operative.
SB 179
BerryhillR)

Introduced: 2/9/2015
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Secondhand goods: junk dealers.
2/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
Current law prohibits a junk dealer or recycler from possessing a reasonably recognizable, disassembled, or inoperative fire hydrant or fire department connection, a manhole cover or lid, or a backflow device, as described, that was owned by an agency, without a written certification on the agency's letterhead that the agency either has sold the material described or is offering the material for sale, as specified. This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to these provisions.
SB 225
WieckowskiD)

Introduced: 2/13/2015
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Recycling: used tires.
3/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 15.
Current law requires the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery to adopt a 5-year plan, which is to be updated biennially, to establish goals and priorities for waste tire programs. This bill would require the department, when adopting the 5-year plan and expending those appropriated funds, to ensure that the expenditure of funds pursuant to the California Tire Recycling Act, reflects the California Integrated Waste Management Act's priorities for waste reduction and recycling.
SB 423
BatesR)

Introduced: 2/25/2015
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Pharmaceutical waste: over-the-counter drugs and nutritional supplements.
3/26/2015 - April 15 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
This bill would exclude from the definition of "pharmaceutical waste," for purposes of regulation under the act, any over-the-counter human or veterinary drug or dietary supplement that is, among other things, characterized and managed as a hazardous or solid waste and, with respect to an over-the-counter human or veterinary drug, is not disposed of on land within the state.
SB 489
MonningD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Public resources: photovoltaic modules.
3/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 15.
This will would prohibit an end-of-life photovoltaic module, as defined, from being disposed of at a solid waste disposal facility or a hazardous waste disposal facility; allow nonrecyclable, nonhazardous materials that have been separated from an end-of-life photovoltaic module to be disposed of at both a solid and hazardous waste disposal facility; and require a person who knowingly violates this provision liable for a civil penalty not to exceed $2,500 for each violation, as specified.
SB 509
HuesoD)

Introduced: 2/26/2015
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Plastic products: labeling.
3/26/2015 - April 15 set for first hearing canceled at the request of author.
This bill would authorize the labeling of commercial agricultural mulch film sold in the state as "soil biodegradable," if it meets a standard for biodegradability of plastics adopted by ASTM International, and that standard is also adopted by the Director of Resources Recycling and Recovery.
SB 612
JacksonD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Hazardous materials.
3/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 15.
This bill would require DTSC to adopt regulations establishing criteria and guidelines by December 31, 2016, for determining onsite generation quantities to determine the California generator status, as defined, of a person who generates hazardous waste at an individual site and require a generator to determine the quantities of all hazardous waste generated onsite each calendar month and to use this quantity to determine his or her California generator status for proper management of those wastes, as specified.
SB 625
GalgianiD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Water pollution: synthetic plastic microbeads.
3/12/2015 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would prevent water pollution from synthetic plastic microbeads.
SB 654
De LenD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Hazardous waste: facility closure.
3/12/2015 - Referred to Com. on E.Q.
Current law, as part of the hazardous waste control law, requires DTSC to adopt, and revise when appropriate, standards and regulations to, among other things, specify the financial assurances to be provided by an owner or operator of a hazardous waste facility that are necessary to provide for the cost of closure and subsequent maintenance of the facility. This bill would additionally require the standards and regulations to specify the financial assurances to be provided to respond to the cost of closure, cleanup, and subsequent maintenance of the facility.
SB 662
Committee on Environmental Quality)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Recycling.
3/17/2015 - Set for hearing April 15.
This bill is intended to provide CalRecycle the authority to make payments to local governing bodies, also known as zone administrators, for promoting and administering the Research Market and Development Zone (RMDZ) program. This bill also extends the reporting date for paint manufacturers to submit a report to CalRecycle from "on or before September 1, 2013, to on or before November 1, 2016.
SB 732
PanD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Beverage container recycling: processing fees: PET beverage containers.
3/27/2015 - Set for hearing April 15.
Prohibits CalRecycle from reducing the processing fee requirements for any beverage manufacturer unless the manufacturer meets or exceeds use of minimum recycled content in the manufacturing process.
SB 742
HertzbergD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Solid waste.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on RLS.
This bill would make nonsubstantive changes to some of the provisions of the Integrated Waste Management Act. According to the Author's office there are no plans for the bill at this time.
SB 786
AllenD)

Introduced: 2/27/2015
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Advanced technology parking incentive programs: report.
3/19/2015 - Referred to Com. on G.O.
Current law requires the Secretary of the Government Operations Agency, in consultation with DGS and other appropriate state agencies that maintain or purchase vehicles for the state fleet to develop and implement, and submit to the Legislature and the Governor, a plan to improve the overall state fleet's use of alternative fuels, synthetic lubricants, and fuel-efficient vehicles by reducing or displacing the consumption of petroleum products by the state fleet when compared to the 2003 consumption level, based on the specified schedule (10% reduction or displacement by 2012 and 20% by 2020). Current law requires DGS to prepare an annual progress report on meeting the goals set by the schedule. This bill would require the progress report prepared by the DGS relative to fleet vehicles to also include a progress report on developing and implementing the advanced technology parking incentive programs.

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