August 2, 2017

SF Bay Area PSR has been busy in Sacramento, advocating on a wide range of state bills this year that support healthy people and a healthy environment, including those improving worker and consumer right-to-know laws, health policy and gun violence.

SUPPORT

Worker and consumer right-to-know

SB 258 (Lara) Cleaning product ingredient labeling.

Status: Passed Senate. Passed Assembly policy committees. In Assembly Appropriations Committee (AssmApprops).

This bill would require a manufacturer of a cleaning product manufactured or sold in the state to disclose ingredients contained in cleaning products and certain other information on the product label, and post cleaning product ingredient information on the manufacturer’s Internet Web site.

AB 1575 (Kalra) Professional cosmetics ingredient disclosure.

Status: Passed Assembly. Passed Senate policy committees. In Senate Appropriations Committee (SenApprops).

Requires ingredients be listed on the labels of professional use cosmetics; this is already required for retail cosmetics.

Air quality, global warming, environmental justice

SB 174 (Lara) Regulatory compliance for diesel truck operators as condition of DMV registration.

Status: Gutted and amended July 10 to provide for appropriating monies from a settlement agreement to compensate Long Beach for power outage in Summer 2015.

Previously, the bill required diesel trucks and buses that operate in California to upgrade their vehicles in order to significantly reduce particulate matter, oxides of nitrogen, and other criteria pollutants and thereby prevent related deaths.

AB 1132 (Garcia) Preventing serious harm from air pollution.

Status: Passed Assembly and Senate. To Governor for signing.

Would enable speedy action by air districts when air pollution from a stationary source poses a serious and imminent threat to the public health.

SB 563 (Lara) California Woodsmoke Reduction program

Notes: Passed Senate. Passed Assembly policy committees. In Assm Approps.

Senate Bill 563 would establish program at California Air Resources Board (CARB) to achieve health and climate benefits of cleaning up particle pollution from residential wood burning. Under SB 563, the State Air Board would work with local air districts to provide consumer incentives via the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund and other sources to replace old, uncertified wood-burning stoves with cleaner, healthier and more energy-efficient alternatives (e.g. heat pumps and solar, electric, and natural gas heaters).

SB 775 (Wieckowski) Stopping carbon offsets that do not reduce air pollution.

Status: This bill is shelved now that the Governor’s cap and trade bill, AB 398, was passed and signed.

Bill would have removed the ability to use carbon offsets that are questionable in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and result in no change or worsening of air quality in California. SB775 called for eliminating carbon offsets and free allowances, which permitted facilities to comply with the cap and trade program at little cost without actually reducing the pollution at their facilities.

AB 20 (Kalra)

Status: Passed Assembly. Passed Senate policy committee. In SenApprops.

Calls for California public employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems to evaluate any relationships with companies involved with the building of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

AB 523 (Reyes)

Status: Passed Assembly. In Sen Approps.

Requires the California Energy Commission (CEC) to allocate at least a certain percentage of the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) monies for technology demonstration and deployment (TDD) for sites in, and benefiting, disadvantaged (25%) and low income (10%) communities.

SB 366 (Leyva)

Status: Passed Senate. In Assm Utilities and Energy Committee.

Would result in changes to address affordability and accessibility of the Green Tariff Shared Renewable (GTSR) Program for low income residents in investor-owned electric utility (IOU) service areas.

SB 100 (De Leon)

Status: Passed Senate. In Assm Approps.

Strengthens and accelerates the targets in California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to ultimately achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.

Children’s health

SB 210 (Leyva) Support healthy drinking water at all schools.

Status: Passed Senate. Referred to Assm ESTM and Education (ED) committees.

SB 210 provides that public schools that find lead or other harmful contaminants above the U.S. EPA or California drinking water standards will receive priority for grants from the State Water Resources Control Board (SWCRB) to improve the quality of, and access to, its drinking water.

AB 1316 (Quirk) Testing of lead blood levels for children.

Status: Passed the Assembly. Passed Senate Env Quality. In Sen Approps.

Establishes that it is the standard of care to determine whether a child is at risk of lead poisoning and if she or he is, to then test for lead poisoning.

SB 424 (Allen) Student eco-literacy.

Status: Passed Senate. In Assembly Education Committee.

Provides for eco-literacy in public schools.

SB 328 (Portantino) School starting time.

Status: Passed Senate. In AssmApprops.

For health reasons, prohibits school starting time for junior and high schools to not be before 8:30 am.

