The 2020 legislative session came to a close on September 30, 2020 the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto bills.


Below are several, but not all of the key bills that we tracked in 2020. If you are curious about the fate of a bill that is not presented below, please email woody[at]theclimatecenter.org. Click here for 2021 legislative updates.


Climate Policy 

AB 78 (Multiple co-authors) This is a budget trailer bill within the overall 2020-21 budget package necessary to implement actions related to the California Infrastructure Bank (IBank). It establishes a Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund at the IBank for the purpose of making loans for projects that further the state’s climate goals. The Strategic Growth Council will advise the Legislature on categories to fund.  STATUS: Signed by the Governor.

AB 1839 (Bonta, et al) This bill would have enacted the California Green New Deal and make a series of legislative findings and declarations pertaining to various environmental, social, and economic conditions in the State, including an enumeration of specified rights that all residents of the state have. STATUS: Died in committee.

AB 2621 (Mullin) SUPPORT. This bill would have required the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, by June 1, 2021, to establish guidelines for the development of regional climate adaptation plans by regional collaboratives. STATUS: Died in committee.

AB 2954 (R. Rivas) SUPPORT. This bill would have required the State to identify by July 1, 2021, an overall climate goal for the State’s natural and working lands, as defined, to sequester carbon and reduce atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions. STATUS: Died in committee.

AB 3256 (Eduardo Garcia, et al) This bill would have placed a General Obligation Bond on the November 2020 ballot. This bill would have enacted the Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020, which, if approved by the voters, would authorize the issuance of bonds in the amount of $6,980,000,000 pursuant to the State General Obligation Bond Law to finance projects for a wildfire prevention, safe drinking water, drought preparation, and flood protection program. STATUS: Died in committee.

SB 1191 (B. Dahle) OPPOSE. Read the Letter of Opposition that The Climate Center is a signatory to. STATUS: Died in committee.

SB 1258 (Stern) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. Would have required the California Infrastructure Bank (IBank) to administer the Climate Catalyst Revolving Fund. See AB 78. STATUS: Died in committee.

SB 1320 (Stern) SUPPORT – Directs the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), through the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP), to complete a California-specific climate change assessment no less frequently than every five years to assess the impacts and risks of climate change and identify potential solutions to inform legislative policy. STATUS: Signed by the Governor


Climate Justice

AB 345 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. This bill will would have established regulations to protect public health and safety near oil and gas extraction facilities, including a minimum setback distance between oil and gas activities and sensitive receptors such as schools, childcare facilities, playgrounds, residences, hospitals, and health clinics. STATUS: Died in committee. Proponents are working on how to revisit the issue next session.

AB 3214 (Limón) – SUPPORT. Read coalition Letter of Support that The Climate Center’s signed on to. This bill increases existing fines for oil spills. STATUS: Signed by the Governor.

SB 1012 (Hurtado) – Oppose unless amended. Read our Letter of Opposition. The intent of this bill is generally good but recent amendments have significantly weakened it. STATUS: Died in committee.


Community Choice Energy 

AB 3014 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – This bill would have created the Central Reliability Authority (CRA), a non-profit public benefit corporation, to purchase residual Resource Adequacy needed to meet state requirements while still allowing load-serving entities (LSEs), such as Community Choice Agencies (CCAs), to maintain their procurement autonomy. STATUS: Died in committee.


Clean Mobility

AB 326 (Muratsuchi) – SUPPORT. This bill would have allowed electric vehicle manufacturers to offer vehicles directly to customers on a month to month basis in a membership or subscription model. Status: Died in committee.

AB 841 (Ting)  – See details in THIS ARTICLE from our Clean Power Exchange team. Provides funding for upgrades to HVAC systems in schools to create a healthier indoor air environment for students; Also provides funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure. STATUS: Signed by the Governor.

AB 2145 (Ting) SUPPORT – This bill would have required the CPUC to direct electrical corporations to file applications for programs and investments to accelerate widespread transportation electrification to meet the goal of installing at least 1,000,000 electric vehicle charging ports by December 31, 2030.  STATUS: Died in committee.


Sequestration

Working lands (farms, etc.)

AB 1071 (Limón) Sponsor: CalCAN  – SUPPORT. Would have created a grant program for agricultural sector climate adaptation. STATUS: Died in committee.

Protecting Natural landscapes sequestering carbon

AB 3030 (Kalra) SUPPORT. Would have declared it to be the goal of the state to conserve at least 30 percent of the land and 30 percent of the ocean within the state by 2030. STATUS: Died in committee.


Community Energy Resilience

AB 740 (Burke) – This bill would have required the CPUC to ensure that the standards established to facilitate the commercialization of microgrids for distribution customers of large electrical corporations do not impose a size cap on microgrid projects. STATUS: Died in committee.

AB 1001 (Ting) SUPPORT – Would have established the School Disaster Resiliency Act, which would require the Energy Commission to administer a program to provide loans to school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools for school resiliency projects. STATUS: Died in committee.

AB 3021 (Ting) SUPPORT – Would have appropriated $300M per fiscal year in the 2020–21, 2021–22, and 2022–23 fiscal years from the General Fund to the California Energy Commission to administer a program to provide resiliency grant funding and technical assistance to local educational agencies for the installation of energy storage systems. STATUS: Died in committee.

AB 2789 (Kamlager) Would have appropriated $1.5M to require the CPUC, in consultation with the CA Energy Commission, to request the California Council on Science and Technology to undertake and complete a study relative to electrical grid outages and cost avoidance resulting from deployment of eligible renewable energy resources, battery storage systems, and demand response technologies. STATUS: Died in committee.

AB 3251 (Bauer-Kahan) – Would have required that charging of energy storage systems be treated as load in calculations for demand response programs, and that capacity from energy storage systems installed on the customer side of the meter be allowed to be aggregated for purposes of determining resource adequacy capacity; and electricity exported to the grid from the customer side of the meter be allowed to count toward the capacity obligations of load-serving entities. STATUS: Died in committee.

SB 45 (Allen, et al) would have established the “Wildfire Prevention, Safe Drinking Water, Drought Preparation, and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2020.” This was a proposed $5.51 billion general obligation bond to be placed on the November 3, 2020 statewide general election. STATUS: Died in committee.

SB 1215 (Stern) SUPPORT – would have established the Office of Emergency Services in the office of the Governor and provides that the office is responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services for natural, technological, or manmade disasters and emergencies. STATUS: Died in committee.