November 30, 2017

San Francisco Bay Area PSR

Roster of state bills supported/opposed in 2017

SUPPORT

 Worker and consumer right-to-know

 SB 258 (Lara) Cleaning product ingredient labeling.

Status: Passed Senate. Passed Assembly.

This bill would require a manufacturer of a cleaning product manufactured red 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. Held in suspense in Senate Appropriations Committee; effectively died.

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. Governor signed.

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

Status: Passed Senate and Assembly. Signed by Governor.

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 and Senate. Signed by Governor.

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 and Senate. Signed by Governor.

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 Assembly 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 Assembly Utilities and Energy comm.

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

Preserve California package (SBs 49, 50, 51)

SB 49 (Deleon)

Status: Passed Senate. Passed Assembly policy committees. In Assembly Rules comm..

Provides that any federal environmental or worker safety standard in place and effective as of January 1, 2017 shall remain in effect and be enforceable under state law even if the federal government rolls it back. SB 49 does not impose any NEW requirements: it simply ensures that the protections that have been in place under federal law, in some cases for decades, are not weakened or eliminated due to federal anti-environment actions.

SB 50 (Allen)

Status: Passed Senate and Assembly. Signed by Governor.

The Public Lands Protection Act maintains public lands for the public by directing the State Lands Commission to establish California’s right of first refusal for any federal lands proposed for sale or conveyance to other parties.

SB 51 (Jackson)

Status: Passed Senate and Assembly. Vetoed.

The Whistleblower and Public Data Protection Act ensures that federal employees do not lose state licensure for revealing violations of law, unethical actions or dangers to public health and safety. The bill also directs state agencies to protect scientific information and data from censorship or destruction by the federal government.

Children’s health

SB 210 (Leyva) Did support healthy drinking water at all schools. Amended to address certain vehicle emissions.

Status: Passed Senate. Significantly amended 8/23/2017 to address emissions form heavy duty vehicles. In Assembly Rules comm.

Prior bill that we supported: 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.

Amended bill: This bill would authorize the state board to develop and implement a Heavy-Duty Vehicle Inspection and Maintenance Program for non-gasoline heavy-duty on-road motor vehicles. The bill would authorize the state board to assess a fee and penalties as part of the program. The bill would create the Truck Emission Check (TEC) Fund and the Diesel Emission System Inspection and Smoke Test (DESIST) Account in the fund, with all the moneys deposited in each fund to be available upon appropriation.

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

Status: Passed the Assembly and Senate. Signed by Governor.

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, 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. Failed on Assembly floor.

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 and Senate. Vetoed.

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 SenApprops.

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 Assembly 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 Assembly Judiciary. Inactive file.

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 and Assembly. Signed by Governor.

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 powerplants 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 and Senate.

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 Assembly and Senate.

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 and Assembly.

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 and Assembly.

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 Assembly 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.