Toxics and pollution

 AB 1179 (Kalra) Calls for regular inspections of hazardous waste sites.

Status: Passed Assembly. Passed Senate Env Quality. In Sen Approps.

Requires minimal frequency of inspections by Department of Toxic Substances Control of waste and other hazardous sites.

AB 958 (Ting) Calls for safer alternatives to PFAs in food packaging and containers.

Status: Passed Assembly. Passed Senate EQ. In Sen Approps.

The bill would require the Dept. of Toxic Substances Control to revise the 2018–2020 Priority Product Work Plan, and subsequent work plans, as necessary, to include food contact substances containing perfluoroalkyl or polyfluoroalkyl substances for consideration and evaluation as potential priority products under the Green Chemistry program.

SB 504 (Wieckowski) Protecting Californians from Synthetic Food Dyes Act.

Status: Held in Senate Approps.

This bill would direct the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment to review certain scientific literature on the risks to children who consume synthetic food dyes, if any, and issue a report that answers specified questions no later than July 1, 2019.

SB 705 (Allen) Solid waste: disposable food service containers.

Status: Inactive file.

Establishes the Ocean Pollution Reduction Act of 2017, which would prohibit a food vendor as defined and with a few exceptions, from dispensing prepared food to a customer in an expanded polystyrene food service container.

Health care

AB 244 (Cervantes) Maternal mental health.

Status: Stuck in Assm Health Committee.

AB 244 will move California closer to addressing treatment shortages and help ensure that all women with maternal mental health disorders are identified and receive the appropriate treatment to improve their health and the health of their children.

SB 562 (Lara) Californians for a Healthy California Act (universal single payer).

Status: Passed Senate. Put on hold in the Assembly.

This bill would create the Healthy California program to provide comprehensive universal single-payer health care coverage and a health care cost control system for the benefit of all residents of the state. The bill, among other things, would provide that the program cover a wide range of medical benefits and other services and would incorporate the health care benefits and standards of other existing federal and state provisions like the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medi-Cal, among others.

Workers’ health–asbestos

SB 632 (Monning) Improving the rights of asbestos victims.

Status: Passed Senate. Passed Assm Judiciary. On Assm floor.

Ensures that critically ill or dying mesothelioma patients are not subjected to long and abusive depositions.

Nuclear waste

SB 19 (Hill) Public Utilities Commission duties and governance.

Status: Passed Senate; passed Assm Judiciary committee. In AssmApprops.

SF Bay Area PSR signed onto a letter commenting on provision not related to the core issues of PUC governance. Letter suggested removing provision from SB19 directing the CPUC to “advocate before the relevant federal entities, including the Department of Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, for expedited identification of an independent offsite spent fuel storage installation for any spent fuel stored at nuclear power plants in this state.” This provision adds expense, and could put California in a position advocating for actions which in the long run add to, rather than reduce, risks from irradiated nuclear fuel.

Gun violence

AB 424 (McCarty) Concealed weapons on school grounds.

Status: Passed Assembly. Passed Senate Public Safety (PS) Comm. In SenApprops.

AB 424 would ban concealed weapons on K-12 school campuses altogether, thereby closing the loophole in SB 707 from 2015 that allows school administrators the discretion to allow concealed weapons on their campuses.

AB 785 (Jones-Sawyer) No firearms for perpetrators of hate crimes.

Status: Passed Assm. In Senate Approps.

Keeps firearms out of the hands of those who have been convicted of hate crimes, by closing a gap in current California law that permits individuals convicted of misdemeanor hate crimes to possess and acquire firearms after their conviction.

SB 497 (Portantino) Limits long guns.

Status: Passed Senate. Passed Assm Public Safety. In AssmApprops.

Limits the number of long guns that may be purchased by a person in one month in order to disrupt the trafficking of guns into the illegal market.

SB 536 (Pan) Supports violence research.

Status: Passed Senate. On Assm floor.

Allows researchers with the Firearm Violence Research Center to access information regarding gun violence restraining orders as part of their comprehensive research.

OPPOSITION BILLS

AB 1621 (Allen) OPPOSE. Undermining Prop 65.

Status: Died in Assm ESTM.

Would require plaintiffs to pay for attorney fees if they lose, among other provisions that undermine Prop 65.

AB 398 (Eduardo Garcia) Cap and trade.

Status: Passed Assembly and Senate. Signed by Governor.

Among others, extends the current “cap and trade” system through 2030. It also generally prohibits local districts like the Bay Area Air Quality Management District to regulate green gas emissions from stationary sources like oil refineries.