June 29, 2015

On June 16th, PSR leaders and activists took to Sacramento to lobby our elected leaders on a number of pieces of critical legislation. We urged “yes” votes for the following bills, all of which passed the state Senate and are moving through the Assembly:

SB 32 (Pavley) Would set an overarching climate pollution reduction target of 80% below 1990 levels by 2050, which the CA Air Resources Board has determined to be scientifically necessary and technologically feasible. The bill is designed to integrate with complementary policies – standards for renewable power, energy efficiency in buildings, and petroleum reductions – to increase job creation, improve public health, and foster innovation and regional policy collaboration.

SB 350 (deLeon, Leno) Would, by 2030, increase CA’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% (meaning 50% of CA’s energy would come from renewables), require Air Resources Board to adopt standards to reduce petroleum use in motor vehicles by 50%, and require the California Energy Commission to adopt a program to double energy efficiency in both residential and non-residential buildings, in coordination with the Department of Housing and Community Development and stakeholders such as Environmental Justice groups.

SB 347 (Jackson) Would add persons convicted of certain additional firearm related misdemeanors to the categories of persons prohibited from purchasing guns in California for a 10 year period from the date of their conviction. The firearm related misdemeanors include selling ammunition to a minor, furnishing ammunition to a person prohibited by law from possessing ammunition, and carrying ammunition onto school grounds.

SB 707 (Wolk) Would remove the exemption for concealed weapons permit holders. Under existing law, persons with concealed weapons permits and retired police officers are exempt from the prohibition of firearms on K-12 and college and university campuses without written consent from campus officials.

SB 328 (Hueso) Would require landlords to provide tenants with written notification before applying store-bought pesticides to units or common areas without a licensed structural pest control operator.  Under current law, notification is required only when a licensed structural pest control operator is used.

SB 763 (Leno) Would require infant and children product manufactures to disclose (via label) whether or not flame retardant chemicals have been added to certain juvenile products intended for use by infants and children under 12 years old. The label would inform consumers at the time of purchase in a retail store, online, and in a catalog of the presence or absence of flame retardant chemicals.  The bill would also require the manufacturer of the juvenile product to retain sufficient documentation to demonstrate whether flame retardant chemicals have been added to the product.