UPDATE: This bill was placed on the suspense file and will not be passed this year.

Record-breaking heat waves have left local governments struggling to protect residents from life-threatening temperatures, particularly in working-class communities. Extreme heat causes more emergency room visits and deaths annually than any other weather-related disaster in the nation, making it one of the climate crisis’ deadliest consequences. Heat waves are projected to increase. The California Energy Commission anticipates that by 2050, the state will experience an average of 40 to 55 extreme heat days per year.

Assembly Bill 2076 would have established the Extreme Heat and Community Resilience Program, coordinating the activities of the state and incentivizing the development of local, comprehensive heat action plans to protect communities from the dangers of extreme heat.

This legislation would have vastly improved California’s ability to respond effectively and save lives during dangerous heat waves.