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, 2013-2014 Session

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Measure Topic-Status Description
AB 333
Wieckowski D)

Amended:   6/24/2014
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Medical waste.
6/24/2014 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
5/23- This bill would make changes to the Medical Waste Management Act. 
AB 997
Chesbro D)

Amended:   6/18/2013
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Solid waste: enforcement agencies.
9/13/2013 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(a)(14). (Last location was INACTIVE FILE on 8/15/2013)
This bill would clarify the authority of a local enforcement agency by expressly stating that in carrying out the functions of CalRecycle, it is independent of the local governing body; but, in the event it is carrying out duties beyond those authorized by CalRecycle, it is governed by local ordinances. 
AB 1594
Williams D)

Amended:   7/1/2014
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Solid waste: recycling: diversion: green material.
7/1/2014 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
This bill would:1) beginning in 2020, prohibit jurisdictions from counting the use of green material as alternative daily cover as diversion for the purposes of meeting their 50 percent diversion mandate; 2) require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle or the Department) to develop a one-time extension application for jurisdictions that, as a result of use of green material as alternative daily cover no longer counting as diversion, fail to meet their 50 percent diversion mandate in 2020,; and 3) provide CalRecycle the sole discretion to approve an extension of up to two years for jurisdictions that apply. **Assembly Appropriations Committee amended the bill to state that tipping fees do not apply to green waste ADC that counts as disposal. This will create significant cost pressure for the department and is contrary to the need to stabilize department revenue from the Integrated Waste Management Account. 
AB 1603
Stone D)

Introduced:   2/5/2014
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Outdoor Environmental Education and Recreation Program.
5/23/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/23/2014)
This bill was held in Assembly Appropriations Committee- 5/23 Establishes an Outdoor Environmental Education Program under the Department of Parks and Recreation. Grants would be awarded to education programs that are operated by public entities or nonprofit organizations. The director of the Outdoor Environmental Education Program would provide a report to the legislature detailing how programs are selected for grants by January 1, 2016. The bill prioritizes organizations that work to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor recreation and educational activities. Priority would also be given to programs that align with Common Core standards and integrate instruction in STEM subjects. The provisions in AB 1603 expire January 1, 2019. 
AB 1826
Chesbro D)

Amended:   7/1/2014
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Solid waste: organic waste.
7/1/2014 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
This bill would require a business that generates a specified amount of organic waste per week to arrange for recycling services for that organic waste in a specified manner. The bill would decrease the amount of organic waste under which a business would be subject to those requirements from 8 cubic yards or more during 2016 to 4 cubic yards during 2017 and 2018 and to one cubic yard or more on and after January 1, 2019. 
AB 1846
Gordon D)

Amended:   6/24/2014
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Beverage containers: enforcement.
6/30/2014 - Ordered to third reading.
Authorizes CalRecycle to suspend or revoke handling fees from a certified recycling center as a form of disciplinary action if the recycling center is found guilty of committing fraud or deceit. This bill also clarifies that a certified recycling center or processor shall not pay any refund value, processing payment, or administrative fee if the center knew or should have known that the containers are ineligible for redemption. 
AB 1935
Campos D)

Amended:   6/30/2014
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Electricity: clean distributed energy resources.
7/2/2014 - In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.
Revises the scope of an existing biennial report on the electricity grid impacts of distributed generation to focus instead on "clean distributed energy resources" and defines this term for purposes of the bill. The bill also includes resources eligible for the RPS in the "clean" category, but only those renewables that use organic waste or biogas. 
AB 1970
Gordon D)

Amended:   4/10/2014
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: Community Investment and Innovation Program.
5/23/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/23/2014)
This bill was held in Assembly Appropriations Committee - 5/23 Creates the Community Investment and Innovation Program and requires moneys to be available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, upon appropriation by the Legislature, for local assistance grants and other financial assistance to eligible grant applicants who submit plans to develop community-level GHG reduction projects in their region, including projects that divert solid waste from landfills.  
AB 2037
Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review)

Introduced:   2/20/2014
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Environmentally preferable purchasing.
5/23/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was A. APPR. on 3/26/2014)
Requires DGS to create a process to track environmentally preferable purchases by a state agency, department, and other state entities, and to annually post specified information regarding these purchases on the DGS’s Internet Web site. 
AB 2251
Yamada D)

Amended:   7/2/2014
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Weights and measures: beverage containers: redemption value.
7/2/2014 - Read second time and amended. Ordered to third reading.
Requires a dealer, at the time of sale of a CRV beverage container to separately identify the amount of any redemption payment imposed on the CRV beverage container and to accurately identify the amount of any CRV payment. 
AB 2355
Levine D)

Amended:   6/11/2014
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Local agencies: streets and highways: recycled materials.
6/30/2014 - In committee: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
Requires a local agency that has jurisdiction over a street or highway to either adopt the standards developed by the Department of Transportation for recycled paving materials and for recycled base, subbase, and pervious backfill materials, or discuss why it is not adopting those standards at a regularly scheduled public hearing. 
AB 2467
Nestande R)

