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Check back frequently for updates during legislative sessions (January – October every year).
The 2020 legislative session concluded on Monday, August 31, at midnight. The governor has until midnight on September 30 to sign or veto bills.
Brief notes & updates
The 2020 California legislative session was disrupted by Covid 19 in unprecedented ways, as were many other events and institutions around the world in 2020. Below is a sampling of some of the articles that came out shortly after the close of the session.
- California League of Conservation Voters: News release statement on the results of the 2020 session
- CalMatters: Tempers flare and patience frays…
- SacBee Capitol Alert: What is going to Newsom…
- Politico: California’s legislative session ends in chaos
Below are several, but not all of the key bills that we are tracking, including bills that The Climate Center has taken a public position on. They are arranged numerically in categories that mirror our program activities as closely as possible. The heading of each category is hyperlinked to that program’s page. Each bill is hyperlinked to the state’s legislative information page for more info on each bill. For a complete list of the 131 bills we are currently tracking in 2020, click HERE. Due to the disruption of the schedule, it is unlikely that many of these bills will be enacted this session. Our next update will be published on this page on June 4. Please send updates, suggestions, corrections to email@example.com
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 to receive funds from non State governmental entities and private sources for the purpose of making loans for climate catalyst projects that further the state’s climate goals. These moneys are available for expenditure upon appropriation by the Legislature. The Strategic Growth Council will advise the Legislature on categories to fund and a report on the projects funded would be prepared annually. 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 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: On the Governor’s desk, awaiting signature.
AB 345 (Muratsuchi) SUPPORT – Read The Climate Center’s Letter of Support. This bill will, if enacted, establish 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.
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.
Past bills we have supported
Price on carbon
HR 763: Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2019 is a bill in the United States House of Representatives that proposes a fee on carbon at the point of extraction to encourage market-driven innovation of clean energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Climate Center supports this bill. Click here to read an assessment of this bill by Dr. Noah Kaufman, John Larsen, Peter Marsters, Hannah Kolus and Shashank Mohan of Columbia University. Related: How to Cut U.S. Carbon Pollution by Nearly 40 Percent in 10 Years by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, November 13, 2017 SB 775 – Cap and Dividend Authors: Senator Bob Wieckowski and Senator Pro Tem Kevin de León The Climate Center endorses this bill. SB 775 enacts into law a post-2020 cap and trade program as an update to California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which put a cap (limit) on carbon emissions, and allowed businesses to purchase permits to pollute, and to trade those permits in an open market. The number of permits declines over time, giving businesses time to reduce their emissions as the whole economy shifts to clean energy. The revenues created from the sale of the permits go back to the people of California in the form of dividends to help offset the rising costs of energy use. Revenues also go toward investments in renewable energy.
SB 100 – 100% carbon-free renewable energy by 2045 Author: Kevin de León SB 100, the California Clean Energy Act of 2017 does all of the following:
- Establishes an overall state target of 100% clean energy for California by 2045 by directing the CA Public Utilities Commission, CA Energy Commission, and Air Resources Board to adopt policies and requirements to achieve total reliance on renewable energy and zero-carbon resources by that date.
- Accelerates SB 350’s 50% mandate for clean renewable energy from 2030 to 2026 and establishes a new RPS benchmark of 60% by 2030 to ensure more clean energy in the California grid sooner.
Link to bill text and status: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB100 In the Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/05/24/california-100-percent-renewable-energy-future-may-hit-roadblocks/
SB 71 – Solar Roofs Author: Scott Weiner Requires installation of solar panels on any new residential or commercial construction subject to the “solar ready” requirements of Title 24 of the California Code of Regulations, generally single family homes, low-rise multi-family buildings and commercial buildings of 10 stories or less. Requires the CEC to consider requiring the installation of a cost-effective rooftop solar electric or solar thermal energy generation system on all new buildings. This bill requires the CEC to make its consideration byJanuary 1, 2020, for new residential buildings and by January 1, 2023, for new nonresidential buildings. Link to bill text and status: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB71
SB 700 — Solar Energy Storage Initiative Author: Scott Wiener Creates the Energy Storage Initiative to provide rebates to electricity customers for the installation of home and business energy storage systems, which allow solar energy to be stored and used throughout the day and night. This initiative is modeled on the 10-year California Solar Initiative, which is widely regarded as having been successful. It will be a similar, 10-year incentive program, this time for storage. Link to bill text and status: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB700
AB 262 the “Buy Clean” bill Authors: Rob Bonta and Susan Eggman This bill requires the California Department of General Services (DGS) to establish standards used in the bid process related to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions when certain eligible materials are used in state public works projects. Link to bill text and status: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB262 News Stories about AB 262 on Buy Clean California’s website: http://www.buycleancalifornia.org/news-and-media/
Community Choice Energy Law
The two pieces of legislation that make Community Choice possible in California are AB 117 (Migden, 2002) and SB 790 (Leno, 2011). AB 117 established Community Choice and SB 790 strengthened it by creating a “code of conduct” that the incumbent utilities must adhere to in their activities relative to Community Choice.
Community Choice law, Assembly Bill 117 (Migden), enacted in 2002, can be found in the California Public Utilities Code sections 331.1,381.1, 707 and Code Sections 360 through 380.5. Scroll down to code section 366.2, where the main body of information describing Community Choice can be found. Community Choice law was conceived as a way to salvage a good part of the deregulation experiment of the late 1990s and early 2000s, choice.