The 2014-2015 California Legislative Session ends on Friday, September 11th. As we approach the end of this year’s session, here’s an update on the status of bills that we’ve been tracking at PSR-LA.

Climate Change

SB 350 (de Leon): The Clean Energy and Pollution Reductions Act
PSR-LA Position: Support – PSR-LA supports the strong emissions reductions language in SB 350, a bill that provides a dual pathway for greenhouse gas emissions reductions and for new economic development through the growth of renewable energy in California. Check out the page one op-ed, “Treating Climate Change in Los Angeles”, written by PSR-LA Member and Health Ambassador Dr. Devki Patel, for more information about why we need SB 350.
Status: SB 350 has passed out of the Senate, the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, and the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill is now on the Assembly Floor, after being amended in Assembly Appropriations. SB 350 is one of the most hotly debated bills in the legislation this session, and there have been multiple proposals for amendments, some that we are in favor of, and some that we are not. PSR-LA is working to ensure that the bill continues to include strong petroleum reduction measures.

SB 32 (Pavley): The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006
PSR-LA Position: Support – PSR-LA supports the passage of SB 32, and continues to seek out ways in which the bill could be strengthened to further prioritize the needs of communities who are bearing the brunt of climate change’s negative health impacts.
Status: SB 32 has also passed out of the Senate, the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, and the Assembly Appropriations Committee. The bill is now on the Assembly Floor. We expect that SB 32 will be amended in the coming weeks, and we are working to strengthen the bill’s reporting and oversight and to keep the health and equity provisions as strong as possible.

Toxics & Health

SB 328 (Hueso): Pesticide Disclosure in Rental Housing
PSR-LA Position: Support
Status: SB 328 has passed out of the Senate, and the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The bill will be heard by the final Assembly committee when the California Legislature reconvenes after summer recess.

SB 763 (Leno): Flame Retardant Disclosure in Children’s Products
PSR-LA Position: Support
Status: SB 763 has also passed out of the Senate, the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials. The bill has been sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

AB 708 (Jones-Sawyer): Consumer products: content information
PSR-LA Position: Support
Status: AB 708 passed out of the Senate, the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, and the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. This bill has become a two year bill and will not be taken up for discussion again until January of 2016.

DTSC Reform

SB 673 (Lara): Hazardous Waste Control Law
PSR-LA Position: Support
Status: SB 350 has passed out of the Senate, the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee, and the Assembly Natural Resources Committee. The bill will be heard by the final committee – the Assembly Appropriations Committee – when the California Legislature reconvenes after summer recess.

More Legislation

Through our role in various coalitions, PSR-LA also tracks the following legislation. You can find more information about these bills at www.leginfo.legislature.ca.gov, or by visiting the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) website.

AB 1062 (Bonta): Environmental Justice Small Grant Program
PSR-LA/CEJA Position: Support

AB 1071 (Atkins, Garcia): Supplemental Environmental Projects
PSR-LA/CEJA Position: Support

AB 693 (Eggman): Multifamily Affordable Housing Renewable Energy Program
PSR-LA Position: Support

SB 660 (Hueso, Leno): Public Utilities Commission
PSR-LA Position: Support

AB 151 (Parea, Daly, Salas): Energy
Position: Oppose

AB 590 (Dahle, Salas): Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund
Position: Oppose