Final Status of Priority Bills, 2011-2012 Session

This is the final status of bills at the end of the 2011-12 legislative session.

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Assembly Bills


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AB 341 (Chesbro) D-Arcata Solid Waste: Diversion

Location: Chapter 476, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Requires CalRecycle to issue a report to the Legislature that includes strategies and recommendations that would enable the state to divert 75 percent of the solid waste generated in the state from disposal by January 1, 2020; (2) requires businesses that meet specified thresholds in the bill to arrange for recycling services by January 1, 2012; (3) streamlines the amendment process for non-disposal facility elements, by allowing changes without review and comment from a local task force; and (4) allows a solid waste facility to modify their existing permit, instead of having to undergo a permit revision, under specified circumstances.

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AB 480 (Solorio) D-Anaheim Solid Waste Facilities: Captive Insurance

Location: Chapter 713, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Revises the conditions under which the use of captive insurance as a financial assurance mechanism for solid waste landfills would be allowed, while limiting its use to providing not more than 50 percent of an owner’s and operator’s financial assurance obligation.

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AB 525 (Gordon) D-Menlo Park Solid Waste: Architectural Paint Recycling Program

Location: Chapter 573, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Establishes the Architectural Paint Stewardship Account and the Architectural Paint Stewardship Penalty Subaccount in the Integrated Waste Management Fund.

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AB 549 (Carter) D-San Bernardino Electronic Waste

Location: Chapter 573, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Codifies the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s (CalRecycle) regulatory authority under the Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Program and specifies that the clarifications contained within the bill related to California source materials and payment claim reviews are consistent with the Legislature’s original intent of the 2003 Electronic Waste Recycling Act (Sher, Chapter 526, Statutes of 2003).

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AB 712 (Williams) D-Santa Barbara Recycling: Beverage Containers

Location: Chapter 576, Statues of 2011

Summary: Prohibits expenditure of funds from the Beverage Container Recycling Program to a city, or city and county that has prevented the siting or operation of a certified recycling center at a supermarket site, due to the adoption or enforcement of a land-use restriction.

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AB 818 (Blumenfield) D-Woodland Hills Solid Waste: Multifamily Dwellings

Location: Chapter 279, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Requires the owner of a multifamily dwelling that contains five or more living units to arrange for recycling services.

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AB 837 (Nestande) R-Palm Desert Plastic Products

Location: Chapter 525, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Places the onus to substantiate the environmental marketing claim of a plastic food container product on the manufacturer or supplier of that product. This requirement would sunset on January 1, 2018

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AB 845 (Ma) D-San Francisco Solid Waste

Location: Chapter 526, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Prevents a local entity from restricting or placing limits on the importation of solid waste into a privately-owned, solid waste facility based on place of origin.

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AB 1023 (Wagner) R-Irvine Maintenance of the Codes

Location: Chapter 296, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Makes minor clarifying changes and corrections to various California Codes including the Government and Public Resources Codes.

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AB 1149 (Gordon) D-Menlo Park Beverage Containers: Recycling and Litter Reduction: Funds

Location: Chapter 486, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Requires CalRecycle to consider certain criteria in setting the amount of the Plastic Market Development Payment, and extends the program authorization for expenditure through January 1, 2017. In addition to the current authorized expenditure of $10 million, the bill would provide authorization for additional monies to be expended from the Beverage Container Recycling Fund for such payments, based on specified criteria. The bill would also delete other grant provisions that are due to sunset on January 1, 2012.

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AB 1181 (Butler) D-Gardena Weights and Measures

Location: Chapter 662, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Prohibits a person who is purchasing a commodity (including beverage containers) to pay the seller less than the highest applicable price represented by the purchaser to the seller for that commodity or less than a price per unit that is established by law or regulation.

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AB 1442 (Wieckowski) D-Fremont Pharmaceutical Waste

Location: Chapter 689, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Allows a pharmaceutical waste generator or parent organization that employs health care professionals to transport such waste via common carrier (ie United Parcel Service), instead of using a medical or hazardous waste hauler.

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AB 1508 (Carter) D-San Bernardino Junk Dealers

Location: Chapter 531, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Removes the exemption that allows individuals to avoid payment and identification requirements when they bundle copper or copper alloys, valued at not more than twenty dollars ($20), with beverage container transactions.

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AB 1647 (Gordon) D-Menlo Park Waste Tires

Location: Chapter 534, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Strengthens CalRecycle’s enforcement against illegal waste tire facilities and waste tire haulers, while streamlining the hearing process against noncompliant waste tire facilities or haulers by authorizing the department to utilize informal administrative hearings.

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AB 1900 (Gatto) D-Silver Lake Renewable Energy Resources

Location: Chapter 602, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Requires the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, in consultation with CalRecycle and other environmental state agencies, to compile a list of constituents found in biomethane that could pose a health risk and determine the appropriate concentrations for each constituent.

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AB 1933 (Gordon) D-Menlo Park Beverage Containers

Location: Chapter 540, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Reduces the load limit threshold that triggers the reporting requirements applicable to persons importing out-of-state beverage container material, and adds additional elements to the reporting requirements and enforcement provisions.

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AB 2196 (Chesbro) D-Arcata Renewable Energy Resources

Location: Chapter 605, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Reinstates Renewable Portfolio Standard eligibility for facilities using biomethane, meeting certain requirements.

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Senate Bills


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SB 84 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review) Budget Act of 2010: Revisions

Location: Chapter 13, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Seeks to transfer moneys to the General Fund, as a loan, from the Used Oil Recycling Fund and the Electronic Waste Recovery and Recycling Account.

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SB 567 (DeSaulnier) D-Concord Recycling: Plastic Products

Location: Chapter 594, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Expands the scope of plastic products currently subject to a sales prohibition if environmental claims are not consistent with specific American Society for Testing and Materials Standards.

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SB 617 (Calderon) D-Montebello State Government: Financial and Administrative: Accountability

Location: Chapter 496, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Updates state government accounting practices by requiring state agencies to implement ongoing monitoring of internal accounting and financial controls in two areas of law.

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SB 841 (Wolk) D-San Francisco Solid Waste: Enterprises: Contracts

Location: Chapter 713, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Restricts local governments from enforcing indemnity obligations on a solid waste enterprise for failing to obtain voter approval on fees or charges that violate Propositions 26 and 218.

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SB 909 (La Malfa) R-Oroville Treated Wood Waste: Disposal

Location: Chapter 601, Statutes of 2011

Summary: Requires that an Internet web site and toll-free number be added to the point-of-display posting required of wholesalers and retailers of treated wood and treated wood-like products.

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SB 1122 (Rubio) D-Shafter Renewable Bioenergy Projects

Location: Chapter 612, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Requires the California Energy Commission to direct electrical corporations to procure a minimum procurement of 250 megawatts of renewable energy from small biogas and biomass technologies by June 1, 2013

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SB 1219 (Wolk) D-San Francisco Plastic Bags

Location: Chapter 384, Statutes of 2012

Summary: Extends the sunset date for the At-Store Recycling Program from January 1, 2013 to January 1, 2020, and repeal the provision prohibiting local governments from passing ordinances that impose a fee on single-use plastic carryout bags.

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