Amended:   5/5/2014
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California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act: market development payments.
6/30/2014 - In committee: Placed on APPR. suspense file.
This bill would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) to pay Plastic Market Development Payments to both certified entities and product manufactures for empty plastic beverage containers. 
AB 2675
Lowenthal D)

Introduced:   2/21/2014
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State agency: public contracts.
6/24/2014 - From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 7. Noes 3.) (June 24). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Existing law requires each state agency to ensure that at least 50% of certain goods and material purchased be recycled products. This bill increases the percentage to at least 75% of reportable purchases by January 1, 2020.  
AB 2748
Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials)

Amended:   4/21/2014
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Hazardous waste: business plans.
7/3/2014 - From consent calendar. Ordered to third reading.
4/1/2014- The bill would remove the requirement for owners or operators of a location that collects recyclable latex paint to have a business plan unless the business handles at any one time during the reporting year a total weight of 10,000 pounds for solid hazardous waste material or 1,000 gallons of liquid hazardous materials that is a paint that will be recycled or managed under an architectural paint recovery program approved by CalRecycle.. 
AB 2764
Committee on Natural Resources)

Amended:   7/1/2014
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Public resources.
7/1/2014 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
As amended on July 1, this bill would add solid waste that exists in the waters of the state as an eligible grant activity for the Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Cleanup Grant Program. 
SB 270
Padilla D)

Amended:   5/20/2014
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Solid waste: single-use carryout bags.
6/18/2014 - Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.
Prohibits on and after July 1, 2015, a retail establishment, defined as having gross annual sales of two million dollars or more, or at least 10,000 square feet of retail space, from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer at the point of sale. On and after July 1, 2016, this bill would expand to convenience food stores, prohibiting them from providing a single-use carryout bag to a customer. The bill would instead allow recycled paper bags, compostable plastic bags, or reusable bags to be made available for purchase at $0.10, and provided free of charge to specified food program participants. It would require the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) to certify reusable bag producers, and publish a list to its website that includes the name and location of all bag producers that have been certified, and establish a fee schedule that will generate revenues sufficient to cover CalRecycle’s costs to certify that the bags meet specified requirements. This bill would appropriate $2 million from the Recycling Market Development Revolving Loan subaccount for loans and grants to keep jobs and economic activity in the state for the manufacturing and recycling pf plastic bags. 
SB 498
Lara D)

Amended:   6/26/2014
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Solid waste: biomass conversion.
6/26/2014 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
Expands the definition of biomass conversion to mean the production of heat, fuels, or electricity by the controlled combustion of, or the use of other noncombustion thermal conversion technologies.  
SB 1014
Jackson D)

Amended:   6/30/2014
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Pharmaceutical waste: home generated: collection.
6/30/2014 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
This bill would require CalRecycle to develop joint regulations with the Board of Pharmacy for a collection and disposal program for home-generated pharmaceutical waste based on CalRecycle's voluntary Model Guidelines outlined in the 2010 report to the Legislature: Recommendations for Home-Generated Pharmaceutical Collection Programs in California. 
SB 1125
Pavley D)

Amended:   5/13/2014
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California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006: emissions reduction.
5/23/2014 - Failed Deadline pursuant to Rule 61(b)(8). (Last location was S. APPR. SUSPENSE FILE on 5/23/2014)
This bill would require ARB, on or before January 1, 2016, and in consultation with the Climate Action Team, develop reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions and short-lived climate pollutants for 2030. The bill would require the state board to report to the Legislature on those targets. The bill, on January 1, 2020, would declare inoperative the requirement that the state board report to the Legislature. 
SB 1249
Hill D)

Amended:   6/24/2014
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Hazardous waste: shredder waste.
6/24/2014 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
This bill would required DTSC to adopt regulations that declare auto-shredder waste hazardous and that it be managed accordingly. 
SB 1274
Hancock D)

Amended:   6/16/2014
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Recycling: used mattresses.
7/3/2014 - Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.
This bill makes technical changes the Mattress Recycling and Recovery Act that was signed into law in 2013; including clarifying that moneys deposited into the penalty account shall not be used to offset costs incurred by CalRecycle. 
SB 1337
DeSaulnier D)

Amended:   5/27/2014
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Reports.
7/3/2014 - Read second time. Ordered to consent calendar.
The bill also requires the heads of state agencies or departments to sign written reports submitted to the state legislature or a state executive body declaring that the factual contents of the report are true, accurate, and complete to the best of his or her knowledge. 
SB 1383
Hueso D)

Amended:   7/1/2014
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Plastic products: labeling.
7/1/2014 - Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
This bill requires CalRecycle, upon the American Society for Testing and Materials’ adoption of a specified standard for the biodegradability of plastics, to adopt that standard. This bill will also authorize a person to sell agricultural mulch film labeled as biodegradable if the agricultural mulch film meet the standard adopted by CalRecycle. 

Total Measures: 23

Total Tracking Forms: 23



7/29/2014 7:56:31 PM
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